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10 Things Our Community Couldn't Stop Buying In July

Like Dutch ovens, furniture, and carry-on luggage.

July 29, 2022
Photo by James Ransom

Shopping is one of my greatest joys. Not just because I genuinely love discovering new brands and products, but because I love showing off my finds to anyone who will listen. So, is it any surprise that I’m a market editor? Nope—none whatsoever.

Possibly an even greater joy? Seeing what you, our community, shop for each month. This month, we saw two extremes—so many of you went into nesting mode with lots of furniture and decor from Wayfair, Castlery, and Interior Define, while others packed their bags with carry-on luggage from direct-to-consumer brands like Away and July.

Curious about what everyone bought? Ahead, the most popular buys from our community in July.

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1. All the furniture and decor on Wayfair, Castlery, and Interior Define

We’re not surprised by the amount of furniture and decor our readers bought this month—the Fourth of July sales were some of the best we’ve seen. Jute poufs were a hit at Wayfair, as well as custom furniture at Interior Define and coastal-inspired pieces at Castlery. Best still, all three brands are still having sales through the end of the month.

Photo by James Ransom

2. Staub Cast Iron Cocotte with Glass Lid, 4QT, $400 $99

More than 1,000 folks grabbed this ever-versatile Dutch oven, perfect for roasts, casseroles, slow cooking, and more. The glass lid makes it easy to check on your dish without losing heat. And speaking of heat, the cast iron maintains even temps while the enamel finish is durable and beautiful, so you can take it from the oven or stovetop straight to the table.

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3. Saatva Zenhaven Latex Mattress, $1,574+ $1,374+

The Saatva mattress that took my sleep from good to great was on sale this month, which many of you took advantage of. It’s definitely an investment, but one that’ll pay off the next morning when you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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4. Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders, $30–$40 $22.50–$30

Almost 800 readers were smart enough to grab a pair of silicone oven mitts and pot holders to avoid burning themselves while cooking up a feast on the grill, over the stove, and in the oven.

5. Contigo Cortland Chill 2.0 Water Bottle with AUTOSEAL Lid, $42.99 $39.44

The Contigo Cortland Chill 2.0 was the best affordable insulated water bottle out of the nine bottles we tested, and we saw our readers scoop it up during Prime Day when it was at its lowest-ever price. It was one of the largest bottles I tested and kept water ice-cold for hours, so if value is what you’re after, you’ll get it here.

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6. KitchenAid Classic Mixing Bowls, Set of 3, $32.99 $23.36

These nesting KitchenAid mixing bowls were also among the most popular buys during Prime Day this year. If you didn’t snag a set then, you may want to grab one now—the classic Empire Red trio is at the same sale price as it was during the sale, and the Pistachio shade is even cheaper.

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7. Five Two Everyday Soft Cotton Cloth Napkins, $30–$45

Almost 1,000 readers decided to swap single-use napkins for these endlessly reusable cloth versions—a smart and sustainable choice. The napkins come in sets so you can mix and match for the perfect tablescape.

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8. Frigidaire EFIC189-Silver Compact Ice Maker, $129.77

One of the best ice makers I tested, this Frigidaire countertop machine is small-space friendly, powerful, and has a large window on the lid to let you see the ice being made—trust me, it’s satisfying to watch! It was a popular buy in June, but with the current heat wave around the country, no wonder so many more folks scored a machine of their own this month.

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9. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner, $7.49 $4.76

It looks like our community has been doing a lot of laundry stripping to get rid of all the stains that come with summer. The technique has been around for a while, but it went viral on TikTok last spring for its gross yet satisfying cleaning abilities. One of the major ingredients in laundry stripping is Arm & Hammer laundry detergent booster, which happens to be a versatile household cleaner, too.

10. All the carry-on luggage

Seems like we all have travel on our minds, given how many carry-ons we saw our community shop for—a smart choice given how much luggage gets lost by airlines. Away came out on top, followed by July.

June’s Most Popular Buys

Our Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders were by far the most popular item in June, followed up all the furniture at Wayfair.

  1. Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders, $30–$40 $22.50–$30
  2. Frigidaire EFIC189-Silver Compact Ice Maker, $129.77
  3. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner, $7.49 $4.12
  4. MAWA European Space-Saving Hangers, $20–$215
  5. So much furniture on Wayfair
  6. Kinto Shake, Pour, Preserve Glass Salad Dressing Bottle, $28–$34
  7. Handmade gifts from Etsy

May’s Most Popular Buys

In May, so many of you grabbed a versatile Dutch oven from our collab with Staub, while others went all-in on furniture during Wayfair’s big Memorial Day sale.

  1. Food52 x Staub Round Cocotte, $309.99+
  2. CamelBak Chute Mag, $25 $18.75
  3. MAWA European Space-Saving Hangers, $20+
  4. Furniture at Wayfair
  5. And decor at Etsy
  6. Fredericks & Mae Citronella Hanging Coil, $25+
  7. Takeya Actives Insulated Water Bottle With Straw Lid, $29.99+

April’s Most Popular Buys

In April, so many of you picked up spring cleaning gear like grout cleaner and dryer vent brushes, as well as entertaining essentials like vintage-inspired lanterns and outdoor furniture on major sale at Wayfair.

  1. Five Two Everyday Soft Cotton Cloth Napkins, $30-$45
  2. Black Diamond Ultimate Grout Cleaner, $14.98+
  3. Holikme 30 Feet Dryer Vent Cleaning Brush, $29 $22.95
  4. OXO Good Grips Y-Peeler, $11.95
  5. Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, $40
  6. I Dream Of Dinner (So You Don't Have To): Low-Effort, High-Reward Recipes, Ali Slagle, $29.99 $20.59
  7. Everything At Wayfair
  8. Barebones Living Rechargeable Railroad Lantern, $85

March's Most Popular Buys

In March, so many of you picked up spring cleaning essentials like grout cleaner and dryer vent brushes, as well as dinnerware and cotton napkins.

  1. Black Diamond Ultimate Grout Cleaner, $14.98+
  2. Five Two Everyday Soft Cotton Cloth Napkins, $30-$45
  3. Holikme 30 Feet Dryer Vent Cleaning Brush, $29 $22.95
  4. Five Two Over-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack, $45
  5. Linen Pinafore Apron, $27.88 $19.52
  6. Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges, $8.47 $5.89
  7. Casafina Modern Classic Ceramic Dinnerware & Serveware, $49+
  8. BRIOFOX Extra-Large Adhesive Shower Curtain Rod Holder, $7.99
  9. So. Much. Bedding

February's Most Popular Buys

In February, our community of homebodies cozied up to tons of bathrobes, supportive pillows, humidifier and diffuser hybrids, bubble tea kits, and more.

  1. BRIOFOX Extra-Large Adhesive Shower Curtain Rod Holder, $7.99
  2. Five Two Everyday Soft Cotton Cloth Napkins, $30-$45
  3. Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe, $98
  4. Easily Greener Swiffer Sweeper Compatible Microfiber Mop Pads, $13.99 $9.95
  5. Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe, $109
  6. Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders, $30-$139
  7. J WAY Instant Boba Bubble Pearl Milk Tea Kit, $18.99
  8. Stardrops The Pink Stuff, $9.99
  9. Frida Baby 3-in-1 Humidifier with Diffuser and Nightlight, $49.99 $43.99
  10. Marlow Pillow, $39+

January's Most popular buys

Many of us started the year with an eye on improving their sleep, storage setups, and removing stains—from pet accidents and cooking spills. Here were the most popular products our readers bought in January.

  1. Marlow Pillow, $39+
  2. Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator, $19.97
  3. Five Two Everyday Soft Cotton Cloth Napkins, $30-45
  4. Swiffer Sweeper Compatible, $13.99 $8.95
  5. The Home Edit x Walmart collection
  6. Five Two Over-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack, $45
  7. Stardrops The Pink Stuff, $9.99
  8. All the bedding at Brooklinen, Boll & Branch, and Riley
  9. Arty French Glass Dinnerware, $95

This post was updated in July 2022 with our readers' most popular purchases.

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Jada Wong

Written by: Jada Wong

Jada is the market editor at Food52 with a decade of experience writing and editing for online publications such as Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, and Insider.