Wirecutter’s 5 Most Widespread Picks in November 2019

If I had been to let you know that our readers purchased greater than 6,000 pairs of staff-recommended footwear in November, you may assume these had been winter boots, rain boots, and even dog boots. How mistaken you’ll be.

Wirecutter’s most-purchased decide in November was EVA Birkenstocks. Sure, that’s proper: Wirecutter readers purchased extra sandals final month than every other single merchandise. As I stated in October, some individuals simply insist on carrying sandals year-round (with socks, even, as we observe in this video).

In additional seasonally applicable information, though I’m personally on Crew Actual Christmas Tree (outdated habits die laborious), readers bought over 1,500 of our top-pick artificial Christmas tree over the previous month. (A kind of 1,500 purchases got here from our editor-in-chief, who gallingly arrange his Christmas tree on the inarguably far-too-early date of November 17.) Our decide has skilled some inventory points, however we’re monitoring availability at a number of retailers, and all of our different Christmas tree picks are nonetheless in inventory (for now).

Additionally widespread in November: Humidifiers (just a few totally different picks), air purifiers (additionally a number of picks), and Lightning cables proceed to guide the pack. Readers bought handheld vacuums, password managers, bath towels, wireless earbuds, travel mugs, travel pillows, umbrellas, electric toothbrushes, and thermometers (for teenagers and adults). And we noticed just a few new contenders in November’s high 20, specifically men’s thermal underwear, baby monitors, and rechargeable AA batteries.

These are the highest picks our readers bought in November:

1. Birkenstock Arizona Essentials

three people wearing EVA Birkenstocks, two also wearing socks.
Photograph: Michael Murtaugh

We love the EVA Birkenstocks, a lately shared employees decide, for his or her sturdiness and flexibility. And sure, a few of us even put on them after summer time is lengthy gone.

Learn extra: Yes, We’ll Be Wearing Our EVA Birkenstocks Through Fall

2. Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier

The Honeywell HCM-350 shown in black.
Photograph: Michael Hession

The evaporative Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier has been our decide since 2015, having outperformed greater than two dozen rivals in spherical after spherical of checks. And in all that point, we haven’t uncovered severe flaws in any of the 9 models that Wirecutter staffers have examined throughout the nation.

Learn extra: The Best Humidifier

3. Coway AP-1512HH Mighty

The Coway Mighty sitting on a rug between a chair and a potted plant.
Photograph: Sarah Kobos

After seven years of testing greater than 30 air purifiers, we consider the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the very best. Inside 30 minutes, it lowered heavy smoke air pollution in a 135-square-foot, 1,215-cubic-foot New York workplace by as a lot as 98.9 %.

Learn extra: The Best Air Purifier

4. National Tree Company 7.5-foot Feel Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-D12-75)

Our pick for the best Artificial Christmas Tree, the National Tree Company 7.5-foot Feel Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-D12-75), in a living room, fully decorated.
Photograph: Michael Murtaugh

In contrast with each pricier and cheaper bushes, the National Tree Company Feel Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-D12-75) hits a great steadiness of price, realism, and ease of setup. Providing almost 2,000 lifelike polyethylene department suggestions surrounding a core clad with PVC “pine needles,” it has a development just like that of different high-quality synthetic bushes—however at 37 % polyethylene, a higher-than-average proportion of these lifelike branches creates a extra convincing phantasm of a residing tree.

Learn extra: The Best Artificial Christmas Tree

5. Anker PowerLine Lightning

lightning cable anker strain relief
Photograph: Michael Hession

Anker’s PowerLine cables are quick, sturdy, and cheap, plus they arrive with an amazing guarantee. Most Lightning cables look alike, however if you look intently on the PowerLine, its advantages change into obvious. Essentially the most evident is the sturdy housing across the USB and Lightning connectors. Every has a tough plastic casing holding the plug, with a barely extra versatile materials becoming a member of the housing and the cable itself.

Learn extra: The Best Lightning Cable for iPhone and iPad

Rounding out the highest 20:

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