For many editors and staffers at Curbed, buying home goods on Amazon hits the spot when it comes to price point and convenience. But shopping the e-commerce giant can be its own level of hell: a neverending click-cycle of reviews, searches, and add-to-cart worry. Will that dining room table look good in person? Is that teapot really worth the money or better than the hundreds of other teapots listed? In an era of too much choice, it can be easier to just close the browser.
This is where we come in. To help you discover products that are actually worth picking up, the Curbed team has rounded up our favorite Amazon home goods purchases, each one used day-in and day-out in our homes. Some are uber practical and meant to solve daily stresses (we’re looking at you, laundry basket). Other picks are surprisingly high design, proof that you don’t always have to sacrifice style when shopping on Amazon. All are things we’d recommend to our best friends, and now we’re sharing them with you—our readers.
Behold, the 25 best Amazon home products you can buy now, according to Curbed editors.
Furniture and decor
It can be hard to know which furniture you can buy online when it’s much more satisfying to see pieces in real life. Still, Curbed staffers have a wide range of furnishings purchased on Amazon in their homes. From an affordable mattress to a design-forward side table, here are some of our favorites.
This well-reviewed bench comes in four colors and is beloved by editor Jenny Xie. She says, “I fantasize about having a spacious mudroom one day, but since I live in a small city apartment, this will have to do! It has enough ‘cubby charm’ for my entryway, while the bench seating is super helpful for unloading loading coats or packages.”
This hybrid mattress combines two of the most popular types of mattresses—memory foam and innerspring—for a feel that is soft and luxurious while also supporting your body as it conforms to your curves and relieves tension. News editor Megan Barber uses it in a guest bedroom to rave reviews.
When it comes to cooking gadgets and tools, there’s a wide array available on Amazon. Some of our picks include the much-beloved Instant Pot—duh—and a handy set of food storage containers.
This helpful two-quart sauce pan features three-ply bonded construction for even heating and a highly polished surface that doesn’t react with food. Deputy editor of special projects Laura Fenton uses this pan everyday for “rice, oatmeal, lentils, and kid quantities of pasta.”
Drinking and dining
We often turn to Amazon for our daily glassware and caffeine needs. Products like the Half Moon Teapot work great and look like high-design items that cost twice as much elsewhere.
Curbed Chicago editor Sara Freund bought this handsome copper French press two years ago and still loves it. “I wanted a French press that could keep my coffee warm because I drink it slow,” she says. “This copper-colored one was perfect—it has a double insulating wall. Plus, it holds up in the dishwasher.”
Beautiful and classic, this 45-piece stainless steel flatware set contains all the necessary components for a successful dinner party, including a full table setting for eight people and a five-piece serving set. News editor Megan Barber uses it in her camper van and loves that the set is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Organization and handy items
Amazon offers a plethora of items that can help organize your daily life, and we’ve tried plenty. From a trash can that can hold both trash and recycling to a simple but cute toothbrush holder, check out our prized picks below.
These smart plugs will let you control your “non-smart” electronics with just a free app and Wi-Fi. Curbed contributor and former staffer Robert Khederian loves that they’re compatible with voice-control assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.?
Amazon is one of a growing list of e-commerce plant purveyors, and here are our proven favorites.
According to former staffer Asad Syrkett, this beginner-friendly, Instagrammable monstera just needs water weekly, and its lightweight, neutral-colored planter goes with any decor.
This Japanese water-measurement tool offers instant feedback on the health of your plants. Designed to measure water and pH levels, the thermometer-shaped device turns blue when your plant is healthy, and news editor Megan Barber uses it to keep her plants in good shape.