A $9 Tile Hack, a Viral Desk Chair, and More of Your Top Purchases From 2022
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Domino readers bought (and loved) a lot over the past year. The stories you shopped—nitty-gritty buyer’s guides, home tours, product reviews, news, trend reports (arched entryways, anyone?), and intel on designer collaborations—served up a smorgasbord of popular buys, ranging from an affordable $9 tile hack on Amazon to a splurgy $900 hybrid mattress.
Here’s our full list of the best-selling products of 2022—according to your shopping carts, of course.
As seen in: We Scored You an Exclusive Promo Code for Courteney Cox’s Home Fragrance Obsession
When we pointed out that the best deal to shop from Courteney Cox’s new brand, Homecourt, was to bundle, you listened. Last year, the former Friends cast member launched a series of fancy perfume-esque soaps, sprays, candles, and lotions that readers couldn’t stop snatching up. The Kitchen Trio caught the most attention. Not only is it a great starting point to try out nearly everything the line has to offer, it made a great gift idea for cleaning obsessives (one we imagine Monica Geller wouldn’t turn down receiving herself) throughout the holiday season.
If you took Cox’s advice last fall and went with Cipres Mint—a sweet yet grassy mixture of mint tea leaves and herbs—now’s a great time to give one of the three other scents a try: Cece, Steeped Rose, and Neroli Leaf.
As seen in: Our Be-All and End-All List of the Best Mattresses, No Matter Which Type You Prefer
A mattress is not a one-size-fits-all situation. It’s one of the most personal (and biggest) purchases you might make, and of all the beds we recommended throughout 2022, there was one Domino readers we’re willing to go all in on more than any other: the DreamCloud Hybrid.
Through extensive research and interviews, we found the brand’s signature model to be a boon for side snoozing, one of the most popular sleeping positions (74% of us are more comfortable lying on the left or right rather than our stomachs or backs). Five layers of foam over individually wrapped coils, as well as a cashmere top, live up to the name: This 14-inch-tall mattress delivers cloudlike comfort that refuses to sink. This quality support isn’t the only reason it rose to best-selling status here at Domino, however: It also ships in four business days; provides a hassle-free unboxing experience; is backed by a lifetime warranty and yearlong risk-free trial; and costs less than $1,000 for a queen. Bonus—it’s an extra 25% off now during an ongoing Holiday Sale.
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These fish-shaped tawashi dishcloths topped our list of best-sellers two months in a row. Made from 100% cotton, they’re gentle enough to scrub nonstick surfaces clean in addition to your daily dinnerware. Multiple reviewers confirm the crocheted construction is incredibly durable, standing up wash after wash. “Supercute at a great price,” one purchaser comments. “Sent as a gift, and she loved them.”
In fact, that’s when Domino editors scooped this adorable-looking pair up. A budget-friendly, practical gift, the duo is crazy affordable; why not wrap them up for a loved one with eclectic taste? While our favored blue and red option is no longer available, we did spot a flashier colorway in metallic silver and gold for a couple bucks more than the original $10 price tag.
As seen in: The 41 Best Last-Minute Gifts You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Give
Who knew squeeze-bottle olive oil could be a status pantry item? Domino readers love it as much as the internet-famous cookbook author Molly Baz does (peep the EVOO duo on the cover of our Work & Play issue). It’s an easy gifting win for practiced home chefs and new cooks alike; the retro design is actually key to keeping your hands and kitchen mess-free, and we’d wager the curvy silhouette and groovy graphics are why it’s so highly sought after. That and, of course, the affordable price tag—instead of a $35 onetime purchase, you can subscribe for just $31 per shipment. Squirt out a bunch of Sizzle, a mellower cooking oil, to fry up a meal, and finish off a salad or sandwich with the punchier Drizzle.
As seen in: The Viral Amazon Desk Chair Is Back in Stock
If your preferred seated position is crisscross applesauce, you’re likely already familiar with the armless desk chair that went viral on TikTok last year. The puffy, pillowy seat is a roomy 25.5 inches, which is likely why its reviewers use words like super-comfortable, very comfortable, and really comfortable to describe it. It’s the sort of backing that made Domino readers confident enough to purchase en masse. Unlike most ergonomic office chairs, this one doesn’t look like it would belong on a spaceship. Instead its neutral charm fits into a range of decor schemes, so you can sit pretty and comfy.
As seen in: The Dog Supplies Domino Editors Swear By
It became crystal clear that our readers are dog people and pet parents (much like us) when our top-selling product last September was a treat-dispensing toy from Chewy. Art director Kim Gray came across the item when searching for something to preoccupy her Boston terrier puppy. It’s designed to bobble, encouraging four-legged friends to knock it around for kibble, much like a brain-teasing puzzle you can adjust in difficulty. Gray’s personal experience, however, likely wasn’t the only reason readers brought this one home themselves—it’s also backed by more than 1,500 positive reviews on Chewy. “This thing is awesome! It keeps my beagle distracted/occupied a bit longer than a standard treat ball. I always put it out for her before I leave the house, and it has made the transition of leaving her uncrated a lot easier,” one commenter attests.
As seen in: The Best Bathroom Vanities to Buy When You Want a One-and-Done Reno
We’re guessing there were more than a few of you with a bathroom renovation project last year, because this double-sink cabinet sold like hotcakes. Of all the favorites listed in our guide to the best bathroom vanities, this one from Everly Quinn was a top sell. It’s large, with two roomy cabinets and three recessed drawers in the center, and features a wainscoting-like detail that makes it look far more expensive than it actually is. It’s often on sale (right now, for instance, it’s more than half off its original $3,000 asking price), and past purchasers confirm it’s even prettier in person. One writes, “It looks great! Excellent quality. Heavy. Solid. So happy I went with this piece! Worth every penny!”
As seen in: This $9 Amazon Find Made My Grimy Rental Shower Look Good as New
We’re guessing our readers had tried every grout-cleaning hack in the book, or simply grew weary of constant scrubbing, eager to give our style editor Julia Stevens’s tried-and-true hack a try: paint. This particular pen, sold on Amazon, costs just $9 and covers 150 feet of 2-millimeter grout. Described by Stevens as a white-out marker for your grout lines (though the company also offers 11 other hues), all you need to do is draw over each line and wipe away the excess (a simpler, less laborious, and more cost-effective process than having to regrout an entire room). The process took Stevens only about 15 minutes, and while it dries in five minutes, you’ll want to wait six hours until your next shower.
As seen in: The Best Tabletop Firepits Include a Mini Wood-Burning Solo Stove for Under $100
Solo Stoves are a favorite outdoor upgrade among Domino readers. We saw a lot of interest in the lightweight, low-maintenance firepits last spring, a time when many of us start thinking about low-lift ways to elevate patios, backyards, and balcony spaces. But it wasn’t until the brand came out with a tabletop version of its best-seller that people went wild. Like its other options, the Mesa is fueled by wood or pellets, but it’s less than 7 inches tall and weighs no more than 2 pounds—basically the size of a football. It’s the no-brainer solution for those of us with limited (or no) outdoor space to still enjoy a fire, and perhaps even light up a few s’mores.
As seen in: Domino’s Good Design Awards 2022
For the longest time, there weren’t a lot of creative options to choose from when it came to picking out a fridge. Just a few finishes—namely white, stainless steel, or black—and a few simple door designs (side-by-side, French, top or bottom freezers). We’ve seen all sorts of DIYs to add a little pizazz to this appliance, from paint to contact paper. But getting a colorful fridge from the start? Readers were all over Samsung’s bespoke line for this customizable feature.
With the four-door flex model, not only are there options between glass, matte glass, and steel—all of which come in a variety of colors, from sky blue to rose pink, that you can switch out for an all-tonal or color-blocked effect—but the depth, too, depending on if you want to go with a standard fit or built-in look. All that was left was getting a final stamp of approval from guest judges Leanne Ford and Carmeon Hamilton for our first official Good Design Awards for it to become a Domino best-seller.
As seen in: In Athena Calderone’s New Crate & Barrel Collab, a Bowl Is Also a Candleholder
One of Athena Calderone’s favorite pieces from her Crate & Barrel collection is this pedestal bowl. She divulged to our deputy editor, Julie Vadnal, that it pulls double duty as a taper candleholder. Shoppers are equally obsessed with the unique design, as one comments, “This ancient-looking yet modern bowl is so dainty and beautiful and sits proudly on my dining table. Every time I look at it I smile. It’s a soft, creamy white with a textural feel. It’s earthy and strong. The most gorgeous sculptural bowl you’ll ever see.”
As seen in: This $40 Magnetic Shelf Is Only 3.5 Inches Deep, But It Holds Spice Jars, Tiny Pots, and Even an Open Cookbook
Designed to appear like an extension of a standard stove, the StoveShelf (it’s sold in white, black, and stainless steel) doesn’t require glue or screws to hold it upright, making it a boon for renters who could do with a bit more counter space for all their salts and spices. Magnets are the secret, and its no-frills install and budget-friendly price tag likely won over readers as much as it did our deputy commerce editor, Samantha Weiss-Hills. We love that it’s deep enough (3.5 inches) to comfortably hold an upright cookbook or even a Dansk butter warmer, she remarks. That, and it’ll ship for free in two days if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
As seen in: Sarah Sherman Samuel’s Latest Collab Is Your One-Stop Shop for Wall Decor
You were willing to splurge on this sculptural mirror from Sarah Sherman Samuel’s line with reader-favorite retailer Lulu and Georgia. And we can’t blame you—the scalloplike, wavy trim can be hung or propped up against a wall, adding a subtle, glamorous statement to any room. The design is inspired by Samuel’s affinity for water, whether that’s waves of the sea or lake tides. One buyer reveals that while it is pretty heavy (55 pounds), it stands just fine on its own. “A stunning and highly original piece of artisanship. It makes me happy just to look at it!” they add.
As seen in: The Smart Plug-In Diffuser That Blends in With My White Walls
Pura’s smart diffuser has been a reader favorite since we first reviewed it. During every seasonal sale, whether that’s Labor Day or Black Friday, the plug-in device has been scooped up in big batches, along with its exclusive scents from our favorite candle brands like Nest, Capri, and Apotheke.
We know it can be tricky to purchase an unknown fragrance online. Will it be too strong or too weak, too floral or too sweet? We guess you also liked that, with Pura, you can control how strong an essential oil is emitted, and during what times of day, so you don’t have to worry about snuffing out a candle (or letting one burn too long). This thing is also a secret nightlight, and all of its features can be controlled via an app on your phone.
As seen in: Unsurprisingly, the Stripy Robe Harry Styles Rocks Backstage Is Nearly Sold Out
Dusen Dusen’s lime green striped bathrobe swiftly sold out after it was spotted hanging in the bathroom of a then-touring Harry Styles. In response, we offered up a variety of other robe colors and patterns from the Brooklyn-based studio—and shortly after, Domino readers purchased those, too. To be honest, how could they not? Ellen van Dusen’s signature stripes are made from absorbent 100% cotton and finished with deep pockets that stash everything from cell phones to snacks. We’re pretty sure shoppers felt like superstars, à la Styles’s glam-rock vibes, from the couch at home.
As seen in: This $279 Walmart Bouclé Chair Made Us Do a Double Take
While the original thrifty twin to Gwyneth Paltrow’s CB2 bouclé chair has since sold out, Domino readers were just as enamored with plenty of other affordable Goop look-alikes in 2022. Your favorite runner-up: this Wayfair option. It delivers on the same, easy-elegance vibes without that $999 price tag. For half of that, you can bring home the Orren Ellis version that reviewers verify is pretty close to identical. “The measurements are the exact same and the swivel is smooth! Couldn’t recommend more,” one comment reads. (We imagine free shipping was also a big draw.)
As seen in: These Runners Will Make Your Dinner-Party Table Look Instantly Set
We’ll just lay it out: Domino readers love Serena & Lily. This 100% abaca table runner is the embodiment of beach house vibes we’ve come to expect of the California-based brand. The scalloped edge would give any table a preppy, East Coast touch. It also gives you more bang for your buck—our style editor says that while many runners are more mealtime-specific, you can leave this one on the table as decor.
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This funky version of a typical toolbox was the major storage upgrade many of you were missing last year. It offers separate compartments for every tool so it won’t swallow up screwdrivers and wrenches. There are no latches or zippers that can break, and since it’s made from water-resistant steel, you didn’t have to worry about snags or rips.
We’re guessing Domino readers were also sold after reading a handful of the 700-plus positive reviews on this nearly 5-star product. One comments on Amazon, “I have owned probably a hundred different cases, bags, and totes in the last 30 years. Including many I have designed and built on my own. Only a very few have I enjoyed as much as this little guy. If there is a zen master class on tool tote design, this one wins. This thing is so sensibly designed I have to wonder why I have not seen one sooner. It’s compact, stable, and easy to keep organized.”
As seen in: I’m an Obsessive Steamer—Here’s What I Think of the Nori Iron
Backed by Stevens (whose love language is ironing garments and her duvet cover) and coupled with a Black Friday deal too good to pass up, the handheld Nori iron earned a spot on our list of the best-selling products of 2022. While a traditional iron has one hot surface, the Nori is made up of two heated plates that come together as you press and pull the device along your garments; it’s most effective for collars, cuffs, hems, and pleated slacks, Stevens shared in her review.
As seen in: The Best Glass Cleaner Is Plant-Based and Leaves Your Surfaces Schmutz-Free
Domino readers were just as excited as we were to come across a glass cleaner that not only works well but smells as good as a candle and looks supercute in its bottled design. Seriously, we’d keep this one on display in over-the-toilet storage; the matte green design and simple logo is that nice. Plus the formula is nontoxic and naturally powerful, using plant-derived ingredients like mineral salts and coconut oil that banish grime and keep static at bay. Another likely reason behind its popularity? It won’t cost you more than $8, even when it comes to the 32-ounce refill.
As seen in: Drew Barrymore—Along With 90K Amazon Reviewers—Is Obsessed With This $30 Cleaning Tool
A celebrity endorsement is an easy sell, but one that also comes backed by 100,000-plus 5-star Amazon reviews? That’s venturing into irresistible territory, and Domino readers were right there with us. The praise for this giant $30 lint roller spans “life changing” to “the holy grail of hair removal.” Just roll the tool across any fur-riddled fabric to get the job done—no batteries, cords, or adhesive sheets required. It’s reusable, which makes the price tag an easier pill to swallow—it certainly was for our audience, considering it was a top sell in September, shortly after Drew Barrymore admitted she too falls victim to viral-ness.
As seen in: I’ll Never Travel Again Without These Leakproof Containers
After flying cross-country without spilling a single drop of shampoo, Vadnal confirmed that Cadence’s reusable capsules were virtually leakproof. For Domino readers with travel plans, that endorsement made the product a go-to. Sold in six millennial-approved pastel hues with interchangeable labels (soap, lotion, pills, jewelry, etc.), the containers are not only made with recycled plastics headed for the ocean, they’re TSA approved. Win-win-win.
As seen in: After Weeks of Testing, I’m Unashamed to Declare These Toilet Drops Were $25 Well Spent
Room sprays often only mask the scent of bathroom business and cloud the air, and essential oils aren’t always safe to put in your toilet. So when staff writer Kenya Foy tested her latest obsession—DedCool Poop Drops—Domino readers bought in. Somehow, the makers behind our favorite laundry detergent have found the scent solution, and our audience didn’t need much convincing to hop on the bandwagon, aside from Foy’s retelling of her personal experience with the sustainably made product.
As seen in: My Freezer Is Finally Organized Thanks to This Ingenious Ice Tray
The Lekue Ice Box has been a hit since contributing editor Cat Dash first gushed about its space-saving prowess. This chic compact container not only chills asymmetrical cubes in the silicone top, but can store up to 132 of the frozen hexagons at a time for easy serving. It comes fully endorsed by 1,000-plus reviews on Amazon, too. While it gets a good amount of attention in the warmer months, this genius little product also found itself in many Domino readers’ carts over the holidays, when everyone was busy hosting.
As seen in: Leanne Ford Just Made Pickleball Gear Chic
Domino readers were not immune to the pickleball trend. Deemed by The New York Times as the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., everyone was game to give this new competition a try, including designer Leanne Ford herself. She collaborated with Recess to create a line of stylish paddles and matching balls that we were all eager to scoop up for ourselves—so much so that the whole collection was sold out for months.
Luckily, all of her striking designs are back in stock. The Skater, a combination of two painterly checkerboard patterns, was a fan favorite.
As seen in: The Best Mops to Bring Home Are Lightweight and Let You Skip the Bucket
When we set out to find the best mop, True & Tidy’s spray option proved to be a cut above the rest in terms of waste and value. Instead of disposable spray pads, the handy cleaning tool comes equipped with reusable, microfiber cloths that can simply be popped into the washing machine when chores are done. And it’s often on sale for less than $20. The battery-free operation, compatibility with pretty much any cleaning solution, and lightweight frame (just 2 pounds) made it even more compelling. Oh, and the fact that the simple, crowd-pleasing, sleek white isn’t the only colorway to choose from—there’s blush pink and bright blue, too. Here’s to happy cleaning in 2023.
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