Here at RetailMeNot, we’re all about finding a good deal. But even more than that, we want to help you find the best products for whatever you need—whether it’s a quick buy or a bigger investment.
That’s why each month, we’re rounding up the most popular items and products we’ve covered that Real Deal readers bought the previous month. Curious what’s in people’s homes and online carts? Find out below!
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Here’s What Real Deal Shoppers Bought in May
1. SAGUARO Lightweight Breathable Slip-On Sneaker at Amazon
It must mean that summer is officially here when this sneaker-y water shoe and Croc alternative that came in at No. 5 last month became the hottest product of May. With 31 colors and sizes for the whole family, it’s no wonder these shoes are sliding into our shopping carts.
2. Echelon Smart Connect Fitness Bike at Amazon
An easy and fun way to get in a workout, fitness bikes are still riding strong as the preferred piece of fitness equipment for at-home gyms. Slip into those toe cages and get ready for some sprints, climbs and tapbacks with this sleek and stylish bike that’s a more affordable option than the trendy Peloton. It even comes with a variety of on-demand and live classes, and a music library that includes the best tunes in the industry.
3. ENGEL High Performance Hard Cooler and Icebox at Amazon
‘Tis the season of beach days, camping trips, backyard BBQs and tailgating! Having a quality cooler is essential for summer, but if you’re not ready to shell out the big bucks for brand names like YETI, readers love this ENGEL cooler that’s more affordable and will keep ice up to 10 days!
4. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum at Amazon
While spring cleaning may have come and gone, the search for a quality vacuum is always on. We gave this modern, budget-friendly vacuum cleaner high marks for versatility, price and functionality—even busting tricky debris, like pet hair, in a flash. But don’t just take our word for it. 15,000 reviewers give this vacuum 5 stars, so it’s no wonder it was one of our top-shopped products last month!
5. Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back Multifunction Chair at Amazon
With the pandemic changing where and how many of us work, office furniture and products have now become priorities on our shopping lists. An often overlooked piece of office decor is the chair—you know, that thing you sit on for hours on end in front of a desk or computer. It’s an essential investment for those long workdays. While Herman Miller is the cream of the crop when it comes to ergonomic chairs, the brand’s products come with hefty price tags. This office chair from Amazon is a popular and affordable alternative with adjustable features and a cool, breathable mesh back for extra comfort.
Here’s What Real Deal Shoppers Bought in April
1. Goyard Dupes and Alternatives at Amazon
These affordable alternatives to the luxury Goyard Tote moved from second place last month to first place in April, further proving that handbags are a girl’s best friend. The trendy tote is world-famous for being the ultimate luxury accessory for fashion lovers, and also makes a great Mother’s Day gift if you’re still looking.
2. UnboxMe Care Package at Amazon
This is another item that has unsurprisingly made its way into this list before. Care packages are a popular, thoughtful gift to send to friends and family for holidays (hint, hint: Mother’s Day), special occasions or just because—especially during a time when it’s not always easy to see each other.
3. Canyon Coolers Outfitter Series at Amazon
As the weather heats up, so does interest in coolers and outdoor gear. And while YETI is one of the most recognizable names in the cooler game, many of us aren’t ready to drop a few hundred dollars on the thing. This Canyon cooler is such a popular YETI alternative that it’s currently out of stock, but we’ve rounded up additional options that do the job just as well.
4. Antique Gold Victoria Scroll Mirror at Kirkland’s
There’s an excellent chance you’ve seen Anthropologie’s ornate Gleaming Primrose Mirror around. It’s trending everywhere on social media. And while we’d love to show it off in our own homes, our wallets… not so much. Thankfully, our editor Shannon put together a list of affordable alternatives and dupes, and this gorgeous version from Kirkland’s made its way into many of your carts.
5. SAGUARO Lightweight Breathable Slip-On Sneaker at Amazon
Crocs, the “absurdly comfortable, lightweight, breathable, washable, easy to kick on and off, relatively inexpensive and guaranteed to put a smile on your face” shoe, is the footwear of summer. But if you’re not ready to lean all the way into the brand, this slip-on sneaker from SAGUARO is a super-popular and stylish alternative.
Here’s What Real Deal Shoppers Bought in March
1. Baby Registry at buybuy BABY
New parents want to ensure they’re prepared for their new bundle of joy, and after a year of cancelled baby showers, a baby registry can come in handy. Taking the No. 1 spot this past month, buybuy BABY’s registry comes with tons of perks and baby freebies, including an instant 20% off, free personal shoppers and an in-store goodie bag filled with coupons and product samples ranging from a Chicco pacifier to a “Baby on Board” window sign. Sign us up!
2. Goyard Tote Alternatives at Amazon
The trendy Goyard Tote is world-famous for being the ultimate luxury accessory and holy-grail for fashion lovers. But it comes with a hefty price tag. Our editor Shannon interviewed RetailMeNot Goyard Tote owners and researched affordable alternatives to find the absolute best, and these Amazon dupes are the clear favorite.
3. Maybe Swearing Will Help Coloring Book at Amazon
We all need a creative outlet from time to time, and this adults-only coloring book is a good way to relieve stress and have some fun. You can even send it as a care package to your BFF! This particular set was so popular it was sold out for awhile, but it’s available again!
4. Coleman Xtreme 5 Cooler at Amazon
With the weather warming up, we’re almost into cooler season! If you’re not ready to splurge on a YETI (we don’t blame you), we rounded up affordable and quality alternatives that will keep your food and beverages cold just as long. This Coleman hard cooler is a clear favorite at just a fraction of the price. Plus, it doubles as extra seating in a pinch: The easy-to-clean seat lid has four cupholders!
5. Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike
Every month this year we’ve highlighted a cycling bike that’s made it in the shopping carts of many a Real Deal reader. Coming in at No. 5 is the Schwinn IC4 and coincidentally, this is the spin bike I just purchased a couple weeks ago.
My own opinion? I’m in love. If you’re familiar with cycling, you’ll recognize the trusted Schwinn name, and it comes at a way more affordable price tag than a Peloton. The bike was incredibly easy to put together on my own and has all of the bells and whistles I need and miss from my long-lost days in the spin studio. It comes with 3-pound weights, a heart rate monitor and a LCD console that monitors heart rate, speed, time, distance, calories and RPMs. One of the major selling points for me was that it does not come with a screen if I want to just ride to my own beat, but also has a space for my tablet or smartphone to connect and stream Peloton, Zwift and Explore the World apps when I need some extra motivation.
Here’s What Real Deal Shoppers Bought in February
1. CraveBox Care Package at Amazon
Care packages remain one of the top-shopped items on our list each month! This version that was the most popular in February features nostalgic snacks and candy for that special someone.
2. Sex Dice Game for Adults at Amazon
These naughty dice came in at spot No. 2 for couples who got creative (and adventurous) this month. A sexy Valentine’s Day gift, the six- and 10-sided dice generate up to 60 different foreplay options, with a 12-sided dice that determines which position to try first. The game comes with an explanatory booklet with images and notes, plus added relationship and intimacy tips.
3. Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit at Amazon
Over several weeks, watch the metamorphosis of a chrysalis into a butterfly with this educational kit. My best friend sent me this butterfly garden for my quarantine birthday last year, and it is one of the most unique and memorable gifts I’ve ever received. Perfect for those of us who are spending more time at home, kids and adults alike will love following along in the transformation.
4. Birthday Party Homesick Scented Candle at Amazon
Another unique and creative quarantine birthday idea came in at spot No. 4 last month. For those of us who will miss slicing into a birthday cake or throwing a party this year (some for the second time!), this candle with notes of vanilla butter cream is reminiscent of the real thing!
5. YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary at Amazon
Home exercise equipment was popular again last month, with many of us beefing up our home gyms in order to stay healthy and fit. This stationary bike with over 6,000 5-star reviews came in at No. 5 as a popular and affordable alternative to the pricey Peloton.
Here’s What Real Deal Shoppers Bought in January
1. UnboxMe Care Package at Amazon
We love the idea of sending care packages to friends and family for holidays, special occasions or just because—especially during a time when it’s not easy to see each other. You can create your own or there are plenty of thoughtful, unique and fun options out there to send to your boo, bestie or mom, like this box of winter pandemic essentials that came in at number one last month.
2. Echelon Smart Connect Fitness Bikes at Amazon
The home gym trend isn’t going anywhere, and this best-selling sleek and stylish indoor bike that came in at number two in January is proof. A way more affordable option than the trendy Peloton, this lighter version comes with a variety of on-demand and live classes. Who’s ready for some tap backs?
3. Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier at Amazon
The dry winter months can take a toll on your skin and impact your breathing, which is why we love using warm mist humidifiers. One of our editors picked this quiet Vicks version with over 12,000 ratings as one of the best to invest in for your home and your health. Not only does it warm your space, help hydrate your skin and clear your airways (and help you snore less!), but it can also help preserve wood furnishings and hardwood flooring that may become dry and cracked during the winter.
4. Buff Pro Multi-Surface Microfiber Cleaning Cloths at Amazon
A new year brings a host of self-improvement resolutions, like being more organized! To help, we put together this list of products that Marie Kondo would approve of, and these microfiber cleaning cloths that pick up everything are a clear favorite!
5. Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream at Amazon
If you’re a beauty or skin care addict, you’ve definitely heard of La Mer’s iconic Crème de la Mer. And you also probably know that the moisturizer costs a pretty penny. Our editor Shannon did the research and found some great alternatives that will moisturize and renew your skin, but for way less, and this Mario Badescu cream is one of her favorites—and yours, too!