This pillow is our favorite.
Pillows are every bit as unique as the person who uses them. Some people prefer fluffy pillows while others want to rest their heads on flat-like surfaces. We
tested bed pillows and found that the Xtreme Comforts Memory Foam Pillow from Amazon was the best you could buy. It’s fluffy, it fits your frame, and it helped our testers get the perfect night’s sleep.
Personally, I own and swear by the
Layla Kapok Pillow. She’s not cheap—about $100 for the queen-sized version—but it is truly the most comfortable pillow I’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping on. Truthfully, my husband bought this pillow for himself at the beginning of the year, but once I felt how comfy it was, I quickly claimed it as my own. 4. A set of sheets to round out your new bedding set
Brooklinen makes our favorite set of bed sheets.
Think quick—how old are your sheets? If you can’t remember (or don’t want to), it’s time to upgrade. Use your new move as an excuse and pick up a set of high-quality sheets you can enjoy in your new home.
Our favorite bed sheets are from Brooklinen, and while they’re a little pricey, they’re well worth the splurge. We found that they were ridiculously comfortable, easy to wash, and surprisingly kept a cozy temperature during warm months.
Get the Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set for $139 5. Bath mats for all your bathrooms
This bath mat is affordable and effective.
When I moved into my new house, I went from having one tiny bathroom to having three human-sized ones. It was truly awesome, but honestly, there’s a lot that goes into stocking a bathroom. You need shower curtains, soap dispensers, and importantly, bath mats.
You could pick up a cheap bath mat on Amazon for $5, but it won’t last very long—and honestly, you’ll be kicking yourself when you find wet footprints throughout your bathroom. We
tested bath mats and found that the Gorilla Grip Bathroom Mat performed the best. It’s deliciously plush and absorbent, which is everything you could ask for in a bath mat.
Get the Gorilla Grip Original Luxury Chenille Bathroom Mat from Amazon for $22.99 6. Sets of towels for all the guests you’ll host
Don’t these pillows look deliciously fluffy?
You may not be hosting people anytime soon, but as soon as your friends can visit, you’ll want to offer them a set of nice guest towels they can enjoy during their stay. And they’re not guest towels unless they’re the best, which means it’s time to splurge on some fancy (and effective!) towels. Our
favorite bath towels are from Parachute, and the set we recommend comes with two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths. It also comes in six colors, so you can pick the set that best matches your bathroom.
Get the Parachute Classic Bath Towel Set for $114 7. A sparkly new shower head (believe me, you need this)
This showerhead has TWO heads. TWO HEADS!
so passionately about buying new showerheads wherever you go. They’re cheap—you can get a quality shower head for about $20—and they’re yours, so you can kiss the previous owners’ gunk goodbye.
tested showerheads and found our favorite at Walmart. This showerhead actually comes with two heads, which means you can seriously up your shower game. It maintains an impressive water pressure, but most importantly, the mist feature was so incredible, our writer described it as: “the absolute best sensation I have ever had in a shower: It felt like a bunch of angels were gently pelting me with wet cotton clouds.”
Get the Hydroluxe 1433 Chrome 24 Function Ultra-Luxury 3-way 2 in 1 from Walmart for $34.89 8. More rugs than you thought you’d ever buy
This Ruggable rug is dog approved.
Sometimes the apartment gods bless you with hardwood floors, and sometimes you’re left with old carpets from generations of old tenets. Either way, you’ll need some new rugs, whether you’re hiding stains or protecting beautiful floors. Our favorite place to buy rugs is
Ruggable, which offers machine-washable rugs in a variety of shapes and designs.
Personally, every rug in my house comes from Wayfair, which offers the best rug pricing I’ve seen in my own hunting. Plus, they offer smaller sizes, which were perfect for placing under my cats’ litter box.
9. Fresh plants to brighten up your space
The Sill sells some of the cutest houseplants we’ve seen.
Adding fresh plants is the quickest way to add life and character to your home. And when it comes to mail-order plants, it doesn’t get better than
The Sill, which has carved out a special place in our hearts. Our managing editor Meghan Kavanaugh tried The Sill last year, and her precious plant baby Branche Deveraux is still thriving, even though she couldn’t see her for about six months during the pandemic.
I received a
Pink Anthurium as a housewarming present, and while I don’t know anything about plants, I am absolutely obsessed with her. She’s low-maintenance, doesn’t like the sun, and she looks great on my desk.
Shop plants from The Sill 10. Curtains to tie the room together
We are obsessed with our curtains from Society6.
I had never really paid attention to curtains before, until I moved into a house with no blinds or curtains. Turns out you need some kind of window treatment to keep people from seeing directly into your home—who knew?
If you’re looking for cute curtains, I highly recommend
Society6, which is where we got our curtains for our new home. Each curtain pattern is designed by an artist, so you know you’re getting unique and attractive designs. You can also shop from Wayfair, which offers a great selection of chic and affordable curtains, too. 11. Home decor, because your walls can’t be bare
I am OBSESSED with the Vintage Pyrex line at Pocono Modern.
There are two things I really love above all else: cooking and “Star Wars.” It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that my home decor really leans into both. My kitchen is spotted with the Le Creuset Star Wars collection, while my office is sprinkled with “Star Wars” posters from many different times and places.
My favorite thing I’ve picked up this year is from a small shop called Pocono Modern. They sell tea towels, recipe cards, and framed pictures all featuring
Vintage Pyrex. As soon as I got my prints, I was obsessed—they’re absolutely adorable and blend perfectly with my aesthetic. Plus, they made my mom jealous, which always makes me feel like I’ve made a good decision. 12. A WiFi extender if your home is big (or twisty)
There’s no substitute for reliable WiFi.
For the first time in my adult life, I’m living in a home with two levels. It’s cool, but it also means we had to figure out how to get the internet to work across the house, not just in one corner. We
tested mesh WiFi systems, and our favorite was the Google Nest Mesh System. My husband and I ended up getting this system for our house and we were shocked at how easy it was to set up—and how quickly it worked.
The internet went from moderately stable to incredibly solid, which is really important considering that we’re both working all day from 9-to-5 on our computers. We also really appreciated the fact that the ports doubled as smart assistants.
Get the Google Nest Mesh System from Amazon for $299 13. Smart thermostats so you can start saving energy
A smart thermostat can go a long way.
You truly don’t appreciate how life-changing smart thermostats can be until you own one. We picked up a Google Nest for our home, and while it’s not
Reviewed’s favorite smart thermostat (that would be the Emerson Sensi Touch WiFi Thermostat), my husband and I are obsessed with our Nest. It was easy to install, it’s simple to use, and I can literally control the temperature from my phone, which is incredibly convenient. 14. A smart doorbell you can watch from your phone
The Nest Doorbell is honestly incredibly fun to play with.
Your thermostat isn’t the only device you can control from your phone—if you’re sick of running from the sound of a doorbell like a cat (or is that just me?), we definitely recommend picking up a smart doorbell. The Google Nest Hello Doorbell is the
best one we tested—we liked it even more than the Amazon Ring.
We thought the Google Nest Hello Doorbell has superb video quality. We enjoyed how you can adjust its settings at night for better viewing, and that you can even set it to recognize faces).
Get the Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell from Walmart for $209 15. A smart speaker to control all your new tech
This smart speaker is sleek and powerful.
If you’ve loaded up on new smart tech for your home, you may want to invest in a hub that can control all the other devices you’ve purchased. Our
favorite smart speaker was the Bose Home Speaker 300, which is compatible with both Google Nest and Amazon Alexa products.
Get the Bose Home Speaker 300 from Amazon for $199 16. This smart plug that can help you control your home
You can use a smart plug to turn anything into a smart device.
Ever heard of a smart plug? Honestly, I hadn’t until I started working here. Smart plugs can turn pretty much any object in your home into a smart device. You can hook them up to your phone, then control the settings from wherever you are. We
tested smart plugs and thought the Currant WiFi Smart Outlet performed best. It had superior connectivity compared to other plugs we tried, and worked flawlessly with Google and Amazon smart products.
Get the Currant WiFi Smart Outlet from Amazon for $39.99 17. A Swiffer WetJet to mop up those hard surfaces
The Swiffer WetJet is the best mop I’ve ever owned.
My life changed the day I bought a Swiffer WetJet. I had owned a conventional Swiffer for years, but upgraded to the WetJet after a friend recommended it to me. I regret nothing.
Unlike the standard Swiffer, the WetJet allows you to swap out cleaning solutions, so I can Swiffer the bathroom tiles with the standard formula, but switch to a hardwood-specific one when I need to hit the living room. The Swiffer WetJet is Reviewed’s choice for the
most convenient mop, but it’s my choice for “best cleaning tool in my house.”
Get the Swiffer WetJet from Amazon for $25.99 18. A robot vacuum that can keep your home tidy
This is Ruby the Roomba. Mine is named Riley the Roomba. They’re friends.
After years of writing about the
iRobot Roomba i7+, I finally caved and bought our favorite robot vacuum during one of its summer sales. It’s sleek, effective, and my best friend even made me a label for it with her Cricut.
Get the iRobot Roomba i7+ from Amazon for $799 19. A standing vacuum, because there’s no true replacement
There’s no replacement for a standing vacuum.
Even if you own a stellar robot vacuum like the i7+, you still need a standing vacuum. Robot vacuums are fantastic, but they can’t quite hit the corners like a traditional model. My husband is a cleaning aficionado, so if a product gets his seal of approval, I know it’s really good.
We owned the Bissell CleanView for nearly three years and loved every second of it. It’s actually Reviewed’s choice for the
best affordable vacuum cleaner, and as a previous owner, I can vouch for how much power it gave us for its cost. It’s particularly effective for pet owners—we cleaned up after our two cats for years and never had a problem with clogs or broken parts.
Get the Bissell CleanView from Amazon for $99.99 20. A shop vac, aka my husband’s true love
Pictured: Not my husband.
When I told my husband I was writing this list, he told me I had to include our shop vac, which is, in his opinion, the best thing we’ve
ever purchased. That’s quite a hefty statement, considering we bought a PS4 Pro because he was convinced our PS4 was “probably going to die soon maybe.”
We own the Rigid Shop-Vac, which comes with four different hoses, two nozzle attachments, a hose, a filter, and an entire leaf blower built on top. It works on both wet and dry messes, so we’ve used it to vacuum water from the basement and clean up debris after home improvement projects. If you own a fixer-upper, or just love home projects, this one’s a must-own.
Get the 16 Gal. 6.5-Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum from Home Depot for $99 21. This tool kit you can use to assemble furniture
You need a tool kit. Period.
I have assembled so many pieces of furniture over the past few weeks that I could build a bookcase blindfolded. While shipments usually come with allen wrenches and screws, they don’t come with a screwdriver—or a drill, a rubber mallet, or any number of other tools you’ll probably need to actually build your new furniture.
You need a good toolkit anyway, so you may as well
buy the best one. We love this 65-piece kit from Stanley, which comes with a hammer, level, two screwdrivers, and much more. It’s got everything the first-time homeowner needs.
Get the Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit from Home Depot for $44.97 22. A lawn mower you can use for outdoor chores
Pictured: Also not my husband.
If your new home has a lawn, you need to invest in a lawn mower. There are
so many options to choose from nowadays. You can go push, electric, and even battery-powered, like the one I own, the Ryobi Cordless Battery Mower. This model can cut an entire lawn on one battery without dying. Even better, you can use that battery across any Ryobi-branded tool, so you don’t need to worry about buying 10 different kinds of batteries for all your fancy new power tools.
Get the Ryobi Cordless Battery Mower from Home Depot for $25
9 23. A sprinkler, because yes—you have to water grass
Everything can be smart now–even your sprinklers.
That’s right, grass doesn’t just water itself (unless it rains). Depending on where you live, you may need to water your grass daily to keep it healthy. Forget standing outside with your hose and invest in a
smart sprinkler like the Rachio 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler, which is our favorite model you can buy. We found it incredibly easy to use and even thought it was a breeze to install.
Get the Rachio 3 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler Controller from Amazon for $229 24. A meal kit that requires minimal effort
No cooking dinner? Yes please.
Here’s the thing about moving: it’s exhausting, mentally and physically. The last thing you want to do after a day of unpacking is cook a large meal, which is where
our favorite pre-made meal kit comes in. We thought Freshly had high-quality ingredients, appropriate portion sizes, and a great variety to choose from. If you’re looking for an easy dinner solution while you move, this is the one to try.
Sign up for Freshly 25. Wine delivery—because you deserve it
Dog not included. Sorry.
Let’s be real, I’m not sure I could have made it through our move without wine. I just want to plop down at the end of the day and drink my well-deserved goblet of Chardonnay, OK? I began subscribing to Winc in June and haven’t looked back since. Winc ships you four curated bottles of wine every month and even pairs each bottle with a hand-picked recipe to match the wine. Every bottle has been on-point, and look—you deserve some wine after your successful move.
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