You don’t need to jet off on a retreat to get thehealth-boosting, soul-enriching benefits of a more wellness-focused life. We tried dozens of affordable products in a wide range of categories and asked: Is this really going to make a difference? Is it worth a place in our homes and yours? The result is this collection of 29 items designed to give a lift to your physical, mental, and environmental wellness.
From weighted blankets to mindfulness cards to meditation apps, here are the best products that’ll help quiet the mind and put you at ease while pursuing a healthy wellbeing.
Best Sound Machine
LectroFan Sound Machine
One tester called the LectroFan a lifesaver—she can finally sleep again. Pop the compact machine right on your nightstand, choose from 20 fan and white noise sounds, and let the timer turn it off while you’re fast asleep.
Best Weighted Blanket
$151.20 (20% off)
Filled with fine-grade glass beads, the Gravity Blanket evenly distributes weight over your body, utilizing deep touch pressure stimulation to calm stress and anxiety. It’s fitted inside a micro-plush duvet for a truly cozy hug.
Best Mindfulness Reminder
Designed to promote self-awareness, this card deck features thought-provoking short phrases for you to ponder. One tester kept cards she liked best at the front of her desk so she could
refer to them later.
BEST WELLNESS PODCAST
Wellness Mama Podcast
This weekly podcast is not just for mamas: Host Katie Wells brings in doctors and other experts to explore health and wellness issues like autoimmune disorders, toxins, and other hot topics. Informative and entertaining.
Best Indoor Herb Garden
Organic Home Garden
This gardening kit comes with everything needed to grow certified-organic herbs at home, even if you don’t have a backyard. The instruction booklet makes it easy for beginners to fill a windowsill with basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, and parsley.
BEST APP TO LIMIT SCREEN TIME
Flora-Focus Habit Tracker App
Here’s a delightful way to cut back on mindless scrolling: You tell the Flora app how long a break you need, and it plants a virtual seed. If you resist the phone, the seed grows into a healthy tree, but break the cleanse early, and the tree dies. Focus—for the tree!
BEST GRATITUDE JOURNAL
The Five Minute Journal
With five short prompts for morning and night, this well-made journal cultivates an “attitude of gratitude” and nudges recipients to focus on the positives. One tester noted that the daily quotes helped put her in the mindset to journal.
BEST MEDITATION APP
There are a lot of good meditation apps out there, but testers found this one particularly approachable and customizable. Its On-the-Go feature, for instance, lets you choose a meditation based on how much time you have and what else you’re doing.
BEST ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
Jasmine Essential Oil Diffuser
This essential oil diffuser has a modern design that spruces up a table while truly filling the room with a relaxing aromatic smell like lavender or sage. Its continuous mode has a run time of about eight hours, while the interval mode disperses fragrances into the air for more than 20 hours without over-perfuming the space.
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BEST LUNCH CONTAINER
4-Cup Food Storage Container
Made with Pyrex glass, this deep container makes storing and microwaving leftovers easy, safe, and, crucially, secure: After placing the food-filled container on its side, our tester confirmed that the lid was truly leakproof.
BEST ECO-FRIENDLY DISH SOAP
Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap
Testers said this cruelty-free plant-based soap worked well on everything from dishes to greasy pans. One tester tried other products in the line (a hand soap and a multi-surface cleanser) and vouched for those as well.
BEST REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
Made with durable recycled nylon, these stylish, machine-washable bags hold 50 pounds (whether we can carry that much is another story!). After several months, this alternative to plastic is still going strong and has become our tester’s go-to for grocery trips.
BEST TRAVEL COFFEE MUG
White Marble Traveler
Featuring triple-layer insulation, this stainless steel mug keeps coffee and tea hot for up to 11 hours with the lid on. One tester noted that the wide mouth made filling and cleaning easy. The Traveler also kept ice water cold overnight.
BEST REUSABLE STRAWS
Reusable Silicone Straws Pack
Made of eco-friendly silicone, these reusable straws are bendy, temperature resistant, and easy to clean with the accompanying squeegees. The carrying case means you’ll never again have to grab a plastic straw and feel guilty.
Cotton Muslin Produce Bags
These breathable drawstring bags hold produce and grains securely; in our testing, herbs stayed fresher than in plastic bags.
Ideal for beginners and experts alike, this dishwasher- safe bamboo-fiber composter resists scratches and looks great on countertops. Thanks to the carbon filters, one tester said there was no stink even up close, and the container kept the compost from attracting pests.
BEST FOOD WRAP
Beeswax Food Wraps
These biodegradable beeswax wraps keep produce fresh, eliminating the need for plastic wrap. Testers say they successfully mold around food items with just the heat from your hands—and stay put. Fair warning: The beeswax does feel a tad sticky, but testers still raved.
BEST BAR SOAP
Sweet Orange & Vanilla Body Wash
This compact body wash bar is all-around sustainable: made entirely with vegan and biodegradable ingredients and shipped in plastic-free packaging. Our tester reported plenty of suds and a delicious scent, so your ethical shower can still be a relaxing escape.
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BEST WAY TO STAND MORE
AlleyOop Wood Rocker Board
If sitting is the new smoking, this board is your key to quitting. Testers said it seemed stable and natural to stand on while they worked, but the gentle rocking feels great—it’s designed to increase blood flow and improve energy.
BEST FITNESS TRACKER
The newest Fitbit still counts steps like a champ, but the game changer is the built-in GPS, making it much easier to track your distance and pace. You could even (gasp!) leave your phone at home, since it also has tap-to-pay functionality.
BEST PAIN RELIEF
Hot and Cold Clay Wrap
Applying heat therapy that requires plugs and wires can be another pain in the neck. This simple yet reliable clay-filled wrap heats up in the microwave, stays warm, and does its soothing without any fuss.
BEST HAND SANITIZER
Hand Sanitizer Spray
This EWG-verified spray is made with natural ingredients, and testers loved the light lavender scent. They also noted how quickly it dried, leaving their hands feeling soft.
BEST SLEEP MASK
40 Blinks Eye Mask
This lightweight sleep mask kept everything pitch-dark without making testers claustrophobic, they said. The molded cups give your eyes enough room to blink, and the adjustable strap lets you choose how snugly it fits.
BEST AT-HOME HEALTH MONITOR
Complete Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
This sleek Omron monitor measures both blood pressure and EKG at once, then syncs data recordings to an app, making it easier to monitor improvements for medical appointments. Our tester was pleased with how easy it was to use right out of the box.
BEST HEALTHY FOOD GADGET
This three-blade spiralizer has a brilliant secret: a large suction cup. While you smoothly crank out long swirls of veggie noodles, the device stays put, taking the hard work out of the whole shebang.
Finding the right pillow comes down to one factor—and it isn’t your sleeping position. This hypoallergenic pillow has the secret: a side zipper that lets you remove and add back its memory foam and microfiber fill as needed, customizing it for your own best night’s sleep.
BEST MASSAGER UNDER $30
Tiny but mighty, this massager loosens up tense muscles with a soft silicone roller. It’s particularly great for the back and shoulders, testers said: The design helps target muscles between the shoulder blades without putting pressure on the bone.
BEST MASSAGER FOR YOUR NECK
oCuddle Shoulder Massager
The way the oCuddle fits around your shoulders via adjustable straps makes it a dream for hard-to-reach areas. Kneading nodes rotate in two directions for extra soothing, and the just-right heat level is a nice bonus.
BEST MASSAGER WITH PERCUSSION THERAPY
The Theragun Mini uses fast, powerful pulses to penetrate muscles, delivering benefits similar to those of a deep-tissue massage. Testers said it was easy to use, light enough to hold, and extremely quiet. The brand also has an app to guide you through evenly treating muscles without injury.
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