We’re biased, of course, but few things are more fascinating than the shopping habits of others, and here at IndyBest we get more intel on that than most.
Our reader’s purchases throughout February were varied, to say the least. We endured yet another month of lockdown – albeit with the hope of the impending lockdown – so comfort has continued to be high on the agenda: mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows were all very popular investments this month.
Lingerie was another big seller, no doubt thanks to Valentine’s Day – Agent Provocateur and Bluebella were the most popular websites to visit for luxury silk and lace attire, with more affordable purchases from Boux Avenue also seeing an increase.
Wardrobe-wise, the North Face puffer jacket that you’ve been seeing everywhere reigned supreme – no matter what colour you opted for, it’ll be the perfect investment to keep you cosy during this new cold snap.
But even as the chill takes hold again, it seems many of our readers are getting their gardens summer ready, with an impressively affordable chiminea popping up in our most coveted products list too.
Here are the top buys that we’ve seen spiking throughout February, but that will serve you well for many months and years to come – whatever you’re in the market for, you’ll likely find plenty of inspiration below.
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The Emma mattress is the best buy in our mattress round-up, and for good reason: our reviewer says that it’s instantly more comfortable than any of the other “bed-in-a-box” buys, and it’s a great all-rounder that ticks basically all of the boxes for support and upkeep simultaneously. With all of the perks of the product plus a very generous returns policy, it’s no surprise it’s our most purchased mattress this month.
(The North Face)
At the end of January, North Face’s nuptse jacket was named “the hottest product in the world” – and according to our reviewer, it really lives up to the hype, with its design hailed as “a piece of history” (and on a practical level, it’s “supremely warm”). If you already own and love the jacket, check out the equally snug North Face thermoball slippers.
Spotlight oral care teeth whitening system: £39.95, Beautybay.com
Maybe it’s seeing our own reflection staring back at us on countless Zoom calls, maybe it’s the increase in coffee and red wine intake during the last few months (just us?) but either way, it seems like a lot of our readers would like their teeth a couple of shades whiter. This Spotlight set is our best buy for teeth whitening kits, with our reviewer saying: “After a full fortnight’s use, we barely recognised our smile.”
Also on the personal grooming front, there was a surge in interest in this IPL hair removal machine, which our reviewer loved for its elegant design and entirely painless process. There’s currently a promotion running on Current Body which allows you to pick it up for £269, rather than the £299 RRP.
Canon PIXMA TS8350 three-in-one wireless wifi printer: £139, Argos.co.uk
Whether you’re home schooling or just upgrading your home office set-up for WFH longer-term, this wireless printer is just the thing, with more than 2,000 IndyBest readers clicking through to this product listing in February. We named it as our best buy in our round-up of wireless printers for its ease of use, excellent print quality and speedy performance.
While a truly perfect pillow is a tall order, Simba’s £99 hybrid pillow seems to come pretty darn close to that title. As the best buy in our pick of the best pillows, our reviewer dubs it “a versatile pillow, suiting all types of sleepers – front, side and back”, adding that it’s “so comfy, you’ll really miss when you stay away from home.” If you’ve been looking for a dreamy new place to rest your head, consider joining the more than 100 IndyBest readers who placed their order in February for this beauty.
La Hacienda contemporary steel chimanea: £80, Argos.co.uk
It would appear that it’s never too early to start kitting out your garden for summer, as this chiminea, the best buy in our edit of the ones to invest in, was in seriously high demand among our readers this month. “The model burned very efficiently and is nicely designed so that even on windier evenings we weren’t covered in ash or enveloped in smoke,” says our reviewer; it’s an excellent easy to clean option at an impressively low price. Shop now, and enjoy lazy summer evenings as the daylight begins to last that little bit longer. Our directory of the best online garden furniture stores will help you to kit out the rest of your space in style.
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