The 19 Most Useful Home Purchases, According to Siweb Editors

Shopping scores that changed their lives.

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There is no shortage of advice on what to buy when, anytime you go online. Alexa has ideas. Siri has ideas. And Google has plenty of ideas. But let's say you're looking for something a little more vetted, something, say, a real live human has actually added to cart and loved in real life. That's where Siweb's tireless editorial staff can swoop in and help a shopper out. Ahead are the 19 most memorable home purchases from Siweb editors, including a foolproof egg-poacher, a versatile flower vase, and the sturdiest, chicest cheapo dish towels we ever did see.

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Silicone Egg Poachers
OXO
OXO amazon.com
$9.95

“Poached eggs are the new scrambled, whether you are topping off a dragon bowl or crowning your avocado toast. But they are so hard to perfect (and yes, I have tried that vinegar trick). These yolk-colored OXO silicone poachers are foolproof: just crack the egg over the funnel and let it boil for three minutes in its little silicone cage. Plus the poachers cleverly collapse for compact storage, making them worthy of even the most tightly edited kitchen gadget drawer.”—Ingrid Abramovitch, Features Director

Large Caterpillar Vase
Chive amazon.com
$30.85

"I received this and quickly realized it is the most useful vase ever. It is low and long, which makes it perfect for the center of a table or along a counter. You don’t have to have an ounce of flower-arranging talent—everything looks good, from a bunch of daisies from the bodega to the last survivors of a fancy bouquet. You can even shove the remnants of a sprig of rosemary or clippings from your front-yard box hedge and you will have an instant centerpiece. I have given this as a gift multiple times and everyone sings the praises of this simple, useful item."—Elizabeth Angell, Digital Director

Ball Animal 2
Dyson amazon.com
$599.99
$452.83 (25% off)

“You’ve all heard the hype, and I’m here to tell you that it’s true. It’s on the pricey end, sure, but Dyson continues to put its money where its endless-suction vacuuming mouth is. It’s the only vacuum we’ve found that can really tackle pet hair, with enough juice left over for your rugs and hardwood floors, too. And it’s got more attachments than the James Bond gadget laboratory. All in all, the Ball Animal gives you the best bang for your buck.”—Jeffrey Bauman, Executive Managing Editor

Iridescent Jar Candle
Capri Blue anthropologie.com
$30.00

"Everyone has that one candle scent they use as a go-to when having guests over (or to light just because), and this Capri Blue candle from Anthropologie is mine. The fresh, tropical smell fills the space without being overpowering, and the candle lasts for a surprisingly long time given the size. I’m going to start ordering them in bulk.”—Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor

Vintage Flour Sack Kitchen Dish Towels
Aunti Em's Kitchen amazon.com
$26.74

"I know this picture looks like nothing at all, but please stick with me. A few years ago some fancy friends gifted me the loveliest French flour sack dishtowels that I treasured, coddled and ultimately ruined, as one is wont to do with dishtowels. So imagine my surprise when this pack of 13 that I got on Amazon was every bit as decadent. They're nubbly, absorbent, and sturdy and can be popped in the wash with a bit of bleach if need be. Plus: You have 13 of them, so who cares if you use one to sop up a spilled bowl of borscht!"—Hannah Morrill, Contributor

Glass Mixing Bowls
Mosser Glass
Mosser Glass food52.com
$78.01

"I am always on the lookout for kitchen pieces that do double duty as functional items and statement objects. These Mosser bowls fulfill both roles with equal aplomb. They stack neatly and make baking and cooking prep a cinch. And they also happen to be stunningly gorgeous, so much so that they are best left on the countertop as a decorative centerpiece (thereby freeing up precious cabinet storage space)."—Vanessa Lawrence, Senior Editor

Sticks Multi Hook Coat Rack
Umbra amazon.com
$25.00

"I’m in a constant battle to save space in my home without sacrificing style or organization. Having only one hallway closet, a huge dilemma is coat storage. At first glance, this Umbra coat rack looks like an interesting piece of modern wall art; that is until you flip down one of the five hooks and voila! A coat rack. It’s a multifunctional dream."—Lucia Tonelli, Editorial Fellow

Wall Mount Pump
Simple Human simplehuman.com
$80.00

"I hate the look of a bunch of mismatched bottles cluttering up my glass shower, especially in the guest room where they rarely get used. So this year I leveled up my shower look with this sleek,  three-product pump system. It mounts firmly to the wall (with screws or extra-strength sticky-mounts for tile, is incredibly easy to fill and doesn't drip all over the floor like some of the lesser shower pumps I've had in the past."—Lauren Hubbard, Contributor

White Wine Glasses
SCHOTT ZWIESEL surlatable.com
$84.00

"I love to invite friends over to try out new wines, and my good friend surprised me with a set of these wine glasses as a house warming gift. They're beautiful and not overpriced. Even better: You can buy them individually when your over exuberant guest breaks one."—Jennifer Donnelly, Design Director

Black and White Baskets
All Across Africa onekingslane.com
$48.00

"I’m obsessed with this assortment of ten-inch baskets. The black and white bowls come in a bunch of different patterns and designs. I love to change up my space by layering these beauties on top of stacks of books on my coffee table or hanging on the wall. The dimension and shape add great variety to gallery walls and bring a sense of safari to my space."—Benjamin Reynaert, Market Editor

Bathtub Caddy Tray
Royal Craft Wood amazon.com
$44.97

"While I’d love to say that a good ol’ bubble bath is enough to make me find my zen and meditate the night away, my millennial mind begins to crave stimulation minutes in. Reading a book or using my phone are options, though the risk of getting them wet never feels worth it. Enter: The Royal Craft Wood Bathtub Caddy. This attractive and durable tray is the epitome of an all-inclusive bathing experience–one where you can read a book, use your iPad, enjoy snacks, sip on a cocktail, light a candle, and more–all at once. It’s waterproof, adjustable, and slip resistant, so you never have to worry about unwanted items taking a dip. If you’re gonna indulge in a bath, might as well pull out all the stops."—Lucia Tonelli, Editorial Fellow, ELLEDECOR.com

Amanda Cotton Pillow Cover, Blue
Roberta Roller Rabbit onekingslane.com
$50.00

"I have a healthy obsession with throw pillows, and last year I added my favorite ones yet to the collection: a blue printed pair from Roller Rabbit in one of the brand’s signature floral prints. A little pattern goes a long way in my apartment, so I love adding just a touch of flair with these pillows.”—Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor

Sensor Makeup Mirror
simplehuman neimanmarcus.com
$200.00

"Who knew vanity mirrors needed disrupting? Simplehuman did, and I never want to go back to life without their amazing magnifying sensor mirrors, which light up automatically as your face approaches and come with their patented “Tru-lux” light system that mimics real sunlight. Full disclosure: I own several, from this stylish rose gold tabletop model to Simplehuman’s new $80 compact mirror which lets me execute a near-perfect cat-eye on the go."—Ingrid Abramovitch, Features Director

Convex Accent Mirror
Hickory Manor House wayfair.com
$329.99

"Designers spend their whole careers trying to reinvent or improve the classics. Some things are simply a platonic ideal and the gilded Federalist convex mirror is one such example. You can almost hear General Cornwallis sounding the retreat at Guilford Courthouse when you look at your warped reflection in one. Because acquiring an original can be very costly, I look to Wayfair for its beautiful and respectful copy."—Charles Curkin, Articles Editor

Hand Blender
KitchenAid amazon.com
$59.99
$42.99 (28% off)

"I upgraded to this hand blender after my electric whisk wasn’t doing the trick. It works wonders from making my matcha lattes every morning to delicious soups for dinner."—Jennifer Donnelly, Design Director

Acrylic Coated Cotton Fabric
Marimekko
Marimekko marimekko.com
$62.00

"My number one tip as a parent and furniture lover is to get a table cloth for your dining table that you can wipe down easily and let your kids do whatever they want without fear they’ll leave stains or scars. But don’t get some ugly plastic thing (god forbid)—make sure it’s a fabric you love. I ordered a few yards of Marimekko coated cotton, had it hemmed at my dry cleaners, and it’s something I love in my openplan living-dining area—not an eyesore I can’t wait to put away. People compliment me on it all the time and I watch my kids happily spread paint and glue and glitter on it without fear."—Elizabeth Angell, Digital Director

Carbonator II
Aarke amazon.com
$229.00

"A good sparkling water maker is a game changer for dinner parties, cocktail making, and everyday sipping. This one not only makes delicious bubbly water at just the level of carbonation you prefer, but also looks fantastic sitting on your cabinet with its cool, retro-modern design. I'm particularly partial to the brass finish, which looks like I stole it out of some some cool '20s soda fountain." —Lauren Hubbard, Contributor

Mint Cotton Woven Throw
Allswell Home allswellhome.com
$75.00

"This may seem like an insanely simple purchase, but I got this cozy throw from Allswell to live on my couch—as in, I no longer had to steal bedding from my actual bed to keep me warm while binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. A dedicated couch blanket is so basic, but it’s been a total game changer in my apartment.”—Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor

Chicago Metallic Lasagna Trio Pan
Chicago Metallic amazon.com
$29.99
$21.94 (27% off)

"I have a one-year-old baby who has the delightful attribute of hating leftovers. (She get it from her dada...) The three wells in this non-stick pan allows me to whip up subtly different varieties of lasagnas, casseroles and bakes in one-go, so I'm not stuck with an overabundance of leftovers. It's also great for making slightly modified version of grown-up dishes I know she won't otherwise eat."—Hannah Morrill, Contributor

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