For millions of Americans, COVID-19 didn't just change what we buy — but how we bought it. Experts forecast that U.S. consumers will spend nearly $710 billion online in 2020 (an 18 percent increase). For Gear Patrol readers, that meant increased interest in office chairs, home-fitness equipment and, of course, face masks. Here, our 50 most popular buying guides of the year.

Home

most shopped
Courtesy

The Best Office Chairs You Can Buy

14 best office chairs of 2018 gear patrol full lead 02
Gear Patrol

Starting at just over $100, we've tested nearly 75 desk chairs and narrowed our list of the best down to 19. Whether you're on a budget or looking at a more permanent work-from-home situation, we've got a rec for you.

READ NOW

The Best Sofas & Couches You Can Buy Online

best sofas couches gear patrol lead full
Chandler Bondurant

Whether you're into leather, mid-century modern or a good deal, we've pulled nearly 30 of our favorite sofas and couches to window shop.

READ NOW

The Best Mattresses to Buy Online

mattress
Saatva

Upgrading the thing you spend 40 percent of your life perched on is a wise move, pandemic or not.

READ NOW

The Best Desks to Buy Online

branch
Branch

Small desks, standing desks, cheap desks, normal desks — there is a desk for every kind of work from home office setup here.

READ NOW

The Best Bed Sheet to Buy Online

best sheets 2021
Brooklinen

We tested dozens and dozens of bed sheets to find the ones that are actually worth buying. Hint: "Egyptian" cotton and high thread counts ain't it.

READ NOW

The Best Reading Chairs You Can Buy Online

10 best reading chairs gear patrol lead full
Design Within Reach

For reading, for napping, for minutes spent not working.

READ NOW

Outdoors

a collage of outdoor gear
Courtesy

The 12 Best Down Jackets of 2021

best down jackets gear patrol lead full 970×650
Chandler Bondurant

These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.

READ NOW

The 10 Best Rain Jackets of 2020

best rain jackets gear patrol lead full 2
Chandler Bondurant

A lot has changed since heavy, unbreathable plastic rain slickers were standard all-weather apparel; today’s rain jackets are lighter, softer, more breathable, stretchy and more waterproof than ever.

READ NOW

The 10 Best Coolers of 2020

best coolers gear patrol full lead
Chase Pellerin

Looking to hide some sandwiches and 85 cans of beer from a bear?

READ NOW

The Best Hiking Boots of 2020

best hiking boots 2020 gear patrol lead full
Chase Pellerin

The definitive guide to the best hiking boots available now, with reviews for each boot, plus tips and trivia to know before you buy.

READ NOW

The 12 Best Synthetic Down Jackets of 2021

a man wearing a blue patagonia puffy jacket on a blank background
Chandler Bondurant

Synthetic insulation rivals down in warmth and surpasses it in durability and water resistance.

READ NOW

The 10 Best Camping Blankets of 2021

camp blankets gear patrol lead full
Kammok

Made using the same functional materials as sleeping bags, camp blankets are perfect for casual camping and fit right in around the house too.

READ NOW

The Best Face Masks from Outdoor Brands

climber wearing outdoor research face mask
Outdoor Research

They're bringing technical expertise to a COVID-19 staple, and the results are predictably impressive.

READ NOW

Style & Watches

most shopped style
Courtesy

The Best Lightweight and Breathable Face Masks

there different types of face mask
Courtesy

Breathe easy and stay cool with these options.

READ NOW

The 18 Best Hoodies for Men

model wearing grey hoodie
Courtesy Huckberry

In the world of outerwear, the hoodie embodies versatility. These are the 18 best options for men in both zip-up and pullover styles.

READ NOW

The Best Everyday Face Masks Available Now

best mask refresh gear patrol lead full
Joe Tornatzky

Apparel brands are answering the call for face masks in the fight against coronavirus.

READ NOW

The 50 Best Boots for Men

best boots for men
Gear Patrol

This guide to the best boots for men covers ten categories, including work boots, Chelseas, chukkas and more.

READ NOW

The 17 Best Sweatshirts for Men

man wearing sweatshirt
Huckberry

The crew neck sweatshirt is perfect for a light summer layer or a winter layering piece. These are the best on the market.

READ NOW

The 12 Best Overshirts Men

overcoats gear patrol full lead
Taylor Stitch

An ideal transitional layer, the overshirt will keep you warm on chilly evenings and crisp mornings.

READ NOW

The 21 Best Basic T-Shirts You Can Buy

man sitting wearing jeans and green t shirt
Courtesy Huckberry

The best plain t-shirts you can buy, from the multi-packs to the one-off grails.

READ NOW

The 12 Best Jeans for Men

best jeans for men
Standard & Strange

From Everlane's Japanese Stretch Selvedge Denim to Chimala's generously style, these are the best jeans for most guys to wear every day.

READ NOW

The 13 Best Slippers to Wear at Home

quoddy slippers
Quoddy

From Minnetonka, Ugg, Haflinger and more.

READ NOW

The 5 Best Aluminum Suitcases Worth Your Money

5 aluminum carry ons gear patrol lead full
Chandler Bondurant

Aluminum carry-ons seem purpose-built for protecting your belongings -- and for making other travelers jealous. Here are the five best.

READ NOW

The 30 Best Affordable Watches Under $1,000

best affordable watches under 1000
Courtesy

From $80 to a grand, these are the best watches to get when you don’t want to spend a fortune.

READ NOW

10 Important Military Watches from World War II

panerai wwii
Fellows Auctioneers

From the A-11 to the Panerai Radiomir to the little-known A.T.P, we explore the Second World War's horological gems.

READ NOW

The 50 Greatest Watches of All Time

50 best watches
Gear Patrol

It wasn't easy, but we picked our 50 favorite timepieces and compiled them into an ultimate master list.

READ NOW

The 10 Best New Watches of 2020

omega
Omega

Time itself seemed to slow down this year, but these new timepieces are sure to keep you on track.

READ NOW

Fitness

most shopped
Courtesy

The 12 Best Gym Shorts for Every Kind of Workout

best gym shorts of 2020
Gear Patrol

All of the best training and recreation options, none of the jorts.

READ NOW

The Best Gym Shoes for Every Type of Workout

nobull radial trainer
Nobull

Whether you crave CrossFit, hoist heavy weights or bounce around, there's a sneaker here for you.

READ NOW

The 3 Best At-Home Rowing Machines

3 best at home rowing machines gear patrol lead full
NordicTrack

Finding the perfect indoor rowing machine for your space can be tricky.

READ NOW

The 18 Best Running Shoes Available Right Now

two men running
Nike

This list of top performers incorporates recent winners and time-tested standbys to help you find the perfect pair.

READ NOW

The 10 Best Yoga Mats Money Can Buy

a yoga mat on a wooden floor
Lottus Life

Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, these superlative mats will support you through any practice.

READ NOW

The 12 Best Fitness Apps Right Now

the best apps to breathe new life into your fitness routine gear patrol lead full
Courtesy

Countless apps strive to help make you fitter, stronger, leaner, looser and more relaxed than ever before. Here are our favorites.

READ NOW

Tech

most shopped audio
Courtesy

24 Great Vintage Cameras You Can Still Buy

best vintage film cameras gear patrol lead full
Courtesy

These 24 cult vintage shooters will help you find your creative eye, set you apart from the shutterbug crowd and still produce photos that’ll make your (less talented) friends and family envious.

READ NOW

The Complete Sonos Buying Guide: Every Speaker, Soundbar and Amp Explained

sonos system gear patrol lead full
Henry Phillips

Sonos has been synonymous with wireless speakers for more than a decade. The company basically invented the multi-room category of home audio, starting as a software company in the early 2000s before integrating its Wi-Fi-enabled network into hardware a few years later. Here is everything you need to know about its latest, best-in-class offerings.

READ NOW

5 Gadgets That Clean Your Smartphone For You

cellphone sanitize gear patrol full lead
Courtesy

You probably aren’t cleaning your smartphone as often as you should. Fortunately, there are devices that specialize in sanitizing your smartphone and other gadgets for you. Instead of using disinfectants or some other liquid to kill your harmful bacteria and germs, they use UV light.

READ NOW

The Best Wireless Headphones for Running and Working Out

jaybird vista gear patrol
Jaybird

Not all headphones work for running or exercising, even if they are wireless. If you have a pair that isn’t sweatproof, there’s a good chance they’ll die on you. And if they don’t fit your ears, well, they’re probably not going to stay in, either. Sport headphones add a new dimension to your workout. So if you often find yourself lifting weights, running on the roads or trails, or doing a total body workout, it’s time to swap out your basic buds for a pair that goes the extra mile.

READ NOW

The Best Turntable and Speaker Combos That Make Vinyl Easy

turntable setups gear patrol lead full
Chase Pellerin

While true that traditional turntable setups have a lot of moving parts, that’s the nature of the beast — if not vinyl’s main allure. There’s also an easy workaround. These days, a bunch of turntables and speaker systems come with integrated components (like a phono preamplifier or amplifier) and they make listening to vinyl as hassle-free.

READ NOW

The Best Wireless Earbuds of 2020 – Which Is Right for You?

best wireless earbuds of 2020 gear patrol lead full
Courtesy

This definitive guide to the best wireless earbuds of 2020 explores everything you need to know before buying your next pair of wireless earbuds, including what to look out for and which options are best.

READ NOW

The Best MagSafe Accessories for the iPhone 12 (So Far)

moment magsafe accessories
Moment

One of the best things about all the new iPhones is Apple's new MagSafe charging system. In addition to improving charging, MagSafe opens up the door for whole new ecosystem of the accessories that work with the new iPhone models. Apple has already released a number of MagSafe cases, chargers and event a minimalist wallet. But more and more third-party makers are coming out with MagSafe accessories of their own. Here are the best so far.

READ NOW

The 8 Essential iPhone 11 Cases of 2020

essential iphone cases of 2020 gear patrol lead full
Peel

When choosing a case for your iPhone, there is no clear-cut “best overall” winner. A lot of it depends on you and how you use and treat your iPhone. Do you want a super-thin case so that your iPhone fits nicely in your pocket? What about a case that add some extra protection? Or do you want a case that doubles your iPhone’s battery life? To make things easier, we’ve picked the best iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cases in a number of different categories.

READ NOW

The Perfect Apple Desk Setup, Four Ways

best apple desk setups gear patrol lead full
Gear Patrol

No two people work alike — our vocation and habits make sure of that. What most of us can relate to, though, is the need to curate our home or office workstations the way we want. And we’re all dipping our hands into the same pool of devices — computer, mouse, keyboard and speakers — and hoping the right mix will allow us to become our most productive, efficient and creative self. So what to choose?

READ NOW

Food & Drink

most shopped
Courtesy

The Best Coffee Makers

best coffee makers
Gear Patrol

Testing out coffee makers is fun until you're on your fifth cup and you can't steady your hand anymore. We narrowed down a seemingly endless selection of coffee makers into a list of the six essential brewers that'll cater to your every need.

READ NOW

The Best Coffee Grinders

four coffee grinders side by side
Chandler Bondurant

If you're into coffee, you should be into coffee grinders. These are the buzz-worthy models to buy.

READ NOW

The Best Coffee Roasters in America

25 best coffee roasters in america gear patrol lead full v2
Chandler Bondurant

Buy better coffee beans, and your mornings will be better, too. We promise.

READ NOW

The Best Online Meat Companies

10 places to buy meat online gear patrol lead full v2
Crowd Cow

Every cut of meat from every type of animal delivered straight to your door like some sort of meat fairy.

READ NOW

The Best Cast-Iron Skillets

best cast iron skillets gear patrol lead full
Chandler Bondurant

The cast-iron skillets that'll last you your entire lifetime and probably the lifetimes of your children and grandchildren.

READ NOW

The Best Kitchen Knives

best kitchen knives gear patrol lead full
Chandler Bondurant

Stop being roasted by Gordon Ramsay, and just be Gordon Ramsay. Well, not really, but these knives will make you feel like a Michelin-starred chef.

READ NOW

The Best Bourbon Whiskeys

best bourbon gear patrol lead full
Henry Phillips

Obviously, everyone needed some whiskey this year.

READ NOW

Where to Buy Wine Online

online wine
Wine.com

Wine subscriptions, online bottle shops and local wine producers — we found some of the best places to order wine online because hauling bottles home is not fun.

READ NOW