Could you imagine if everything you had in your house was simply the best possible version of that thing? For instance, your slow cooker was the best slow cooker ever. Or your toothbrush was the best toothbrush ever. Your bath towel was the best bath towel ever.
Are you catching my drift?
Earlier this year I decided to do just that; slowly replace everything I own, room by room, with the best in that category. Yes it's expensive, but after years of looking for deals, I finally realized that sometimes quality just wins out.
With the holidays approaching, I thought it might be nice to share this list with our readers who might also be interested in doing the same. After all, we deserve the best, right?!
I scoured the internet, read reviews and sought suggestions from other moms. I then went room by room to categorize it all so I could share it out with my community. So here’s my Best of Everything 2020 Edition. I hope you enjoy!
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Best of Everything For The Bathroom
Your bathroom should be a haven of clean and rest. So it’s no surprise that people are obsessive about what they put in theirs. Here are the things people seem to be raving about when it comes to having the best of everything in their bathroom.
Having a neat and tidy bathroom is just the best, isn’t it? People love the Quip toothbrush for that exact reason. There are no unsightly cords and it doesn’t take up room on the counter. It attaches to the mirror or the wall, and is the perfect size for small mouths and kids.
The other electric toothbrush that tops the list is the Sonicare ProtectiveClean. Adults prefer this one because it vibrates and rotates 360° for all of those hard to reach places, so all you have to do is run it along your gum lines.
Best Bath Mats
The benefits of bamboo bath mats are nearly endless. These bath mats are non-slip, they don’t accumulate hair or fur, they don’t get icky (yes, that’s a technical term) like fabric bath mats do, and they make your bathroom feel like a spa. Trust me, you won’t miss your traditional bath mat.
If you can’t get behind the bamboo idea, Frontgate offers resort-quality bath mats that have a latex-treated back for extra footing. This is a huge plus for those who get frustrated with their bath mats sliding around the bathroom as they attempt to dry off. It also won’t peel off in the dryer like the cheap rubber strips do. And they are extremely comfy to stand on!
Best Hair Care
Prose is relatively new, but it’s beyond compare for hair care. The before and after shots on their website are from real people. They truly do formulate the shampoo and conditioner specifically for your hair, it really does work, and they have a referral program.
When you love it, and you will, you can tell all your friends, and you’ll all get a discount. It smells heavenly, but unfortunately, they don’t yet have products for hair loss.
On that note, if you do struggle with a bit of hair loss or thinning and you’re looking for something that can help with revitalization, Nioxin Systems will give you thicker, fuller hair with just a few treatments. They also offer scalp recovery solutions for dandruff that can restore your natural scalp balance.
The One Step hair dryer volumizer with negative ion curling dryer brush allows you to perform your own blowouts at home. Dry, straighten, and volumize with just one tool. Forget a roller brush, a blower, and a flat iron. Plus, you only have two hands!
For plush towels and washcloths, look no further than Turkish cotton. These come in all sizes and colors, they are spa quality, and incredibly absorbent. With these towels, It’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a giant hug.
Bath towels are a very personal preference. While some people like to be absorbed in a giant, billowing overflow of material, bath sheets don’t dry as quickly and they’re very heavy. You may find that you’re constantly dipping a corner of it in the bath water.
Others prefer a traditional size because it fits better on their towel rack, it dries faster, and it’s easier to wash. Either way, Turkish cotton feels luxurious on the skin.
Best Toilet and Toilet Paper
The Toto bidet is a lavish experience that you won’t want to miss. It has every feature you never thought you needed including a seat warmer, an air deodorizer, a premist, and personalized settings. For the kids, try the Tushy bidet.
People seem to swear by Aria toilet paper. If it sounds weird to you to be partial to a certain brand of toilet paper, don’t worry, it did to me, too. But when you think about it, those are some sensitive areas! And our planet is sensitive, too. This toilet paper is pretty awesome.
Best Shower Heads
If you’ve been looking for the perfect shower head, it’s a pretty subjective search. Some people like a lot of massage pressure while others like gentle rain. Speakman makes some of the best, high-quality shower heads that offer a heavy amount of pressure for those who need it.
However, if you’d rather have some gentle rain fall, you and your spouse differ on what you like, or you change your mind depending on the day, find a dual showerhead that offers some options. Either way, don't forget to use my famous tip for cleaning your shower head
This is a pretty sensitive subject, but it seems that if you have problems and you really want something prescription strength without the hassle of seeing a doctor, Curology is one of the best things you can do. It’s all online and shipped right to your door.
As far as applying makeup or removing it at the end of the day, everyone has their personal preference. But if you’re interested in the best method of application, try organic cotton balls. They are some of the softest things your skin will ever feel.
Many women also swear by Shiseido Facial Cotton as well.
You can also try Skinbetter Alpharet skin pads for better exfoliation of your pores and as a better alternative to a retinoid cream in your skin care regime.
Other Great Bathroom Products
Here are just a few other suggestions from friends if you really want to make your bathroom the best it can be!
Get a heated towel rack to help your towels dry faster. Plus, when you first hop out of the shower or bath, your towel will be nice and warm for you.
Install floor heat to warm up your tootsies for middle of the night bathroom trips, for when you first get out of the bath, or to help dry your floor and your bath mats when people traipse through the bathroom wet. This is definitely an expensive splurge, but so worth the investment if you plan on living in your house for several years to come.
Plungers. Ew. The Simplehuman plunger eliminates drips, makes it easier to carry, and hides the gross. It also includes a toilet brush, making your bathroom easier to clean.
Ditch your loofah and get this BOIE shower scrubber instead. It sticks to the shower wall, it’s recyclable, and it looks and feels heavenly.
Best of Everything For The Bedroom
There’s almost nothing better than a luxurious bedroom that helps you relax at the end of the day. Falling into bed and curling up on your warm, comfortable bed can help you rest and recharge for the following day. Here’s the best of everything for your bedroom.
The consensus is that linen sheets are not only beautiful, but low maintenance. Surprising, right? You can get linen sheets nearly anywhere, from this brand on Amazon to West Elm, so take your pick. They come in different thicknesses, so you can experiment with what you like best.
Thick linen sheets can make your bed feel more premium, but they can also look more disheveled when they’re wrinkled. Luckily, they’re easy to wash, and they don’t need to be ironed to look fantastic right out of the dryer.
Best Duvets and Comforters
If you have a duvet on your bed, but you’re constantly struggling with the cover, invest in these clips. They’re a game changer. You’ll no longer be adjusting the corners or making sure your seams line up.
If you’re tired of messing with duvet covers or struggling with putting them on, switch to comforters, because most people say that IKEA gets it right. IKEA comforters are affordable, just like everything else that IKEA sells, and they’re surprisingly luxurious.
They come in all kinds of different thicknesses, colors, and sets.
Best of Everything For The Kitchen
The kitchen is where you gather with friends and family. Of course you want the best of everything in there. From appliances to utensils and everything else, here’s what I’ve found.
Best Trash Cans
Your kitchen trash can gets more action than, well, never mind. Anyway, when you’ve been chopping onions or slicing meat, you really don’t want to have to touch anything, right? For this reason and many more, Simplehuman trash cans really are the best.
I’ve heard people say that they hate how awesome Simplehuman trash cans are, because the price is quite high. However, you won’t regret spending the money on functionality like motion and voice activation. Plus, they come with a 10 year warranty and the Simplehuman liners are also well worth it. My advice: don’t even think too much on this, just get a Simplehuman trash can.
If you love to make homemade salsas, smoothies, soups, and more, a Vitamix blender is one of the most versatile tools you can have in your kitchen. It gives you complete control over the consistency of your ingredients, there’s a wide variety of models you can choose from, and it’s even better than the leading competitors. It also has a slim profile for easy storage in the pantry or even on your countertop.
Best Food Thermometer
Getting ready for that Thanksgiving Turkey or Christmas Ham? People like the Thermopen food thermometer because it has a huge display with an instant read and unmatched accuracy. The probe folds, making it a compact solution for easy storage, and who doesn't love that?
It comes in 6 different colors so you can match it to your kitchen decor, it’s water resistant, it’s configurable to Fahrenheit or Celsius, and you can use it on any type of food.
Best Virtual Cooking Assistant
If you’re in desperate need of help in the kitchen, the Thermomix can give you everything you need from a list of more than 40,000 recipes to step by step instructions and prep. If you hate cooking, it takes the guesswork out of the entire process and frees you up to do other things.
If you love cooking, it just makes the whole process easier so that you have more time to spend with family while still turning out gourmet meals for all of the people you adore. It’s a win/win for everyone.
It can perform 24 different functions and comes with a stainless steel bowl, mixing knife, heating element, and integrated scale.
There’s nothing worse than struggling to find pots and pans that lasts a long time without warping or having the nonstick surface peel off onto your food. All-Clad Essentials are the way to go for a durable, long-lasting solution.
These pots and pans are heavy duty and dishwasher safe, which means maintenance is a piece of cake! They stack easily in your cabinets for convenient storage and they won’t scratch each other. They have the best handles that are comfortable to grab and ergonomic.
Best Pressure Cooker
The idea of pressure cooking has been around for a while, but the Instapot is a relatively new development. Many people swear by them, and what I’ve found is you either love it or hate it. However, for those who love it, they really love it.
Once you get the hang of how to use it, it can cook an entire meal for you in a matter of minutes. It’s a huge time saver and it will turn out delicious recipes at just the press of a few buttons. Also, to add some cute flare to your Instapot and save your cabinets from getting constantly steamed on during the release, try one of these super cute steam diverters.
Best Freeze Dryer
If you’re freeze drying food and need an easier and more efficient way to do it, the Harvest Right freeze dryer truly is the best. It’s innovative design makes it easy to use and the durable construction is built to last.
Every part of the process is automatic. Just put the food on a tray, press the button to start the process, and put it in a bag with an oxygen absorber when finished.
I had never heard of Cutco knives before, but people rave about their quality. They’re the number one manufacturer of kitchen knives in the United States. In fact, they come with a forever guarantee.
Cutco knives are manufactured to stay sharp forever. They cut forward, backward, and straight down with ease and they’re made to avoid surfaces that can dull the edge. They’re hard but flexible and rust resistant.
The handles are ergonomic and they are dishwasher safe, which makes any kitchen product worth its weight in gold.
Best Food Storage
Glasslock food storage containers revolutionize your idea of leftovers. Gone are the days of Tupperware parties. These airtight containers are durable and long lasting. They can also go straight from the fridge to the refrigerator to the microwave or the oven.
Glasslock food storage containers are BPA-free and 100% recyclable. They come in a variety of sizes to meet all of your needs and they’re leak proof.
For bag storage solutions, ditch your disposable Ziplocs and replace them with Stasher Bags. They come in pocket, snack, sandwich, stand up, and half gallon sizes. They’re reusable, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and oven friendly up to certain temperatures.
Stasher bags are super durable and great for those who would much rather be a friend to the environment, but they do take up space in your cabinets. Well worth the ease of food storage if you ask me.
Best Water Purifier
The Berkey water filter comes in 6 sizes and uses all natural filtration in a gravity fed, stainless steel canister. It’s long lasting and beautiful. Their method is authentic and tested, so don’t settle for substitutions here. The Berkey water filter really is the best.
Best Coffee and Tea
Your mornings wouldn’t be complete without caffeine, so we would never skip the equipment you need to make your morning cup!
The Wolf Gourmet programmable coffee maker has perfected the art of coffee brewing. People love it’s quick brewing at the optimal temperature for the perfect cup. It sprays water evenly over the coffee grounds so you get a richer taste than with other lazy coffee makers.
Plus, with a built-in scale, it will weigh the grounds as you add them so you get the perfect grounds-to-water ratio for your taste. You can also adjust your brew strength to customize your cup.
Maintenance is also easy with a front-load basket and double-wall, durable, stainless steel carafe.
If you prefer tea, you have some options from Bodum, who makes electric kettles that can’t be beat. If you love the classic tea kettle design, a gooseneck design is gorgeous, but if you want a modern upgrade, go for the bistro design.
No matter what you choose, with a Bodum kettle you’ll get an ergonomic handle with easy water flow control. It’s durable and the handle protects your hands from heat. The base boils your water with just the flip of a switch and the entire kettle will detach from the base so you can pour cord-free.
Best Of Everything For Cleaning
For soap that won’t dry out your skin, try Puracy. Women love this soap for all kinds of things. They use the hand soap in their kitchen and bathroom for regular hand washing. Puracy also makes body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and baby products.
For something to put the hand soap in, try a Simplehuman touch-free dispenser. It’s perfect for your raw meat hands in the kitchen and it really eliminates puddles of soap on the bathroom counter, thanks to kids. Again, you can never go wrong with the Simplehuman brand!
When it comes to scrubbing surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom, try the WiMiUS electric spin scrubber. It’s lightweight and effortless, but leaves everything spotless. You can adjust it to virtually any length to reach hard spaces and the batteries are rechargeable.
It’s also waterproof, and it better be if you’re using it in either of these rooms. It’s affordable, powerful, durable, and makes cleaning kind of fun, which is all you can really ask for these days.
For everything else, choose Dyson. Their innovative technology surpasses everyone else on the market for superior cleaning. Their vacuums have excellent suction, their designs can reach high and low and in between, their attachments can clean all sorts of textiles in your home, and their products will last forever.
Best of Everything For Security and Technology
Most people want to equip their homes with unbeatable security devices to protect their families from all kinds of unwanted intruders. Here’s the best of everything when it comes to security.
Best Door locks
Equipping your front door (or any exterior door in your home, for that matter) with an August door lock is one of the most convenient things you can do. It locks and unlocks from your phone using the app, so if you forget your key, you can still get in.
You can also use your Apple watch. However, it can automatically detect when you’re approaching, so you don’t have to do anything at all. What’s even cooler is you can set it to lock automatically after 30 seconds, so if you forget to lock the door, it will do it for you.
And for the babysitter, your mom, or the neighbor coming over to turn off your oven for you (oops), you can give them a one-time passcode to get in that will expire after a certain amount of time. Not only that, but it will notify you when the code has been used.
Oh, and your August door lock will also connect to your Google Home or Amazon Alexa so you can use your voice to control it, too.
The Nest thermostat connects to your home Wi-Fi network so you can use your voice to control it with Google Home or Amazon Alexa. You can set schedules or set it to learn your schedule.
With geolocation turned on, it will see you leave and enter eco mode. Once you return home again, it will set the heat just where you like it. Open up the app to set it manually or turn it off from your desk at work if you forgot to do it that morning.
Best Door and Window Sensors
Got teenagers? Install some SmartThings door and window sensors and download the app on your phone so you always know when one of them opens. No more sneaking out in the middle of the night. Just don’t tell your teenager you installed them so you can catch him or her in the act!
Best of Everything For Outdoor Activities
If you’re an outdoorsy type of family, you won’t want to miss out on the best of everything outdoors. For starters, Turkish cotton isn’t just for the bathroom. These beach towels, take up less space, they’re easy to pack, they dry fast, and they’re super light weight.
Vouri makes superior activewear for both men and women. It’s stylish and comfortable, and you can wear it in all seasons. It’s sustainable, and I can’t say enough good things about it. You’ll never go back to your Old Navy yoga pants.
The Best Of Everything- How It Changed My Life
After I replaced everything in my house with the best in that category, I felt like I lived in a completely different house. It was a transformative experience that changed my entire life. I know that sounds so dramatic, but it felt so good.
Now that you have a list of the best of everything, you can do the same or give a nudge to your loved ones with the holidays coming up. I truly hope you do! You deserve the best. Pamper yourself and your family, and then take all the credit. Go ahead. I’ll let you.