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WireCutter: 100 Most Popular Picks in October


In October, we celebrated all things fall. As Halloween approached, our readers shopped the Wirecutter picks they needed to get the spooky season started. Plenty of folks gravitated toward items for cooler weather, like trendy smokeless fire pits and cozy comforters. As temperatures dipped, our readers also bought masks and purifiers to stay healthy. The Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light was also a welcome choice for those who struggle to adjust to post-daylight-savings mornings. Whether our readers are into pumpkin carving or creepy costumes, we hope our picks helped to create some supernatural fall memories.

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May 7, 2022

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Wirecutter’s mission is to recommend what really matters. Each year, we independently test and review thousands of products to help you find just what you need. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones.

We strive to be the most trusted product recommendation service around, and we work with total editorial independence. We won’t post a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed something the best through rigorous reporting and testing.


My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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