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100 Most Popular Picks in 2021

Dedicated Wirecutter readers know that our picks can be essential to making their lives better, easier, and more fulfilling, whether it’s the PlayStation 5, air fryers or Santa hats. So what did you all buy this year? Well, many of our readers stocked up on kitchenware and furniture. Others grabbed air purifiers and masks to stay healthy during the pandemic. Some purchased yoga mats and traveling gear for some much-needed relaxation. With so many options for our readers to choose from, we hope our picks truly helped make their lives better in 2021. Here are the top 100 most popular picks of the year.

Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent

The best bug repellent

This EPA-approved picaridin formula is safe and effective, and it comes in a bottle that’s better than competitors’ bottles at spraying evenly and accurately.

Our research led us to seek a spray with a 20% concentration of picaridin, a repellent chemical that’s as effective as DEET but without the drawbacks. Sawyer is our favorite, but any repellent with 20% picaridin should have the same effectiveness. We zeroed in on Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% picaridin in particular because its smart bottle design makes it easy to apply evenly and accurately. Its pump spray is less likely than aerosol competitors’ to overspray or leave a puddle on your skin, and its secure, two-capped design prevents accidental leaks inside a backpack or other bag. Sawyer’s repellent is widely available in a variety of sizes—smaller ones for the backpack and a larger size to keep by the front door.

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Personally, I use Sawyer’s Fabric Treatment–available in pump or spray–for my hunting and hiking clothes.

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Casserly’s favorite water treatment is a squeeze filter like the SAWYER SQUEEZE filtration system ($29, sawyer.com), which screws onto the included flasks or a plastic water bottle. Squeeze filters are ideal for individual use. They’re light and inexpensive, and you can drink the water immediately through the filter.

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While young babies should be protected with clothing and netting (not chemicals), older babies and children should use a suitable repellent to help avoid bites, discomfort, and insect-borne illnesses.

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