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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May 9, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.
Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.
But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.