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Wirecutter’s 5 Most Popular Picks in August 2020

For the past several years, at the start of “wildfire season,” we have seen a spike in reader interest in our guide to the best air purifiers. August 2020 was no exception, as fires continued to burn in several states across the country and their smoke spread far and wide. Three of our air purifier picks made the list of most-purchased Wirecutter picks for the month of August.

There were also a few new additions to our list last month. We published a guide to the best cloth face masks a few weeks ago, and two of our recommended masks have been top sellers since. Dog harnesses also shot up the leaderboard, as hundreds of readers welcomed new furry friends and family members into their homes. And 965 of you ventured out into the world with our favorite reusable pee funnel, from a recent guide to portable toilet gear.

Also popular last month: office chairs, standing desks, and Chromebooks for those working from home; scales and electric toothbrushes for the bathroom; and vacuum cleaners and bug repellents for those dealing with dust and pests.

Read here for the top picks Wirecutter readers purchased in August.


May 7, 2022

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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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