Wirecutter’s 5 Most Popular Picks in July 2019
Okay, I get it. I need new bath towels too, and I’m being a broken record here in telling you that the Frontgate Resort Cotton Bath Towel is the most-purchased Wirecutter pick this month. It hasn’t left the top-five list in quite some time. But so many of our readers needed new towels in July that frankly I’m a little alarmed. It’s like one of those “help me budget” memes—but instead of flamethrowers and avocado toast, readers are out there buying plush, colorful towels in lieu of paying rent and feeding their cats.
What else are Wirecutter readers buying besides towels? Well, it’s summer, so mosquito control gear and other insect repellents, alongside fans and portable air conditioners, are unsurprisingly still in demand. Also popular this month: Wi-Fi routers (and wireless extenders for boosting your signal), Lightning cables, memory-foam pillows, nonstick pans, car phone mounts, air purifiers, sous vide gear, robot vacuums, wireless earbuds, portable Bluetooth speakers, electric toothbrushes, and travel plug adapters.
See the full list by Annam Swanson on Wirecutter's website here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
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).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan