For many editors and staffers at Curbed, buying home goods on Amazon hits the spot when it comes to price point and convenience. But shopping the e-commerce giant can be its own level of hell: a neverending click-cycle of reviews, searches, and add-to-cart worry. Will that dining room table look good in person? Is that teapot really worth the money or better than the hundreds of other teapots listed? In an era of too much choice, it can be easier to just close the browser.
This is where we come in. To help you discover products that are actually worth picking up, the Curbed team has rounded up our favorite Amazon home goods purchases, each one used day-in and day-out in our homes. Some are uber practical and meant to solve daily stresses (we’re looking at you, laundry basket). Other picks are surprisingly high design, proof that you don’t always have to sacrifice style when shopping on Amazon. All are things we’d recommend to our best friends, and now we’re sharing them with you—our readers.
Behold, the 25 best Amazon home products you can buy now, according to Curbed editors.
Furniture and decor
It can be hard to know which furniture you can buy online when it’s much more satisfying to see pieces in real life. Still, Curbed staffers have a wide range of furnishings purchased on Amazon in their homes. From an affordable mattress to a design-forward side table, here are some of our favorites.
ClosetMaid 3-Cube Storage Bench
This well-reviewed bench comes in four colors and is beloved by editor Jenny Xie. She says, “I fantasize about having a spacious mudroom one day, but since I live in a small city apartment, this will have to do! It has enough ‘cubby charm’ for my entryway, while the bench seating is super helpful for unloading loading coats or packages.”
Linenspa Hybrid Mattress, Queen
This hybrid mattress combines two of the most popular types of mattresses—memory foam and innerspring—for a feel that is soft and luxurious while also supporting your body as it conforms to your curves and relieves tension. News editor Megan Barber uses it in a guest bedroom to rave reviews.
Convertible Dining Table
Engagement editor Jessica Gatdula has this well-reviewed table in her compact apartment. “I have one leaf flush against the wall,” she says, “but if I really need the extra space, I’ll fold in both leaves.”
Umbra Magino Acrylic Side Table
Curbed LA editor Jenna Chandler bought “this little cutie in my apartment and put it between two modern rocking chairs.” She loves that it “displays magazines and can be used as a stool.”
Pinsoon LED Desk Lamp
A bit of sleek Scandinavian wood ramps up your standard lamp. This simple, affordable choice sits on the desk of news editor Megan Barber.
Nicetown Sheer Window Curtain Panels 54‘’ x 96‘’
These elegant curtains—a favorite of Curbed SF editor Brock Keeling—let in plenty of light while still providing some shade and privacy. Also available in other neutral solids and nature-themed patterns.
When it comes to cooking gadgets and tools, there’s a wide array available on Amazon. Some of our picks include the much-beloved Instant Pot—duh—and a handy set of food storage containers.
Epicurean Cutting Boards
According to Laura Fenton, deputy editor of special projects, these cutting boards are a big upgrade from plastic but are less of a hassle to care for than wood. Available in three different colors and four sizes.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker
Editor Jenny Xie writes that the Instant Pot lives up to the hype and makes for quick work on stews, soups, meats, and even pastas.
All-Clad Stainless Steel 2-Quart Sauce Pan
This helpful two-quart sauce pan features three-ply bonded construction for even heating and a highly polished surface that doesn’t react with food. Deputy editor of special projects Laura Fenton uses this pan everyday for “rice, oatmeal, lentils, and kid quantities of pasta.”
MIRA Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers
This set of three containers made of food-grade stainless steel is used by Curbed editors for storing leftovers and packing lunchboxes.
Drinking and dining
We often turn to Amazon for our daily glassware and caffeine needs. Products like the Half Moon Teapot work great and look like high-design items that cost twice as much elsewhere.
La Jolie Muse French Press Coffee Maker
Curbed Chicago editor Sara Freund bought this handsome copper French press two years ago and still loves it. “I wanted a French press that could keep my coffee warm because I drink it slow,” she says. “This copper-colored one was perfect—it has a double insulating wall. Plus, it holds up in the dishwasher.”
45-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Silverware Set
Beautiful and classic, this 45-piece stainless steel flatware set contains all the necessary components for a successful dinner party, including a full table setting for eight people and a five-piece serving set. News editor Megan Barber uses it in her camper van and loves that the set is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Primula Half Moon Teapot
Curbed Chicago associate editor Jay Koziarz bought this “slick-looking” teapot for his wife because it looks “way better than the floral thing she was using before.” Its modern half-moon design includes an infuser, and the glass pot doesn’t retain flavors.
Le Creuset Stoneware Mug
Available in an array of colors, these coffee mugs are a fave of deputy editor of special projects Laura Fenton. She says “they are not too big, not too small, and I like the curved lip at the top.”
Bormiolo Rocco Bodega Set of 12 Glasses
These well-reviewed, dishwasher-safe glasses are a favorite of Curbed Austin editor Cindy Widner. The set comes with 12 durable glasses that hold 17 ounces each.
Amelie Michel Wipe-Clean French Tablecloth
Available in multiple sizes, this classic pattern features bright red poppies on a vibrant blue background, and according to news editor Megan Barber, the machine-washable tablecloth has proven stain-resistant and long-lasting.
Organization and handy items
Amazon offers a plethora of items that can help organize your daily life, and we’ve tried plenty. From a trash can that can hold both trash and recycling to a simple but cute toothbrush holder, check out our prized picks below.
Dokehom X-Large Laundry Basket
Curbed’s architecture critic, Alexandra Lange, loves these giant yet lightweight laundry hampers that “are great if you have to haul laundry from floor to floor” thanks to the big handles.
Simplehuman Dual Compartment Trash Can
News editor Megan Barber loves this sleek trash can because it has two compartments that keep both recycling and trash separate and organized. It also wipes clean easily and has a foot pedal so you can keep things hands-free.
Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini (3 Pack)
These smart plugs will let you control your “non-smart” electronics with just a free app and Wi-Fi. Curbed contributor and former staffer Robert Khederian loves that they’re compatible with voice-control assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Umbra Poise Two-Tiered Jewelry Tray
This sleek jewelry dish was a Mother’s Day gift for news editor Megan Barber, and it works great as a storage spot for jewelry and trinkets.
Muji Porcelain Tooth Brush Stand
One of Curbed’s favorite travel accessories, this simple porcelain toothbrush stand helps to minimize counter clutter and comes in blue, light pink, mint, gray, and white.
Amazon is one of a growing list of e-commerce plant purveyors, and here are our proven favorites.
Costa Farms Pachira Money Tree
This easy-growing plant loved by Barber is considered a bonsai due to its tree-like trunk, and thrives in moist and filtered light. It makes a soothing companion for your desk.
Costa Farms Swiss Cheese Monstera Deliciosa (24“ - 36“ tall)
According to former staffer Asad Syrkett, this beginner-friendly, Instagrammable monstera just needs water weekly, and its lightweight, neutral-colored planter goes with any decor.
Sustee Plant Moisture Sensor
This Japanese water-measurement tool offers instant feedback on the health of your plants. Designed to measure water and pH levels, the thermometer-shaped device turns blue when your plant is healthy, and news editor Megan Barber uses it to keep her plants in good shape.
Rivet Mid-Century Ceramic Planter with Stand
Add a stylish accent with this color-blocked planter—it graces the patio of news editor Megan Barber and is available in four colors and various sizes.