We Spent October Testing Dozens Of Products: Here Are 24 Things We Loved

We Spent October Testing Dozens Of Products: Here Are 24 Things We Loved

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In October, we were introduced to a plethora of products from extremely comfortable, ugly-cute slippers to game-changing body wash. Some were forgettable, while others left a lasting impression. Because we’re committed to spotlighting the best products out there, we’ve decided to curate roundups of our favorite products we try each month.

So, what were those products we loved in October? Keep reading to check out the products we tested and couldn’t get enough of, or look back at our September favorites too.

Odele Clarifying Body Wash ($8.99; target.com) Hayley Saltzman/CNNOdele Clarifying Body Wash

I was already a huge fan of Odele’s hair products, so I was thrilled when the brand launched a line of body wash this past month. I have been using the clarifying body wash for nearly three weeks, and it’s perfect! The light, invigorating scent is pleasant without being overpowering, and the formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin. — Hayley Saltzman, head of social

Chelsea Stone/CNNUnited By Blue 25L Convertible Carryall

Now that I have this bag from sustainably minded brand United By Blue, I’m not quite sure how I lived without it. It’s frankly huge, but in a good way, and converts from a tote to a backpack and back again with straps that can easily be tucked away into their own compartment. Speaking of compartments, there are pockets galore, including a laptop pocket and roomy side pockets. To top it off, the fall-ready eggplant color is a treat for the eyes. It’s my new go-to for the gym and errands around town, and never fails to fit all my stuff. — Chelsea Stone, commerce editor

Stephanie Griffin/CNNThreshold Designed With Studio McGee Boucle Throw Pillow

For months I have been scouring various home stores for Sherpa throw pillows that weren’t priced upward of $50 each. So I was thrilled to stumble upon the Boucle Throw Pillow from Target’s Threshold line, which is only $22 but looks extremely expensive and high-quality IRL. I purchased two in the color cream, and they blend incredibly with the rest of my living room’s neutral decor. — Stephanie Griffin, social media strategist

Kobo Sage ($259.99; kobobooks.com) & Kobo Stylus ($39.99; kobobooks.com) Dan Toy/CNNKobo Sage & Stylus

I’ve tested many e-readers here at Underscored, but there are none quite like the brand-new Kobo Sage. It boasts a crisp 8-inch screen that makes text pop, and with the Kobo Stylus (sold separately), you can easily highlight your favorite passages and scribble notes in the margins of books as well as create your own notebooks of writing or sketches. I love using this device to take notes while in work meetings during the day, then I bring it to bed to read my favorite library books at night. I’ve used it every day since I’ve gotten it, and I can see it being a great device for everyone from college students to casual readers to bookworms. — Daniel Toy, copy editor

Otherland Fallen Fir Candle ($36; otherland.com) Chelsea Stone/CNNOtherland Fallen Fir Candle

’Tis the season to burn festive holiday candles at all hours, and I can’t wait to add this Otherland one to the mix. From the brand’s seasonal Gilded Collection, it smells just like a wintry forest, and the black exterior with gold accents looks particularly chic. — Chelsea Stone, commerce editor

Kai Burkhardt/CNNCotopaxi x Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons

I’ve worn these slippers for just about two weeks straight now and I can’t get enough of them. Part sneaker, part slipper, the ugly-cute coloring and cozy upper make these my favorite shoes of the fall. — Kai Burkhardt, associate editor

Colorful Standard Sunglass 03 ($115; colorfulstandard.com) Stephanie Griffin/CNNColorful Standard Sunglass 03

If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for a pair of cute oversized sunglasses. So it’s no surprise I instantly fell in love with this pair from Colorful Standard — which is made from plant-based materials — the second I put them on. I should note that while the color is more green than coffee-brown, the shade is still absolutely gorgeous and is hands down the perfect accessory to any of the pieces in my earthy fall wardrobe. — Stephanie Griffin, social media strategist

Chelsea Stone/CNNMarlow Pillow

Marlow, a brand-new brand from the minds behind bedding go-to Brooklinen, just launched this week, but I’ve had the chance to spend several nights with the Pillow — the company’s signature product — already. Suffice to say: I’m a Marlow convert. It provides just the right amount of support for my firmer pillow tastes, but it’s truly meant to suit every kind of sleeper. Seriously, why aren’t all pillows adjustable? — Chelsea Stone, commerce editor

Mike Andronico/CNNNintendo Switch OLED

I wasn’t sure I needed the Nintendo Switch OLED, but after living with it for a few weeks, it’s hard to go back to my old Switch. The gorgeous upgraded screen on Nintendo’s latest portable console really makes a big difference — not just because the blacks are deeper and the colors are bolder but also because its larger 7-inch display area is much bigger and more immersive. When you couple that with a much-improved kickstand, a matte finish that feels really great to hold and a few other useful refinements, you’ve got what is easily the best Switch yet. — Mike Andronico, senior tech writer

Kai Burkhardt/CNNCotopaxi x Teva Teca Cálido Jacket

Cotopaxi’s classic colorblocking gives this jacket a bold look, which I absolutely love, but this coat is so much more than an eye-catcher. It’s super warm, thanks to its recycled insulation, plus it’s reversible, has seven pockets and can even pack down into its chest pocket to the size of a water bottle. Perfect for the trails or windy fall mornings, this has been my go-to layer as the temperatures dip. — Kai Burkhardt, associate editor

Chelsea Stone/CNNYana Pillow

If you have yet to add a body pillow to your bed, you’re doing sleep wrong. And Yana’s isn’t just your average long pillow; it’s an innovative U-shaped pillow that wraps around your body and contours to your curves. That’s right — a pillow that hugs you back. You haven’t known comfort until you’ve enjoyed a peaceful slumber wrapped up in a Yana. — Chelsea Stone, commerce editor

Stephanie Griffin/CNNJambys Cabernet House Hoodie

When my favorite unisex loungewear brand launched its new Cabernet line, I had to get my hands on it. I have been wearing the hoodie almost every single day, whether I work from home or run errands; it is so comfortable and cozy. I love that the material is lightweight but still provides a layer of warmth on colder fall days. Oh, and not to state the obvious, but it’d look fantastic with a nice big glass of cabernet in hand. Did someone say the perfect Christmas gift?! — Stephanie Griffin, social media strategist

Sarai Thompson/CNN54 Thrones African Beauty Butter

This month, the 54 Thrones African Beauty Butter gave all my moisturizers a run for their money. What I loved about this product was not only the deep moisture but the sheen finish that was left on my skin. Made with shea butter, baobab and jojoba oil, this moisturizer keeps my skin moisturized throughout the day, and that’s important, especially in this chilly season. My expectations are now heightened when it comes to moisturizers, thanks to 54 Thrones. If the product does not leave me moisturized with a sheen, I don’t want it! — Sarai Thompson, social media coordinator

Chelsea Stone/CNNGlossier Monochromes

I’m already a Glossier devotee, but the minimalist makeup brand’s latest launch and first eye shadow palette is even more than I could have hoped for. With Monochrome, you’re getting three coordinated shades in a refillable case for just $22. Choose from 10 trios in neutral, wear-anywhere hues. (Teak, a rich orangey brown, is my favorite for fall fits.) — Chelsea Stone, commerce editor

Kai Burkhardt/CNNYeti Trailhead Camp Chair

This camp chair from Yeti is quite big and heavy, so I wouldn’t quite recommend taking it on a camping trip unless you have tons of space in your car and you don’t plan on moving it around too much. However, if it does have a semipermanent place to live like a porch, backyard or on the sidelines of your kid’s soccer game, you’re going to love this chair. It’s one of the most comfortable camp chairs I’ve ever sat in, and it even has a cup holder so you can sip on your favorite drink while you relax. — Kai Burkhardt, associate editor

Stephanie Griffin/CNNLive Tinted Rays Copper Eye Masks

I recently attended a wedding where I only got three to four hours of sleep before having to catch a flight the next morning (oops!). But luckily I had a pair of Live Tinted’s Rays Copper Eye Masks on hand to help fix the very dark circles under my eyes. Not only was it the form of self-care I needed, but they helped pump the hydration back into my skin, resulting in smooth, glowy under-eyes. Highly recommend! — Stephanie Griffin, social media strategist

Kai Burkhardt/CNNYeti Trailhead Dog Bed

Three hundred dollars is a lot to spend on a dog bed, but if there’s one bed I would spend that money on, it’s the Trailhead Dog Bed from Yeti. Built with thick, durable materials, including a waterproof bottom, this doggy mattress is actually two beds in one. You can separate the inner pillow and take it as a travel bed or leave it inserted to give your pup some extra cushion. We took the insert out and put it in our dog’s crate and left the outer bed lying around so she has an extra spot to rest when she doesn’t want to be confined. It’s safe to say she loves the beds since the only time she’ll leave is to eat or go outside. — Kai Burkhardt, associate editor

Delaney Strunk/CNNiRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum

I’ve wanted a robot vacuum for years, and when this beauty finally went on sale, I snagged it. I love that it cleans under and around my furniture and moves between hardwood floors and rugs with ease. You can use the app to set it to run while you’re out of the house, which I recommend because it’s pretty loud, and by the time you come back you’ve got perfectly clean floors. — Delaney Strunk, programming editor

Michael Andronico/CNNMacBook Pro 14-inch

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro reminds me of my old college MacBook in all the right ways. It has plenty of ports for accessories and monitors, packs a great keyboard that ditches the awful Touch Bar and brings back the beloved MagSafe charger that’s easy to detach should someone trip on the wire. It’s also just about the fastest laptop I’ve ever touched (thanks to the ridiculously fast M1 Pro processor packed inside), it has a gorgeous Liquid Retina XDR display and it features a camera that’s better than most dedicated webcams I’ve tested. — Mike Andronico, senior tech writer

Kai Burkhardt/CNNWhoop 4.0

I’ve used the Whoop strap fitness tracker on and off for quite a while now, and I love the multitude of data and insights you get into your body and health. With the new Whoop 4.0, you’re able to see even more information, including blood oxygen levels and skin temperature, along with many little upgrades that make using the 4.0 much better than the 3.0. It’s smaller, has a waterproof battery pack and is able to wake you with a haptic alarm once you reach your sleep goal for the night. — Kai Burkhardt, associate editor

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