Doing your taxes might suck, but getting your tax refund back feels fantastic. It’s as if you’re getting free money added to your bank account (even though it’s really just money you earned that the government took too much of). Now, you just need to decide on what to spend it on. I mean, a tax refund is the perfect excuse to treat yourself.
Instead of blowing your newfound money on some trendy piece of clothing or cool-looking gizmo, you might want to invest a high-quality product that will last you years to come. Here at Reviewed, it’s our job to test and rate hundreds of products throughout the year, and we take it very seriously, so we know a thing or two about what’s actually worth buying.
We used our product insights to narrow down a list of 50 incredible products at every price point. But first, here are our 10 favorite products that are definitely worth a buy—whether you have a tax refund or not.
Our 10 favorite tax return buys
1. LG C8 OLED TV—$2,696.99 at Amazon
If you’re an avid home movie lover, the only TV you should be using is an OLED TV. With 4K resolution that creates incredible picture quality and viewing experience, OLEDs put whatever else you’ve been watching on to shame. The LG C8 OLED TV is the best TV we’ve ever tested, and with good reason. But its cinema-quality picture doesn’t come cheap, which is why it may be the perfect investment for your tax refund.
2. Purple Mattress—$999 at Purple
After a rough 2018, you deserve a good night’s sleep on the best mattress on the market. We tested a variety of mattresses in a box, and we found that Purple was our favorite luxury one. It was easy to roll out and it’s made with a unique gel-like material that gave us one of the best sleeps of our lives. It’s a little on the pricier side, but that’s what tax refunds are for, right?
3. Sonos Play: 1—$149 at Amazon
Use your tax refunds this season to upgrade your outdated home stereo. Sonos speakers not only have amazing sound, but they also have WiFi connectivity, meaning you can control everything from your phone or with voice commands to an Amazon Echo. Purchase multiple speakers and link them to create an epic home audio system, and jam out during your next get together.
4. Apple Airpods—$159 at Amazon
Apple AirPods come with an air of elitism, which is why they’re the perfect thing to buy with your tax refund. Not only are they trendy, but we were honestly shocked by how amazing Apple’s AirPods are. They have incredible sound, are super easy to connect to Bluetooth, and have no pesky wires to deal with. These “pods” will give a major update to your commute—and to your life, apparently.
5. Fitbit Charge 3—$149 at Amazon
You’ve seen them on everyone’s wrists—small, glowing bracelets that are tracking steps. The Fitbit Charge 3 is our favorite fitness tracker because it has an easy-to-read screen and incredible battery life, and it notifications constantly remind you to be active as well as alert you to texts, calls, and more. With a new firtess tracker, you can see your tax refunds transform into health returns.
6. Large Away Suitcase—$295 at Away
Planning to travel more this year? Set aside some of your tax refund for luggage to get you where you want to go. The Away Suitcase is an amazing upgrade. In fact, it’s the best hard-sided suitcase we’ve ever tested. Not only is its colorful polycarbonate shell completely Instagrammable and easy to spot on the luggage carousel, but it will protect everything inside no matter how much it gets jostled on the way to its destination.
7. Eufy RoboVac 11s—$179.99 at Amazon
We all hate vacuuming, right? This year, spend your tax refund on a robot vacuum that will do your dirty work daily and keep things nice and tidy before deep cleanings. The Eufy RoboVac 11s is our favorite affordable robot vacuum because of its impressive dirt pickup and quiet operation. The slim profile also makes it easier to reach every nook and cranny.
8. Staub Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte—$339.95 at Amazon
Le Creuset has been considered the top maker of Dutch ovens for years, but it’s time for the aspirational brand to move over and make way for Staub. After testing the best Dutch ovens, we found that Staub bested the Le Creuset. They both did a great job cooking, but Staub’s size and shape are much more versatile, making it the ultimate choice for cooking just about anything. It may be pricey, but with your tax refund you can afford to buy something Ina Garten would approve of.
9. Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader—$99.99 at Amazon
A tax refund is a great excuse to get new books—or more specifically a new e-reader. The all-new Kindle Paperwhite earned the top spot of the best Kindle we’ve ever tested thanks to its incredible upgrades. It now has more storage, a more even backlight, a lighter and thinner design, and waterproofing, making this personal electronic library more impressive than ever.
10. Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6 Quart—$149.95 at Amazon
It’s finally time to get in on that Instant Pot craze you’ve been hearing about. Multi-cookers are the ultimate cooking appliance: They combine the slow cooker, rice cooker, and pressure cooker in one device, meaning you can cook basically everything in it and clear some space in your kitchen. If you want the best of the best, go with the Smart Wifi Instant Pot, which is the best electric multi-cooker we’ve ever tested and completely worth the price. It also goes on sale from time to time if you want to wait.
If these 10 items don’t strike your fancy, there are a ton of other amazing things you can spend your tax refund on that fit with every budget from $50 to $500. We rounded up a bunch at various price points so you can do a little window shopping and decide what you’re going to splurge on.
Trying to save some of your tax refund, but still want to get something special for yourself? These top-rated products won’t cost you more than $50, but will still spark joy. Or you can grab a few things off this list if you want to spend your entire refund (we won’t judge).
11. Echo Dot (3rd Gen)—$49.99 on Amazon
Everyone deserves a smart personal assistant and with a tax refund it’s the perfect time to buy one. If you’re just hopping on the smart home train, start small with the Echo Dot. It’s the most affordable Echo in Amazon’s smart speaker lineup, and it’s been improved with better sound and a sleeker look than past versions.
12. InnoGear 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser—$13.59 at Amazon
After testing a ton of essential oil diffusers, we found that our overall pick from InnoGear is the best options, and it is also one of the most affordable We loved the colorful, customizable LED glow, as well as the diffuser’s locking top cover, which made it easier to move the diffuser without spilling water. It’s pretty inexpensive so you can get a few and make your entire home smell incredible (or gift one to a friend who maybe didn’t get a refund this year).
13. Ninja Fit Personal Blender—$44.99 at Amazon
Springtime is the perfect weather for smoothies, and a personal blender is a great product to spend your money on. With a powerful, 700-watt motor packed into a compact machine, the Ninja Fit can whip up any smoothie or health shake in seconds—or maybe an icy cocktail, if it’s been a long day. It’s also the best personal blender we’ve ever tested, and we love the affordable price point too.
14. SterlingPro Double Wall French Press—$35.95 at Amazon
If you really love coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press makes an amazing cup of coffee. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it’s dishwasher safe, and it’s the best French press we’ve ever tested. Best of all, this French press is about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning you can stretch your refund even further.
15. Hydro Flask Standard Mouth with Flex Cap—$29.94 at Amazon
Now that you have some extra cash, you can finally splurge on a high-end water bottle. Hydro Flask is a cult-favorite and with good reason. Not only does it come in fun colors, but it actually keeps your water cold for hours on end. It’s so good in fact that it’s the best water bottle we’ve ever tested.
16. Home Chef meal kits—Starting at $7.99/serving
What better way to treat yourself than a home cooked meal? With a meal kit you can take out half the work by having both recipes and ingredients shipped right to your doorstep. After testing and eating our way through 10 different meal kit delivery services, Home Chef was the best of the bunch for its great flavors and easy-to-follow recipes.
17. Zojirushi 16-oz. Travel Mug—$22.89 at Amazon
Earlier this year, we threw a handful of the most popular travel mugs in a good old fashioned cage match. When the dust settled, this stainless steel mug from Zojirushi emerged as the champion on our list of the best travel mugs you can buy. We love how easy the Zojirushi mug is to use, and its temperature-retention abilities absolutely floored our tester.
18. Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker—$24.69 at Amazon
If you always drink your coffee cold, no matter what the temperature is outside, then you need to invest in cold brew maker for iced coffee year ’round. This one from Takeya is the best cold brew coffee maker we’ve ever tested and it’s less than $20. It’s easy to use and brews a full quart of concentrated cold brew coffee that can last the whole week.
19. Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Pad—$21.39 at Amazon
Treat your phone to an upgrade with a wireless charger. The Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Pad is our favorite wireless charger because it’s compatible with Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, and XS, and any other Qi-rated smartphone. The best part? This fast-charging pad will juice your handheld back up to 100% without the need for extra cables and clutter. It’s that easy.
20. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker—$16.19 at Amazon
Use your tax refund to streamline your breakfast with a Dash Rapid Egg Cooker. It quickly whips up nearly every style of egg and will help you finally make the perfect poached egg for your avocado toast. We were a bit skeptical if it actually worked, but after testing it in our office, we were sold, and a bunch of us still use it to make our breakfast during the workweek. The best part is that it’s so affordable, you’ll have plenty left over for MORE shopping…….Read more>>