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    23 Practical Things Worth Investing In This Fall

    Chic trench coats, cozy flannel sheets, a highly rated moisturizer, and other useful things for the best season (IMO).

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    1. A classic trench coat that'll be your go-to choice of outwear every fall (and spring) from now until forever.

    Model wearing double-breasted belted trench coat in classic beige
    J. Crew

    Promising review: "This high quality coat has become a favorite. Fits true to size and goes with almost any outfit. Love everything about it! Perfect for a rainy day." —SABE

    Get it from J. Crew for $228 (available in classic and petite sizes 00–22).

    Or, check out a slightly more casual version at Madewell!

    2. A low-maintenance countertop garden for having fresh herbs at your fingertips year-round (no matter how small or sun-less your apartment might be).

    The AeroGarden Harvest 360 in white

    This kit comes with a six seed pods (Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Thai Basil, and mint) a 3-ounce bottle of our patented, all natural plant nutrients (enough for a full season of growth).

    Promising review: "I travel a lot for work and the Aerogarden, despite its price, has actually saved me a lot of money. I love fresh herbs and lettuce but I tend to throw so much away. With this I pick what I need which I love. The leaves are lush and huge compared to store bought bagged/boxed mixes which are great for sandwiches and burgers. I have three of these, two with herbs and this one with various lettuces. The company is great too, I had a seed pod that didn't sprout and they sent me a new one." —Vanessa MS

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

    3. A pair of luxurious slippers with a soft faux-fur lining to wear around the house or even outside to fetch the paper. Your toes will be sooo toasty warm.

    The slippers in black velvet, featuring an embroidered stars and eye design

    Promising review: "Love them! They fit true to size and are cozy and adorable." —Kristi R.

    Get them from Soludos for $75 (available in sizes 5–11).

    4. A heated electric blanket so you can transform yourself into a burrito for the rest of the season.

    Model swaddled in the red and white blanket

    It has three temperature settings and automatically shuts off after four hours. The fabric is machine-washable so it'll be easy to maintain.

    Promising review: "Everyone at my office is jealous. Heats up quickly. The three settings are all good and far enough apart that you can definitely tell that there are multiple settings. Very easy to use, and it holds heat really well. I’m in love with this blanket." —28187

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    5. A French oven that'll help you cook up all the cozy foods. You can use it for slow cooking, braising, stewing, roasting, stir-frying, deep frying, aaand bread making.

    The French oven in navy

    Promising review: "This is a workhorse and it hold up beautifully! I've had this French oven for nearly four years now and it is in constant use and still looks and cooks like it's brand-new." —Sydney

    Get it from Food52 for $179–$199 (originally $299–$319; available in five colors).

    6. A pair of waterproof leather booties perfect for drizzly, unpredictable fall weather.

    Model wearing the low-heeled suede boots in light gray

    Promising review: "I love these booties. I was advised to buy waterproof shoes for an upcoming trip to Ireland, and I wanted something stylish as well. They are incredibly comfortable, and I get compliments on them all the time. Shortly after they arrived, we got about 3 inches of very slushy snow, a perfect opportunity to test the waterproof claims. My feet were snug and warm all day, and totally dry. Another occasion, I found myself on my feet and walking all day, and again, they did not disappoint. I look forward to having another excuse to buy Blondo booties!" —Judy

    Get them from Zappos for $119.96 (originally $151.95; available in sizes 5.5–12, seven colors, and two widths).

    7. A bonded-leather chair with an angled backrest and a padded head pillow to make sitting down a joy. If you'll be spending eight hours in any chair, it should probably be this one!

    Model reclining on the white faux-leather chair

    Promising review: "Love love love this chair! It's absolutely gorgeous in person, very easy to put together independently, and so comfortable. I struggle with back and neck pain and this chair, after only a few hours, has relieved that pain while sitting at my desk." —greenn

    Get it from Overstock for $241.82 (available in two colors).

    8. A KitchenAid stand mixer you can use for decades before passing it on to your kids (who can then pass it on to their kids). It'll really come in handy for the peak cookie-baking season aka the holidays.

    The mixer in red

    This 10-speed mixer has a 5-quart stainless-steel mixing bowl. It comes with a two-piece pouring shield with a large chute for adding ingredients as well as a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip.

    Promising review: "I have wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer for years. So many recipes call for using one and all of the cooking shows on television use them. I finally ordered mine in red, which is my favorite color. I absolutely love it. Yes, it is pricey but so worth it. The quality is the best and it is so much easier to bake when you have both hands free to add ingredients. I've only had it for a few days but I have used it to make cookies and to mix up meatloaf. I absolutely love it." —Carole

    Get it from Wayfair for $319.57 (available in 41 colors).

    9. A sturdy yet lightweight umbrella that won't collapse at the slightest gust of wind. (If you can manage not to lose it, it just might last forever.)


    When opened, this umbrella measures 38 inches in diameter.

    Promising review: "This umbrella arrived during a week filled with rain and wind in the forecast. I eagerly put it to the test, and it passed with flying colors. It withstood strong winds and heavy rains and not once did it falter. Water rolled off of it once inside, and it did not take long to dry. Overall an excellent purchase!" —KkJuliani

    Get it from Nordstrom for $28.

    10. A Breville espresso maker for whipping up fancy coffee drinks right at home. Homemade pumpkin spice latte, anyone?

    The machine in stainless steel

    After seeing this powerful machine in action at a previous job, I immediately put it on my wish list. Three years later, I finally took the leap and bought one for my apartment. I'm extremely picky about my cappuccinos, and this thing makes them just as good as a specialized coffee shop. Although it was a splurge, I haven't spent money on coffee outside since I got this thing (I used to buy one at least every other day), which will actually save me money in the long run. No regrets! It comes with a built-in grinder, a milk frother, descaling packets, and all the accessories you'll need to get started.

    Promising review: "I do not understand how this thing is only $500. I’m a manager for a cafe, and we run a $25,000 four-group La Marzocco and a $7,000 grinder, and it’s like I never even left the shop. Everything about this product is stellar. It comes with everything you need to brew a good shot. All you need is a knock box. I was worried that it would feel kind of cheap due to the price but I was wrong. The portafilter is heavy duty, I was worried it would be flimsy. It’s not. The grinder produces a consistent grind every time. The machine itself looks beautiful and is heavy duty. Not much plastic to be found. Steam wand has the perfect amount of power and allows you to really get the temp and froth perfect. Skilled baristas will have no problem doing great latte art with this machine. It’s all in one. No separate grinder needed, and the included grinder is high quality. Very easy to setup. Shots have good crema, great flow rate, but obviously this will more so depend on beans and proper dosing, but just know you can make some very good espresso. Best decision I’ve made. It is great for people who are wanting to get into espresso/coffee but don’t want to spend a fortune, yet it is so high quality that a skilled barista can fine tune everything for their idea of a perfect shot." —Spetsnaz

    Get it from Amazon for $697.95.

    11. A sleek, vacuum-insulated mug with an inner ceramic coating to ensure your coffee tastes great and stays hot for hours and hours.

    The mug in all three colors and sizes

    I own and love this mug — even though the body is made of stainless-steel, the ceramic coating prevents my coffee from getting even the slightest metallic taste, and the shape and texture of the mug makes it very satisfying to hold in my hands. The minimalist design is just the cherry on top. It's designed to retain heat for 12 hours and stay cold for 24 hours, and although my drinks have never lasted that long before I finished them, they do stay very warm as I'm sipping on them throughout the day.

    Promising review: "Better than any mug I’ve ever owned. I’m a nurse and this thing keeps coffee hot more than six hours which is amazing. I’ve bought two of them as gifts I love it so much." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $30+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    12. A pair of flexible and supportive Allbirds wool runners you can wear to workout or just as casual everyday sneakers.

    Models wearing the sneakers in brown, gray, and red

    These are our mid-priced pick for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "I hate socks, and I don't need them with these shoes. I wore them for 12 hours, mostly standing the first day. No blisters, just happy feet." —Kimberly

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available women's sizes 5–10, men's sizes 8–14, and 18 colors).

    13. A Patagonia Nano Puff jacket that's perfect for hiking or walking the doggo on a chilly morning. The best part? It's made of 75% recycled materials.

    A model wearing the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket in blue

    Plus, the jacket compresses like down and disappears into your backpack when stuffed into its own chest pocket.

    Promising review: "I was on the hunt for a lighter synthetic down jacket that would keep me warm in windy San Francisco and that would also be practical for outdoor adventures. After pretty extensive research, I decided on the Nano Puff, and I'm so glad I did. This jacket is lightweight but also does a great job protecting against the SF wind. I can layer a thin, hooded vest underneath to add additional warmth if needed. I could've gone with a medium if I wanted more room. The small isn't too tight and doesn't restrict my movement during outdoor activities." —SFcoloradobuff

    Get it from REI for $199 (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors)

    14. A tube of Dr. Jart+'s Ceramidin Cream for moisturizing the driest of skin. Winter will be so much more tolerable with this in your medicine cabinet.,

    Promising review: "I have combo acne skin. With the weather change, I've been getting flaky skin around my chin, nose, and forehead so bad, it's itchy. I was intimidated by the packaging because it looks like medication. But holy! After my first application I was sold! My skin is so plump and smooth! It has evened out my skin texture, soothed the flaking/dryness, and it seems to be plumping up my acne scaring so my face is a smooth surface vs deep marks from scaring. This also doesn't make your skin oily — it absorbs quickly!" —Kickashfitness

    Get it from Sephora for $48.

    15. A robot vacuum to suck up all the pet hairs and dirt around the house so you don't have to. Now you can do something else with that extra time.

    The round vacuum running next to a sleeping child

    This robo-vac has an infrared-sensor for evading obstacles and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. It also automatically recharges so it's always ready to clean. It comes with a remote control (two AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties. It can clean continuously for up to 100 minutes.

    Promising review: "We are very pleased with our Eufy who we named Sneaky Pete because he is very quiet and can sneak up on you. We run him twice a day and are always surprised how much grime and pet hair he picks up. The instructions are simple and clear. Cleaning is super easy. He travels under beds and couches where we would not normally be able to reach with the traditional vacuum. After comparing all of the leading robo-vacs, we chose the Eufy because it was rated as high as expensive ones and was less than half of the cost. We chose well. Like all robo-vacs, Pete will become confused on an area that is black due to the anti-fall safety feature. Like a black patch of a rug. But, we don't hold that against him. Our dog is totally indifferent to Pete which is another pleasant surprise. We are very happy with our Eufy." —Dahna Brinkley

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (available in two colors).

    16. A do-it-all Instant Pot so you can consolidate several appliances into one and whip up chilis and mashed potatoes in half the time it usually takes.

    The Instant Pot, featuring a digital display and preset buttons

    This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer! Check out our review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

    17. A flannel sheet set (made in Portugal!) that'll make your bed feel like the cuddliest place in the whole damn world. As if you needed another excuse to sleep in.

    The flannel sheet set displayed on a bed
    L.L. Bean

    Promising review: "I am perpetually cold, so when the mercury plummets I break out an accumulated collection of down duvets and flannel sheet sets. I have tried flannel sheets from a number of well-known retailers. These are a bit more expensive but are dramatically better than any of their competitors. The fabric is heavy but not stiff or stifling, the cut is generous enough that you don’t find yourself pulling your share of the blankets back from your spouse in the middle of the night, and they wash and wear like a dream (no shrinking or piling, through multiple seasons). I have purchased these for king, full, and twin size beds and the quality is the same. Awesome. They are so much better than any others I have tried, I would rather save up for these than settle for anything else. Well worth the investment." —legallybrunette

    Get it from L.L. Bean for $139–$199 (available in sizes twin–king and four colors).

    18. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite perfect for anyone who loves reading in the tub (or anywhere, really). Plus, you can download e-books from your local library and save tons of money!

    Hand holding the Kindle

    Promising review: "I'm the kind of person who used to always buy the printed copies (I love the smell and feel of books). But I've got to admit this is a really practical way to carry around your books when traveling (it's really light and easy to take everywhere), and it really does feel like reading an actual book (compared to tablets and reading on your phone). The waterproof feature it's really just a wonderful plus." —Daniela

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    19. A mid-weight down-alternative duvet insert to keep you warm without being too heavy. (P.S. this is the same kind of comforter that's used in many fancy hotel beds!)

    The puffy quilted duvet insert in white
    Standard Textile Home

    Promising review: "When I initially received it in the packaging I thought this thing could not possible keep me warm. The moment I got into bed and covered up it felt like heaven. It’s not heavy at all and keeps me very warm! Will definitely invest in your other comforter so I can swap them out during different seasons. I will recommend this to all family and friends!" —Shavonne

    Get it from Standard Textile Home for $109–$149 (available in sizes twin–king).

    20. A pair of warm and stretchy Athleta leggings that'll not only be perfect for workouts (they definitely pass the squat test), they'll also look cute for running errands on an off-duty day.


    Promising review: "Warm, durable, not bulky. I wore these today during a four-mile outdoor run. The conditions were 36 degrees with sleeting snow. They kept me warm! They aren’t bulky and they stood up to a little dog biting me on the calf, without any punctures! It was a tough run today, and the Altitude Tight was up to the task!" —Jae

    Get them from Athleta for $98 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and four colors).

    21. A sleek Bose soundbar so you can enhance your binge-watching experience without shelling out for a full home sound system. It just might make you miss the movie theaters a little less.

    The rectangular sound bar

    I treated myself to this gem when I moved apartments. It's plenty loud for a small living room and the sound quality is actually pretty amazing.

    Promising review: "What can I say about Bose products that hasn't already been said? This sound bar far outshines other sound bars of this size. The ability to clarify the spoken word in movies and TV shows has allowed me to be able to enjoy TV again!" —Lea Idlewine

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    22. A slightly oversized denim sherpa jacket for casual days when you want to be warm and comfortable but still look stylish.

    Model wearing the jacket in a light-wash denim

    Promising review: "I really thought I could find a jacket like this at a cheaper price, but this is SO worth the investment! I ordered a size larger because I wanted to wear thick sweaters underneath and it fits exactly the way I wanted it to! The relaxed fit is so nice, and it's not cropped." —lexi

    Get it from Levi's for $128 (available sizes XS–XL and in five washes).

    23. A soft and absorbent microfiber hair towel to dry your mane in a fraction of the time it normally takes. No more stepping out the door with dripping hair when it's freezing outside!

    Model drying their hair with the towel

    Read our full review of the Aquis hair towel!

    Promising review: "This towel is amazing! I have thick, long hair that takes forever to blow dry (and for that reason, I don't use a hair dryer). This towel removes so much moisture from my hair in such a short amount of time! Within about five minutes of wrapping my hair up, I can remove the towel, use a spray-in conditioner, and be on my way without having to worry about my hair leaving wet spots on my shirt! So, I finally made this repeat purchase so I have a backup towel in case I lose this towel on a vacation. I love this so much I've been reluctant to bring it with me anyone for fear of losing it. Seriously, I love this!" —Stephanie M Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in eight colors).

    Me, as soon as the first fall breeze arrives:


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