28 Products That'll Make Your Summer 10 Times Better Than Last Year's

28 Products That'll Make Your Summer 10 Times Better Than Last Year's

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1.A statement pair of BaubleBar earrings that’ll always add a much-needed pop of color to your summer wardrobe and elevate even the simplest of outfits — without a ton of effort.

These are my go-to summer earrings! I wear them with almost every outfit and they give me a tropical and vibrant every time. I’m even wearing these right now!

Get them from BaubleBar for $44 (available in four colors).

2.An inflatable two-person kayak so you won’t have to worry about lugging around a heavy one or spending money renting one for your next river adventure.

Promising review:This kayak definitely exceeded my expectations. I bought this kayak for a month long road trip I was doing in the PNW. For the price, I expected a flimsy flotation device, but this kayak is sturdy and withstood all sorts of abuse. We took it in both lakes and rivers, and we’re very happy with its performance. There’s tons of space, the seats are comfortable, and it inflates in just a few minutes. My only complaint would be that a small amount of water did somehow get inside one of the side air compartments and I’m worried that may mildew over time. But overall totally worth it for my trip, and I look forward to many more uses.” —gina

Get it from Amazon for $62.99.

3.A stick of Dove deodorant that’ll keep you from sweating but also smelling extra fresh throughout the entire summer. You’ll wonder how you made it through last summer without it.

Promising review: “Bought this for my husband who works outside for a living. He says it is great and he doesn’t sweat. Even in the 100° Midwest summers, it stays on all day, and I think it smells great!” —kim

Get it from Amazon for $7.76 (comes in a twin-pack).

4.A unicorn pool float to get that Instagram-worthy summer pic you’ve been planning for — it’s not too late!

Promising review: “This float is awesome! I bought this for a weekend at the lake, and my friends and I had a great time with it. It’s comfortable for any adult to sit in it and float around. The float held up to my friends jumping on it and trying to flip each other off of it. It’s also the perfect float for all those Instagram pics!” —Amazon Customer

Get from Amazon for $16.59 (also available in a kids size).

5.A pizza beach towel that’ll stand out on the sand amongst all of the boring towels this summer.

Promising review: “I love my towel. It is so cute, fashionable, and perfect for tanning on. Its microfiber technology helps refrain the sand from sticking to the towel which I absolutely adore! It’s perfect for gifting, I would highly recommend!” —Sharmaine Butac

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 23 other amazing food options).

*Just a heads up, some reviewers mentioned the towel not being as big as advertised, but they’re still obsessed with it.

6.A grapefruit cooler bag that’ll not only keep your summer drinks nice and cold but also doubles as a stylish purse. No need to carry around any other beach totes or accessories.

Promising review: “Absolutely loved this cooler. It’s the perfect size for me to bring along on any and all trips. It easily holds car ride snacks and drinks, all while keeping them cool. Plus it’s cute so.” —KYLIE G.

Get it from Ban.do for $32.

7.A watermelon windmill cutter to get perfectly sliced chunks, so you’re not struggling cutting it, like last summer.

Promising review: “I was a little skeptical at first, but this thing works great and is very easy to push/cut. Cut a whole watermelon very quickly!” —shevaun

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

8.Love Home and Planet’s lavender & argan oil detergent that’ll actually get out those sweat stains and summer smells like never before. And the pleasant scent will last in your clothes all day!


This is vegan and cruelty-free!

Promising review: “This product does a great job cleaning, using all-natural ingredients. At first, I was skeptical that it could match the same cleaning power as harsher products but it didn’t disappoint. The detergent leaves your clothes perfectly clean and smells great.” —letsgotryit

Get it from Walmart for $12.97.

9.A Schwinn Sanctuary cruiser bike to step up your summer rides with style. This one is lightweight, with a comfortable seat, and will even keep dirt and mud off your clothes.


Promising review: “This bike is BOMB.COM! I got the red one and had the bike assembly service Amazon provides assemble it professionally so I wouldn’t have the same complaints everyone else had. This is a beautiful bike; it rides smoothly, the tires are nice and thick, the wheels are huge and appealing, and you hardly feel bumps when riding. The gears switch smooth like butter. When the seat and handles are adjusted to the right height it’s perfect. No strain on my back, no discomfort on my knees. I sit up straight; its pure perfection. The seat is comfy and big. I have no complaints — just get one and have it professionally assembled.” —Kei2Happiness

Get it from Amazon for $258.66+ (available in two sizes).

10.A Bumble and bumble hair primer with UV and thermal heat protection to condition and detangle your dry hair while defending it from the sun’s harmful rays.


This product is cruelty-free and is formulated without sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, or phthalates.

Promising review: “I am not usually a fan of & hair stuff, it tends to weigh my hair down. I have thin/fine hair but I have a lot of it, and it’s on the wavy/curly side which can look dry and frizzy! This stuff is amazing, it’s lightweight, it makes my hair super soft and my hair doesn’t frizz! I live in Texas and with the summer heat and humidity my hair can end up looking like a mess, not anymore! This is my new hair obsession, it is my new go-to leave in conditioner! I also love the smell!” —mlaz

Get it from Sephora for $28.

11.An inflatable beer pong table that’ll make this year’s pool party unlike any other.

Promising review: “Bought this for my son’s dirty 30 birthday party and it was a Hit! Even after everyone was done with the pool, we just put it on top of our table. Very good quality!” —Pamela Campbell

Get it from Amazon $49.99 (comes with five ping pong balls).

12.A Coleman Carlsbad tent with a screened-in sunroom that’ll keep cool, dry, and bug-free —better than last year’s summer camping trips.

Promising review: “Took this tent to a camping festival (Nocturnal Wonderland) and it’s now my favorite tent ever. I was skeptical about it being darker inside than others but my tent was cooler and darker inside than any other at the campground. I slept until 10 a.m. or even until noon one day while other campers struggled to sleep past 8-9am because their tents were too warm or bright that early. Everyone wanted to hang out at my tent and everyone kept asking where I got it. I set it up easily by myself in about 15 min, maybe less.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $137.19+ (available in two sizes).

13.An Eau Thermale Avene facial mist to calm and cool your irritated or sunburned summer skin without clogging your pores.


Promising review: “My face is transformed. These minerals in this water make my face poreless looking, refreshed, and just lovely. I have a back up can, and I am ordering more just to have them. I love it! I will keep one in the fridge this summer. Makes the Evian look like a joke. With that your face gets wet. With Avene, your face gets awesome. You gotta try this.” —Moselle

Get it from Amazon for $9+ (available in four sizes).

14.A gas grill with porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates so your BBQ is better than the year before.

Promising review:I should have bought this a long time ago! This grill is so much better than my old one, it holds temperature better, the quality is so much better, and the food tastes better on it. I have talked to other people that own Weber grills and they told me what I just said and I always thought in the back of my mind how can a grill change the way food tastes they all get hot and cook food, well I am a firm believer now that it can and it does. It heats so evenly that everything gets done at the same time, really holding in juice all the way through the burgers I cooked. And the best part of all of this is that it has a 10-year warranty. I was going to just go to the box store and buy another $200 grill that would probably last three years and then repeat the cycle, so I thought a little more money now, will save money in the long run. I am very pleased with the grill and I am sure I will continue to love it!!!” —nathan

Get it from Amazon for $449 (available in four colors).

15.A mounted trunk bike rack that’ll fit on any car so you can take your bikes on your upcoming summer road trip, meaning you won’t have to rent one when you get there.

Promising review:I just came back from a 1200 mile road trip where I used the rack on a 2015 Mazda 3 Hatchback for the first time. It works great! I drove freeways, good and bad county roads, even a stretch of washboard dirt road to a trail head and the rack performed rock solid. You do have to keep those straps tight although after an initial re-tightening after that washboard trail it did not stretch at all for the rest of the trip. But do cover the metal hooks before you install it!!! You WILL damage your paint if you install them naked as they are. I used window weather stripping and duct tape to cushion them.” —Hobo Traveller

Get it from Amazon for $38.11+ (available in four sizes).

16.A Beautyblender Pocket Puff tool for a quick makeup touch up when the summer heat won’t let you look great. It’ll leave you with a smooth, flawless, and even finish.

Promising review: “I love this product. It beautifully sets my foundation and concealer. Helps smooth out the powder on my nose. I’ve noticed that when I use this puff to set my foundation, I do not get oily as quickly as when I use a regular brush.” —biancaestevez

Get it from Sephora for $15.

17.A large mesh beach tote to carry all of your summer essentials whether they’re wet or dry. Did you have this last year?

Promising review: “I’m a bag snob and I LOVE this bag. I searched for a month before I finally committed to this bag, and I’m so glad I did. It’s VERY large and holds towels, swimsuits, snacks, whatever you need. The number of pockets is perfect if you want everything in its place for the beach or pool trip. Outside pockets can be used for sunscreen, goggles, water bottle, toys, whatever. And there is an inside pocket to place keys, your wallet or phone. Even though the bag is large, it works well for swim class where you may only have a few items. It also air dries quickly and is lightweight. Would HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking for a large pool or beach bag.” —Keely

Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in 12 colors).

18.A ribbed cropped tank top that’ll not only keep you cool this summer but will be more fashionable than ever before.

Get it from Forever 21 $7.90 (available in sizes S–L and three colors).

19.A snow cone maker to have a fun summer treat for kids or even a *boozy* drink for adults. This is a must-have for your upcoming party!

Promising review: “I was skeptical over buying the Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker over renting one for a large gathering even though it was less money than the rental. Turns out this little machine did all that was asked of it by the kids and the adults. I love the consistency of the ice it creates. I am impressed with the simplicity of use, and cleanup just means drying it. It looks great and it has the ability to make adequate amounts for what we needed.” —PJT

Get it from Amazon for $55.87.

20.A breathable mesh motorcycle jacket that’ll still protect you during these hot summer rides without you feeling restricted or drenched in sweat.

Promising review: “I live in Arizona and new to riding. Wanted a protective jacket with layers that was ‘Mesh style’ for airflow living in Phoenix. With the liner in windproof, with the liner removed breathes awesome. Super cool on SUNNY days with temps 90-115*. BRIGHT BRIGHT for visibility. POCKETS galore. Right on the outside chest area, you have two pockets large enough to put your smartphone and wallet. Good armor and super comfy and sleek looking. Sizing was spot on. GREAT BUY!” —Sheldon S. Kobylanski

Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in sizes XS–4XL and four colors).

21.Aveeno Protect + Hydrate sunscreen with SPF 50 and antioxidant oat to moisturize, nourish, and protect your skin while you’re in and out of the sun this summer.

Promising review: “Oh my geeze! Both my wife and I absolutely love this sunscreen. I normally hate sunscreen, but it is a necessity if you want to stay healthy into old age. Although it is meant for the face, we use it everywhere our skin is exposed because it is not slimy, sticky, greasy. It dries a little slowly, but once it does, man you don’t even know you have sunscreen on, especially 50 SPF. It lasted about six hours under moderate hiking. Do yourself and family a favor, and start using this sunscreen for your arms and other areas other than just your face.” —RedDogAlpha

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

22.A mini double chaise lounge so your kids or furbabies can finally relax comfortably by the pool, just like you!

Promising review: “We don’t have children, bought this for my dogs so they could enjoy summer pool days with us. They love it and use all the time!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $101.40 (available in two sizes and colors).

23.A Fujifilm Instax Mini camera to take amazing instant Polaroid Instagram pics on-the-go. Save every summer memory this time!

Promising review: “The camera came early then it was expected! I love the color lime green, it just stands out and it’s very aesthetic! It does not come with films (so buy it separately) but it comes with a mini lanyard (so you won’t drop it), a built-in selfie mirror, and lens! I will be using this for my upcoming road trip!” —Darno

Get it from Amazon for $54.97 (available in four styles and five colors).

24.A stainless steel BBQ utensils set that’ll have everything you need to ~turn up~ on the grill this summer.

Promising review: “I have been BBQing for over 20 years. I went through a lot of BBQ grill sets. I know a thing or two about what to look for in a grill set. This grill set is one of the best quality and it is very well made in stainless steel. But the grill heat is very well isolated, so the handles remain cool to the touch. The carrying case is an added benefit for campsite BBQ.” —Peter Chiou

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

25.A sexy bandage one-piece swimsuit for a flirty, fashion-forward look that’ll look better than last summer’s suit.

Promising review: “Fits true to size, the strings are extra long (longer than the model’s in the picture), but it’s a great material. My boyfriend drooled over it and I can’t wait to use it on our vacation.” —Arnold Kathy

Get it from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in sizes S–2XL and six patterns/colors).

For more options, check out 32 Of The Best Swimsuits You Can Get On Amazon.

26.A stainless steel insulated bottle & can holder with removable, freezable gel to keep your beers or water cold while you’re laying out by the pool on or the beach. No more lukewarm beverages!

Promising review: “I bought this as a gift for my husband for all of his and our summer camping and bonfires. He loves it. It does a very good job at keeping his beer cold and the bottom portion freezes fairly quickly. It also just looks nice in general and feels like it’ll be a long lasting item.” —Kristen

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in five colors).

27.A fun pair of mesh-lined swim trunks that can even be worn with a linen button down so you’ll be even more ready for any beach party.

Promising review: “Just got my trunks today. Fit great! Taking them on vacation soon! Replaced my very old ones. Love the look of these.” —John T

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 34 colors).

28.And a Jack Black lip balm with SPF 25 and antioxidants to protect and soothe dry and chapped lips from the heat and UV rays.

Promising review: “This is my new go-to lip balm. It’s thick enough that you don’t need to reapply constantly, it’s got a good SPF rating, but it doesn’t have that off taste that some SPF lip balms have. It’s been excellent for summer running and cycling, and I look forward to the thickness of it in winter. I’ve got the blackberry and the shea butter, and the flavors are very mild, more or less flavorless within a minute of application — which is good, because flavorless and unscented would be my ideal. Shea butter has less flavor than the blackberry, but either one is fine for me.” —MacDaddy

Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in eight flavors).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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