The Most Popular Products In May, According To Forbes Vetted Readers
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The Most Popular Products In May, According To Forbes Vetted Readers

Every month Forbes Vetted rounds up the top products that piqued our readers’ interest, across a range of categories. Curious what caught their eye? Look no further.

As the temperatures rise, Forbes Vetted readers have summer on the mind. In May, shoppers were focused on staying cool, getting beach-ready and gearing up for the travel season ahead. Some of the most popular products overall included cooling sheets, laser hair removal devices and our favorite suitcases.

From the most comfortable sneakers to a top-of-the-line pickleball essential, we’ve rounded up the 24 most popular products Forbes Vetted readers loved in May. Check back next month for the latest and greatest on what readers are shopping in June.

This bed-in-a-box mattress tested well with back and stomach sleepers who like a little extra bounce. Between its excellent motion isolation, targeted support and generous lifetime warranty, this DreamCloud model secured its spot as our pick for the best hybrid mattress in a box. (It’s also 50% off right now for new customers.)

We named the Helix Midnight Luxe our favorite mattress overall in 2024. The versatile bed “tested well for pressure relief, ease of movement and edge support,” says senior mattress and sleep editor Bridget Chapman. Stomach sleepers may prefer a firmer mattress, but we think the Midnight Luxe’s balance of support and plushness make it an excellent option for most combination and side sleepers.

With its 270 thread count, these Brooklinen sheets have an extra crisp and breathable feel that contributor Jamie Ueda adored. Their cotton percale weave instills a signature softness and sleek, matte finish, while their moisture-wicking properties help hot sleepers rest easy. These bestsellers quickly climbed the ranks in testing, earning their spot as our pick for the best cooling sheets overall.

The Clifton 9’s padded foam layers provide a fantastic lightweight feel, making it one of Hoka’s most popular designs. The compression molded EVA foam midsole adds extra support, while its outsole offers seamless traction for all types of physical activity. The shoe also earned a seal of approval from the The American Podiatric Medical Association for its benefits to overall foot health.

Made of lightweight CloudTec cushioning, the On Cloud 5 is famed for its soft, flexible fit. The sneaker is a favorite pick among Vetted staffers, and for good reason: The design provides excellent cushioning and reactivity, while its net-like upper prevents overheating. All of this (and more) has earned the sneaker a top spot on many of our lists, including the best walking shoes for men, the best shoes for standing all day and the most comfortable sneakers for women.

When contributor Becky Eaton first tested these shoes, she was blown away by the cushioned support they added with every step. They have a shock-absorbing crash pad was engineered to keep you stable and a “metarocker” sole that creates a smooth heel-toe movement. (They’re also the top pick in our roundup of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis.)

Little ones will go crazy for this bouncy trampoline, and parents will love its safety features and high-quality construction. The Jumpzylla’s anti-rust stainless-steel frame and UV-resistant mat can withstand the elements and jumpers of all sizes. It also comes with easy-to-follow instructions and all the hardware you need to put it together in an afternoon.

Joola Ben Johns Hyperion CAS 16

This paddle from Joola was aptly named after pro player Ben Johns, promising hours of high-quality play reminiscent of what you’d see in the big leagues. It features a carbon abrasion surface for controlled swings as well as a thick honeycomb core. With its durable edge-guard protection, this option is a worthy investment for both beginners and seasoned pros alike.

The Skywalker trampoline is large enough to fit several kids at once and can support up to 700 pounds (though the brand recommends a 175-pound weight limit per jumper). It also has a zippered net that eliminates gaps between the pad and the trampoline, foam-covered poles for added safety and a rust-resistant steel frame. Ideal for kids ages six and up, we named this model our favorite trampoline for children.

In our review of the best bath towels, contributor Caroline Mullen says these towels are some of the softest she’s ever felt. Aside from plush comfort, the blanket-like material is also ultra-absorbent: The towels soaked up 97.5% of water during our absorbency tests. We also love that they come in 25 vibrant colors—perfect for matching your aesthetic.

After extensive testing, we confirmed what many cat-lovers already know: The Litter-Robot 4 is the best of the best. Great for a multi-cat household, the newest edition of the Litter-Robot 4 has a larger opening to accommodate felines of all shapes and sizes. The updated design also has larger and more effective waste drawer—eliminating the need for frequent disposals—and a fast-acting laser sensing system.

The Levoit Core 400S is built with an impressive three-stage filtration system that filters 99.9% of airborne particles from common allergens like mold, pollen and dust. As our pick for the best smart air purifier, it doesn’t skimp on tech-savvy features either. The model monitors air quality in and out of your home, can be app- or voice-controlled, and has an Auto Mode that adjusts its fan speeds as needed.

What Calpak’s Ambeur Large lacks in exterior pockets, it makes up for with its four spacious interior compartments and compression strap. It also has smooth, dual-spinner wheels that are easy to maneuver. Forbes Vetted executive strategy editor Lindsay Boyers is a longtime user of this suitcase, and particularly enjoys how lightweight it is. 

The Monos Carry-On Pro pulls out all the stops with its quiet wheels, spacious front compartment and specially-made TSA-approved locks. It was ranked best overall in our list of the best luggage, in which our testers raved about its sturdy polycarbonate shell and stylish vegan leather design.

Searching for the perfect carry-on suitcase? Away’s The Bigger Carry-On features a tight compression system that ensures you can stow away as much as you need on your next trip without overloading it. If that alone doesn’t convince you, senior travel editor Astrid Taran was able to fill its massive 48 liter-capacity with eight days’ worth of bulky winter clothing while on a recent trip to Switzerland.

If you want to make sure you’re a top candidate in the job market, TopResume’s services offer professional resume reviews that are invaluable. Each of their packages will optimize your materials for Applicant Tracking Systems. The premium Career Evolution package, their most popular option, even provides cover letter guides—and boasts a 60-day interview guarantee.

Forbes Vetted readers were taking the job hunt seriously in May. The Ultimate package from TopResume includes everything in the popular premium package above. However, it goes a step further to offer a complete LinkedIn profile makeover, and nets you an executive writer from the top 10% of its network.

Our pick for the best home printer overall, this all-in-one design can handle just about anything you need at home—from everyday printing to scanning important documents. It’s also easy to setup, so you won’t have a spend a ton of time fiddling with features and preferences. The only down side: While it can technically print photos, we think you’ll be better off with a dedicated photo printer for best results.

With consistent use over six to eight weeks, Nood’s technology promises permanent hair removal via the device’s high-intensity lamp, especially with coarse hair. Individual sessions only take a few minutes at a time and should cause no sensitivity or irritation—meaning no more razor burns or painful wax sessions.

Braun Silk Expert Pro 5

Braun’s Silk Expert Pro 5 auto-adjusts its flash intensity based on your skin to help prevent redness and sensitivity. In addition to its standard gliding feature, we love its stamping mode for precision grooming, and the included accessories for touching up those hard-to-reach areas.

You should notice slowing hair growth after two to four weeks using the RoseSkinCo. OG laser. By weeks eight to twelve, you can expect permanently smooth skin. Each of its six intensity levels offer minimal levels of pain. The brand also offers a 90-day window for returns, plus a one-year warranty if results aren’t to your liking.

Naturepedic Organic Breathable Ultra Baby Crib Mattress (2-Stage, Innerspring)

Our top pick for the best crib mattress overall is this dual-sided innerspring design that will stand the test of time. It has organic certifications from GOTS, Made Safe and Greenguard Gold, and comes equipped with a removable food-grade polyethylene waterproof cover that you can wipe clean (or throw in the wash for more substantial messes).

User-friendly and effective, this hands-free breast pump is a favorite among moms and our top pick for the best wearable breast pump overall. Each cup can hold up to 4 ounces of milk and should last anywhere between 4 and 8 sessions per charge. The pumps are lightweight, comfortable and come apart in four easy-to-clean pieces.

If you’re on the hunt for a great kids’ mattress, shoppers loved the Helix Kids Mattress last month. It’s comfortable and supportive, but truly excels in motion isolation, making it our favorite kids’ mattress for restless sleepers. The flippable design also grows with your young one, so you won’t have to upgrade their bed as they age. (One side is rated for 3- to 7-year-olds and the other for 8- to 12-year-olds.)