Wirecutter’s 5 Most Popular Picks in December 2020

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We’ve been wondering lately if there are any Wirecutter superfans left who don’t own one of our recommended air purifiers, humidifiers, nonstick pans, or office chairs by now. Those four things reliably ranked among our most popular picks throughout 2020, and rightfully so: They’re dependable, well made, and useful nearly every day in any season.

Joining them in the top five last month once again was our top-pick artificial Christmas tree. After so many readers asked whether fake Christmas trees were actually more eco-friendly than real trees, we made a video to help answer that question. What kind of tree will you have next year? Let us know in the comments.

Also popular last month: beard trimmers, essential oil diffusers, and electric toothbrushes for a self-care routine; toaster ovens for “air frying”; kitchen scales and Dutch ovens for winter cooking and baking; holiday photo cards for much-needed cheer; stocking stuffers for kids; harnesses for dogs; resistance bands for exercise; and beginner drawing tablets and Chromebooks for tech upgrades.

These are the top picks our readers purchased in December:

1. Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier

The white Honeywell humidifier with blue accents sits against a light teal background.
Photo: Michael Hession

Simple, quiet, effective, and easier to clean than any other option, the Honeywell HCM-350 has consistently come out on top in several years of humidifier testing.

Read more: The Best Humidifier

2. Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier

The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier in a living room next to a chair and a plant.
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Perfect for bedrooms, playrooms, and living rooms, the Coway Mighty is one of the best-performing, most durable, and most economical air purifiers we’ve tested.

Read more: The Best Air Purifier

3. National Tree Company 7.5-foot Feel Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-D12-75) Artificial Christmas Tree

 National Tree Company 7.5-foot Feel Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-D12-75) Artificial Christmas Tree in the corner of a room, decorated with lights and ball ornaments, next to a pink velvet couch.
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Realistic, full, generously sized, and versatile, this LED-lit tree can switch between all-white and multicolor modes, and its power connects as you put the sections together.

Read more: The Best Artificial Christmas Tree

4. Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan

The Tramontina 10" nonstick pan.
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

With its classic flared-lip pan shape, slick nonstick coating, and comfortable handle, this Tramontina 10-inch pan is a quality pan that will last for years.

Read more: The Best Nonstick Pan

5. HON Ignition 2.0 Office Chair

The The HON Ignition 2.0 shown in front of a desk.
Photo: HON

The HON Ignition 2.0 is one of the most comfortable chairs we’ve tested retailing for less than $500, and it has many of the adjustments generally reserved for more expensive chairs.

Read more: The Best Office Chair

Rounding out the top 20:

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