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Guiding shoppers toward the best new items on the market, Product of the Year USA — which describes itself as the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation — just announced its 2021 award winners. To determine those winners, 40,000 shoppers voted on product finalists in a national survey from data insights outfit Kantar. This year, winning products fell into categories like food and beverage, personal care items, household care and more.
For the 2021 awards, brands were able to submit consumer packaged goods that launched after Jan. 1, 2019, were distributed nationally and demonstrated a certain level of innovation. Industry professionals reviewed items to make sure they met the required criteria, subsequently turning them over for consumers to vote on. Winning items are able to display the Product of the Year seal in their marketing for two years.
From the best cheese to the best electric toothbrush, here are the winning products featured in this year's Product of the Year Awards.
Best products: Food and drink
Best alcohol: Uptown Cocktails
Made with only natural ingredients (no corn syrup or artificial flavors), these premixed wine cocktails come in Lime Margarita, Mango Margarita, Strawberry Margarita, Chocolatini, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Lemon Tea.
Uptown Wine Cocktails
Uptown Wine Cocktails $16.79 at Drizly
Best breakfast food: Aunt Maple
Aunt Maple’s mix is protein-rich and free from preservatives and artificial flavors. The mix is also available in pumpkin spice.
Aunt Maple's Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix
Aunt Maple's Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix $24.93 at Amazon
Best convenience meal: Del Monte
The Pocket Pies are baked in a golden cauliflower crust and filled with vegetables and real cheese.
Del Monte Veggieful Pocket Pie
Del Monte Veggieful Pocket Pie $4.39 at instacart
Best cookies: Keebler
These Keebler’s chocolate chip cookies are extra thick and packed with real chocolate.
Keebler Chips Cookies
Keebler Chips Cookies $11.08 at Amazon
Best fruit: Del Monte
Whether you’re looking to bake a pineapple dessert or enjoy it on its own, Del Monte’s Deluxe Gold Pineapple promises no added sugar and twice the vitamin C as regular canned pineapple.
Del Monte Gold Pineapple Chunks
Del Monte Gold Pineapple Chunks $1.48 at Walmart
Del Monte Gold Pineapple Chunks $1.99 at instacart
Del Monte Gold Pineapple Chunks $2.19 at Kroger
Best functional beverage: Live Better
Made from a blend of ginger and turmeric, Live Better’s Apple Cider Vinegar delivers all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, including lowering blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Live Better Apple Cider Vinegar
Live Better Apple Cider Vinegar $8.99 at CVS
Best sports nutrition: Powerade
Powerade Ultra helps replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat —sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium — and it comes in four flavors: Strawberry Lemonade, White Cherry, Mixed Berry and Citrus Blast.
Best products: Home and car
Best car care: Rain-X
Rain-X repels rain, sleet and snow on car windows to enhance driving visibility.
Rain-X 16oz Glass Treatment
Rain-X 16oz Glass Treatment $5.76 at Target
Rain-X 16oz Glass Treatment $5.76 at Walmart
Rain-X 16oz Glass Treatment $6.48 at Lowe's
Best dish care: Dawn
By spraying on Dawn’s dish spray, the soap loosens caked-on messes and eliminates the need for soaking dishes.
Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray
Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray $6.09 at Target
Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray $6.29 at Staples
Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray $4.94 at Walmart
Best hard surface cleaning: Microban
Microban’s 24 Hour Sanitizing Spray sanitizes and disinfects surfaces while eliminating odors, and can be applied to items like door handles and garbage cans.
Microban 24 Hour Disinfectant Sanitizing Spray
Microban 24 Hour Disinfectant Sanitizing Spray $15.99 at Amazon
Microban 24 Hour Disinfectant Sanitizing Spray $6.87 at Home Depot
Microban 24 Hour Disinfectant Sanitizing Spray $17.49 at Walmart
Best home improvement: 3M
These picture hangers — which are made with built-in spot markers — are made from hardened steel and designed to hold up to 25 pounds.
3M Claw Drywall Picture Hanger
3M Claw Drywall Picture Hanger $9.98 at Home Depot
3M Claw Drywall Picture Hanger $9.44 at Walmart
3M Claw Drywall Picture Hanger $10.82 at Amazon
Best natural cleaning system: H2O e3
This nine-piece cleaning system uses water and salt to create an all-natural, multi-purpose sanitizing solution, and it comes with items like a mop, a spray mop dock, window squeegee and more.
H2O e3 Natural Cleaning System
Best outdoor cleaning: Carbona
Made for getting stains out of outdoor rugs, patio furniture, umbrellas and more, this cleaner comes with an attached brush applicator to help scrub surfaces.
Carbona Pro Care Oxy Powered Outdoor Cleaner
Carbona Pro Care Oxy Powered Outdoor Cleaner $8.99 at Carbona
Best tableware: Hefty
Hefty ECOSAVE tableware — featuring items like disposable cups, plates and utensils — is made from plant-based materials and is compostable.
Hefty ECOSAVE Compostable Plates
Hefty ECOSAVE Compostable Plates $2.99 at Amazon
Hefty ECOSAVE Compostable Plates $3.59 at Target
Hefty ECOSAVE Compostable Plates $8.22 at Walmart
Best dryer sheet: Bounce
With three times more pet hair fighting ingredients than normal Bounce dryer sheets, these dryer sheets are designed to repel excess pet fur, reduce wrinkles and static and add softness.
Original Scent Dryer Sheet (240-Count)
Original Scent Dryer Sheet (240-Count) $9.97 at Home Depot
Original Scent Dryer Sheet (240-Count) $5.98 at Lowe's
Original Scent Dryer Sheet (240-Count) $5.94 at Walmart
Best green laundry: All
Created for those with sensitive skin, this laundry detergent is made from a 99-percent bio-based, biodegradable formula.
All Free Clear Pure Liquid Laundry Detergent
All Free Clear Pure Liquid Laundry Detergent $9.75 at Target
All Free Clear Pure Liquid Laundry Detergent $24.05 at Walmart
Best laundry enhancer: Snuggle
This laundry enhancer protects colors from fading and bleeding.
Snuggle SuperCare In-Wash Scent Booster
Snuggle SuperCare In-Wash Scent Booster $7.97 at Walmart
Snuggle SuperCare In-Wash Scent Booster $9.79 at Target
Snuggle SuperCare In-Wash Scent Booster $7.97 at Amazon
Best laundry pacs: Tide
One Tide Power POD has an even greater cleaning capacity than two Original Tide PODS, and can handle large loads of laundry.
Tide Power Pods
Tide Power Pods $11.99 at Target
Tide Power Pods $12.97 at Home Depot
Tide Power Pods $18.31 at Amazon
Best liquid fabric conditioner: Downy
Downy’s liquid fabric softener protects clothes from stretching, fading and static, as well as adds a floral scent to a load of laundry.
Downy Intense Scent + Freshness Fabric Softener
Downy Intense Scent + Freshness Fabric Softener $18.99 at Amazon
Downy Intense Scent + Freshness Fabric Softener $6.94 at Walmart
Downy Intense Scent + Freshness Fabric Softener $12.19 at Target
Best liquid laundry: Tide
While working to remove dirt and odors from clothes, this laundry detergent provides a deep but gentle clean since it’s made without dyes and perfumes.
Tide Hygienic Clean Unscented Liquid Laundry Detergent
Tide Hygienic Clean Unscented Liquid Laundry Detergent $14.69 at Target
Best products: Pets
Best cat care: Purina
LiveClear is the first and only cat food shown to safely and effectively reduce allergens in cat hair and dander by using a key protein from eggs, according to Purina.
LIVECLEAR Adult Cat Food
LIVECLEAR Adult Cat Food $21.58 at PetSmart
LIVECLEAR Adult Cat Food $21.58 at Chewy
LIVECLEAR Adult Cat Food $21.58 at Amazon
Best CBD products for pets: cbdMD
These hard chew dog treats are made from flour, oats, honey and cbdMD’s classic hemp extract.
Paw CBD Dog Treats
Paw CBD Dog Treats $24.99 at cbdMD
Best products: Personal care
Best Children's Wellness product: Mucinex
Appropriate for children 4 years of age and older, this medication (free from high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and alcohol) helps alleviate your child’s cold and stuffy nose symptoms.
Mucinex Children’s FreeFrom Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu Nighttime
Mucinex Children’s FreeFrom Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu Nighttime $12.19 at Target
Mucinex Children’s FreeFrom Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu Nighttime $9.99 at Rite Aid
Mucinex Children’s FreeFrom Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu Nighttime $15.99 at Walgreens
Best electric toothbrush: Colgate
The Hum toothbrush allows you to track the duration, coverage and frequency of your brushing via an app.
Hum Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Starter Kit in Purple
Hum Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Starter Kit in Purple $55.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond
Hum Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Starter Kit in Purple $84.19 at Amazon
Hum Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Starter Kit in Purple $69.99 at Target
Best eye care: Systane
Free from preservatives, the Systane drops are designed to quickly hydrate dry, sensitive eyes.
Systane Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drops Vials
Systane Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drops Vials $21.49 at Target
Systane Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drops Vials $20.99 at Walgreens
Systane Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drops Vials $18.90 at Walmart
Best foot care: Lotrimin
Lotrimin’s medicated powder will keep your feet dry and help prevent most athlete’s foot and fight foot odor when applied before a workout or work shift.
Lotrimin Daily Prevention AF Powder Spray
Lotrimin Daily Prevention AF Powder Spray $7.99 at Target
Lotrimin Daily Prevention AF Powder Spray $7.99 at Rite Aid
Lotrimin Daily Prevention AF Powder Spray $9.99 at Walgreens
Best hair color: Schwarzkopf
Available in shades like Red, Brown and Cool Blonde, add a few drops of this product to your conditioner to increase the intensity of your hair color between sessions of fully dying it at home or at the salon.
Schwarzkopf Color Boost
Best hair styling: Remington
This hair straightener-and-curler-in-one features twisted plates that makes it easy to produce curls, waves or straight styles.
Remington Color Care Technology Multi Twist Curl Styler
Remington Color Care Technology Multi Twist Curl Styler $34.99 at Target
Remington Color Care Technology Multi Twist Curl Styler $39.99 at Walgreens
Remington Color Care Technology Multi Twist Curl Styler $34.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond
Best health and wellness: Claritin
These chewable tablets provide relief from indoor and outdoor allergies, and help decrease symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
Claritin Allergy Medicine
Claritin Allergy Medicine $19.82 at Walmart
Claritin Allergy Medicine $34.99 at Target
Claritin Allergy Medicine $12.99 at CVS Pharmacy
Best oral care: Crest
Crest’s whitening emulsions can be easily applied to teeth with the included wand and its formula includes active peroxide droplets to brighten the color of teeth, as well as help remove and prevent stains.
Crest Whitening Emulsions with Wand Applicator
Crest Whitening Emulsions with Wand Applicator $49.97 at Amazon
Crest Whitening Emulsions with Wand Applicator $49.99 at Target
Crest Whitening Emulsions with Wand Applicator $59.99 at Ulta
Best oral hygiene: Colgate
Eliminating plastic and waste, this toothbrush features replaceable heads that you can swap out after a few months instead of throwing out the entire item.
Colgate Keep Manual Toothbrush
Best pain relief: Aleve
Aleve is designed to reduce pain and fevers for up to 12 hours.
Best VMS: Patchology
Patchology Little Helper Supplement Strips
Patchology Little Helper Supplement Strips $45.00 at Patchology
Patchology Little Helper Supplement Strips $12.00 at Nordstrom
Patchology Little Helper Supplement Strips $12.00 at BlueMercury
Best CBD ingestible: cbdMD
These cbdMD gummies are made from pure, hemp-based CBD extract that helps manage daily stress and enhances exercise recovery.
CBD Gummies $99.99 at cbdMD
Best CBD for personal care: Medterra
Formulated with peppermint oil, jojoba oil, aloe and 500 milligrams of CBD, this cream will provide you relief from sore backs and stiff necks.
Topical CBD Cooling Cream 500mg1.7oz
Topical CBD Cooling Cream 500mg1.7oz $39.99 at Walgreens
Best products: ALDI
A few of this year’s winning products are specific to the ALDI brand, which you can’t shop online but may want to consider on your next trip to the store.
Best cheese: ALDI
ALDI’s Gouda is aged for 1,000 days and the cheddar is aged for four years while in the care of a master cheesemaker.
Best yogurt: ALDI
ALDI’s rich, thick Greek yogurt comes in flavors like Honey, Caramel Apple Donut and Strawberry.
Best chips: ALDI
Made from whole beans and rice, these chips are gluten-free, high in fiber and contain 5 grams of plant-based protein in each serving.
Best coffee: ALDI
Best condiment: ALDI
Blended with sesame seeds, garlic, onion, poppy seeds and salt, this seasoning from ALDI is a great addition to sprinkle a little flavor on avocado toasts and eggs.
Best healthy snack: ALDI
This cheddar-flavored popcorn is made from whole grain ingredients and is gluten free.