20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Asia's Tech News Daily

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fall is in full swing, which means that cold and flu season is upon us. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October, according to the CDC. And the common cold usually takes place in the spring or winter, though it can happen at any time of year. What’s more, COVID-19 and the delta variant have been added to the mix, which experts warn could make for a harsh winter and another wave of infections if not handled properly with masking and gathering precautions, as well as improving vaccination and booster shot rates. The coronavirus can often present similar symptoms to the flu such as fever, cough, muscle or body aches and tiredness. It’s key to follow CDC guidelines and get tested if you have been or suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

While flu cases were at an all-time low last season, it’s important to be extra cautious this year as the US enters a more “normalized” fall season with students back in school and a return to work and social gatherings, especially around the holidays. It’s best to prepare now in the event that someone you have close contact with catches a cold, flu or another respiratory virus that may circulate during flu season. Here are 20 essentials you’ll want to have in your home to help ease your symptoms and stop the spread.

Need help finding products? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. It’s free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

1. A thermometer to monitor your fever

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

During cold and flu season, it can be hard to gauge how sick you really are—or what you have. A thermometer can help you there. This thermometer by iHealth has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon out of thousands and thousands of reviews. It’s a no-touch forehead thermometer fit for adults and children (even babies) alike, which is why reviewers like it so much. If you want a classic oral thermometer, this one by Femometer is highly rated because of its reliability, ease of use, and lower price tag.

  • Get the iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer at Amazon for $19.99
  • Get the Femometer Oral Thermometer at Amazon for $5.43

2. A humidifier to help ease your symptoms

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Cold, dry weather and blustery winds in the winter can suck all the moisture from your skin, lips, and sinuses. To combat these less-than-pleasant symptoms, a quality warm mist humidifier like the Honeywell HWM705B—which scored high in our lab testing—can bring great relief. This humidifier can help return moisture to your home, and in the process, soothe sore throats and dry noses. When it comes to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically recommends humidifiers to ease any symptoms.

Get the Honeywell HWM-705B Humidifier at Amazon for $50.09

3. An electric kettle to brew soothing tea in a jiffy

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

When you’re sick, a hot cup of chamomile tea can go a long way. In order to brew it up quickly so you can get back under the covers, you’ll need an efficient electric kettle. This one by Cuisinart is our absolute favorite and has the fastest boiling time out of all the models we tested. If you’re trying to live a more frugal lifestyle, you can opt for our favorite budget pick by Hamilton Beach. It’s less expensive but still performs like a high-end electric kettle.

  • Get the Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle at Amazon for $99.95
  • Get the Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle at Amazon for $39.99

4. A cozy comforter to help you rest

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Sometimes the only thing you can do to fight off illness is to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids—A.K.A. spending a lot of time in bed. If you want your bed to be extra comfortable and cozy, this LinenSpa comforter should do the trick. It’s our favorite affordable option too, so it won’t cost you a pretty penny.

Get the Linenspa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter (Full) at Amazon for $34.99

5. A water bottle to keep you hydrated

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Staying hydrated is key when you catch a cold or the flu. Drinking water helps flush toxins through your system and makes you feel better if you’re losing liquids and/or feeling dehydrated from the flu. A water bottle can help keep the liquids flowing. This Brita water bottle is the best we’ve ever tested because it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and comes equipped with a filter for premium taste and a straw that is great for when you’re sick and don’t feel like moving a muscle. Plus, the stainless steel keeps your water cold for 24 hours straight. Not too shabby.

Get the Brita Stainless Steel Filtering Water Bottle at Amazon for $32.99

6. A blender to make a nutritious smoothie

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Along with all the other annoying flu symptoms, loss of appetite can drain you of energy and make you feel incredibly worse for wear. While you may not be able to stomach eating some soup or crackers, a simple smoothie can be easy to keep down and give you the nutrients and vitamins you need to start feeling better. To whip one up, we recommend the Instant Ace Nova Blender, which is the best affordable blender we’ve ever tried, as it can crush ice, and blend fruits and veggies like a breeze. For a less expensive option, we’ve deemed this Magic Bullet blender the best personal blender for smoothies and it’s a third of the price.

  • Get the Instant Ace Nova Blender at Amazon for $92.99
  • Get the Magic Bullet Blender at Amazon for $33.74

7. A way to block out distracting noises for a good night’s sleep

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

One of the worst things when you’re sick (or perfectly healthy, to be honest) is not being able to fall asleep. There always seems to be something distracting happening around you like the sound of your own runny nose, so it’s good to have some earplugs lying around. The Hearos Xtreme are the best pair of earplugs we’ve tried, as they strike the perfect balance between blocking sound while still being ultra-comfortable. If you don’t love having earplugs in your ears like me, I swear by a noisemaker to block out distracting noises while I sleep.

  • Get the Hearos Xtreme at Amazon for $11.43
  • Get the Yogasleep Dohm UNO White Noise Machine at Amazon for $32.95

8. Soft tissues to ease your nose discomfort

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

The only thing worse than having the sniffles is using harsh toilet paper to blow your nose when you inevitably run out of tissues. If you don’t want to run out to the store while you’re trying to rest at home, we recommend stocking up on Puffs Ultra Soft tissues, which are the best tissues we tested because of how soft yet durable they are.

Get the Puffs Ultra Soft Tissues (Pack of 24 Boxes) at Amazon for $46.61

9. A juicer to help you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

People say that orange juice is good for you when you’re sick (or maybe it was just Grandma, but that’s neither here nor there). Sometimes that old carton of Tropicana just won’t cut it. For a homemade version, this juicer by Omega will churn out high yields of some of the freshest juice you’ll ever taste, which is why we named it the best juicer of 2021. While it’s on the more expensive side, you’ll be able to use it outside of sickness for breakfasts, brunches, and more.

For a more affordable option, this juicer by Hamilton Beach won’t hurt your wallet as much. While we haven’t tested it ourselves, it has over 7,000 positive reviews on Amazon and holds a 4.5-star rating.

  • Get the Omega J8006HDS at Amazon for $299.99
  • Get the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer Machine at Amazon for $64.99

10. A pressure cooker to make fast and hearty meals

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

A little chicken soup is always the best medicine, but if you’re sick, you don’t want to be hovering over the stove trying to make some. A pressure cooker makes it easy to throw all the ingredients in a pot and hop back in bed, and best of all, it’ll be done before you know it. This model by Crock-Pot is our favorite affordable pressure cooker, as we loved the user-friendly presets and how easy it was to clean. For a more advanced (and more expensive) option, we dubbed the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 the absolute best because it has more than 16 high-performing cooking programs and a great interface.

  • Get the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker at Wayfair for $89.99
  • Get the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 (6 Quart) at Amazon for $134.99

11. An eye mask to get some shut-eye during the day

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

If you want to beat your sickness this winter, getting some shut-eye during the day will be one of the best remedies. Of course, sunlight can make it incredibly hard to take a nap, which is where this Nidra Eye Mask comes in handy. After testing it, we found it’s the best contoured sleep mask because it stays put all night and leaves some space for your eyes so they aren’t pressed against the fabric.

Get the Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask at Amazon for $13.95

12. Epsom salts to help you relax and unwind

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Warm baths and Epsom salts aren’t just for when you want to treat yourself—they’re both great for soothing a sore and tired body. Epsom salts can help alleviate stress and promote sleep, potentially giving you a better night’s sleep after a day of not feeling so great. They’ve also been shown to boost athletic performance, leading some to believe that Epsom salts can help facilitate muscle recovery as well. Reviewers rave over the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Bath Soaking Solution—with a 4.8 rating on Amazon, these soothing salts can help you relax and assist you in getting on the road to recovery.

Get the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Bath Soaking Solution (Pack of 3 Bags) at Amazon for $18.64

13. A slow cooker to set-it-and-forget-it

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Nobody has time to cook a full-blown meal when they’re under the weather, so a kitchen gadget that allows you to set it and forget it while you take a nap is more than ideal. We love this Crock-Pot for that exact purpose and rated it the best affordable slow cooker because of how well it performed in all our tests, making it well on-par with higher-end models. If you feel like splurging, our number one slow cooker is this 3-in-1 multi-cooker model by Cuisinart that can saute and steam food, in addition to offering great performance.

  • Get the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610 at Amazon for $54.99
  • Get the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker at Amazon for $159.95

14. A space heater to keep you nice and toasty

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Cold nights while you’re sick can be especially brutal. If you don’t want to jack up your thermostat and spend an arm and a leg on your gas bill, a space heater can help solve your drafty woes. This one by De’Longhi is our favorite space heater we tested because it was the fastest at making rooms super toasty, and was incredibly easy to lift and transport. For a budget option, we recommend this one from Lasko because while it doesn’t have as much versatility as our top pick, it still gets the job done.

  • Get the De’Longhi HMP1500 Space Heater at Amazon for $99.95
  • Get the Lasko 754200 at Walmart for $32.32

15. An essential oil diffuser for relaxation and healing

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Having a stuffed-up nose means you can’t smell very much of anything, but a diffuser may be able to help with that. Not only do they add some extra moisture to your room, but depending on the oil you choose, such as eucalyptus and lavender, they may help clear your sinuses or make it easier to fall asleep. This one by Airomé is the best essential oil diffuser we tested because it’s aesthetically pleasing, quiet, and easy to operate and clean.

Get the Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser at The Home Depot for $24.91

16. A heating pad to manage pain

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

There’s something magical about heating pads that can mitigate just about any pain in your body, all while keeping you cozy and warm. Just place it wherever is aching and let it go to work. For an electric one, the best we ever tested is the BodyMed Digital Moist Heating Pad. It heats fast, maintains a steady high temperature, and is easy to use. For an old-fashioned microwaveable one, we prefer this one by Caylee’s Creations. It’s soft, machine-washable, and doubles as a cold compress when you freeze it. Plus, it’s less expensive than an electric one.

  • Get the BodyMed Digital Moist Heating Pad at Amazon for $52.49
  • Get the Caylee’s Creations Microwavable Corn Filled Heating Pad and Cold Pack at Amazon for $22.95

17. A weighted blanket to de-stress and stay warm

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Weighted blankets provide a calming effect with their gentle pressure and overall coziness. And I, for one, need calmness when I’m sick because I’m a hot mess. The super-popular Gravity Blanket ranks as the best weighted blanket we’ve tested because it provides the perfect amount of pressure, it’s easy to clean, and will last you for years to come. It doesn’t come cheap, so as a budget option, we also love the YnM Weighted Blanket because it’s cozy and well-constructed for a fraction of the price of the Gravity.

  • Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity Blankets for $146.25
  • Get the YnM Weighted Blanket on Amazon for $62.90

18. Hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Repeat after me: wash your hands. Many people sneeze or cough onto surfaces that other people then touch, and then touch their own faces before washing them, spreading many germs. To prevent that from happening, you can use soap and water for 20 seconds, or you can use hand sanitizer to kill germs if you’re in a pickle. Despite a shortage last year, you can now find some readily available online.

Get Germ-X Hand Sanitizer (Pack of 12) on Amazon for $28

19. Disinfecting wipes to keep surfaces free of germs

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

While COVID-19 is top of mind for folks, disinfecting wipes can also eliminate other viruses, bacteria and allergens from surfaces around your home. No matter if it’s the flu, a cold or COVID-19, wiping down high-touch surfaces around the home can help to prevent spreading germs to other household members. Be sure to properly wipe down surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

Get Lysol Disinfecting Wipes at Amazon for $4.16

20. A hand cream to soothe dry skin

20 essentials to have at home during cold and flu season

Fall tends to bring in those dry, chilly nights that don’t feel so good for you or your skin when you’re feeling ill. Keep a hand cream on your bedside table to apply in the mornings, evenings or whenever deemed necessary by your dry hands. We’ve tested plenty of hand creams and found the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to be the best overall choice for an ultra-moisturizing and quick-absorbing lotion that’ll keep your hands feeling soft and hydrated well throughout the day.

Get the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve at Amazon for $34.68

Don’t get thwarted by shipping delays or sold-out favorites this holiday season. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter and get the product reviews, deals and holiday gift guides you need to start shopping now.

The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or Flipboard for the latest deals, product reviews and more.

Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

The Nothing Ear (1) wireless earbuds appear in black in newly leaked images

The rather oddly named Nothing Ear (1) wireless earbuds have so far only been available in white, but that could be about to change – new image leaks have added ... Read more »

Hulu Black Friday Deal: Get a full year of Hulu for less than $1 per month—but act fast

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Update 9:55 AM EST: Hulu’s Black Friday deal is running right ... Read more »

‘I don't believe it': Anger as Nadine Dorries dismisses MP's allegation of groping by Boris Johnson's father

Nadine Dorries says she does not believe a fellow Conservative MP’s allegation that she was groped by Boris Johnson’s father, sparking anger. Caroline Nokes has accused Stanley Johnson of smacking ... Read more »

The Omicron variant carries a number of genetic mutations that might cause it to spread quickly, even among vaccinated people: report

A healthcare worker collects a swab from Bronwen Cook for a PCR test against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before traveling to London, at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South ... Read more »

These are the best Black Friday tool deals on Milwaukee, Dewalt and more

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Black Friday sales aren’t over yet! For the DIY-ers, from amateur ... Read more »

CCTV shows fierce gun battle between two gangs which left man, 22, dead

CCTV of the shootout in Lozells, Birmingham. (SWNS) Shocking CCTV shows the moment two rival gangs had a gun battle in broad daylight which left a man dead. Naasir Francis, ... Read more »

A Sam's Club membership for $19.99. Plus a $10 gift card and other freebies for Black Friday

TLDR: Enjoy warehouse store savings with a 1-year membership to Sam’s Club at a Black Friday price that you definitely won’t see every day. With the holiday season here, it’s ... Read more »

Want to develop ethical AI? Then we need more African voices

Artificial intelligence (AI) was once the stuff of science fiction. But it’s becoming widespread. It is used in and . It powers tools for and . But concerns have emerged ... Read more »

If you've ever wanted to learn to be an animator, this package can make it happen

TLDR: The Complete Cartoon Animator 4 Pro Mac Bundle can help turn any budding artist into an experienced and seasoned animator for just $29.99.  You’ve probably seen a behind-the-scenes documentary ... Read more »

Indore Smart City to help DAVV students grow their startups

INDORE: Indore Smart City Seed Incubation Centre has decided to use its expertise in helping Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya (DAVV) students develop their business ideas into successful commercial projects.Indore Smart ... Read more »

Bounce partners with Park+ for battery swap infra

With this infrastructure in place, customers wouldn't have to wait for the scooter to charge, be anxious about the range or remember to charge it, Bounce said. Electric scooter rental ... Read more »

Why Flash Gordon seems a more exciting project for Taika Waititi than Star Wars

Taika Waititi is turning his attentions to the stars. Once he’s got the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder and sports comedy Next Goal Wins out the way, the in-demand writer, ... Read more »

Hackers are using Cloud accounts for crypto mining, Google issues warning

The tech giant Google on Saturday warned that the cloud service is under threat saying that cyberhackers have been using compromised accounts to mine cryptocurrency. Google’s cloud service offers a ... Read more »

Democratic countries need to think about creating safe, accountable internet: MoS IT

New Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) Democratic countries need to join hands to think about creating safety, trust and accountability on the internet which has no boundaries, Minister of State for ... Read more »

Best Black Friday deals in 2021 live - AirPods, Chromebooks, Apple Watch and more

Refresh 2021-11-27T13:38:18.122Z Right, here’s one that’s dropped in price from yesterday to today, back down to the lowest we’ve seen from earlier in the week. If you just want a ... Read more »

$3.98 for 10TB online is what the best Cyber Monday cloud storage costs and it's exclusive to TechRadar

IDrive is the latecomer to our Cyber Monday cloud storage deal lineup but they delivered the best deal out there, by far, bar none. How they did it, we don’t ... Read more »

Video: Airbus A340 makes successful landing in Antarctica

Historic flight could be the first of many for tourists and scientists to the continent at the bottom of the world. Read more »

OMG Apple, why are you so boring?

I used to be really fat. Then I lost so much weight so quickly that the doctor sent me for tests. At the end of the diet, I went to ... Read more »

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa live stream: how to watch Premier League from anywhere

Having battled it out in midfield in their playing days, this afternoon’s match at Selhurst Park sees Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard take each other on from opposing dugouts. Read ... Read more »

2022 could see biggest change ever for Android smartphones but you won't even notice it

You probably have never heard of RISC-V but this is an exciting new hardware development fostered primarily by the Chinese government to reduce the domestic influence of CPU and GPU ... Read more »

Nvidia RTX 3050 could arrive in Q2 2022 for more budget GPU options

Nvidia’s long-rumored desktop version of the RTX 3050 (as opposed to the existing laptop model) could be here in the second quarter of next year, so perhaps as soon as ... Read more »

Liverpool vs Southampton live stream: how to watch Premier League from anywhere

Liverpool will look to continue their recent impressive showings by claiming their third win in eight days, as they welcome Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints to Anfield. Read on to find out ... Read more »

A man on a lockdown stroll across English farmland discovered an 'extraordinary' Roman villa with epic Trojan War mosaic

Aerial view of the excavations of a large Roman mosaic in Rutland, England.Historic England Archive A man taking a lockdown walk on his father's farm stumbled across a rare Roman ... Read more »

COVID-19: Increasing fears over risk of new Omicron variant impacting Christmas

Thousands have already had their travel plans disrupted as the festive season gets under way and scientists say there are similarities between the spread of the new variant of concern with that of the Alpha variant last December. Read more »

Nordstrom Black Friday isn't over yet—you can still get nearly 50% off everything, including Dyson, Coach and more (live updates)

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Black Friday might be behind us, but the sales at Nordstrom ... Read more »

Amazon Shoppers Love This Easy-to-Install Video Doorbell — and It's 30% Off Right Now

ring doorbell Amazon If you're looking for an easier way to monitor your front door and manage visitors in order to feel safer and more comfortable at home, a video ... Read more »

MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip to cost twice as much as the Dimensity 1200 SoC: Report

The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is the first smartphone chipset built on the 4nm process. However, new information suggests that smartphones powered by the new MediaTek chipset may not be as ... Read more »

Sheridan Smith ‘upset' after ‘not being treated with kindness' on Jonathan Ross Show

Sheridan Smith has reportedly had a backstage row after growing “upset” during her time on The Jonathan Ross Show. The actor and singer, 40, will appear on Saturday’s episode of ... Read more »

Louise Redknapp enjoys wild night out with her 'boys' after ex Jamie welcomes son

Louise Redknapp let her hair down on Friday night to enjoy an evening of music with her “boys” following her ex-husband Jamie Redknapp welcoming a baby with his new wife. ... Read more »

Lost iPhone or Android phone? Take these steps to protect yourself

It’s the worst feeling: that moment you realize your smartphone is missing. Panic ensues, and you begin the frantic search around you, lifting sofa cushions and retracing your steps. But ... Read more »

New to cryptocurrency? Know these terms: Talking Tech podcast

Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current ... Read more »

Improving video capture and sharing is a ‘priority' for Xbox

When it comes to making improvements to Xbox Series X/S, the team at Xbox is placing video capture quality and sharing high on its priority list. As reported by VGC, ... Read more »

Poco to launch laptops with 16-inch screen and 3,620 mAh battery in India

Smartphone brands are diversifying outside mobile phones and are introducing multiple AIoT products. Poco, which was earlier a part of Xiaomi, has now made its separate identity in the market ... Read more »

Samsung starts production of Galaxy A13 in India at the Noida factory: Report

Samsung is all set to release the Galaxy A13 either this year or in early 2022 in two variants – Galaxy A13 and A13 5G. The production of this device ... Read more »

Why the CEO of this cosmetics giant has shut down the company's social media accounts

UK-based cosmetics company Lush closed its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat accounts worldwide on September 26, showing concern about the effects of social media after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen made ... Read more »

Cloud services will accelerate business transformation

The cloud market is booming. Worldwide spending on public cloud is forecast to have grown 23% by the end of 2021 to total $332 billion, up from $270 billion in ... Read more »

How to watch UK Championship 2021: live stream snooker free and from anywhere

Neil Robertson consigned Judd Trump to more UK Championship heartbreak 12 months ago, but the Bristolian enters the first Triple Crown event of this season in top form. Will anyone ... Read more »

A mysterious Chinese GPU firm with deep pockets is gunning for Nvidia and AMD

Not much is known about Moore Threads, a Chinese tech company that just celebrated its first birthday, and now wants to double the number of concurrent threads every two years. ... Read more »

Spotify is retiring the Car View mode that made listening while driving easier

You may remember that Spotify launched a special Car View mode for its Android app back in 2019, featuring a simplified interface with larger buttons to make it easier to ... Read more »

I'm a Celebrity chaos as ITV show hit by ‘security breach' amid fears more stars will quit

The latest series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has been hit by chaos in recent days. This year’s crop of stars entered the compound, which was ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic