Bargains not to miss: 12 best-selling items Yahoo UK readers loved this year

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Yahoo UK's most popular 2021 buys, from a £20 bra to Shark's hugely popular vacuum. (Yahoo Life UK)
Yahoo UK's most popular 2021 buys, from a £20 bra to Shark's hugely popular vacuum. (Yahoo Life UK)

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As another year comes and goes, we've all been taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the year, from the celebrity women who made 2021 their own, to the most popular purchases of the year.

Our shopping editors have done a deep dive and compiled a definitive list of all our best-sellers over the past 12 months, so you don't feel like you've missed out on a hugely popular product or a deal too good to miss.

One thing is for certain, you definitely do love a good bargain, from M&S's hugely popular £20 Flexifit™ Non Wired Full Cup Bra to John Lewis' £10 pillow and 1kg of Lindor truffles for only £12.50, you all appreciate a purchase that doesn't break the bank.

Plus, when it comes to investing in those bigger purchases, the sales is definitely when you'll add it to your basket.

From Shark's coveted Anti Hair Wrap Vacuum reduced to only £179 to a 50 inch smart TV for under £350 and Oral-B Pro 3 Electric Toothbrush now half price to under £40, tons of our favourite deals of the year are still running.

So if you don't want FOMO (fear of missing out) here are our best-selling products of the year that you can still buy right now.

12 buys Yahoo UK readers loved this year

1. Flexifit™ Non Wired Full Cup Bra A-E | £20 from Marks & Spencer

£20 at M&S

As we came out of lockdown earlier this year, woman of all ages were on the hunt for a comfy bra after getting used to the au naturel life.

We came across the then new Flexifit™ Non Wired Full Cup Bra from Marks and Spencer, which was quickly snapped up left, right and centre for its barely-there feel, no wiring and support.

For only £20, women quickly added the bra into their basket, with customers going back to buy multiple: "This is the best fitting and most comfortable bra I have ever had. I shall be buying more."

The bra now has over 1,000 reviews and has been bought out in numerous new hues, including a blue shade that is now on sale for only £15.

2. John Lewis & Partners Synthetic Soft Touch Washable Standard Pillow | £10 from John Lewis

(John Lewis)
(John Lewis)

£10 at John Lewis

In 2021, John Lewis hugely expanded its affordable product offering, not only through its Anyday collection where all clothing and homeware are under £100, but also with its own John Lewis & Partners designs.

We stumbled across its £10 pillow early last year, which almost seemed too good to be true. The Synthetic Soft Touch Washable Standard Pillow with a medium to firm design is ideal for those who sleep on their back or side to help aid a better night's shut-eye.

It since has sold out numerous times throughout the year and now has hundreds of five star reviews, with happy customers saying “Pillow heaven. I must have bought hundreds of pillows in my time. This one is high and full of bounce” and “I genuinely sleep better since buying this pillow.”

3. Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles Bag 1kg | £12.50 (Was £21.59) from Amazon

£12.50 £21.59 at Amazon

We know you all love a chocolate deal, the most popular of 2021 being Amazon's 1kg bag of Lindor truffles.

Particularly popular when on sale over Black Friday and Prime Day, the bulk bag, which usually retails for £21.59, was reduced to only £13.49 over the shopping events.

However, now they're even more of a bargain reduced to just £12.50, so if you don't want to say goodbye to the smooth melting milk chocolate balls now that Christmas is over, you may want to pop them in your basket.

4. No7 The Ultimate Skincare Collection | £40 (Was £80) from Boots

£40 £80 at Boots

We're all big No7 fans here, so when we came across the No7 Ultimate Skincare Collection worth £147 for only £80, we were onboard.

However, if that wasn't enough of a deal the set was reduced by half price to just £40 on both Black Friday and Boxing Day - and the deal is still running. So, if you want to stock up on all your skincare favourites for the New Year, now's the time to do it.

5. Russell Hobbs 500W Ceramic Plug Heater | £24.99 from Amazon

£24.99 at Amazon

As the winter chill set in we were all on the hunt for an affordable portable heater, which was when we came across heater plugs.

They have soared in popularity this year, with the Russell Hobbs 500W Ceramic Plug Heater topping Amazon's bestseller list and selling out for months on end.

With almost 1,000 reviews, this nifty little heater means you can simply plug in, pick a temperature and feel the space heat up in double-quick time.

6. Oral-B Pro 3 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Pressure Sensor | £39.99 (Was £89.99) from Amazon

£39.99 £89.99 at Amazon

While we shouted about a lot of Oral-B electric toothbrush deals this year, the Pro 3 design was by far the most popular.

The deep cleaning brush claims to remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and its 360 degree gum pressure control visibly alerts you if you brush too hard.

Down from £89.99 to £39.99, it regularly topped Amazon's number one best seller in the Electric Toothbrushes section when it was on sale, which is it right now - so if you need to upgrade your toothbrush for the new year, now's the time to do it.

7. JVC Android TV 50" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant | £329 (Was £369.99) from Currys

£329 £369.99 at Currys

By far our best-selling TV of the year was the affordable 50 inch JVC from Currys.

In the January sales it was discounted to only £299, which was an absolute bargain. Now still an affordable £329, many customers say its the best budget 50-inch TV around, saying it "has very simple and easy to use interface", as well as "easy to download apps... and it's very good value for the money".

8 TASSIMO by Bosch Happy Coffee Machine | £99.99 from Currys

£99 at Currys

What would our mornings be without a good cup of coffee?

Many chose to upgrade their coffee machines this year, with the Tassimo Bosch Happy being hugely popular when it was reduced from £100 to only £39.99.

While the deal isn't currently running, Currys continues to have numerous great deals for caffeine lovers, the very similar Tassimo by Bosch Style Coffee Machine now only £29.99 (down from £79.99), which is an absolute bargain.

9. Shark IZ201UK Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum Cleaner | £179 (Was £349) from John Lewis

£179 £349 at John Lewis

In 2021, many of you made your life easier by switching to a cordless vacuum - and not just any vacuum - Shark's coveted Anti Hair Wrap Vacuum.

Reduced in the Black Friday and post-Christmas sales at John Lewis, the £349 design was reduced to only £179 - and it's currently still the discounted price in the brand's Winter Sale.

"Bought this cordless vacuum having heard reviews about performance and lightweight handling. We have been using it for a few months and it is a revelation, quiet, light and powerful. Would recommend for anyone" reads one five-star review.

10. Celebrations Chocolate Bulk Box | £19.99 (Was £21.50) from Amazon

£19.99 21.50 at Amazon

A favourite every year, Amazon's 2.4kg bulk box of Celebrations few off the shelves this year, especially when it went on sale for only £13.99.

Even though Christmas Day has passed, we're still not willing to let go of our festive habits: like eating Celebrations while watching festive films, and with this box, we won't need to come out of hibernation for a while.

11. Teddy Fleece Adults' Hooded Blanket | £25 from Marks & Spencer

(Marks & Spencer)
(Marks & Spencer)

£25 at M&S

We were delighted when M&S released 'The M&S Snuggle™' otherwise known as a Teddy Fleece Adults' Hooded Blanket back in October - and so were you.

The wearable blanket has since sold out numerous times, but luckily, it is now back in stock so you can be super-cosy in January.

12. Easy Home Heated Airer | £39.99 from Aldi

£39.99 at Aldi

If you never knew heated airers existed until 2021, you were not alone. However, now it's hard to imagine life without them.

The clever creations became a must-have home item, with Aldi's affordable designs an immediate hit. While many retail for over £100, Aldi's Easy Home Heated Airer is only £39.99 and by some miracle is still in stock.

"Excellent value for money. I purchased this as a stop-gap measure as my tumble dryer had broken. I now use this all the time, and won't be going back to using a tumble dryer" said one happy customer.

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