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Don’t stereotype Home Depot as a hardware store. We’ve discovered some excellent surprises in their online shop that you’ll likely appreciate whether you’re looking to equip the kitchen, install the latest tech, or decorate your place with current styles.
Here at Reviewed, we’re smart shoppers. We’ve shopped everywhere and we know good stuff when we see it. We understand that when you’re ready to buy, you want to get it done right away, and we know that there’s a lot to be said for the convenience of being able to snag everything you need in one place.
When we scoured Home Depot’s site, we discovered that it’s a spot where you can buy stuff that will make you the best host in the neighborhood when your friends flock to your lovely home. And you can hold court while showing off smart devices you’ve got that your friends don’t even know about yet.
So, go through the list and see things you never expected you could find at Home Depot. Some of our choices are practical, some are whimsical, and one or two are almost magical. We’ll let you have fun deciding which is which.
1. The best stand mixer in a new color
Home Depot sells our favorite stand mixer in Passion Red, a newer, brighter, more energetic shade than the classic Empire Red. This mixer, a limited edition model, is called Queen of Hearts. It’s part of KitchenAid’s centennial celebration, and it looks amazing on the counter of a gray or white kitchen. But the main reason to buy the mixer goes way beyond its looks—it’s the astounding array of functions that can up your baking game.
Get the 100-Year Limited Edition Queen of Hearts KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer for $354.16
2. A Dutch oven for a couple that cooks together
A Dutch oven is on nearly every couple’s bridal registry. That’s not surprising, because there’s no more versatile pan. Equally adept at baking, roasting, broiling, and braising, it goes from oven to table with ease. The Lodge is a Dutch oven you can afford to gift them—it’s our top budget model and it performs way above its weight class.
Get the Lodge 6-quart Round Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven in Blue for $59.90
3. The perfect cheese board for your next party
You’d never think of having guests over without bringing out an awesome cheese board. You’re probably on Instagram already, figuring out the perfect arrangement. You’ve got the cheese, the fruit, and the crackers standing by, now grab the rustic cheese plate to serve them on. This one is particularly attractive and the handle makes it easy to pass around. Plus, Villeroy & Boch is a high-end brand that’s been around since 1748, so it’s sure to impress.
Get the Villeroy & Boch Artesano Acacia Wood Antipasti Plate for $31.25
4. A flexible fillet knife for fish lovers
If your friends and family are fans of the delicious fish dish you cook, a great fillet knife will make it easier for you to prepare. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star Flexible Fish Fillet Knife is one of our favorite knives here at Reviewed. Our knife tester is a professional chef and she praised this knife for its outstanding ability to remove fish skin. Home Depot sells it with a handsome leather sheath.
Get the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 7-inch Fillet Knife
5. Glass containers for meal prepping
Kiss your Tupperware goodbye. Owning a set of glass containers is infinitely more convenient because you can store, bake, and reheat your food all in the same dish. According to wedding site The Knot, a set of Pyrex storage containers is among today’s most popular wedding gifts. But maybe you should buy an extra set and keep it for yourself.
Get the Simply Store 18-piece set for $33.25
6. A smart doorbell for home security
Looking for a doorbell that will alert you when somebody’s at the door and let you see and talk to whoever is there? You’re ready to buy a smart video doorbell. Keep your home safe and protect your family with the Ring Video Doorbell 2. When we tested smart doorbells, we found that this one provides the most reliable connection and the fastest response time. It’s also versatile. You can hard-wire it or rely on the battery.
Get the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $159
7. A better streaming experience for cable-cutters
A top-of-the-line media streaming device is a necessity for people who enjoy services like Netflix, Prime, Hulu, and HBO Now. In our tests, the Roku Ultra came out on top for its support of just about every TV setup. The remote is intuitive and easy to use, with power and volume buttons that work with your television. Now, you don’t have to worry about losing your favorite shows when you cut the cable.
Get the Roku Ultra Streaming Media Device for $79.99
8. Light shows you can run at home
Playing your favorite tunes becomes a more entertaining experience when you add a visual component. Get a Rhythm Smarter Kit that allows you to create custom light shows. Your family will stare as the colors flash in hypnotic patterns. Mount the light panels on your wall and start the fun.
Get the Nanoleaf Rhythm Smarter Kit for $199
9. A robot vacuum that makes for effortless cleanup
Cleaner floors are possible through technology. Dirt pickup is enhanced with the Eufy 11c’s automated suction and excellent navigation. With a WiFi connection and a smartphone, you can start or stop the vacuum from anywhere. After he tested the Eufy 11c, Reviewed’s robot vacuum expert, Jon Chan, called it “smart and affordable.” Since this is the pet edition, if you’re a dog mom or a cat dad, you might end up using it every day.
Get the Eufy RoboVac 11c for $299.99
10. On-trend temporary wallpaper
Of course, you know you can get regular wallpaper at Home Depot, but did you know they also have removable wallpaper? One of the year’s biggest design trends, removable wallpaper is ideal for renters and décor geeks who must have the latest style. This tropical pattern from RoomMates can add zhoosh to your place without forcing you to make a permanent commitment.
Get 28.18 sq. ft. of RoomMates Tropical Leaf Peel and Stick Wallpaper for $34.99
11. Fancy gold vases
Metallic accessories are a foolproof way to update your décor. With their embossed alligator texture, these vases are so interesting that you don’t have to fill them with flowers to make a statement. Enhance any bare tabletop with these vases and your friends will comment on your sense of style. They come as a set but you don’t have to use them together. Try one in the foyer and one on the fireplace mantel.
Get the Aligator Embossed Metal Vases in Gold for $119.07
12. A vibrant accent chair
Sometimes a home seems to be missing one small piece of furniture, but it can be hard to figure out what it might be. We have the solution: Simple to assemble and easy on the eyes, this pretty little turquoise chair can liven up any corner of any neutral room. The hardwood legs add contrast and provide a sturdy feeling. At this price point, you might decide to buy two of them.
Get the Home Decorator’s Collection Modern Fabric Accent Chair in Turquoise for $188.10
13. Smooth sheets to help you sleep
Since sleep is the epitome of luxury, you want to make sure your sheets are so comfy, they’ll lure you into slumber. When we tested bedsheets to find the world’s best, this set from The Company Store didn’t make the top slot, but our tester called them “crisp and fine to sleep on.” If that’s how you like your bedding, these sheets are the ones you need.
Get The Company Store 4-piece White 300 Thread Count Percale Queen Sheet Set for $108.80
14. A glam gold bar cart
Up your happy hour game by serving drinks from the gilded Eliza bar cart made by 3R Studios. It has room for plenty of bottles on its oval-shaped shelves, so you can roll it around from person to person, dispensing everyone’s favorite libation. And when your crew leaves, you can put away the bottles and use the cart as a pretty side table.
Get the Eliza Gold Bar Cart from 3R Studios for $247.79
15. Cushy throw pillows
The least expensive way to redecorate your living room is to change out the pillows on the couch. They don’t have to match—in fact, it’s more interesting if they don’t. Texture is as important as color, so get a snuggly shag one. You might also want to buy an over-the-top abstract pillow from Donny Osmond Home.
Gray Multicolor Cotton 20 in. X 20 in. Decorative Filled Throw Pillow by Donny Osmond Home for $31.01
Get the Kas Rugs Ivory Shaggy 20-inch x 20-inch Decorative Pillow for $28.23
16. Fun coastal décor
Beach lovers, if you can’t get to the ocean, at least you can have a reminder of the sea with a giant decorative clam shell. This is a hefty item, made of gypsum, and it looks like the real thing, but it’s for indoor use only. Buyers rate this item 4.9 out of 5 stars and praise its size and the touch of nature it adds to their homes.
Get the Fossil House Parts Large Clam Shell for $46.80
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