Which Products Are You Most Thankful For?

In case you hadn’t noticed, a lot of what gets posted on Consumerist isn’t always the cheeriest of news. But in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we admit that not everything is a malicious scam filled with melamine, cadmium and lead and secretly owned by Halliburton.

For example, I can’t remember how I used to handle hot pans without my Ove Glove. Being genetically predisposed to klutziness, I used to spend hours each year rinsing my seared flesh under cold water. But no longer.

There’s also the Red Zone Channel on DirecTV, which provides me with all the important parts of my Sunday afternoon football without any of the commercials.

The only other person left here at Consumerist HQ on the Thanksgiving Eve is Meg, who tells me she is thankful for Wendy’s Spicy Chicken sandwiches and Crest Toothpaste.

So while we don’t expect any of you to actually give thanks to your DVRs or iPhones at the dinner table tomorrow, we still want to know which products (or services, companies, foods, etc.) are you most thankful for?


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  1. Cameraman says:

    My Roku box. Now even better with Hulu Plus. Canceled cable 6 months ago, never looked back.

  2. nrich239 says:

    +1 for Red Zone channel.

    • 44 in a Row says:

      ESPN’s college football version of it is pretty sweet, too.

      • bender123 says:

        XBOX 360 with ESPN3 is great for NCAA… You get every game in high def for nothing extra, simply fantastic, now all I want for XMas is for MLB and NHL to drop the stupid “home market:” restrictions on their season packages and I can really have it all without cable.

  3. chaesar says:

    Netflix, bourbon and children’s ibuprofen

  4. Ilovegnomes says:

    -Coffee makers with timers on them so that you can have coffee waiting for you when you wake up
    -Paper diapers (yeah, I know it isn’t PC but if you’ve changed enough cloth ones, you become thankful for them)
    -Twist cap wine bottles. I’m not much of a wine drinker but I’m using white wine as a steam bath under my turkey this year. It’s going to be nice not to have to wrestle a cork this year.
    -Beer. I plan to use it to diffuse any stressful family situations as I host Thanksgiving this year.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      -Twist cap wine bottles

      yaay! I am the only one in my house that likes wine, and I hate pouring turned bottles down the drain because I am just not capable of drinking a whole bottle.

    • subtlefrog says:

      Meh, if you live in a state which is short on water (and over 30 of them are), non-cloth diapers are the better choice, no matter what the overly-judgey moms say. You’re doing fine.


    • subtlefrog says:

      Also wine – recork! On the (very rare) occasion that we don’t finish a bottle, stick the cork back in as far as you can and stick it in the fridge overnight. It’s fine for a day or two. Much longer than that and you might want to opt for cooking with it.

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      You also thank God for the day when your progeny is (are) potty trained. The first time we passed the diaper aisle without stopping, priceless!

      Oh, and “pull up pants” are of the devil. Never buy them. Suck it up and put the kid in pants, cold turkey. With our 2 year old (in 1991, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth), it was about a week for number one, a month for number two. And that was IT.

    • phallusu says:

      “twist” cap wine bottles !!!

      the horror … the unspeakable horror

  5. B says:

    iPod Touch, Netflix Instant, and DVR. They’ve changed the way I consume entertainment.

  6. photoguy622 says:

    My digital cameras, my computers, and Amazon.com!

  7. Aeirlys says:

    Netflix streaming on the iPhone
    NYT crossword only subscriptions

  8. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I’m thankful for my Intertubes. No matter how bored I am, I can always find something to do online when I can’t get out of the house, have run out of library books and nothing on my shelves looks good, and watched all my movies.

  9. VOIDMunashii says:

    I’m thankful for my laptop and netbook. I never would have gotten back into my writing without those.

  10. Wolfbird says:

    The internet in general. It gave me Mr Wolfbird :3

    I also really like my new Kindle. I was kinda eh about eReaders until one was given to me. Screw you, gigantic Harry Potter hardcovers… never again will I have to trundle you everywhere I go. I read way too much, so this is truly an epic product.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Yeah, but you don’t get Harry Potter ebooks yet, either :( I hate that JK Rowling is so dead set against them, but I hope we get them soon.

      I pre-ordered my Nook Color (pick up was painless!) and I love it.

  11. finbar says:

    Lip Balm. I’ve been addicted since high school.

  12. Eilonwynn says:

    Crumpler Sinking Barge backpack — expensive but worth every penny. Columbia shoes – worn like iron, and I’m pretty rough on them. Titaniumrings.com for my jewelery – I love the rings and the service has been superb. Bernina f440qe. Fantastic machine.

  13. pittstonjoma says:

    Monster Lo-Carb, Pretzel M&M’s, Lactaid, Real Goodness, Almond Breeze, Trident Gum, Listerine, Breyer’s Yogurt, Chobani Yogurt, Archos 504, X-box 360, Asics sneakers.

    • thelauhingsun says:

      +1 lactaid and almond milk.

      Soymilk only tastes good to me when it’s packed with sugar, making it a rather unhealthy alternative for me. Almond milk, on the other hand, I find palatable even with minimal sugar. Plus, no nasty estrogen-like compounds in my system! Win!

  14. CrankyOwl says:

    Netflix, cute animal pics on the intertubes & Trader Joes chocolate salted caramel butter cookies. NomNomNom.

  15. Grungo says:

    The automobile. Hells yeah.

  16. framitz says:

    My CarboMedics Aortic valve conduit.

    Keeping me alive since 2004 and still clicking.

    Everything else just frosting on the cake.

  17. stevenpdx says:

    iPod touch and Absolut Citron.

  18. Scuba Steve says:

    The internet.

  19. Awesome McAwesomeness says:


  20. Consumeristing says:

    Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZE. Oh. yeah. Also pants.

  21. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    Comcast business class
    Targus laptop bag, 10 years and still no broken zipper.
    PG&E electricity without which I’d be a cave man
    Toyota, their cars just never stop
    The policy of Mutual Assured Destruction for the internet
    The Constitution and all those little amendments
    Canon DSLRs
    Willing nude models

    • phallusu says:

      what do you call an unwilling nude model? a felony!

      ow ow ow – where’d they get those pitchforks & torches?

  22. TJMorgan says:

    iPad – it’s replaced my computer for light Internet use and my e-reader.
    My car – 130k miles without any major repairs =]
    Amazon Prime – saves me hundreds on shipping costs every year.

  23. bishophicks says:

    I’m thankful for my DVR and my Netflix streaming LG blu-ray player. In general, I’m thankful for anything that just works, reliably doing it’s job day after day with little or no fuss – my 11 year old Corolla, my coffee grinder, my 10 year old Kitchen Aid mixer, and my expensive but comfy bed.

  24. Ayanami says:

    my android smartphone and my swiss army backpack. Both have made my job 1000% easier and less stressful.

  25. Emerald4me says:

    Caller i.d. – I have not had to talk to my in-laws in a loooonnngggg time.

    On line shopping – now I get gifts from my husband.

  26. zentex says:

    none is giving thanks for internet pr0n?

    for shame!

  27. Slave For Turtles says:

    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!

  28. jpdanzig says:

    Products I’m thankful for: mp3 players, GPS devices, the nifty animated LED Art Cube, the Ecotones Duet adaptive white noise machine, the Panasonic Arc-IV electric shaver, the Stuhrling four-eye automatic watch with day and date, and the PS3…

  29. Rose says:

    Technology-based curriculum, pretzel M ‘n’ M’s, and my big-ass plasma TV.

  30. whosyer12 says:

    Priceline–the greatest thing since sliced bread. Haven’t paid even 50% of rack rates anywhere in years!

  31. RoamingNomi says:

    The internet, my computer, my Android, Audible.com, programmable coffeemaker, programmable thermostat, my crockpot, Sticky Fingers Bakery scone mix (all flavors!), Kellogg’s Chocolate Mini Wheats Bites, Dr. Neil’s sinus rinse system, Nasacort, Breathe-Rites and my electric blankie. I hope to be most thankful for a Nook come about December 26th.

  32. Incredulous1 says:

    My two Type 1 Diabetic teenage sons, Continuous Glucose Monitors (the Guardian) From Abbott. Now they don’t have to prick their fingers 20 times a day for blood sugar checks. An alarm beeps when sugars go too high or low, so they can treat it. Also I don’t have to get up every 2 hours in the night to check blood sugar levels as I had previously done for almost 12 years. Whooo Hoooo!!!!!

  33. aja175 says:

    Those little plastic dental floss pick things.

  34. thelauhingsun says:

    Cream of Chicken Soup.

    Life became so much easier and tastier once I learned to cook with it.

    Also, I am thankful for my Eee netbook upon upon which I am typing.

    (I wouldn’t want him to get jealous).

  35. sugarplum says:

    My beloved TiVo. My precious!

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      TiVo was on my short list until a couple weeks ago. Ever since the end of daylight-savings-time, our various makes of DirecTV TiVos have been continually resetting. Official response is “Buy a new one, HD variety.” but, but but we don’t even have HD TV’s. Netflix is my new love.

  36. lisbet says:

    My laptop of course. My new Nintendo DS, which thanks to brilliant language cartridges serves as a translating device and lets me practice my calligraphy. I also love my iPhone. And my interview transcription software, Dragon. And Zotero, the firefox bibliography add-on.

  37. madtube says:

    Dilaudid. I had major spinal surgery a week ago. Dilaudid and/or oxycodone.

    FTR, I am not a pill popper, but a recently-turned-30 year old man who has been in severe pain since I was involuntarily used to rearrange a fender by someone who thought stop signs with a border were optional.

    I really am thankful to be breathing, but the question was for products, so Dilaudid.

  38. foofish says:

    I’m thankful for the Android operating system, Last.fm, my beloved Kindle, and mushrooms.

  39. Me - now with more humidity says:

    I love U-Verse TV. And my Scion xB (the toaster). And my memory foam bed (the COSTCO version, not Tempurpedic — $795 for a king, rather than $4,000. And New Balance shoes (I wear a 12-4E and they fit me best). And Crocs. And Zappos. And my 42-inch Sony Bravia TV. And rash-guard shirts. And my Henkels Santoku knife.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  40. OnePumpChump says:

    Giant fucking C clamps. A million household uses.

    • KyBash says:

      I had one that opened to 49 inches. I hung on the wall as a piece of retro-industrial art, but about once a year it was the perfect tool for an unexpected use.

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  42. Alvis says:

    I am most thankful for my grammar book, which taught me all sorts of useful rules about where it is and isn’t appropriate to use a preposition.

  43. yessongs says:

    My IPhone, my computer, the internet, and of course Yes Music. These are a few of my favorite things.

  44. rahntwo says:

    Viagra, Realdoll, and the voices in my head (the NICE ones at least) 8-)

  45. ellemdee says:

    For me: air conditioning & the internet.

    For my family: modern medicine in general. As imperfect as it is, and as many screwups that happen, even decades ago people suffered and died from conditions that barely exist or can easily be treated/controlled today. Even my awesome little dog is alive today because of $10/month worth of medicine. Yay, science!

  46. BigErn says:

    I like my Electric Orange checking from ing direct. no fees, lots of atms, great bill pay, sending money to friends and family easily and securely.

  47. ttk says:

    Navy Federal Credit Union and USAA. They’re just the best.

  48. Bohemian says:

    My Android phone and the ability to send unwanted callers directly to my non-existent voicemail. The do not call list. I can’t remember the last time I was hassled by a telemarketer.

  49. KyBash says:

    I dare not say — absolutely every time I boast about how great something is, the very next day it breaks, costs a boatload to fix, and never quite works right forever after.

  50. matt314159 says:

    My Kindle Wifi + 3g, aka, “kindle 3” …I was skeptical, but this dang thing is the best purchase I made in 2010, bar none. Handy, well designed, and just plain WORKS!

  51. frank64 says:

    I am thankful for my DTV Pal DVR. $250 and records all the OTA channels up to 2 at a time with a great TV guide type interface.

  52. Amnesiac85 says:

    My PS3. Netflix Instant Streaming (spending Thanksgiving Eve watching Hoarders while laying in bed). My iPhone 4. My Studio XPS laptop, which runs like a dream, after years of dealing with under performing laptops.

    Coke Zero as well. Makes those nights of staying up and writing papers much more tolerable.

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  54. dg says:

    Weed, Hash, Acid, Mushrooms, Booze, and a bong…

  55. Not Again says:

    The internet providers…, so I can do this. Oh, and my Tivo and most of all Skype, giving me the opportunity to do video calls with family during those holidays and non holidays, when I can’t be there. One Christmas it was on pretty much all day long.

  56. chucklebuck says:

    Many thanks from me to AM 1710 Antioch, which fills my days with awesome old time radio shows. I listen for some length of time pretty much every day.


  57. junip says:

    Jcrew. While I occasionally have a not-so-great experience with them, they make up for it by having real people with real names who speak english as a first language answer their call centers and customer service emails.
    For example, a few days ago I got an email from them saying a sweater I ordered had run out of stock and they cancelled my order. I emailed them yesterday to say how disappointed I was that this has happened to me multiple times with them but nowhere else. Today I get an email from Kat in Virginia saying she has located the sweater for me and can overnight it, free shipping. Nice. (:

  58. gurupitka says:


  59. edrebber says:

    I’m thankful that i can still clip my own toenails.

  60. MikeM_inMD says:

    My list for Thanksgiving afternoon is a Weber kettle grill, Kingsford charcoal, charcoal chimney, newspaper, matches, aluminum drip pan, hinged grill grate, roast lifting fork, and a 14-pound, brined turkey.

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      You forgot the hickory chips. I did an 18 lb turkey on my 25 yo Weber.

  61. opticnrv says:

    Pretzel M&Ms

  62. jenjenjen says:

    iPad iPad iPad iPad! As much as I love grumbling about how evil Apple is, hooo-wee but that’s one fine piece of electronics.

  63. VeganPixels says:

    Vegenaise, Gardein, Daiya, teh Interwebs, Sabnzbd, Sickbeard, AT&T cap-free DSL, Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Michael Moore, Wendell Potter, Elizabeth Warren, Bodum coffee press, CA Central Valley fruits & veg, healthy pets, kind vets, and my 3 BFFs.

    • Everett says:

      +1 for recognizing Obama and Kucinich as a product (something bought and paid for). Truer words were never spoken

  64. EvilTapioca says:

    Netflix,the internet and freebie sites.

  65. whyt says:

    TiVo. Hands down, TiVo.

  66. bobosgirl says:

    Oh God. Let’s see- in no particular order: Glad cling wrap, Brother sewing machines, BINKIES ( in any form or shape), Campbells bean with bacon soup, baseball, Febreeze with the apple mango tango scent, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese, Triscuit Rye crackers, Nutro sensitive skin & stomach dog food, Yoplait light yogurt, Taco Bell, Netflix and JACK DANIEL’S!!!!!

  67. christianmarie says:

    My TNG Venice scooter, and Brother sewing machine, and Weldwood non-flammable contact cement. And Mexican Coke.

  68. Everett says:

    +1 – The Constitution and all those little amendments

    Yaesu VX8r, Marmot Helium, 15″ MacBook Pro, Mac Mini Server, ScotteVest’s personal area network, REI Flash30, Make magazine

  69. kalaratri says:

    Tampons and disposable diapers.

  70. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    TV Tropes.

    How else would I have ever learned words like Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness?

    (Spelled it right on my first try, too!)

  71. emax4 says:

    Birth control. And I’m extremely thankful that my girlfriend takes it.

  72. kenskreations says:

    Two things. First, waking up alive each morning. Second, my wife because it makes #1 worthwhile.

  73. Taed says:

    Eyeglasses. My vision is so bad, but fuly correctable, that had I been born in a much earlier time, I would have been functionally invalid.

  74. AstroWorn2010 says:

    I am thankful for my Xbox 360 (despite the red ring death a while ago) my Macbook and my Wacom drawing pad. They all help keep me sane, especially after a long week of working for the man.

  75. lilacorchid says:

    My LitterRobot. No more mining for cat turds!

    And Internet, of course. I

  76. Darkneuro says:

    I’m thankful my 1999 Hyundai is still running, still getting 40 mpg, and has only needed $350 worth of repairs since I purchased it in 2002.

  77. JohnJ says:

    I’m thankful for the drug Vetoryl. Without it, my dog would be suffering from a long list of horrible symptoms; if he was alive at all.

  78. DrLumen says:

    Being a techno geek from way back, I would say the modern computer graphic cards.

    Before then we were stuck with low resolution (typically 320×200) monochrome displays. Watching movies in green or gold ascii art would suck when compared to the HD movies of today.

    Cheap, affordable home computers and the commercialization of the internet was a world changer but those still wouldn’t be the same with lousy displays.

  79. littlemoose says:

    Netflix and a Roku box to watch it on my TV. Moleskine weekly planner. BlackBerry (personal, not work!). Trusty iPod classic. Latte bowls from Anthropologie. Fancy Feast appetizers for the cat. And yes, modern pharmaceuticals, which keep me pretty healthy despite chronic conditions.

  80. JulesNoctambule says:

    The pill I take once a day that makes my abnormally low blood pressure high enough, thereby substantially reducing the chances of my heart stopping again. Without it, there isn’t much point in anything else!

  81. momtimestwo says:

    My magnetic knife holder that is mounted behind and above the stove (saw it on Chopped, had to have one), my TomTom, Breathe Right nasal strips, Ambien CR, and my Comcast DVR.

  82. BizarroRonJeremy says:

    Kellogg’s All-Bran and Starbucks Coffee

  83. medicmatt says:

    iTunes and Airport networked to speakers throughout my home, a commercial free humongous playlist which sets the absolutely perfect mood.

  84. lincolnparadox says:

    I’m thankful for antibiotics and vaccines (even the ones with mercury in them that don’t cause autism).

  85. ginnel says:

    Tastycake cupcakes

  86. Kibit says:

    Me: Le Creuset cookware, LOVE! Microplane, custom orthodics, Lavender essential oil, my MacBook!

    Husband: iPad, iPhone 4, MacBookPro, Hudl, Xbox 360 and Bombay Sapphire. (he never used to be a Apple person, it just kinda blossomed after his first iphone.)

    Dog: blankets, cookies, blankets, toys, blankets, pillows! :)

  87. libertysubvian says:

    My smart phone, which allows me to check email when I’m not home…. oh yeah, and it makes phone calls…

  88. mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

    My Ooma.

  89. Sulheka says:

    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

  90. rdm says:

    Mint floor cleaner (finally able to toss all my stupid/broken Roomba/Scooba units).

    WD HDTV media tank


  91. MysticYoYo says:

    Roku, Garmin GPS, Kindle. Oh, and my Zyliss garlic press with cleaning attachment.

  92. zekebullseye says:

    Caller ID so I can avoid all the robocalls I get on my landline. Yes I still have one
    My portable DVD player
    My iPhone
    My coffee press

  93. TooManyHobbies says:

    My bicycle. It provides me with transportation, a great workout, and an excellent therapy session every day!

  94. Kevin says:

    Thinking of the things I use or have around me daily…

    DeWalt tools, despite the questionably short life of their 18v batteries
    Martin strings
    Asus EEE netbooks
    Glock pistols
    Michelin tires
    Teva sandles
    And, last but not least, Yuengling

  95. phallusu says:

    kleenex, scotch tape (thank u mary martin) & jack daniels!

  96. MadTheologian says:

    I’m thankful for my Droid. It helped me find a gas station in the middle of rural Ohio. It also allows me to check my email in various places and I get to surf the Web in bed without bothering a sleepy husband.

    I’m thankful for my Cuisinart espresso machine. I use it everyday since buying it, saving me money.

  97. RogueWarrior65 says:

    Bacon. Bacon is a beautiful thing. It makes people happy. Lack of bacon in ones diet could be a contributing factor to the existence of Islamic extremists.

  98. nsv says:


    My gratitude for chemotherapy is almost as strong as my hatred of it.

  99. suez says:

    I love Netflix, my iPod (bought in 2006 and still running fine!), my PS3 that does everything, my Dell laptop (it’s not perfect but it gave me FREEDOM), Hormel Natural Choice Honey Ham, Woodchuck Amber cider, Ghirardelli peppermint bark, and Teavana sweet cranberry black tea (discontued in their stores but still available online–no love, Teavana!).

  100. zantafio says:


    Need I say more?

  101. zantafio says:

    Any form of Birth control, I think we can all be thankful for.

  102. Jane_Gage says:

    Swiffer good. Teflon floss. Screen doors. Top China Buffet in Deerfield Beach, FL. My car.

  103. Not Given says:

    Doesn’t matter. What ever I find that I like, they quit making it.

  104. Ellen says:

    Without a doubt I am most grateful for my microwave oven. That is closely followed by Starbucks. I will always be thankful to them for introducing us to premium coffee.

  105. bricksandmortar says:

    Dr. Scholls
    you can get a spicy chicken on the chicken club, ask for ranch… its amazing

  106. brinks says:

    I’m most thankful for the device which encompasses all the things I’ve been thankful for over the past couple of decades (voicemail, caller, ID and the internet), which is my cell phone. I’m also equally thankful that I got this phone for free because of a contract renewal and I only have to pay $10 a month for an unlimited data plan because it’s not a smartphone. Yay!

    I’m also thankful for my little regional cable and internet company, WOW (Wide Open West). Almost a decade in, I’ve had nothing but great service and NO Comcast-esque horror stories.

    Finally, I’m deeply thankful for the Swiffer wet cloths. Thanks, Swiffer, for preventing my lazy ass from having to haul out the mop and bucket to clean my tiny kitchen floor.

  107. Zydia says:

    Chick-Fil-A, Canada Dry diet ginger ale, my ipod nano, laptop, and internet.