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As we get closer to the end of 2019, AutoGuide.com decided to take a look back to see what our readers purchased throughout the year. And with Christmas just around the corner, you may be in dire need of a very last minute gift idea. If you don’t have the time to comb through pages and pages of product recommendations, this post should save you some time.
Here, we cover the top 10 most popular automotive products of 2019, that were purchased by our readers. Whether you’re looking for a replacement windshield wiper blade for your own car, or a gift idea for a friend or loved one, read on to see what has come in handy for our readers this year!
Table of contents
- 1. Most Popular Windshield Wiper: Bosch ICON
- 2. Most Popular Portable Tire Inflator: EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump
- 3. Most Popular LED Headlight Bulbs: Beamtech LED Headlight Bulbs
- 4. Most Popular Car Seat Covers: FH Group Universal Fit Flat Cloth Car Seat Cover
- 5. Most Popular Hot Wheels Track Set: Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set
- 6. Most Popular Snow Brush / Ice Scraper: Snow Joe SJBLZD Telescoping Snow Broom with Ice Scraper
- 7. Most Popular Portable Jump Starter: DBPOWER 600A Peak Portable Car Jump Starter
- 8. Most Popular Hitch Cargo Carrier: Reese Pro Series Rambler (63153)
- 9. Most Popular Home EV Charger: JuiceBox Pro 40 with JuiceNet
- 10. Most Popular DIY Dent Repair Kit: AUTOPDR 40-Piece DIY Paintless Dent Removal Tool Kit
1. Most Popular Windshield Wiper: Bosch ICON
The Bosch ICON is a beam-style wiper blade and features a bracketless design with tension springs, helping keep the blade flexible while providing superior performance in all weather conditions. The company claims the ICON offers up to 40-percent longer life than other premium blades and its blade rubber was proved to be the most resistant to cracking from exposure to ozone compared to other major competitors’ brands. It also features an exclusive asymmetrical flexible spoiler design for effortless and quiet wiping. Bosch also promises the ICON is easy to install, thanks to a weather-shield double-locking connector.
While generally more expensive than other wipers available on the market, the Bosch ICON is considered the best by many of its users, although they may not necessarily be the best for you. If you live in an area that doesn’t experience a lot of rain or snow, you may not need a premium blade like the Bosch ICON. But if you like knowing you have one of the best performing wipers when it does rain or snow, then the Bosch ICON should be towards the top of your list.
Bosch wipers are also used as OEM equipment on various luxury German vehicles, such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, so you know it’s a quality product.
2. Most Popular Portable Tire Inflator: EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump
One of the highest-rated portable inflators on Amazon is the EPAuto 12-volt DC portable air compressor pump. Rated at 120 watts with an inflation speed of 1.06 CFM, this pump has a maximum working pressure of 100 PSI. There’s a digital gauge that reads in four display units: PSI, KPA, BAR, and kg/cm. Like similarly priced products, EPAuto’s inflator has an auto shutoff feature once it reaches the desired air pressure. The product also has an overheat protection, which automatically shuts off the compressor when it overloads.
Designed to inflate tires on cars, bikes, sedans, and midsize SUVs, this compressor does not support LT, HT, and truck tires. It does, however, come with adapters so it can be used on other inflatables. There is also a bright LED flashlight built-in for nighttime use.
The EPAuto portable air compressor pump weighs 3.81 lbs while measuring 9.6 inches by 7.8 inches by 5.4 inches.
3. Most Popular LED Headlight Bulbs: Beamtech LED Headlight Bulbs
Beamtech’s replacement LED bulbs are more affordable than Cougar Motor’s products, but they won’t last as long. That’s because they are a bit brighter at 8000 lumens per pair with a 6500K color temperature. Their advertised lifespan, however, is over 30,000 hours, so if longevity is a concern you may want to look elsewhere.
What makes Beamtech’s bulbs different from many of its competitors is the lack of a fan, making them quieter than other products. In lieu of a fan, they feature passive cooling with an aluminum body for improved heat dissipation. Beamtech also says the bulbs are close to the same length as a halogen lamp filament, resulting in a beam pattern that you would expect from a halogen bulb. These bulbs are IP65 waterproof.
Priced as a mid-range option, Beamtech’s bulbs are an interesting option since they don’t have a cooling fan. For most drivers, the noise from the fan isn’t very noticeable, but sensitive ears could find it annoying. You are however, trading longevity since these bulbs are rated at 20,000 fewer hours than some of their competitors.
If a bulb’s lifespan isn’t a concern, then Beamtech’s bulbs are ideal for you since they offer above average brightness with quiet operation.
4. Most Popular Car Seat Covers: FH Group Universal Fit Flat Cloth Car Seat Cover
Available in a variety of colors and styles are car seat covers from FH Group. These are universal seat covers that include two front bucket and two headrest covers. Designed to fit almost all seats, these covers are made from durable, comfortable, and breathable high quality polyester fabric with 3mm foam padding that is easy to clean since they’re machine washable. Buyers can choose from black, beige/black, blue/black, gray/black, green/black, orange/black, pink/black, red/black, yellow/black, bow tie, burgundy/black, mint, and tie.
These seat covers feature a concealed Velcro opening and have adjustable straps that make for easy installation and removal. In addition, this product will not interfere with heated seats. Best of all, they’re one of the most affordable seat covers available on Amazon.
While this is one of the most popular items on Amazon and it’s our pick, it does have a fair share of negative reviews. Not surprisingly given the cost of the product, some owners complain that the material feels cheap. Positive reviews note how easy these covers are to install and how they accurately match the color shown in the product’s photos. More importantly however, these seat covers do a proper job at protecting your car’s seats at a much more affordable price. We recommend them due to their variety of colors and styles, along with their price.
5. Most Popular Hot Wheels Track Set: Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set
The Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set is actually exclusive to Amazon, and is one of the highest rated and popular Hot Wheels track sets available. It features four intersecting track “crash zones” and a car feeder ramp designed to amp up the action. There’s a total of more than 16 feet of track with this package, incorporating hairpin turns, motorized boosters, and endless loops for racing.
One of the standout features of this track set is a car feeder, which allows plenty of Hot Wheels cars to line up and get fed onto the track. There’a a sturdy and elevated figure-eight track featuring four intersecting zones, resulting in plenty of possible misses and wipeouts.
This track set comes with parking spaces for additional storage and safeguards over crash zones, along with one Hot Wheels vehicle. It is not compatible with certain Hot Wheels vehicles.
6. Most Popular Snow Brush / Ice Scraper: Snow Joe SJBLZD Telescoping Snow Broom with Ice Scraper
The head of this telescoping snow broom is constructed from durable, non-abrasive foam so it’s safe to use on a car, while measuring 18-inches wide. It’s designed to push away heavy snow quickly and weighs just 1.2 pounds, so you won’t get tired when using it. This product features an auto-locking extension pole that can be adjusted from 30 inches to 49 inches and has a built-in ice scraper to clear away any ice buildup on your windshield.
Included with the broom is a built-in bracket holder, allowing you to easily store it inside the trunk of your car when it’s not being used.
Owners of this product say it does a great job at quickly clearing snow, especially in hard to reach places. The extension allows it to be used on small and large vehicles and the foam doesn’t scratch the paint. Some users do report issues with the telescopic handle, however, and if you forget to dry the extension prior to closing it, water can freeze inside.
7. Most Popular Portable Jump Starter: DBPOWER 600A Peak Portable Car Jump Starter
If you’re looking for something compact that will fit comfortably in your glove box, take a look at the DBPOWER Portable Car Jump Starter. Capable of jump starting vehicles with up to 6.5-liter gasoline engines or 5.2-liter diesel engines with 600 amps of peak current, this starter features dual USB outputs and a DC output. With 18000mAh battery capacity, this portable jump starter can also serve as a battery bank for all your portable devices.
Incorporated into this device is an LED flashlight that can be switched between lighting, strobe, and SOS modes. There is also a red emergency light if necessary. On the side with all the ports, there’s a small LCD display that will show the working status of the jumper. There’s even a built-in compass in case you ever need one.
When it comes to actually jump starting your car, this product comes with all-metal spray gold clamps that are more solid and durable than standard clamps. Safety features baked into this starter include short circuit protection, over-temperature protection, reverse-polarity protection, reverse-charge protection, over-charge protection, over-discharge protection, over-current protection, over-voltage protection, low-voltage protection, and a built-in protection circuit.
This product offers up to 20 jump starts on a single charge.
8. Most Popular Hitch Cargo Carrier: Reese Pro Series Rambler (63153)
One of the highest rated and most popular hitch cargo carriers on Amazon is the Pro Series Rambler. Sporting a 60″ by 24″ platform, this cargo carriers offers 500 lb capacity, while 5.5″ side rails helps keep your cargo secured within the platform. It’s also extremely easy to maintain and clean, thanks to a rugged mesh floor. This product fits 2″ square vehicle receivers and features a rise shank design to elevate your cargo, delivering improved ground clearance.
Sporting a 2-piece design, this cargo carrier has a durable powdercoat finish to resist elements, scratches, and rust.
9. Most Popular Home EV Charger: JuiceBox Pro 40 with JuiceNet
Built in the U.S., the JuiceBox Pro 40 is a high-power, 10kW charging station and can be installed indoors or outdoors. It comes with a feature called JuiceNet, which is a full app for web-based control of scheduling, energy metering, notifications, and LED charging light indicators. The app is also compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa, allowing for voice control.
Available in two versions, the JuiceBox Pro 40 can either be hardwired or plugged into a 14-50R outlet. There are available adapters for it to work with a dryer, RV-type or regular wall outlet as well. Each charger features sturdy aluminum and a waterproof enclosure.
Designed to charge all electrified vehicles, the charger uses the industry-standard J1772 charge protocol and comes with a 24-foot output cable with the attached J1772 plug. On the other end is a 15-foot input cable with a standard NEMA 14-50 plug. Helping make the station somewhat portable is an aluminum quick-release bracket.
Measuring 10 inches by 6 inches by 3.5 inches, the JuiceBox Pro 40 is one of the smallest EV charging stations currently available.
10. Most Popular DIY Dent Repair Kit: AUTOPDR 40-Piece DIY Paintless Dent Removal Tool Kit
This 40-piece paintless dent repair kit includes many of the same components as the two large kits we mentioned above, such as a hot glue gun, glue, a dent lifter, a tap down pen, a rubber hammer, puller tabs, a small plastic scraper and more.
With these tools, you’ll be able to hot glue the properly size tab to the dent in your car’s bodywork and use either the dent lifter or bridge puller to yank on the tab – hopefully pulling the dent outward and removing it altogether. If the dent is only made smaller, you can use the tap down pen to minimize it further. The included tool bag also ensures you won’t lose any of the 40 pieces included in this DIY dent repair kit.
This kit is good for removing large to medium-sized dents, but may be more difficult to use on extremely small dent spots.
Like so many DIY dent repair kits, properly using the kit requires patience. You’ll be gradually pulling the dent out rather than seeing instantaneous results. At $50, though, it will be much cheaper than taking your vehicle to a bodyshop to have the dent removed.