18 Affordable Costco Home Goods That Are Actually Great Quality

published Dec 27, 2021
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Day to day, Costco is my source for rotisserie chicken, bulk snacks, and meal-prep shortcuts — but whenever I visit, I can’t help but meander all the aisles in between, filled with products I didn’t realize I needed until I walked right by them. Insulated wine tumblers? Yes! Cafe lights for the back deck? Into the cart!

And while some of these items are, admittedly, impulse buys that I could have done without, others have been so useful that I’ve suggested them to friends and family (see: the simplehuman dish rack below). So we read the reviews and polled family and friends for this list of Costco home goods that are actually great quality and affordable.

In the kitchen….

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MIU Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls, Set of 3, $20

I love a stainless steel mixing bowl — lightweight, unbreakable, and easy to clean — and these have high sides and non-skid silicone bottoms, great for preventing baking messes. Says one reviewer, “Excellent capacity, yet compact design to fit in a standard upper cabinet.” The bowl also comes with handy measurements on the interior. 

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Nordic Ware Gold Baking Sheets, Set of 3, $22

We use baking sheets daily, for grilling veggies, baking cookies, and everything in between — and the small size in this 3-pack just right for reheating two slices of pizza to serve up for lunch. Reviewers say they work well, heat evenly, are easy to clean, don’t warp at high heats, and that the nonstick surface makes food slide right off.

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Snapware Pyrex 18-piece Glass Food Storage Set, $30

“I have bought three sets and may even buy a fourth, these are so useful,” writes one reviewer, who has been using this Snapware food storage for several years. The glass bases don’t stain and are easy to clean, and most importantly: they can go in the dishwasher, freezer, oven, or microwave. 

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Rabbit Double Wall Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler Set, 4-pack, $30

Made by the Rabbit folks (remember that game-changing corkscrew?), these tumblers are indeed great for keeping cocoa warm or wine chilled. But around my house, the kids use these tumblers just as much as the adults: the snap-on lids have prevented many-a-disaster at the dinner table, but they don’t feel like they’re drinking out of sippy cups.

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Turkish Kitchen Towels, 6-piece Set, $35

Some dish towels that are cute, but don’t pick up a drop of water. Not these: Reviewers say they’re “thick and absorbent,” as well as soft and large, and many comment on their good quality. The array of colors makes it easy to find one that matches your kitchen’s color scheme.

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Schott Zwiesel 6-piece Pure Sauvignon Blanc Wine Glass Set, $50

Made of Tritan crystal with clean lines, reviewers love these glasses (which also come in a cabernet shape) because they’re light, elegant, durable, and dishwasher-safe (a huge plus for busy parents). 

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iDesign Linus Deep Storage Bins, 6-piece Set, $50

I love a clear, narrow bin — and these are a great price for the set. They keep snacks and other smaller items organized in the pantry, but also work for bitsy kids’ stuff on shelves or in drawers (like LEGOs and OMG Doll accessories), smaller clothing items, or bath supplies.

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Cangshan S Series German Steel Forged 7-Piece BBQ Knife Set, $50

Good, sharp knives are not only safer, they make meal prep more efficient. Reviewers like the weight, balance, and shape of these, and find them much higher quality than sets offered at similar stores. This set also comes with the case, so you can take your cheffy skills on the go.  

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Ninja Professional Blender, $70

Ninja is one of the go-to brands for blenders, and this one is a real pro version with 1000 watts of performance and the ability to blend ice for super-creamy smoothies. One reviewer says, “This blender is so powerful and easy to use! The pitcher is easy to pour from and very light to hold.”

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Instant Pot 6qt Duo Gourmet Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, $90

The Instant Pots is super popular for its “set it and forget it” approach to cooking — and this is a good value for this model. Plus, it includes accessories like silicone gloves, a measuring cup, and a soup spoon. Especially during pandemic times, it’s a boon for working from home: you can get a meal started then finish up work or sneak some fitness knowing that dinner will be ready when you’re done. 

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simplehuman Steel Frame Dishrack & Sink Caddy, $90

I first learned about this dish rack while researching a story on chefs’ favorite kitchen gear — and promptly bought it myself. Now my parents have one, too. It doesn’t disappoint: holds a ton of stuff, gets everything dry, and looks reasonably tidy on the kitchen counter. The Costco bundle comes with a matching sink caddy as a bonus.

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Nespresso Essenza Plus Espresso Machine by Breville, $180

With a streamlined silhouette that’ll fit onto even narrow countertops, this espresso machine is built to take Nespresso pods, and comes with a milk frother and credit for pods, to boot. The pods are recyclable, and come in tons of flavors (even seasonal ones, like pumpkin spice), so you can be sure to have a yummy cup every morning. 

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Circulon Premier Professional 13-piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set, $200

If you’ve been using the same set of pots and pans since college, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. One reviewer, who has had the pans for two years, says they’ve used them almost daily and the surfaces “do not have any scratches — our best Costco purchase yet!” These pots and pans are also oven-safe up to 400 degrees, for dual-cooking needs. If you’re looking for an all-in-one cookware set (birthday wishlist, anyone?), this will do the job.

Around the house…

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Charisma Soft 100% Hygro Cotton 4-piece Hand and Washcloth Towel Set, $17

If you’ve had your towels for a decade or more and are ready for a refresh, these are a good bet. One reviewer says “These are wonderful, lush, thick, and great quality towels.” The special cotton weave ensures softness, while the hollow-core cotton technology helps make them more absorbent. 

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Kirkland Signature 680 Thread Count 6-piece Sheet Set, $60

These classic PIMA cotton sheets are a favorite among reviewers for their “soft and luxurious” feel, as well as design details like a deep pocket for thicker mattresses, strong elastic at the corners, and an extra long top sheet. Plus, they come with an extra pillowcase per pillow — nice for folks that sleep with two, or prefer not to use decorative pillows.

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Hotel Grand White Down Comforter, $90

Down comforters can cost in the hundreds of dollars, but this midweight version, designed to work for all seasons, is an affordable option. 

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Casper Select 12″ Memory Foam Medium Mattress, $550

Casper’s been a leader in the mattress market for a few years, but all but their most basic products are more expensive than Costco’s deal. If you’re looking to try something with memory foam at a lower cost, this is a good investment. 

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Dyson V11 Torque Drive+ Cordless Stick Vacuum, $600

It’s pricey, but Dyson aficionados consider this is a great value for the model, which is why this vacuum has more than 7,000 5-star reviews from folks impressed by its vacuum power, long battery charge, and easy-empty canister.