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If there’s one thing we have learned here at Rover, it’s that our community of sitters, walkers, groomers, and pet parents of all stripes are utterly devoted to their pets. How do we know? Well, let’s just say you guys aren’t cheap when it comes to throwing down dough on your dogs and cats.
Every week we feature helpful and informative articles about products we’ve tested, reviewed, or researched, from the top puzzle toys to the coziest of dog beds to vacuum cleaners that actually pick up pet hair (spoiler alert: the Shark Rocket Handheld and the Miele Cat & Dog are the way to go). Then, we wait and see what content connects best with our readers based on purchase data about the items in those articles.
Reviewing 2019 numbers for this year, a few things jumped out. The first thing we noticed is that a handful of products we put to the test as part of our in-house product testing program were top sellers this year, so you can expect to see even more vetted, tested, and verified products in 2020. The idea is that this will save you valuable time and money, and get you back to the reason why you’re here in the first place: to learn how to live your best life with your pet.
Another trend we noticed last year was the volume and frequency at which pet parents buy; in 2019, Rover blog readers spent more on their pets than ever in the history of the blog. Way to show your love of pets, fur moms and dads! We tip our Dog Mom hat to you.
So, what was everyone putting in their carts in 2019? Read on to find out what pet products were our readers’ favorites in 2019.
From puzzle toys to poop bags, here are the top most-purchased items from Rover’s shopping articles in 2019.
Top Puzzle Toy: Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Puzzle Toy
Time and again readers chose this interactive, wood-like puzzle toy that taps your dog’s problem-solving skills to maneuver the levers to reveal treats.
Made by the well-regarded line of Swedish puzzle toys, Nina Ottosson, it’s a great exercise in mental stimulation that keeps your dog curious and staves off boredom.Shop on Amazon
Top Rover Store Item: I Work Hard For My Dog Mug
Since a new line of products launched on the Rover store in late November, this 11 oz. ceramic mug has been making its way into the kitchens of a certain demographic of 9-5 dog moms and dads who totally get it.Shop Now
Top Dog Harness: Rabbitgoo No-Pull Pet Harness (Verified Review)
We tested various dog harnesses this year, and one of our favorites proved to be popular with readers, too. Our reviewer liked the quality, ease of use, and fit of this harness. If your dog is a puller, she found the harness worked better with the D-ring on the back. (There is the option of using two leashes, one clipped to the front and one clipped to the back, for extra control).Shop Now
Top Poop Bag, Tie: Earth Rated and BioDOGradable
Who says poop bags aren’t glamorous? There’s certainly a popularity test happening here.
We’re just happy you’re cleaning up after your pet!
Top Dog Bed: K-9 Ruff n’ Tuff Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed (Verified Review)
Just like us, readers went for this practical, waterproof, and chew-resistant dog bed.
For a hard-working dog bed, you want one like this, with durable features such as a sturdy, removable, easy-to-clean, and machine-washable cover.
Here’s more from our reviewer:
“Mable likes to dig in her beds, which has been a problem with dog beds because some are cheaply made and will easily rip. When she starting digging, the bed barely flinched. The stuffing of the bed is perfect and doesn’t clump up on one-side (which is common with other dog beds) so it definitely exceeded my expectations. This bed is perfect for inside, outside, the car, work—everywhere! This bed is so comfy that I could easily fall asleep on it myself.”Shop Now
Top Dog Treat: Blue Buffalo
In 2019, readers were looking for a multi-purpose dog treat, something that could help their dog shed weight or be a quality, grain-free option while still being tasty. Consistently throughout the year, readers opted for the various recipes offered by Blue Buffalo.Shop Now
Readers are always looking for healthy and affordable dog food options, and in 2019, this grain-free kibble, available at Chewy in a number of bag sizes, was a best seller.Shop Now
Top Cat Food: American Journey Turkey & Chicken RecipeShop Now
Top Dog Costume: Lion’s ManeShop Now
Top Dog Sweater: Anything by Blueberry Pet
Shop Channel-Inspired Dog Ponchos Here
The same animals-in-costumes logic applies to sweaters and clothing: A dressed-up pet = always cute. This past year, be it a baby pink sweatshirt or fairisle Christmas sweater, readers liked the various styles offered by petwear brand, Blueberry Pet.
Top Dog Pajamas: Fitwarm StylesShop Now
Top Cat Toy: Bergen Turbo ScratcherShop Now
Top Plush Toy: Petsafe Pogo Plush Dog Toy (Verified Review)
One of our tests this year took a handful of plush dog toys touted as “indestructible” to task (thankfully we had eager test dogs happy to oblidge)! Our tester liked how pumped her dog was to play with this particular stuffing-free toy that’s covered with super-strong faux sheepskin and has a squeaker, too.
Here’s more: “Enzo was jumping up and down for this toy, likely because it is hairy and reminded him of squirrels. I liked how the fabric seemed thicker, and the toy was compact and easy to throw around. Enzo was infatuated with it!”Shop Now
For a look at more of our top content from 2019, check out the articles below.
- Our Favorite Treatments for Dry Dog Skin: Butters, Salves, and Oils, Oh My!
- These 13 Dog Hair Removal Tools Will Change Your Life
- The Top 11 Best Affordable Grain-Free Dog Foods of 2019
- The Best Puzzle Toys That Actually Help Bored Dogs
- The Best Indestructible Dog Beds for Chewtastic Dogs
- Healthy Training Treats, Recommended by a Canine Behaviorist