8 Cult-Favorite Home Items from Costco

published May 23, 2019
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Come for the $4.99 rotisserie chicken; leave with a cart full of home goods you didn’t know you needed—and which you now can’t live without. At least, that’s the way most of the Costco members I asked feel about certain cult-faves.

What’s interesting to me is that, with rare exception, it’s not the name-brand that matters. The love affair with Costco home goods usually starts with style or convenience, then the quality shows itself—and the price point seals the deal.

Here are eight beloved Costco items.

Quad Sheepskin Rug

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Sheepskin rugs are a gorgeous (and effective) secret weapon. They add luxurious texture to any room, and they’re damn good at hiding stains and other unsightly flaws in the upholstery (not that I know anything about that!).

But not all sheepskins are created equal. See IKEA, where the RENS sheepskin feels more synthetic and looks smaller every time I go. Enter Costco’s Quad sheepskin rug. It’s a deal at $109.99 for roughly 70” by 40”, and customers rave about how soft and plush it is.

Downlight Hotel and Resort European Down Comforter

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As a category, bed and bath linens are, hands-down, the cultiest of Costco cult faves. While you might get picky about specific sheet sets, or solids versus designs, the down comforter is more function than fashion. Instead of paying upwards of $600 for a new mid-weight queen down comforter, Costco’s beloved Downlite Hotel and Resort European Down Comforter is just $119.99. And if you don’t trust me, trust the New York Times’ Wirecutter, which recently rated it the best bargain down comforter for its “baffle-box construction, goose-down fill, and a supersoft shell.”

Fiddle-leaf figs… and more

If you’re a Costco regular, and the stars have aligned, your local store will have some of the best statement plants around. News of in-stock fiddle-leaf figs or ficuses or yuccas or snake plants travels fast among Costco fans. Adiba Nelson, of Tucson, Arizona, says emphatically, “THEIR POTTED PLANTS BREAK MY WALLET.”

Throw pillows… any throw pillows

We’ve all heard it before, but that’s only because it’s true: There really isn’t an easier, more affordable way to change up the look and feel of a room—be it living or otherwise—than new throw pillows. Try Costco’s Tibetan fur pillows, which fit in with all sorts of different styles. They can add texture to minimal Scandi spaces and glam rooms alike for just $69.99 a two-pack.

Jennifer Adams Home Eternal Sheet Set

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The Jennifer Adams Home Eternal microfiber sheet set already has ardent fans at Apartment Therapy. And while we can debate the finer points of microfiber versus 100 percent cotton versus whatever you have and love (or have and hate), the great blessing of Costco is that there’s a little something for everyone in the bedding aisle. The Kirkland brand 540-thread-count cotton sateen set is also a winner, per Reddit.

Charisma Soft 100% Hygro Cotton 2-piece Bath Sheet Set

Costco Charisma bath towels“—who knew those could be fighting words?! Both the Charisma and Loft brands of bath towels at Costco have die-hard fans and eye-rolling detractors. (And then there’s the Turkish towels!) To each her own, clearly. The point being that, for plush, absorbent, long-lasting, and fairly straightforward solid bath towels—at a welcome price—Costco takes all comers.

Beach towels

Ditto for beach towels. It all depends on which brand your local store has in stock, but whether you skew Tommy Bahamas or Body Glove, or—with luck—something Kirkland brand and understated, Costco has your summertime beach needs covered.

A rose is a rose

Costco has “the best bunches of roses always!” says Ruth Sonnenshein, a Colorado-based interior designer. But it doesn’t stop there: At most Costcos, you can get 50 roses for just $39.99. Just sayin’. People are so wild about Costco flowers that you can do entire weddings with them.