Summer’s not over yet, and with most of us continuing to spend the season indoors, it’s only natural to want to spruce up our home experience with cool yet practical items we can easily shop. Which is why for this year’s Preview Girls' Choice Awards: Summer Edit, we included the lifestyle section for the first time ever! Whether it’s a fruity beverage to keep you refreshed, a nifty tool for your kitchen, or a decor piece to add to the aesthetic space you’ve always wanted, we’ve curated and tested them all to pick out the best of the best, and save you time.
In the end, the Preview team, our contributors, and the Preview Clique narrowed it all down to 11 must-have items for the summer. To find out more about our favorites, read our reviews and watch the product demos below!
Reviews: Home Decor
Best Furniture Piece: By the Form Kuji Foldable Chair
About the product: This handmade foldable chair made from rattan and beechwood will fit perfectly with any rustic-themed home. Not to mention its solid, sturdy make is guaranteed to last you a long time.
Review: "The chair is compact, looks super aesthetic, and ergonomic. Working from home, you're almost always sitting down in front of the computer. So, you'll definitely need a chair that won't hurt your back and won't feel sticky as the heat sinks in. This chair does an excellent job at that. I'd recommend this chair for people who live in small spaces as it easily folds up and can be kept away when not in use. And in case you have no storage space or it, the chair won't be an eyesore even if it's just leaning on a wall. Plus, it makes a cute addition to your home if you're after a K-drama inspired space." - Steph Sison, Deputy Managing Editor
Kuji Foldable Chair, P7600, BY THE FORM, bytheform.ph
Best Home Decor: HEIM Round Mirror in Gold
About the product: With a simple design and sleek gold frame, this round mirror is a no-frills accent piece that’s sure to open up your space. The Instagram-obsessed will be happy to hear that you can take full body selfies with it, too.
Review: “I didn’t expect it to be big, but I love how I can take full outfit shots with it that can make the photos look like they were taken by someone else. The mirror is also durable, and I like how the design is aesthetic and trendy, which is good for Instagram photos. Lastly, it can act as good room decor to open up your space.” - Patricia Gapay, Preview Clique
Round Mirror in Gold, starts at P3739, HEIM, Wilcon
Best Scented Candle: LEV MNL Kairos Candle
About the product: This candle’s warm and woody scent will easily waft a pleasant and sophisticated smell throughout your room. Bonus points for its gorgeous holographic glass jar!
Review: "It had a sophisticated scent that permeated through the room. It burns really well and I love the holographic glass jar it comes in. It looks absolutely beautiful! I think it is perfect for the summer since it smells so good in an airconditioned room (Let's face it. The heat is unbearable). It creates the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing summer day siesta! I would recommend this for every tita and tita at heart, and anyone who needs a good pamper sesh at home." -Yma Cuervo, Preview Clique
Kairos Candle, P1550, LEV MNL, levmnl.com
Best Dinnerware: HomeMNL Meet Marielle Collection
About the product: Add a major pop of color to your table setting with these exclusively designed vibrant and aesthetic dinnerware. Alternatively, you can use them as home decor, too, if you think they’re too pretty to use.
Review: “The plates are so colorful and adorable!!! I have a dominantly gray and black condo so the pieces definitely popped out and gave a vibrant look to my place. The colors are vivid without looking gaudy—perfect for fun summer dinners or get togethers. That said, they all make sense to use together so you better collect them as a set. I'd recommend this to people who have a penchant for eye-catching home pieces and those who like to host themed brunches or dinners. They also make a cute wall decor so if you're sprucing up your place and you're looking for a unique installation, this might be it.” - Steph Sison, Deputy Managing Editor
Meet Marielle Complete Set (Dinner and Salad Plates), P5999, HOMEMNL, myhomemnl.com
Reviews: Home Appliances
Best Kitchen Appliance: Midea 5.5L Digital Multi-Functional Air Fryer
About the product: Make oil-free cooking, and baking easy with this multi-functional air fryer. Don’t fret because its digital controls are simple enough to understand and will make your kitchen experience all the more fuss-free.
Review: "I loved how simple it was to use this item. Since it's digital, it's as easy as clicking the button for the function you want to use and setting it to the recommended time for cooking (which is also clearly printed on the airfryer). The cage is also bigger than most. I also like that it is square so you can fit in smaller baking tins for if you want to bake brownies or even a lasagna." -Yma Cuervo, Preview Clique
5.5L Digital Multi-Functional Air Fryer, P8495, MIDEA, Lazada (available by May 2021)
Best Coffee Machine: Nespresso Lattissima Touch
About the product: Anyone who can’t go without their cup of coffee in the morning will appreciate how straightforward it is to operate the Lattissima Touch. With this, you can step up your coffee game by taking advantage of its multiple options which allow you to make at least five different-espresso based drinks, alongside a detachable milk frother, no less.
Review: "When I first used the Nespresso Lattissima Touch, I was surprised at how simple it was to operate. It has straightforward buttons which allow you to make five different espresso-based drinks (plus regular frothed milk). It occupied minimal space on my counter, too. The machine heats up water and milk impressively fast and gives you the same quality drink for each use. I also appreciate the milk frother attachment, which can be separated and stored in the fridge for your next batch of coffee. Among all the drinks I tried, the latte would definitely be my favorite. This stepped up my coffee game and simplified my coffee routine to 5-7 minutes max! I couldn't be more impressed." - Teta Melo, Preview Clique
Lattissima Touch, NESPRESSO, P27,000, Lazada
Best Air Purifier: Dyson Pure Cool TP04 Air Purifier Tower Fan
About the product: This sleekly built air purifier not only clears out the harmful pollutants in any size room, it also doubles as a fan and can even show you the air quality within your space. Additionally, it’s definitely a must-have for anyone with allergies.
Review: "I love the minimalist, sleek design. It's also not very bulky so it doesn't take up too much space! I noticed it helped with my allergic rhinitis, since I usually wake up with a runny nose. It also doubles as a fan so, in this (ungodly) heat, it's definitely a must-have! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, since it's a great thing to have in your house. But specifically to people who want “aesthetic” appliances around their home, since the design of this purifier would be a perfect fit." - Yasmeen Al Fardy, Preview Clique
Pure Cool TP04 Air Purifier Tower Fan (White/Silver), P44,500, DYSON, Lazada
Reviews: Food and Beverage
Best Dessert: The Lost Bread Campfire Smore’s
About the product: The heatwave getting you down? Beat the sweltering summer season with this cool and scrumptious chocolate flavored ice cream, topped with torched marshmallows and graham crackers.
Review: "The Lost Bread’s Campfire Smore’s captured that scorched marshmallow taste, with creamy chocolate to boot! It also wasn't too sweet nor too bland. Plus, the packaging is quite Instagrammable, too! Ice cream is always a good idea for the summer. If you want a nostalgic flavor, this one will definitely remind you of childhood summers or school camping trips! It's got a very comforting taste that's both familiar but fresh. I would recommend this to ice cream lovers who aren't super into odd flavors but would want to try something new. Also, being a person who doesn't like chocolate ice cream, this one tastes more refreshing than rich." - Maura Rodriguez, Associate Social Media Editor
Campfire Smore’s, P250 (Pint) / P450 (1L Tub), THE LOST BREAD, Grab Food
Best Cold Beverage: FRNK’s Golden Beri Miruku
About the product: If you’d rather have a refreshing beverage instead to help you cool down, you’ll love this nutritious, plant-based drink made with homemade spiced turmeric, strawberry jam, coconut milk, and chia pudding.
Review: "I love the fact that it’s plant-based, healthy, and nutritious without sacrificing the taste. The fruit flavor is perfect for the summer if you want a refreshing drink to beat the heat. I also like its aesthetic packaging. I’d recommend this to my foodie friends that are health conscious, and also to my fitness friends, since it won’t ruin their diet." - Iya Omaña, Preview Clique
Golden Beri Miruku, P135 (small) / P165 (tall) FRNK, Grab Food
Best Alcoholic Drink: Tanqueray London Dry Gin
About the product: Summer means you’ll have more time to unwind and chill. And what perfect way to do just that than having a refreshing drink in hand? All you need is a glass (or two) of Tanqueray gin! With its flavorful base of piney juniper and feint lemon zest taste, you’re off to a relaxing day.
Revew: "It's a refreshing alcoholic beverage that isn't too overpowering. It's also a very versatile base in case you want to experiment with summer cocktails. I'd recommend this for people who are just beginning to experiment with alcoholic beverages, and for those who are looking for a fresh drink with a kick." - Steph Sison, Deputy Managing Editor
London Dry Gin, P750, TANQUERAY, Available in supermarkets nationwide
Reviews: Fitness Equipment
Best Fitness Accessory: Recess Personal Space Mat
About the product: Work comfortably on your best summer bod ever with this anti-microbial, rubber-lined yoga mat. Apart from providing ample cushioning and firm support for your body, its material will keep you from slipping while working out.
Review: "I like that It has an ample cushioning and firm support when doing workouts. It has a matte-finish and it prevents you from slipping while working out. The material is made of high quality foam material, which safely protects and cushions the hips, knees, and more while working out. Also, the design looks really minimal and sleek! The only con for me is its weight. It’s really heavy for me, which can be a problem if you want to do yoga or workout in different places." - Chrissean Mae, Preview Clique
Personal Space Mat, P2798, RECESS, ourrecess.com