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The Best Gear to Outfit a Vacation Rental or Airbnb

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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We interviewed four Airbnb “superhosts”—and more than a dozen frequent rental guests—to determine the top 24 items to invest in for an overnight rental. The common theme we heard was that guests expect any rental to be as well-equipped as the typical hotel room. Having new, high-quality towels, a good mattress, a nice coffee setup, and more can make the difference between a happy guest and a meh review.

Tuft & Needle Original, best for back-sleepers

Tuft & Needle Original

Best for back-sleepers
Although this mattress is too firm for some side- and stomach-sleepers, it should be comfortable for most guests for a few nights. It’s reasonably priced and comes with bed-in-a-box delivery.
We recommend
Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow, best for back- and side-sleepers

Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow

Best for back- and side-sleepers
It’s supportive without being stiff, and it’s moldable, giving you excellent support exactly where you need it. This is also one of the most affordable pillows we tested.
We recommend
Sleep Number PlushComfort Pillow Ultimate, best for stomach-sleepers

Sleep Number PlushComfort Pillow Ultimate

Best for stomach-sleepers
This customizable down-alternative pillow is softer than shredded foam, so it’s better for stomach-sleepers who need less loft than the Nest Easy Breather provides. It’s also much less messy to adjust.
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Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasement, the best mattress encasement

Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasement

The best mattress encasement
With superbly reinforced seams, a secure zipper, and a smooth feel, the Protect-A-Bed is protective and the most comfortable encasement to sleep on.
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Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors, the best pillow encasements

Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors

The best pillow encasements
Top-notch seaming and quality construction make these encasements better than most. They come at a great price, and using them will extend the life of pillows by years.
We recommend
Target Threshold 400 Thread Count Performance Sheet Set , the best set under $50

Target Threshold 400 Thread Count Performance Sheet Set

The best set under $50
These sateen sheets from Target are almost as soft, durable, and wrinkle-resistant as sets we’ve tried that cost four times the price.
Budget friendly
Target Fieldcrest Warmest Down Comforter, a bargain down comforter

Target Fieldcrest Warmest Down Comforter

A bargain down comforter
This down comforter is better than any other we found for less than $200—it’s lofty and warm with a beautifully soft shell, but its down isn’t ethically certified.
Budget friendly
Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert, best down-alternative comforter

Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert

Best down-alternative comforter
The Utopia is a warm yet relatively breathable down-alternative comforter that would be ideal for a room where you don’t want to splurge on bedding, for people with down allergies, or if you avoid animal products.
Budget friendly
Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover, the best duvet cover

Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover

The best duvet cover
This well-constructed cover is as soft and comfortable as pricier ones, it has nice features like duvet ties and a cloth storage bag, and it comes at a great price for its quality.
We recommend
Frontgate Resort Cotton Bath Towel, the best towel for most people

Frontgate Resort Cotton Bath Towel

The best towel for most people
This towel is soft and plush like a luxury hotel towel, and it comes in several sumptuous colors.
We recommend
Rusk W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer, our favorite hair dryer

Rusk W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer

Our favorite hair dryer
This hair dryer is lightweight and has a long cord, and it tied for blowing the hottest and fastest air among the models we tested. We like it just as much as dryers several times the price.
We recommend
Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner, an affordable, washable shower liner

Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

An affordable, washable shower liner
This washable polyester shower liner works as well as liners twice the price. It won’t attract soap scum like a dime-store plastic liner, and it can also double as a shower curtain.
Another good choice
Mr. Coffee Easy Measure , our cheap coffee maker pick

Mr. Coffee Easy Measure

Our cheap coffee maker pick
This straightforward, compact machine makes a very smooth, agreeable cup of coffee.
Budget friendly
Nespresso Essenza Mini, fully automatic, no fuss

Nespresso Essenza Mini

Fully automatic, no fuss
The smallest Nespresso machine available makes as-good-as-Starbucks espresso drinks at the push of a button.
We recommend
Bodum Brazil, the best french press

Bodum Brazil

The best French press
This simple but elegant French press makes coffee just as grit-free as brews from competitors that cost much more.
We recommend
Midea WHS-65LSS1, the best mini fridge

Midea WHS-65LSS1

The best mini fridge
Tiny enough to fit under any desk, this cube-shaped fridge can still hold a few dozen canned drinks, and it’s a fine spot to store leftovers for a day or two.
We recommend
Danby Designer DCR044A2, a not-so-mini fridge

Danby Designer DCR044A2

A not-so-mini fridge
This fridge has the best shelving of any model at this price and size. With can holsters, an egg tray, and a full-width freezer, it’s great for drinks, snacks, and perishable items.
A better upgrade
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle , the best electric kettle for most people

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle

The best electric kettle for most people
This 1.7-liter variable-temperature stainless steel kettle quickly brings water to the temperatures needed for optimum flavor from teas and coffee.
We recommend
Toshiba EM131A5C, good looks, great controls

Toshiba EM131A5C

Good looks, great controls
This midsize microwave looks better and has a few more useful features—including a mute option, automatic reheating, and a door handle instead of a button—than similar ovens.
We recommend
Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, the best toaster

Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

The best toaster
This inexpensive toaster browned bread more evenly than almost anything else we tested, and looks attractive on any countertop.
We recommend
Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven, the best toaster oven

Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven

The best toaster oven
This compact toaster oven evenly toasts bread, bakes cookies, and brings frozen foods to life as well as or better than competitors that cost significantly more.
We recommend
Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass, the best everyday, all-purpose wine glass

Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass

The best everyday, all-purpose wine glass
These wine glasses are good-looking and well-balanced, and will showcase most wines very well.
We recommend
Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe, the best lockbox

Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe

The best lockbox
The Kidde is an affordable high-quality lockbox, and for our locksmith testers, its unique combination-dial design was consistently the toughest to break open.
We recommend
Vornado 630 Medium Air Circulator, the best room fan

Vornado 630 Medium Air Circulator

The best room fan
The compact Vornado 630 can send breezes to the far corners of a large room, is easy to control and clean, and has a long-established record of reliability.
We recommend
Vornado VH200, the best space heater

Vornado VH200

The best space heater
Great for bedrooms or offices, the Vornado VH200 heated our test spaces faster, cheaper, and more quietly than anything else we could find.
We recommend
TP-Link RE220, improved wi-fi coverage, low cost

TP-Link RE220

Improved Wi-Fi coverage, low cost
TP-Link’s RE220 is a cheap way to add more reliable Wi-Fi coverage and an Ethernet port to a part of your home if you already have a router and a wireless network.
We recommend
TCL Roku TV (32-inch),

TCL Roku TV (32-inch)

The TCL Roku has a decent picture right out of the box, integrated Roku functions, and one more HDMI port than other small TVs.
We recommend
First Alert PRO5, a fine extinguisher

First Alert PRO5

A fine extinguisher
Easy to handle and effective against all types of common fires, this First Alert model exceeds the minimum recommendations for the home and is easy to find.
We recommend
First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Interconnected Wireless Smoke Alarm with Voice Location, the best basic smoke alarm

First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Interconnected Wireless Smoke Alarm with Voice Location

The best basic smoke alarm
Available in a two-pack, these alarms can interconnect so that they all sound at once. They also tell you which room the fire is in.
We recommend
Adventure Medical Kits Adventure First Aid 2.0, the best first-aid kit

Adventure Medical Kits Adventure First Aid 2.0

The best first-aid kit
This pack has supplies for up to four people and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
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