21 products we were hesitant about at first but ended up really liking
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- We're not shy about advocating for products we love (see: 21 game-changing products we swear by in our everyday lives or The 36 best products we discovered in 2018, to name a couple).
- But just because we love them now doesn't mean we initially expected to.
- We had our initial doubts about these 21 products - and you may, too - but in the end, taking the leap of faith proved to be rewarding.
For better or for worse, preconceptions are built into human nature. As product reviewers, we also fall victim to our own preconceived notions about the items we test.
Our previous experiences with the brand or with similar products can affect how we approach the latest thing we're testing. Combine that with high standards for quality and general skepticism about a market filled with shoddy products, and we sometimes end up with experiences that surprise us in the best way possible.
If you're feeling hesitant about trying any of these 21 products, we were once right there with you. Testing them revealed that they were actually quite useful, comfortable, or stylish. They overcame our initial expectations to become some of our favorite products.
We weren't sure we were going to love these 21 products, but now we know we do:
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