These Are the Most Popular Walmart Items from the Past Decade
From kitchen essentials to electronics, the big box store's bestselling products might just surprise you.
Walmart is one of America's most popular retailers, selling everything from housewares to clothing to grocery staples to the tune of billions of dollars in revenue each year ($14.7 billion, to be exact). And while the big box store may have earned devoted followings for its recent celebrity collaborations and other upgraded product offerings, those aren't the only items customers are flocking to the mega-retailer for. At the end of 2019, the company released a list of its bestselling products over the past decade—and what customers are clamoring for might just surprise you. And if you're hoping to save money on your next Walmart trip, check out the 20 Best Generic Products from Walmart.
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2010: Mead Composition Notebook, Wide Ruled, 100 Sheets
School supplies were a major hit among Walmart customers in 2010, with more shoppers buying this 100-page ruled notebook in greater volume than any other product. And if you want to avoid a bad purchase, check out these 27 Things Experts and Consumers Say You Should Never Buy at Walmart.
2011: Apple iPod Touch 8GB
In 2011, Walmart customers were still crazy about the Apple iPod Touch, which had been released just four years earlier. While the 8GB model selling out at the time is no longer in rotation, Walmart still carries this 7th generation version, which packs four times the memory.
2012: Ematic 6-in-1 Accessory Kit for Apple iPod
Bluetooth may be standard in many newer cars today, but just eight years ago, Walmart customers were stocking up on this universal accessory kit, which allowed users to play their iPod or MP3 player through their car stereo. If your car doesn't have Bluetooth capabilities, you can still get this kit online today. And if you want to save money on your next shopping trip, check out The No. 1 Walmart Shopping Trick You'll Wish You Knew Sooner.
2013: Nextbook 7-inch 8GB Tablet
Back in 2013, Walmart customers were eagerly stocking up on tablets, but it wasn't an Apple product that topped the store's bestseller list. Instead, it was a 7-inch Nextbook tablet, which the retailer no longer sells, although they now carry this upgraded model in its place.
2014: Sceptre 32" Class HD (720P) LED TV
Perhaps it was eagerness to watch the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in their first and only Super Bowl win or fans tuning into the series finale of True Blood that sparked the buying frenzy, but Walmart customers went wild for this 32-inch Sceptre HD TV in 2014, making it the year's bestselling product.
2015: Apple iPad Mini 2 16GB
Though it had been introduced two years prior and its successor, the iPad Mini 3, was already on the market, Walmart customers in 2013 bought more iPad Mini 2s than any other product that year.
2016: Ozark Train 30-oz Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler
Experts say that making your own coffee instead of purchasing it at a store can save you thousands of dollars a year. Perhaps that was the reason for Walmart customers making this 30-ounce Ozark Train insulated tumbler the store's bestselling product in 2016.
2017: Ozark Trail 30-oz Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler
As it turns out, the product's universal appeal had some serious staying power, and it landed the top spot on Walmart's list of bestsellers the following year, too.
2018: Sceptre 32" Class HD (720P) LED TV
The same Sceptre TV that became Walmart's 2014 bestseller was the store's top-selling product again in 2018—just in time for football fans to see the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots.
2019: Instant Pot 6-qt. 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker
There are few kitchen gadgets more handy than the Instant Pot, which can do everything from sauté vegetables to slow-cook a roast. That may be why it was Walmart's most popular item in 2019—and why it has nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Walmart.com. And if you want to stay safe, This Is the Absolute Worst Time to Shop at Walmart, Employees Say.