A trip to Costco is a guaranteed way to brighten anyone’s day (hello food samples), but with so many aisles it can be a confusing maze to navigate. To help narrow down your list, here are our editors' and readers' go-to products and services that you can't miss out on.

By Tamara Kraus
Updated June 05, 2017
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Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

“I don’t live near Costco, but this 1 liter balsamic has lasted me an entire year, so that hasn’t been a problem! It’s my go-to salad dressing and I love using it to add some flavor to grilled veggies—a definite pantry staple.” —Priyanka Aribindi, associate social media editor

To buy: $28; costco.com.

A Mortgage

“My house! We got a 3 percent fixed rate for 30 years on our mortgage through Costco.” —Racheal K., reader from Facebook

To buy: Visit the store for details.


Cheese Danish

“I drive three hours away to Colorado Springs, the closest Costco to where I live, to get them. Even did that trip the week before my son was born last month!” —Alex G., reader from Facebook

To buy: price varies; costco.com.

Spa Finder Gift Cards

“I get two $50 ones for $80. And the spa I go to every month takes them, so I basically get $20 free!” —Cami C., reader from Facebook

To buy: $100, costco.com.


Kirkland Signature AllerClear

“After complaining about chronic sinus infections, an old coworker gifted me a bottle of this, saying that he had the same problem and this was the cure. Though it’s just generic Claritin, having a year supply’s worth of allergy pills means I won’t run out of my medicine, forget to buy more, and get another sinus infection. And the best part? At only three cents a pill, it surely beats buying it at a drugstore, where a 10-pack of generic pills usually hovers around $7.” —Liz Steelman, editorial assistant

To buy: $12; costco.com.

Utz Organic Pretzel Rings

“My fiancé and I never leave Costco without a tub of the Multigrain Utz Organic Pretzel Rings. They are always crunchy and light and the perfect grab-and-go snack.” —Stephanie Sisco, home editor

To buy: $15; in stores at Costco.


Neutrogena Rainbath Shower Gel

“This leaves you feeling moisturized instead of stripped like some body washes can make you feel. One of my biggest pet peeves is buying a scented wash that doesn’t leave a fragrance on you. Luckily, the spicy floral scent lasts throughout the day and isn’t overpowering.” —Hannah Norling, associate producer

To buy: $20; costco.com.

93-inch Plush Bear

“Do I really need to explain why I love an 8-foot tall teddy bear? I feel like it’s pretty self-explanatory.” —Jerry Leu, video director

To buy: price varies; seasonal item at Costco.


Nature Valley Crunchy Oats'n Honey Granola Bars

This giant box keeps my snack closet stocked for months, and saves me from starvation between breakfast and lunch! - Tamara Kraus, assistant home editor

To buy: $15; costco.com.


“⛽️ gas.”—Shana H., reader from Facebook