Innovative Products to Transform Your Outdoor Space
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement.
April and May are always interesting months here in Chicago. One day it’s 80-degrees and sunny, and the next day it’s in the 50’s and rainy. But now that it’s mid-May and Memorial Day is quickly approaching, I think those warm summer-like days are here to stay! And when it heats up like this, everyone seems to be outside enjoying the weather and working on their backyards and patios. That’s exactly what we’ve been up to lately!
The Lowe’s List For Innovation
Today, I want to share something really exciting with you! Lowe’s just debuted The Lowe’s List For Innovation. It’s a curated guide for the most innovative home products that are available at Lowe’s. Sometimes, shopping can be overwhelming and I often find myself spending so much time reading reviews and descriptions to find the best items out there. With this list, the work is already done! These are all handpicked items by an in-house expert team and they push the boundaries of innovation. If a product is on the Lowe’s List, then you know it’s something that solves a real-life home challenge. Consider these to be the best of the best!
How freakin’ cool is that? I got a sneak peek of the list and kept saying “Well, that’s genius!” as I read through each item. There are so many smart products on the market and it’s nice that someone did all the work to compile them.
Since I know outdoor projects are top of mind for a lot of you, below are some of the most innovative outdoor products that I uncovered thanks to Lowe’s list. From the perfect multi-position ladder (to wash windows on the first AND second floor), to the plastic plant insert that means buying less dirt for your planters, and an easy to hang outdoor trellis, this list highlights a dozen items from the Lowe’s List, along with ideas on how to use them for your own home.
Cordless String Trimmer // Pit Boss Pellet Grill // YETI Tumbler // Fastener Kit // Power Pro Exterior Screw // Vertical Trellis System // Plug-In LED Spotlights // Outdoor Sectional // Multi-Purpose Ladder // Whirlpool 2 in 1 Washer // Plastic Planter Insert // Shelving Unit
My Favorite Innovative Outdoor Products
Whirlpool 2 in 1 Washer
I know what you’re thinking…how is a washing machine an innovative outdoor product? We try to spend as much time outdoors during the summer and I hate wasting any time inside doing laundry. This washer has a pre-treat station where you can soak, scrub, and wash grass stains out all in one spot! Plus, it has a Load and Go dispenser…add detergent once and don’t fill for another 20 loads. Less time doing laundry = more time in the backyard!Shop This
Power Pro Exterior Screws
These Power Pro screws are the ones we used to build our front window box. They’re designed specifically for outdoor projects and there’s no pre-drilling required. Yep. You just screw right in. Such a time-saver!Shop This
This multi-purpose ladder can be used as a stepladder, a leaning ladder, or a straight ladder. If you only have space for one ladder in your home, this should be it! You can clean the windows on your first floor in the stepladder position and then extend it up to reach that second floor. So many outdoor uses for this bad boy.Shop This
Plastic Planter Insert
Holy smokes, what a genius idea! You put this plastic insert in your flower pot so you can use less dirt and the pot will be a lot lighter. So smart. I actually used this recently and it worked perfectly (more on that below).Shop This
Cordless String Trimmer
I’ll admit, I let Finn handle most of the yard work around here. But this cordless string trimmer does look like a nifty tool to use. First, no cord (which is always a good idea!). And the technology automatically winds your string, so you can just push a button and go. The reviews on this one are positively glowing! Perhaps a good Father’s Day gift?Shop This
Pit Boss Pellet Grill
Am I behind the times or did I just now find out that a Wifi/Bluetooth grill is a thing?! This wood pellet grill allows you to control the temperature, monitor your meat, and more, all from an app. What?! I’ve gotta say, this one really blew me away.Shop This
3-Tier Utility Shelving Unit
Our garage is a constant work in progress and we’re looking to invest in some new shelves to keep all of our items organized. This shelving unit looks fantastic…holds up to 1,500 pounds, each shelf can be adjusted, and it’s powder-coated steel (so it will last!).Shop This
Vertical Trellis System
This inexpensive trellis system is great and I love the modern look. You can use one or combine them to create a large feature. It can stand alone, lean against a wall, or you can set it in soil. I’ll definitely check these out as we start to figure out our trellis plan for our garage.Shop This
1,300 Piece Fastener Kit
I don’t know about you, but I feel like we’re constantly buying screws around here and then they’re never to be found again. This 1,300 piece set has everything you need for just about any outdoor (or indoor) project and I love the stackable case. You could just cart this around your yard for every DIY project!Shop This
Plug-In LED Spotlights
Outdoor lighting can be a tad overwhelming and I love that these are a plug-in option where you don’t need a transformer. Not to mention, they’re LED with 7 color modes. I’ll definitely be looking into these for our landscape lighting in the backyard.Shop This
YETI Stainless Steel Cup
I wasn’t surprised to see that a YETI cup made the Lowe’s List…their products are the best. We’ve been expanding our arsenal of these cups so we can have guests use them when they come to hang out in our new backyard! It keeps your drinks cold all day long without any sweating.Shop This
In my post about outdoor furniture, many of you chatted about how hard it is to keep outdoor furniture nice. Well, this one is specifically designed to be weather-resistant with a powder-coated steel frame and UV-resistant cushions.Shop This
Oh, and I actually bought one of the items on the list and put it to use! I got this plastic planter insert for the large gray pot I planted on our front porch. With this little gadget, you can use less dirt, which means lighter planters! In the past, I’ve always just used the plastic containers that the flowers come in to fill up some of the extra space in the bottom, but having a designated product that actually does this work for you is pretty genius. It was so easy to use too. I just popped it in and planted right over it!
So there you have it, the most innovative outdoor products on the market right now. But there are so many items on this list that are amazing for the indoors too – like this adjustable drawer pull that should work for any hole configuration! And this heavy-duty picture hanger that you install in about ten seconds flat! You can find the full list here to peruse. I’d love to hear which items you think would be most helpful in your home.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.