f you're interested in dropshipping, then you likely have an idea of how important it is to choose the right product. But, it isn't always so easy to know what that might be. That's why we have compiled this list of the best dropshipping products for 2021!
Before we start, we should preface by saying that when it comes to starting a business, there is no silver bullet. There's no foolproof plan, and there's certainly no product that is immune from failure. However, there are some products that are more likely to succeed than others.
Some of these products on this list are new. Others are old but are just now gaining popularity. And some of these products are old but are seeing a constant increase in demand due to the growth of our population and income.
We have curated this list of products to fit in with a few criteria:
- The product needs to have growing demand, either year-over-year or an expected increase in the near future.
- The product needs to be somewhat generic so that you can put your own spin on it. None of these products rely on patented technology or have other restrictions to entry into the market.
- The products should be available on DropCommerce.
The products below are in no particular order, but we have grouped them into categories as best we could. We also included an image for each product, as an example. These images can be clicked to view the product in the DropCommerce app, making it super easy for you to get started today.
There is a chance that a link or two may be broken from suppliers choosing to leave the network, but we'll keep it updated as much as possible.
Now, without further ado, let's take a look at the best dropshipping products for 2021.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Home & Kitchen)
An armchair is a comfortable, cushioned chair that usually seats one person, and has armrests. While some of them are a bit narrow, others can be large enough for you to curl your legs up on. These chairs can typically be found in a living room, dining room, or bedroom.
As you can see from the Google Trends graph, armchairs have been steadily rising in popularity over the past 5 years, reaching a peak high back in 2020.
Cast Iron Pan
Cast iron pans are frying pans that are made out of one solid piece of metal. These frying pans are known for their heat retention, their durability, and the fact that they can be placed in the oven. They are also subject to different cleaning protocols, and can add a unique flavour enhancer to your meals over time.
Cast iron pans have been increasing in popularity for years, unsurprisingly reaching a peak during the holiday season of 2020. We see no reason that this rise would not continue for 2021 and beyond.
However minimal of a household item it may be, a soap dish adds a lot of perceived value. Rather than have your soap resting on your counter, leaving unsightly soap scum underneath, you can place it in an elegant soap dish.
As you can see by the Google Trends graph, soap dishes surged in popularity back in March when the pandemic broke out and people were stuck at home. While we likely won't return to those highs anytime soon, we can still see that the demand is steadily growing year-over-year.
Portable blenders are an innovative little kitchen accessory that allow users to blend stuff on-the-go. These are perfect for fruit smoothies, milkshakes, and even protein shakes. They are typically USB rechargeable, and quite powerful given their size.
Even though portable blenders have been around for years, they tend to increase in popularity around Christmas, and again towards summer. Their demand is predicted to explode in the next few months. This could quite easily be one of the best dropshipping products for 2021.
A throw pillow is a small, decorative pillow that is usually placed on a couch, armchair, or bed. These pillows can come in all different sizes, colours, designs, and densities.
With the exception of a sharp spike in demand back in 2016, throw pillows are more popular now than they have been in recent years. We will likely continue to see some growth in demand as we push on further into 2021.
Scented candles are one of the most popular self-care products around. With thousands of different scents, designs, and branding efforts, there's a perfect candle out there for everyone.
As you can see from the graph below, scented candles have been pretty consistent, with demand usually picking up around Christmas. However, the demand during the summer of 2020 did not fall to where it usually lies, and we think that 2021 will be similar in that regard.
A reusable tote is a cloth bag that you can use to carry things in your day-to-day life. You might bring it to the grocery store, to the park, or when you go out shopping. They're a great alternative to the plastic bags which we have been polluting our oceans with over the past few decades.
While reusable totes haven't been trending much lately, it appears as though there will be an uptick in demand over the next few months. As the economy opens back up, people will be socializing and shopping more, so this makes sense to us.
Cutting boards are, well, cutting boards. You use them to cut meat and vegetables on, so that you don't damage your countertops. But they've also become a way for homemakers to differentiate their kitchens from their friends'. We've seen that they make a good gift for Mother's Day & Father's Day, especially when you spring for one of the more personalized options.
Cutting boards are fairly consistent, with peak demand around Christmas. However, demand in 2020 was much higher than it normally is, leading us to believe that it will stay high for 2021 as well.
It turns out a Dutch Oven is more than just a way of bullying your younger siblings. This higher end kitchen appliance can be used in all kinds of recipes, from braising meat to deep-frying chicken.
As with many items on this list, dutch ovens received a lot of attention in early 2020 when everyone was working from home. However, they didn't reach peak demand until Christmas. We expect that we will reach an even higher peak in 2021, given that it has been increasing year-over-year for some time now.
Robes are fairly seasonal products that tend to pick up speed around Christmas time. However, with people spending more time at home due to the ongoing health orders, robe sales have become especially pronounced. Their demand recently peaked during Christmas, and will likely hit a new all-time high during December 2021.
Out of all the products that I researched for this list, the dough bowl surprised me the most. I had never heard of a specific product designed to hold dough as it rests, but that's exactly what a dough bowl does.
As you can see from the graph below, dough bowls have picked up a lot of steam since the beginning of the pandemic, reaching peak demand during Christmas. Even with the downturn since then, the demand will likely stay at this new normal for the next year or two.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Pets)
Like most pet products, dog treats have seen a significant increase in demand since the pandemic hit. People are spending more time at home with their pets, and they want to treat them when they can. There's also a growing demand for health-conscious dog treats, which is something that North American dropshippers are primed to take advantage of.
Dog treats are fresh off a peak from December, and will likely increase in demand as the year goes on.
While dog beds aren't quite exploding in popularity, they have been steadily growing in demand over the past few years. In fact, every year's demand has been a bit higher than the one preceding it, according to the graph below. American pet owners are spending billions on their pets every year, and a dog bed is a great way to ensure that your little friend is comfortable at night.
Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
It's no secret that dogs love to eat. And when you finally succeed at convincing them to eat out of their bowl rather than begging for yours, they tend to gobble up their food as quickly as they can. The issue with this is that eating too quickly can lead to gastrointestinal issues, like cramping or diarrhea.
Slow feeder pet bowls solve this problem. They come with rubber dividers that separate the food, giving pets no choice but to slowly eat around them. And, as you can see from the graph, they are very trendy right now. This is one of the best dropshipping products because it's easy to market, and is small enough for consumers to purchase without much research.
If your dogs are anything like mine, they love walks. They are so enthusiastic, in fact, that they don't mind running ahead even if their collar chokes them in the process. A dog harness solves this problem. It's a harness that you clip on around your dog's body that gives you something to attach your leash to without pulling on their neck. It also gives you the perfect handle, should you need to pick them up (not recommended for big dogs!).
Even though the demand is currently less than it was in spring 2020, we can see that it should soon pick up. And, like many items on this list, demand has been steadily rising year-over-year, so you can bet that this will be a hot product for 2021.
Bully Sticks For Dogs
Bully Sticks are a dog treat made from dried animal muscle, and dogs absolutely love them. These treats can come in all shapes and sizes but are typically made from beef. As you can see from the graph, they reached peak popularity over the holidays, and have since fallen back to their normal levels of demand. But, as far as pet products go, we think this is one you should keep an eye on for 2021.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Baby/Kid)
There's no need to explain what a stuffed animal is since I'm sure the majority of us had some as children. Surprisingly, there has been an increase in demand for them over the past year. Even with the Christmas rush firmly in the rearview, we can see the graph settling into a higher resting place than this time last year. This leads us to believe that 2021 could be the best year yet.
Baby blankets are an evergreen product (used through all seasons of the year) that is constantly on the rise. In fact, the category is currently at 98% of its highest point of demand from the last 5 years. With the population exploding and more people working their way into the middle class, you can bet that the baby blanket industry will continue to grow. There's a lot of potential for this to be one of the best dropshipping products of 2021.
A swaddle is essentially a small piece of cloth that you use to wrap a baby that provides multiple benefits. It helps keep them warm, holds them tight (which reduces anxiety), and makes them look absolutely adorable.
Just like baby blankets, swaddles have been on the rise for a while. They just reached their all-time high in December, and have since dipped a little bit. But, after doing a bit of research, we can see that this dip is natural given that December, January, and February have some of the lowest birth rates every year. The summer months have the highest birth rates, so we will no doubt see an increase in demand around then.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Health & Wellness)
Meditation is an activity that can produce a deep state of relaxation and clarity of thought. However, it's difficult to achieve those results if your mind is being drawn to how uncomfortable your posture is. This is the problem that a meditation chair solves. It allows you to comfortably sit on the ground, by supporting your bottom and back with a padded cushion.
The demand for meditation chairs has been a rollercoaster ride over the last 5 years, with plenty of ups and downs. But, we are set to climb back up to a near all-time high in the next few months, so this is a great time to get involved.
Sleep masks are personal products that cover your eyes, allowing you to sleep in complete darkness, regardless of where you are. Some people use them for special occasions (like flights), while others use them on a daily basis. It's easy to find the low-grade kind, but the higher-quality designs are much more expressive and comfortable.
As we can see from the Google Trends graph, demand has dipped recently but is set to surge back to the recent five-year high. We imagine they will be even more popular once the travel industry picks up again over the next year or two.
Body butter is a skin moisturizer that is typically made up of shea butter, coconut oil, or other vegetable-based oils and products. This typically comes in around, shallow container and is scooped out with your fingers rather than pumped out like lotion. It's a great way to get vitamins and nutrients absorbed into your skin, and it usually smells delicious.
Body butter reached a 5-year high this past holiday season and is now a bit less in-demand. However, we believe that it will break through to a new high later this year, towards autumn.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Bags & Accessories)
A crossbody bag is like a purse that can be slung around your shoulder. While these bags are inherently unisex, the majority of them are marketed towards women. They come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, and can be used year-round. These bags reached a 5-year high this past holiday season and are currently set to increase in demand over the next few months.
Macrame is a craft made by tying knots in patterns, and it looks fairly similar to knitting. People have been using it to create fashion accessories, like bags, for years. Even though they are still a niche product, macrame bags have been steadily rising in popularity for a while. They are one of the best dropshipping products because consumers are still unsure about where to buy them. There's no established industry leader. The chart is all over the place, but we can also see that there's some potential to break through the all-time high from last year in the near future.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Food & Beverage)
Loose Leaf Tea
While most North Americans will primarily recognize tea as something that comes in little perforated bags, there has been a recent push towards enjoying tea in its original form. Loose leaf tea generally comes in bigger pieces than the powdery stuff you'll find in tea bags, and by many accounts, loose leaf tastes better. It has a better body of flavour, lasts longer on the shelves, and comes in more variety.
Even though loose leaf tea is trending downwards in the short-term, it is still a great product for dropshipping. The demand is fairly cyclical, and can be expected to reach it's 5-year high later this year. Just be patient, and sip some tea in the meantime.
Matcha is a powder made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves, and it is typically consumed mixed with milk or water. This versatile powder has a higher concentration of caffeine than green tea, and also contains a stress-reducing compound called Theanine. Matcha been around forever but has recently grown in popularity. It is also used in some types of skincare/beauty products. As you can see from the graph below, the demand has been steadily increasing, with the exception of a burst in popularity in early 2020.
The Best Dropshipping Products (Misc.)
Solar panels are an extremely hot item right now (no pun intended) and their demand is currently sitting right below its all-time high. For the uninformed, these are panels that collect sunlight and transform that energy into electricity, which can be used for anything. As you can see from the graph below, these are extremely trendy right now, and will likely continue to be as we approach the months with more sunlight like June and July.
A power cooler is a cooler that uses electricity to keep your food and drinks cold instead of ice. Some people prefer these over ice-filled coolers because you can camp for longer than 24 hours without going back for ice. As long as you have a form of power (car, generator, solar panel, etc) you can top up the battery and keep your food cold or even frozen. The demand for these high-tech coolers has been pretty steady for the last few years, but is set to reach an all-time high in the next few months.
Fishing rods are the primary tool needed for most types of fishing. There are dozens of different types, but they all serve a similar purpose — to help you catch fish. Fishing is a hobby, sport, and a way to feed your family all wrapped up in one activity. It's very popular across the world, and there are tons of fishermen who are looking for an advantage through their equipment.
The demand for fishing rods is pretty consistent. Every year, around March, there is a burst in demand that tapers off over the next 2-3 months. The demand was especially pronounced in 2020, and we believe that it will reach a similar level in 2021 since there are still social restrictions in place. Fishing usually takes place in small groups or solo, so it's a great activity for social distancing.
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