Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about other ways of staying warm in the winter, like space heaters, a writer’s favorite hot water bottle, and hand warmers, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed door-draft stoppers on Amazon for keeping out the cold. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best upholstered draft stopper
“Great product and price! It was extremely easy to install and did a great job at keeping drafts and bugs out of our house. We live in a farming community that is very windy, so naturally we have a draft in the house along with dust. This item installed easily and kept the winds and dust out of the house. Also, in the summer, ants move en masse around outside our house. Since installing, there have been no ants that made it inside.”
Best adhesive draft stoppers
“These are a must-have! I couldn’t believe how easy these were to apply. The material is very easy to cut with normal scissors and I was able to lay it on the door and cut to the exact length to apply. I noticed an immediate difference! We bought these for two doors leaking cold air into the house but they’ll also double to keep little bugs out! The material is very bendable which is nice when you open the door, and it doesn’t damage anything because it’s very rubbery.”
“Every year, the winter wind would whistle under our front door. I have tried other door stoppers which would prevent the wind coming in but would also make it impossible to open the door without the stopper getting all tangled up underneath. If you opened the door, you would need to reinstall the stopper meaning getting on your hands and knees and closing the door just right. I purchased this product and it works beautifully! The door opens and closes with ease and it completely blocks the draft.”
“I was skeptical of this product but ordered it due to reviews. We have two doors with really bad drafts in the place we are renting. We had a draft stopper that is the ‘weighted log’ type but it hardly works and anytime you leave it never gets put back in place. These were so easy to install and work really well! I no longer feel a draft at the door and it will help keep the cool in during the summer as well which will be really nice! There are no issues when opening or shutting the door either which is great! Happy with my purchase and the price!”
Best draft stoppers for kids’ rooms
“I looked at several local stores for a door draft stopper for my daughter’s room. After buying and returning a flimsy one from Lowe’s, I searched Amazon. The giraffe one is adorable and does a good job of stopping the airflow and sound into my toddler’s room. Would highly recommend this product.”
Best draft stopper seal
“Two of my doors have cold air leaking in, making a significant difference in the room temperature, in one case because of a doggy door. I used tape before that was a little over three-quarters of an inch and it made no difference. This tape is wide and minimizes the air coming in … which is the fault of the door, not of the tape. Sticky part works very well. Doors are used many times daily and it is still doing great after several months!”
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