Maria Cassano

Bio

Maria Cassano is an associate commerce editor at BDG, where she writes and edits product-related content for Bustle, Elite Daily, The Zoe Report, and Mic. Prior to this role, she was a staff writer at Bustle, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her work has been featured in over 15 publications, including Allure, Thought Catalog, Remedy Review, CENE Magazine, and Lonny. She's also the author of the new adult novelette, "The Five Days of Christmas." While she specializes in commerce and affiliate writing, she also has prior experience in travel journalism, interior decorating, food writing, novel editing, and alternative health. Maria has a BA in English from SUNY New Paltz, and also studied writing at Ursinus College, where she became a certified writing tutor and placed in UC's Creative Writing Award. Since writing is her passion, the lines between work and play are often blurred — but when she's not on the clock, Maria can be found traveling, playing guitar, gaming, baking, and planning her next home renovation project.

The $18 Fan Favorite — & More Of The Best USB Charging Stations

By Maria Cassano
Too many devices and not enough outlets? The best USB charging stations can save you time and space. Most people choose an option based on the number of USB ports they offer (you want to make sure you have enough to charge everything simultaneously…

These Customer-Approved Nontoxic Yoga Mats Offer Grip & Peace Of Mind

By Maria Cassano
Any good yoga mat should be nonslip, comfortable, and the right size for your practice. That said, some people choose to skip any potentially harmful materials, and finding the best nontoxic yoga mats require that you pay close attention to the…

These Thick Yoga Mats Give You Extra Cushioning & Support — & Yogis Rave

By Maria Cassano
If you've ever felt the pain of a hardwood floor against your knees in Table Top Pose, you've probably realized the importance of a well-cushioned foundation. That being said, the best thick yoga mats aren't just about thickness. They combine all…

The 6 Best Knee Pillows

By Maria Cassano
Whether you use it while you sleep or lounge, to find the best knee pillows for you, determine when you'll be using it and the primary position you'll be in. Next, you'll need to consider the knee pillow's materials and size. With the right one,…

The 4 Best Light Bulbs For Reading At Night

By Maria Cassano
Unlike your average daytime bulb, the best light bulbs for reading at night are designed to reduce eye strain and impact on your body's natural circadian rhythm by limiting the output of blue light which can potentially disrupt sleep. (In other…

The 6 Best Insulated Tumblers

By Maria Cassano
Due to their vacuum-insulated stainless steel interiors, the best insulated tumblers can preserve the temperature of your beverage for hours on end, hot or cold. There's no shortage of options out there, either — but how do you know you're buying…

The 4 Best Essence Mascaras

By Maria Cassano
Every once in a while, a makeup brand comes along that's impossible to ignore, and Essence is one of said brands. Collectively, the best Essence mascaras have earned hundreds of thousands of reviews across the internet, most of them overwhelmingly…

Reddit Became Obsessed With These 32 Clever Products This Year

By Maria Cassano
I don't have an Instagram, and I tweet roughly once every six months. Reddit, on the other hand, is something I don't think I could live without. I use it for everything — from finding memes to researching video games, DIY projects, and recent news…

51 Cheap Things Amazon Reviewers Say Made Them Look & Feel So Much Better

By Maria Cassano
Whether you're shopping for yourself or someone else, I'm a huge believer in this: The best purchase is a practical one that you can use day in and day out, and it'll actually influence your life in a positive way. Bonus points if it's also…

The 4 Best Space Heaters For Bedrooms

By Maria Cassano
When you need a little extra warmth, the best space heaters for bedrooms are an affordable, convenient way to keep you cozy while you sleep. All space heaters should have the right square footage capabilities for your space and be energy efficient —…

53 Cheap & Extremely Popular Clothing Items On Amazon You Should Own By Now

By Maria Cassano
I have a confession to make: I haven't stepped foot in an actual clothing store in more than two years. That, however, does not mean I haven't been shopping — quite the contrary, actually. My closet is filled with stylish pieces that fit really…

The 6 Best Pet Stain Removers

By Maria Cassano
Accidents happen — especially in households with animals. Luckily, the best pet stain removers not only get rid of odors and discoloration from a human's perspective, but they also discourage your pet from re-soiling the same spot. When shopping for…

From Wine To Pet Accidents, Reviewers Call These Carpet Stain Removers "Magic"

By Maria Cassano
Rugs and carpets make your home more comfortable, but they're also some of the toughest things to clean when accidents inevitably happen. Fortunately, the best carpet stain removers are specifically designed to tackle these messes without…

Getting A Better Wet Mop Makes Cleaning Easier Thanks To Built-In Wringers & Squeegees

By Maria Cassano
There's no need to limit yourself to a traditional loose-string mop, wet mops can range from flat ones that are gentler on delicate hardwood to cheap and easy-to-use strip mops with built-in wringers. The best wet mop for you depends on your…

The Best Steak Knives Will Last For Years & Make Your Meal Juicier — These Are The Best Ones To Get

By Maria Cassano
When buying steak knives without first testing them out, how can you be sure it's a quality set? When shopping for the best steak knives on Amazon, be sure to consider the length, blade type, durability, and overall value. Knives are measured from…

This $8 Yoga Strap Will Help You Make The Most Out Of Your Practice

By Maria Cassano
My favorite yoga instructor always says, "When you're practicing, props are an extension of your body" — and the best yoga straps on Amazon are no exception. While you can use a tie or a sock in a pinch, these specially designed straps really do…

44 Exceptional Products That Work So Well, They're Always On Amazon's Bestsellers List

By Maria Cassano
While I wouldn't necessarily call myself a rebel, I try not to do things solely because other people are doing them. Influencers don't hold much sway over me, and I still don't have an Instagram or a Snapchat. That said, if there's one popularity…

45 Exceptional Products That Work So Well, They're Always On Amazon's Bestsellers List

By Maria Cassano
While I wouldn't necessarily call myself a rebel, I try not to do things solely because other people are doing them. Influencers don't hold much sway over me, and I still don't have an Instagram or a Snapchat. That said, if there's one popularity…

75 Most Gifted Things On Amazon Under $50

By Maria Cassano
Whether you know someone like the back of your hand, or you're shopping for that rando in your office's Secret Santa exchange, finding a clever, trendy gift isn't easy. In fact, it's typically a crapshoot. You hope they'll love it, but it may very…

85 Cool Things That Don't Cost A Lot On Amazon

By Maria Cassano
For most people, budgeting and adulting go hand-in-hand. When you plan out your spending ahead of time, you ensure that your bills get paid and your fridge gets stocked — but without fail, there are always some unplanned, unexpected purchases that…