As long as you have set your shop archive page to be your front page, there is another “silent” feature at your disposal: the Top 10 carousel.
Other than the optional slider, this feature doesn’t require any action of yours to be activated. However, if you happen to prefer to use this area for custom (HTML) content, you can do that using the widget area “Shop Front Page Teasers”. Once you drag any widget to that widget area, the carousel will continue to revolve in nirvana. Remove all widgets from that area—it’ll be back in place.