You may know Amazon as the internet's favorite one-stop shop for everything from toiletries to tech but the e-tailer is also loaded with other brilliant things you've probably never heard of. And I'm not just talking about useless novelty kitchen gadgets, these genius hidden gems (which are now starting to rack up thousands of glowing reviews) are actually improving people's lives, according to reviewers.
Whether you're looking for ways to be a little more conscious, productive, eco-friendly, or organized, having the right tools at your disposal can help you tenfold — and Amazon is full of weird but genius gadgets that can help. If you're looking to read more books this year, limit your use of wasteful materials, or eat more home-cooked meals, these clever items help to set you up for success. The fact that they've gained so much recognition and so many high ratings from past buyers is a testament to their effectiveness — and their ability to actually make a difference in your daily routine. "It works exactly as well as it says, and has changed my life," wrote one reviewer (about an automatic egg cooker, of all things), and there are thousands more where that came from.
Whether they're designed to improve your morning routine or help out the environment, these are the 44 most brilliant things you've never heard of on Amazon.
Instead of using plastic wrap, which is arguably not great for you and definitely not great for the environment, Bee's Wrap offers an eco-friendly alternative. These storage wraps are made from cotton and coated in beeswax and jojoba oil. The result is a recyclable, reusable way to keep your food fresh and sanitary, whether you're wrapping a sandwich or covering some leftovers. Each sheet lasts about a year and is entirely biodegradable when you're done.
The Anchor from Elevation Lab attaches to the underside of your desk using a durable, secure self-adhesive. The silicone mount then holds two pairs of headphones (or wires, a purse, or a hat) to significantly reduce desk clutter. Reviewers write, "A simple, elegant solution to keep your desk top free of its much needed real estate. My gaming headset takes up a lot of room, and it's one of those things that is awkward to store without either a stand or a product like this."
If you're wondering, "Do I really need another appliance?" reviewers say yes — because the Dash Rapid egg cooker is "one of the best inventions ever made." This small gadget "couldn't be easier." Just put the eggs in the appropriate tray and press the button. The machine will then automatically hard-boil, soft-boil, poach, or scramble your eggs; it can even make an omelet, and the whole process (both cooking and cleaning up) takes mere minutes.
Despite the fact that these VIFUUR water shoes protect your feet against hot sand, jagged rocks, and stubbed toes, the breathable fabric and rubber soles are form-fitting and lightweight to create a barefoot feel. They're available in nine sizes for men, women, and children, and they come in a few dozen different designs to choose from
When reviewers say that Mike's hot honey is good on everything, they mean everything: "Soft pretzels, toast, biscuits, waffles, cereal, yogurt, ice cream and definitely pizza." This condiment only has three ingredients, so it's Paleo, gluten-free, and all natural, but the honey, Brazilian chilies, and vinegar come together flawlessly to create a surprisingly delicious addition to any meal.
The Trtl is not your average travel pillow. Instead of a scratchy, inflatable U-shape, this option offers a fleece material with a hidden brace inside. Said brace provides ergonomic support to keep your head in an upright position while you sleep, and the wrappable design ensures that it fits anyone comfortably. It's even machine-washable and folds up into a lightweight, portable square.
Bring your renuSTRAW anywhere thanks to the sleek recycled case and collapsible design. The straws themselves are made out of temperature-safe, anti-crack silicone that, when expanded, allows you to sip your favorite drinks without harming the environment. The set even comes with brushes that allow you to clean inside the straws.
If you've been endlessly searching for the ideal phone mount, reviewers say "your search is over." The iOttie has over 11,000 positive reviews thanks to its sticky suction cup base, telescopic arm, universal compatibility, and one-touch operation. Just mount your phone in one swift movement, and your device is readily-accessible for navigation and music selection.
Ideal for no-rinse showers and on-the-go cleansing, Surviveware wet wipes are made with a hypoallergenic solution that removes grime, odors, and germs — but the wipes themselves are 100-percent biodegradable and start to decompose after just 28 days. Whether used for biking trips, backpacking, camping, or festivals, reviewers say these "get the job done" without irritating skin and without perfumey smells.
If you're not a morning person, but you'd like to be, reviewers say that the LBell sunrise clock is one of the best investments you could make. Instead of a traditional beeping alarm, this clock utilizes a gradually-brightening light that mimics the natural sunrise. As a result, you wake up gently while simultaneously hacking your circadian rhythm. There's even a USB port, an FM radio, and seven different color options.
Marlowe exfoliating soap is gaining loads of recognition because it's simple, affordable, and efficient. Ingredients like green tea extract and passionflower gently cleanse and hydrate the skin, while deep sea algae and willow bark exfoliate away any dead cells or build-up. "I have probably tried about 10 different exfoliating soaps and this is the best by far," reviewers say, not to mention it's a favorite among those with sensitive skin, eczema, and allergies.
No matter how many times you straighten out your cords, they're typically back to a tangled heap within a few weeks. Blue Key cable organizers fix that issue once and for all with their self-adhesive backing that attaches to virtually any surface. They also feature flexible silicone tabs that hold your wires right where you need them, but allow for effortless removal should you need to take your chargers on the go.
Plug the Finduat wall mount into an existing outlet and immediately gain four new AC plugs and two new USB ports to power all your devices simultaneously. This gadget also has a built-in stand to store your phone while it's charging and features a nightlight that automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn.
If it takes you a few weeks to finish a bottle of wine, you're not alone — which is why the Vacu Vin pump has thousands of reviews, not to mention a number-one best-seller status. This gadget removes the excess air from the bottle and seals it with one of two included stoppers, so your wine tastes like new for up to two weeks. "My wife and I enjoy a glass of wine every now and then and we wasted quite a lot of wine over the years," one reviewer says. "For the small amount of money this cost I have already saved that much or more in wine."
Whether your local grocery store has started to charge for plastic bags or you're making the switch of your own accord, BeeGreen reusable bags have a 4.8-star rating for several reasons. For one, they're lightweight despite their ability to hold up to 50 pounds each. For another, they're three times bigger than standard grocery bags, but fold up into tiny squares that store easily in your backpack, glove compartment, or pocket. Finally, they're quick-drying, machine-washable in case of spills, and available in loads of color options.
If you spend as much time at a desk as most people, your spine health likely suffers. That said, one buyer said the Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair "[...] is so incredibly comfortable and stable!" because it strengthens the core and promotes proper posture while you sit. The seat utilizes a 300-pound-capacity exercise ball that you can also use for stretching and crunches — but, combined with the wheels and ergonomic back support, it becomes a brilliant office chair that buyers call a "miracle" for spine and neck pain.
"Magic in a bottle," reviewers say about this throat spray from Beekeeper's Naturals. "I never travel without it." Using 95-percent real bee propolis extract, this sweet-tasting spray coats your throat and boosts your immune system to soothe a cold — or stop it from happening in the first place. It doesn't contain any gluten, artificial preservatives, or refined sugars, and it's naturally rich in antioxidants and healing compounds.
The pages of the Rocketbook Everlast are reusable and wipe clean with a damp cloth, so you can save paper and money. That said, if you'd like to keep your notes and doodles for later reference, the QR codes on each page allow you to blast them to various cloud services, including Google drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and iCloud. Each notebook comes with one special pen and you can get it in your choice of six different colors.
It seems unlikely that you'd be able to snag a clear-sounding, comfortable, Bluetooth-enabled pair of headphones for $30 — which is probably why this pair has over 21,000 reviews. Mpow 059 headphones have a wireless, over-the-ear design complete with hi-fi stereo, memory-protein cushions, and a built-in microphone. The battery even lasts up to 20 hours and the frame is foldable for easy travel. Get them in your choice of seven colors.
When you find yourself at a concert, picnic, or impromptu beach gathering, you'll be happy to have the BEARZ outdoor blanket in your bag or glove compartment. This waterproof, puncture-resistant mat measures 55-by-60 inches when laid out, but folds up into a tiny pouch that's barely bigger than the palm of your hand — and attaches to your pack thanks to the included carabiner clip. It even has corner loops and sand pockets so it stays put.
At most, standard planners help you keep track of your meetings and jot down your to-dos, but the Panda Planner does so much more. It does have undated daily, weekly, and monthly space, but it also implements proven techniques to help you reach your goals, make the most out of your time, and boost your overall happiness. "Best thing I have done for myself," one reviewer writes. "I would recommend these to anyone."
Using food-grade activated charcoal and coconut oil instead of bleaching ingredients, Cali White toothpaste absorbs stains, fights bacteria, and freshens breath, all while brightening your teeth. It's free from fluoride, peroxide, triclosan, and parabens, and has a pleasant mint flavor that buyers call "quite mild." Last but absolutely not least, reviewers' before and after pictures are extremely impressive — and there are over a hundred of them.
For those who have trouble studying with background noise or sleeping with loud neighbors, the Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan has reviewers raving, "This machine is a godsend. Forget every other white noise machine you've looked at." It's pre-programmed with 20 non-looping fan sounds and ambient white noises, which help to mask audible disturbances and ease your mind so you can sleep, relax, or get things done. Unlike other models, this one offers precise volume control, two color options, and an international version.
Whether you're rebelling against disposable utensils or you just like to be prepared, this To-Go Ware set is a great thing to keep with you. The fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks are made from food-safe wood that won't absorb flavors or warp with hot temperatures. Everything comes in a pouch made from recycled plastic, which features a carabiner clip and is offered in seven different colors.
Slip it into your wallet, and never be without a bottle opener, wrench, knife, screwdriver, or ruler. This SE survival tool is the same shape and size as a credit card, but it's made from durable stainless steel and features 11 different tools to help you out in a pinch. Grab one for $4, or get a pack of five for double that and pass them out to your friends.
Kick it on the beach, provide some impromptu seating at a concert, or take a breather on top of a mountain. The WEKAPO inflatable lounger is so durable (and so waterproof) you can even use it as a pool float. Just take it out of the carrying bag, unroll it, and walk towards the wind; it'll fill up in seconds so you have a comfortable, hammock-like seat wherever you happen to be. It even has a built-in head rest and side pockets.
The Travelon Bag Bungee is a relatively simple premise, but reviewers are still asking, "Where have you been my whole life?" It's essentially an adjustable cradle that attaches your briefcase, coat, pocketbook, or carry-on to the handle of your hard suitcase, so you can roll everything at once and still have a free hand. Buyers say it's a "must" if you fly often for work, have children who don't carry their own suitcases, or even regularly commute with a lot of stuff.
These Aurosports high-powered binoculars were originally designed for bird watching due to their compact frame and low-light night vision — but reviewers are using them for safaris, vacations, sporting events, and nosebleed-section concert tickets. "I wasn't expecting much," one reviewer says (especially for the price), but "this is the best pair I have I owned." The clarity is incredible and the zoom makes you feel as if you're "standing right beside them."
Whether you're looking for a low-hassle way to treat facial blemishes, or a gentle, easy-to-administer solution anywhere else on the body, TreeActiv acne-eliminating spray has hundreds of rave reviews. Using ingredients like tea tree water, peppermint, salicylic acid, and witch hazel, this formula fights bacteria and lessens inflammation, all while remaining gentle and hydrating for skin. "I've tried so many different products from over the counter to prescription medicine and nothing has helped. I cannot stress enough how much I love this stuff."
Up until now, drain plugs have remained pretty standard — which is why the TubShroom has nearly 17,000 reviews. This revolutionary design fits inside your tub drain instead of over it, and has a mushroom-like shape that allows for the drainage of water while catching every single hair. It's made from industrial-strength silicone, so it's easy to wipe clean, fits most standard drains, and doesn't require any tools for installation.
The Holtzman’s carabiner has five built-in survival tools: an emergency whistle, a flint rod, a cutting tool, a flint scraper, and a paracord, all attached to a convenient keyring. It's available in black or green, and reviewers say that it makes a great gift for campers, hunters, survivalists, or people who just like to be prepared.
Unlike your average cutlery organizer, the Joseph Joseph utensil tray creates more space in your drawers by overlapping your spoons, knives, and forks. The stacked compartments are only 4.5 inches wide to suit extra-skinny drawers or kitchens that need to make the most out of their storage space. "I have a tiny kitchen with only [three] drawers, so space is at a premium," one reviewer says. "My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend."
If you need your quality-caffeine fix no matter what (and gas station coffee just won't cut it), the Wacaco Minipresso GR is a worthy investment. This hand-held gadget requires only espresso and boiling water — no batteries, heating elements, or electricity. Thanks to the semi-automatic piston and the hand-operated mechanism, you can get rich, bold espresso at the press of a button, even while camping or traveling.
Because they're made with real apple cider vinegar, thousands of reviewers with all different hair types are raving about WOW shampoo and conditioner. The balancing formula somehow works for both dry and oily hair alike, and is also especially effective when it comes to improving dandruff, removing build-up, encouraging growth, repairing damage, taming frizz, and preventing loss. "Miracle in a bottle," one reviewer says. "If I could give this shampoo 10 stars I would."
Completely eliminate the need for greasing the pan thanks to the AmazonBasics baking mat. The silicone construction ensures that absolutely nothing sticks — not even chicken, roast potatoes, macaroons, or cinnamon buns. They come in a pack of two, are oven-safe up to 480 degrees, and fit half-sheet size pans.
This sleek, futuristic-looking tool is called the Secura electric wine opener, and its rechargeable motor removes the cork at the press of a button. It works on all standard-size bottles, comes with a modern base that doubles as a charging station, and even includes a foil cutter so you can effortlessly remove seals. "Not only does this opener look beautiful, but it’s simple and practical to use ... I ordered several more to give as gifts this Christmas."
Written by Admiral William H. McRaven, who's a retired Navy SEAL, Make Your Bed is an inspiring, motivational book based on the viral graduation speech given in 2014. McRaven outlines the 10 principles he learned in Navy SEAL training and presents them in an accessible, easy-to-implement way, regardless of your age or life experiences. This book is filled with touching anecdotes, truths, and life lessons, and according to reviewers, it's a must-read for anyone who's looking to "make it on their own and take pride in their accomplishments."
Blenders are praised for their ability to create quick, easy meals — but all the washing and disassembling usually negates that. The Oster personal blender is just 5 inches in diameter, so it can live on your counter all the time; it also blends the ingredients straight in the BPA-free to-go cup complete with a sports lid, so you can grab your breakfast and worry about the washing later.
The VicTsing SoundHot portable speaker goes anywhere with you and attaches to virtually anything. That's because it's entirely waterproof, compatible with all Bluetooth devices, and rechargeable for up to six hours of playback time. It also has a carabiner clip on top and a suction cup on the back, so whether you use it on a hike or in the shower, you're never without your tunes.
Whether you're camping, staying in a hotel room, or running too late to stop for coffee, Copper Cow comes with everything you need to create a delicious dark espresso roast on the go. The biodegradable bags are filled with full-bodied Vietnamese espresso grounds and fitted with convenient tabs that attach to virtually any cup. Just pour boiling water into the bag, add the included sweetened condensed milk packet, and mix with the bamboo stirrer. "This product is a work of genius," one reviewer writes. "This is way beyond anything I've experienced with pre-ground coffee before. More like the flavor I associate with local independent coffee shops."
Despite the fact that it doesn't use any batteries, automatic parts, or motors, the TheraFlow foot roller is "the best $8 [reviewers] have ever spent." This portable wooden massager has textured, individually-rolling beads that stimulate pressure points, stretch out tight muscles, and work out sore spots on both feet simultaneously. Even those with plantar fasciitis, scar tissue, and arch issues have found relief.
This water-resistant lantern provides illumination anywhere you happen to be — but it's also capable of transforming into a handheld flashlight and charging your phone with solar power. The LED light has three different modes and can be recharged via USB or powered using sunlight. It's available in two colors and collapses down into a small disk for convenient travel.
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The Peachy Clean scrubber does in fact smell like peaches, but the real selling point is that it'll never smell like anything else. The non-porous silicone construction ensures that this sponge scrubs away food and smudges without clinging onto odors, mildew, and bacteria. It's also much more durable than your average kitchen sponge.
For those who bike to work or need their hands free on the subway, the Goat Story mug is the answer to your morning-coffee prayers. This horn-shaped cup is coated in leather, lined with BPA-free materials, and attaches to a strap so you can carry 12 ounces hands-free. It's also 100 percent leak-proof, and the holder transforms into a stand so the mug sits upright when you reach your destination.
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