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Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a skin care gem, a cleaning must-have or just something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, there's no way it's a dud.
No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great, and chances are, when hoards of them swear by something, it's the real deal. They're a discerning bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage.
Even better? Every single one of these finds is still marked down for Memorial Day. Score!
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Scroll for our favorite Amazon marked-down cult-favorite finds.
A $2 fix to your cat's unending boredom
Whether your cat is perpetually bored and getting into trouble or simply needs more exercise, this $2 solution will keep them dancing, quite literally, for hours. All it is is a steel wire with a spring and rolled cardboard fixed to the end, but it does the trick to keep curious kitties out of your hair.
Over 20,000 owners of feline friends swear by it, too. "If you say 'cat dancer toy' my cats come running," one happy reviewer says. "This is great news for our 20-pound senior cat. He is actually getting up and moving quite a bit, hence we purchased two more.... It’s just amazing to everyone in our household how something so simple (and inexpensive) can be their favorite. They beg for this, while the expensive toys sit. Why not give it a try?"
An ingenious purse holder for your car
If you have ever found yourself reaching into the backseat, desperately searching for your purse, Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Car Cache Purse Holder is for you. Fasten the hooks between the driver's and passenger's seat to form an easy-to-reach hammock that cradles your essentials. It also doubles as an excellent barrier to keep your dog from jumping into the front seat.
"I love this car cache," one reviewer raves. "It’s a great solution to a common problem. My purse was either in the back or on the dirty floor between my seat and gas pedal (not safe). Now my purse stays clean, is easy to reach, and out of the way."
The brilliant way to keep your batteries organized
If you're tired of never knowing which batteries you have around (and whether you even have enough to juice up your remote) you need this organizer. It's the best way we've found to keep batteries from making a mess in your catchall drawer. You can even use it to test old batteries for signs of life.
"This is just what we needed!" shared one happy shopper. "I was able to take a bunch of random bags and boxes of batteries and organize them all into one little box. I felt like I was forever searching for batteries and I never knew if they were new or old. We would also constantly buy batteries when we needed them because we never knew if we had any at home. It's a little victory, but this is one step closer to my house being truly organized."
A summer must-have over 6,300 shoppers adore
Whether you're a runner, beach bum, or just someone that gets overheated easily, this towel just might help. Just run it under water until it's saturated, and it'll keep you cool for up to four hours. Plus, you can use it again and again — just chuck it in the wash between uses.
"These were purchased for an indy car race because we knew we were going to be in direct sun in Florida," shared a shopper. "We froze them the night before and kept them wet throughout the day, and will never go anywhere without them again! Theme parks, hiking, races, ... all of it!"
The cutest ice cubes ever
Do you need a fancy ice cube mold? Probably not, but think of how many compliments you'll get next time you have friends and family over for a brunch or barbecue. The tray makes hexagonal ice cubes! Plus, because it's silicone, they pop right out — no need to bang it on a table or fuss around with a knife. So, yeah, maybe you do need one — plus at $7, it won't make a big dent in your wallet.
"Adorable ice cubes!" shared a happy shopper. "Come out pristine and clear. Love them!"
An oddly satisfying cleaning putty that'll get dirt and dust out of your keyboard
Yellow putty might seem like a strange way to clean tough-to-reach dirt and grime, but once you try ColorCoral Universal Dust Cleaner for yourself, you'll become a believer. The product is made with a biodegradable gel that's sticky enough to pick up dirt in small spaces. All you have to do is roll the gel over the area you want to clean, give it a second to pick up the muck, then peel it off the surface and watch as the hard-to-reach dirt comes free. Gross, but also amazing.
"I purchased this product to clean those little spaces in my car filled with dog hair and random crumbs from my husband, and it works amazing," one fan says. "It picked up everything and didn’t leave a residue. The lemon scent was faint and didn’t overpower the vehicle while I was cleaning it. This definitely got in all the little nooks and crannies."
A $9 gadget to make you a better chef
Whether you're a home cook or a pro chef, a food scale can be the difference between an okay dish and a Michelin-star-worthy plate. This scale has a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, and even has four units of measurement so you can accurately portion your ingredients.
Shares one thrilled shopper: "I bought this kitchen scale for my mom, and she loves it. It's very thin and takes up almost no room at all in the cabinet, and the digital display is nice and clean. It appears to have an auto on-and-off feature, and it comes with a spare battery! For the money, this is a terrific little tool for cooking, weighing for mail postage, or even hobbies."
Top-rated gardening gloves on sale for $2 a pop
Green-thumbed Amazon shoppers are raving about these colorful gloves. They're lightweight and breathable, and the flexible foam latex coating keeps your hands cool and dry, even if you're digging through dirt and the like. Simply chuck them in the washing machine between wears.
"These gloves are GOLDILOCKS!" shared one of over 9,000 five-star reviewers. "They fit comfortably, do not cause my hands to sweat, keep my hands fairly clean even though I dig into the wet dirt for planting, allow me to use my garden tools with precision, and even let me scroll through my song list on my phone!"
A set of 10 slippers that'll make mopping your favorite chore
If you dread mopping more than any other chore, these fuzzy slippers might be the antidote. They come in a set of 10 for just $14 right now, and they're designed to be worn over your shoes so that you can effectively dust and mop your floor just by walking across it as you normally would. No more back-breaking pain! Plus, they're kind of fun, which means you can easily rope in your kids to help.
"I have never had wood floors before, and I have two huge hairy cats — big hair problem!" lamented one shopper. "The slippers are big, so I wear them over my regular house slippers. Then I skate, slip, and slide over the floors as the cats chase me! We have a lot of fun while cleaning up the cat hair. The slippers do very well picking up the cat hair — amazing."
An Earth-friendly way to store leftovers that over 5,000 shoppers swear by
Forget plastic bags and Tupperware you can never find the lids for — this beeswax wrap can store your leftovers just as well as the less sustainable options. They're good for packing lunches and keeping fruits and veggies fresh, and are infinitely reusable, washable, and even biodegradeable. Plus: They're made in the USA, are made with certified organic cotton, responsibly sourced beeswax, organic plant oils and tree resin.
"Can't recommend these beeswax wraps enough," shared one happy shopper. "The antimicrobial aspect of the beeswax keeps fruits and vegetables super fresh for much longer than plastic bags. They keep bread soft and fresh for much longer than Ziplocs. They are so much better for the environment, and they can be reused for months. We have been using our set for almost two years and they are still as good as new. No waste!"
Amazon's No. 1 bestselling electric can opener
Say goodbye to dangerously sharp can edges and fumbling with a manual opener. This little electric one (which is Amazon's No. 1 bestseller in the category) gets to work with just the push of a button, and it's worth its weight in gold — you'll never have to accidentally nick your fingers on a jagged lid again.
"By far, the best one-handed can opener I've found. A little powerhouse compared to every other kind I've used," shared a shopper. "The moment I turned it on, I knew, finally, I'd hit the can opener jackpot. There was no doubt I'd no longer have to deal with any more half-opened cans, stuck openers that couldn't be separated from the cans, frustration, wasted money and having to toss another ridiculous busted device in the trash."
The brush that'll save you a trip to the groomer
If your pooch or feline is a shedding machine, this $15 Hertzgo brush might help — and it's 50% off right now. Unlike other similar brushes that only work on short or long coats (but never both), this one is designed to tackle all coat lengths. It gently detangles, plus it helps release any dirt or dander that might've accumulated in your pet's fur.
"I brushed off enough cat hair to have another cat," shared a shopper. "...I'm starting to think Porkins doesn't even have any skin, she must be made entirely of fur as it NEVER ENDS. She's completely passed out now from all the brushing — she loved it. The push button to retract the bristles is fantastic and makes for easy cleanup! Totally worth every penny, and I'm sure Porkins would agree as well if she understood the basic concept of monetary values."
The ultimate latte must-have
Forget having to go to a coffee shop for those perfectly frothy lattes, cappuccinos and matchas — this magical little frother can do it all. It makes just about any drink so much creamier in seconds, and it's so easy to use. Plus, it comes in a ton of different colors, so you can get one to match your coffeemaker.
"This is by far the best frother I've ever used," one shopper commented. "It's super powerful, so you have to be careful not to use it if your mug is really full, because it will runneth over. Instead, I froth my coffee in a large plastic cup and then transfer it to my normal mug. It's a little extra step but I absolutely love how it turns out."
A sweet-smelling jack-of-all-trades cleaner
Whether your pots and pans are starting to look grimy, your glass stovetop is looking a little gross or you have permanent marker stains on your wall (it's more common than you'd think), this pink paste (sold in a pack of two tubs) can fix it all. It smells delicious, the tiniest bit goes a long way (so this deal will last you forever), and it won't scratch even your most finicky surfaces.
"My two-year-old is an up-and-coming artist and she frequently uses my white walls as a canvas," shared one happy shopper. "I have gone through Costco-sized packages of magic erasers trying to scrub her artwork off the walls to no avail. We ordered this as a last resort when someone in a cleaning group recommended it. The day it came, we cleaned two walls and every bit of the marker, pencil, crayon and colored pencil came off. HIGHLY recommend this stuff."
Never question the dishes again
If you've ever asked a family member to start the dishwasher, only to check on it hours later and pull out a dirty glass, you need this. It's a simple but genius idea: Just stick this magnetized doodad on your machine and alert your housemates to the state of your cookery by sliding its window left or right to indicate whether the contents inside are "CLEAN" or "DIRTY." No more accidentally picking up a dirty plate or loading dirty dishes into a dishwasher that's full of clean ones!
"My parents got a machine not too long ago that has controls and indicators on the top of the door which is covered by the countertop when it is closed," one wised-up shopper shared. "They can never tell if the machine is clean or dirty until they open it up and pull the racks out.. They've had several instances where dirty dishes have been put in a clean dishwasher or 'dirty' dishes got put back in the cabinets because they were semi-cleaned from the sink. These problems are no more. I got a big hug and a smile when I brought this over to them."
A rip-proof shower curtain liner that makes over 134,000 shoppers sing
At first glance, this shower curtain liner might not look like much. Don't be fooled, though — Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Liba liner is the creme de la creme of bathroom necessities. For starters, it's two and a half times thicker than other liners, and it won't accumulate soap scum. It doesn't smell funky — unlike some other liners — and it's completely waterproof, so it dries instantly.
"This is the Cadillac of shower curtains!" one shopper shared. "No smell, plus, we've got really hard water, and it's only been a couple of weeks of use, and I'm sure it will eventually spot, but so far so good. Nice oversized curtain as well, covers the corners well. The weight of it makes it hang well too."
Never return to dryer sheets again
These genius doodads — which you toss in the dryer with wet clothes — soften your laundry naturally and shorten drying time. Shorter drying time is not only easier on fabrics but it saves energy, which means lower monthly bills...and less of your precious time spent time doing laundry! All-natural, and for a great price.
"I live in Los Angeles, so my apartment only offers coin laundry, so every quarter counts," a shopper revealed. "These balls have saved me a lot of dollars thus far! They allow my clothes to dry way faster than previously with dryer sheets, which is awesome because laundry prices keep going up in my building!"
Don't spend hundreds on new speakers again
Who says you have to spend a small fortune on a pair of great speakers to get the party going? These are a No. 1 bestseller, have nearly 132,000 five-star reviews and — get this — they're just $22 with an on-page coupon. Don't let that price fool you: They pack an audio punch, and shoppers swear by their long battery life (up to 14 hours) and easy setup. "This is the best Bluetooth speaker I have ever owned," raved a five-star reviewer. "It lasts for days on a single charge, and pairing is hassle-free...Sturdy and really well made."
Nearly 30,000 shoppers rave about this scalp massager
Stimulate blood flow, exfoliate your scalp, and relax with this lightweight, handheld massager with tons of benefits. Getting rid of excess skin and buildup on your scalp fosters a healthy environment for optimal hair growth — plus this thing just feels great. Suitable for all hair types and gentle enough for sensitive scalps, it'll transform the way products are able to soak in and work to their fullest extent. Plus you'll get an extra one to share.
"My scalp feels so clean!" shared a shopper. "Everyone needs to use this thing!"
Earbuds over 139,000 shoppers rave about
No need to shell out north of $100 for a pair of great earbuds — these are just $24 and are just as powerful as the name-brand ones. What makes these even better — besides the battery life and one-step pairing — is that you can control them with just a single touch. Want to pause a song or podcast? Tap once. Adjust the volume? Hold. No need to fish your phone out of your pocket to make any adjustments — just tap and go.
Oh, and did we mention they're waterproof? "I do intense cardio, which leads to me being drenched in sweat," shared one happy shopper. "I am so glad these are waterproof!! I am really happy with this purchase. I get compliments on them all the time....The case is so little and cute, I can carry it in my purse like a pack of gum."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Home theater deals:
Hisense 55-inch Class R6 Series Dolby Vision 4K Roku Smart TV, $310 (was $600), amazon.com
Headphone, earbud, smartwatch and tablet deals:
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, $150 (as $200), amazon.com
Tozo T10 Bluetooth 5.3 Wireless Earbuds, $22 with on-page coupon (was $40)
Apple AirPods Pro, $190 (was $250), amazon.com
Tablet and tech deals:
Moto G fast, $150 (was $200), amazon.com
Apple Watch Series 3, $200 (was $229), amazon.com
Motorola One 5G Ace, $300 (was $400), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Elden Ring for PlayStation 5, $50 (was $60), amazon.com
YoLink Mini Plug, $22 (was $30), amazon.com
Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip, $47 (was $80), amazon.com
Skoy Scrub, $7 (was $17), amazon.com
Mellanni Queen Sheet Set, $35 (was $50), amazon.com
Command Picture Hanging Strips, $3 (was $6), amazon.com
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