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Some of the best items you'll find on Amazon are the clever-yet-kooky gadgets and gizmos that solve some of life's most annoying problems. Others don't have to solve a problem at all, but they're too fun to pass up. A little mushroom-like object that takes all the hair out of your drain? Yes, please! A brownie tin that makes sure every piece has crispy edges? Sign me up!
There are tons of cool finds like this across Amazon, but not all meet up to the hype. That's why we're rounding up some of the best reviewer-approved things you didn't know you needed. The best part? They're all on sale.
This massager will warm your achy, achy heart. All right, so it doesn't heal heartache, but it'll certainly tackle those muscle pains. With nine speed settings (that's seven more than its competitors) and eight attachments, every inch of your bod will be thanking you for the spa-like relief. It's portable and quiet, perfect for before and after your workout to loosen those tight muscles. Bonus: It's $50 off right now with an on-page coupon.
As this happy doc put it: "I am a chiropractor with 20 years of experience.... Acquired a massager, including to work with patients. Of course, first experienced on myself. It is good. Vibration is powerful. It works quietly. Very effective. I do not even know how I used to work without this tool."
"Best product out there," boasted another shopper. "Better than Theragun and Hypervolt. It’s quiet and strong. I’m a trainer and use this product on all my clients. There’s no need to hold a trigger so you can use it on yourself for hard-to-reach places."
A bestseller in its category on Amazon, this epicurean delight takes readers across all seven continents to marvel at some of the world's most interesting ingredients and how people have used them. Think: Minnesota butter sculptures or fish sauce factories discovered in the ancient Roman Empire. This melange of history, travel and culture is sure to delight a food enthusiast on your list.
One five-star reviewer called it "Sumptuous. Revolting. Luxurious. Shocking. Deeply informative." Another explained: "This isn’t the kind of book you read in one sitting. This is the kind of book you pick up over and over again, and even again to reference before taking a trip. It makes an amazing gift for any food- or travel-lover in your life, but make sure to get one for yourself as well, because every page holds beautifully written delights."
Hanging at home this winter, we could all use a little more coziness. Amazon reviewers are obsessed with these super-soft long johns that come in 10 colors and a great range of sizes, from 2XS-3XL. They're majorly marked down right now, which make them the perfect gift to buy in multiples. Moisture wicking, with comfortable four-way stretch, this fabric is great for outdoor activities or just hanging inside. No wonder they're a No. 1 bestseller with a five-star rating from more than 20,000 reviewers on Amazon.
“Bought a set of these thermals in each color for a trip to Alaska...,” says a reviewer. “Wore them under jeans, leggings, snow pants, depending on the activity of the day. At -14 degrees they kept me warm and they are super soft and comfortable.”
When I developed plantar fasciitis, seeking foot massages was number one on my agenda, but daily reflexology appointments were not in my budget. Amazon's No. 1 bestseller in manual foot massagers, these affordable, easy wear sandals from Byriver had great reviews, so I had to try them for myself.
The verdict: They're wonderful. I wear them for 15 minutes a couple of times a day, and they provide the kind of relief I need for sore feet. All of your organs are connected to nerve endings in your feet, so each spring button is designed to sit in just the right spot to relieve what ails you, including lower back pain, sluggish blood circulation, even headaches and arthritis. They even come with a handy reflexology map, and right now they're just $25 with an on-page coupon.
One happy customer said: "I truly believe in the health benefits that these offer and all without drugs and/or surgery. I will continue to wear them the recommended 15 minutes per day. I can't say enough positive things about these slippers, have already recommended them to my family and friends."
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 schmutzy 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 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."
Made with a super-plush memory foam footbed and high-pile fleece, these slippers are as cozy as they are cute. Plus, they’re a mainstay on Amazon’s bestseller list and boast a near-perfect rating from more than 20,600 reviewers. Literally the perfect gift any time of year — indulgent and practical — and never more so than now, when they're just $20 with on-page coupon.
One reviewer called them “the comfiest things I’ve ever put on my feet,” adding, “These slippers feel like a hug on my feet. They have a hard bottom, so you can wear them outside. The top part is so incredibly soft!!!”
An Amazon’s Choice product, this set of multipurpose claws make a great gift for the grill master in your life. Or, honestly, anyone who cooks (they double as salad tossers). Available in Black, Gray, Red or (our fave) vibrant Hunter Orange, pictured above.
“A great set of shredders for the price,” wrote a reviewer who replaced an old pair by another manufacturer. “These Bear Paws are sharp, they shred meat easily and fit my hands very well. They're comfortable to hold, which is nice when shredding 10 to 20 pounds of pork for a party. I also use one claw when carving meat. I stick one claw into the meat to hold it steady while I carve with a knife; works much better than trying to use a fork...” They’re also great for mixing salads or lifting a turkey out of the roasting pan.
Treating dehydrated skin without the tacky feeling of heavy creams is a challenge. Hyaluronic acid is the answer. This gentle but impactful ingredient is great for all skin types; it retains tons of moisture for a plumped-up look that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, minimizes redness and leaves soft, supple skin in its wake. And its quick absorption means no tacky skin left behind. This serum from Neutrogena has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and works wonders on winter skin. A delicious treat for a friend or for yourself.
“This is fantastic hydration for 60-and-over skin,” wrote one happy shopper. “It is an effective and affordable alternative to the high-priced skin-care lines. I also use rose water mist in combination with this. Very light, goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly.”
Silk pillowcases may seem like a luxury reserved for royalty, but all of us should be taking advantage of the deliciousness that is silk against skin. They also prevent bedhead, keeping your hair movie-star perfect while you rest. That’s why these cases from Bedsure are the No. 1 bestselling pillowcase on Amazon. They're available in 22 colors for as little as $9 a pair for standard size.
Made from premium, 100 percent Mulberry silk, these super soft pillowcases — which have gotten a five-star rating from a whopping 164,000-plus reviewers — glide when in contact with skin and hair, rather than tugging or creasing. In 23 colors and three sizes.
Available for as little as $15 Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling leggings are beloved for their fit and buttery-soft texture. They’re lightweight (folks say they feel like wearing nothing at all), available in regular and plus sizes, and sit slightly above the belly button on most people. Choose from 15 colors (though basic black is always a hit). More than 47,000 reviewers have given them a perfect rating.
“Let me start by saying this review is coming from a person who owns roughly 30 to 40 pairs of leggings—most are high-end brands.... THESE LEGGINGS ARE BETTER QUALITY!,” wrote an enthusiastic reviewer. “These are the softest leggings I have ever worn...by a landslide! Similar to brands LuLaRoe and Butter ,but in my opinion — SOFTER.”
If you choose flat masks over cone- or cup-shaped ones, you’re probably used to inhaling a mouthful of fabric, getting lipstick all over your mask (or just forgoing lipstick altogether) and having perpetually fogged up glasses. But place this flexible bracket over your mouth before putting on your mask and all of the aforementioned woes are gone. Made from food-grade material, it's washable and reusable. Amazon shoppers can’t get enough of this product. Wouldn't you like to finally break out your favorite lipstick again?
Is your bathtub drain invariably clogged with errant hairs? Isn't it time you did something about that? Well, the TubShroom, an Amazon bestseller, will change your life (and save you a big chunk a change on that plumber you won't have to call).
Its genius lies in brilliant design. Water passes through but hair gets caught, wrapping around the tube. Due to its cylindrical “mushroom” shape, you don’t actually see any of the hair, soap or residue buildup until you’re ready to clean it. The product is made of silicone — it’s flexible and and an easy fit in a variety of tub drains. Now and then, just pull it out, clean it (the hair comes off easily) and put it back in place.
These inspired doodads — which you toss in the dryer with wet clothes — soften your laundry naturally and shorten drying time. Made of 100 percent New Zealand wool and zero percent chemicals or synthetics, these Smart Sheep balls will are nice and easy on fabrics and, by saving energy, lower your monthly gas or electric bill. Best of all, though, you'll be spending less of your precious time doing laundry! Just $17 for six.
Straight talk: We all know that the best part of brownie eating is chomping down on the crispy edges. In a perfect world, there'd be no "interior," edge-free pieces. Well, welcome to paradise! With this serpentine-shaped pan from Baker's Edge (look — it's right there in the name!), they'll be no more familial grappling over the "good" pieces...cuz every piece is "good." And, hey, we're all about increasing the peace.
Tuck these in your purse and you’ll never worry about pesky red wine stains on/in your mouth again. Orange-blossom flavored, these individually packaged gentle wipes have the power to clean those stains off (and freshen your breath!) in seconds, so you can reapply your lipstick and get back to the party (or your job, after an imbibing lunch) looking your best. An intriguing product, these — we realize that they serve a practical purpose, but they're also hilarious.
Stimulate blood flow, work in shampoo, exfoliate your scalp and just, well, relax with this lightweight, handheld massager. Getting rid of excess skin and buildup on your scalp fosters a healthy environment for optimal hair growth. It also makes your hair and scalp more receptive to any conditioners and therapeutic serums you may use. Also, though: This thing just feels amazing. Suitable for all hair types, gentle enough for sensitive scalps...and just $9 for two.
Over 16,000 shoppers have bestowed five-star raves on this cleverly designed expandable silicone bowl. It’s clear why: The Popco popcorn popper transforms the microwave popcorn experience. Never again will you end up with half a bag of unpopped kernels (or half of your kernels burned). You get perfect corn every time. Dishwasher safe, and a great gift for pretty much every household on earth. Available in 13 colors.
Got one too many bumps and bruises from that sharp countertop or table edge? This pack of 12 corner protectors will shield hips, elbows (and little foreheads) from that dreaded bang. Use them on coffee tables, cabinets, or any other tricky spot in your house. Brilliant at a mere $10 for a dozen. (Fun tip: Pair it with the aforementioned Wine Wipes to prevent a whole nother kind of post-tippling catastrophe.)
Continuing with the hair-management/removal theme of this roundup.... Ask any clean freak who’s a pet owner — the best way to deal with pet hair is to catch it before it ever hits your floor, couch or clothing. These gentle mitts remove all the loose fluff your pet is carrying around, trapping it between the silicone nodules so that you can just toss the fur and rinse them off for next time. Also: They loooove the way it feels.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
Apple AirPods Pro, $190 (was $249), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Samsung Tab A7 Lite, $129 (was $160), amazon.com
Garmin Venu Sq Smartwatch, $150 (was $200), amazon.com
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, $510 (was $700), amazon.com
Video game deals:
NBA 2K22 for PlayStation 4, $25 (was $60), amazon.com
Smart home deals:
Echo 4th Gen, $75 (was $100), amazon.com
Vybe Massage Gun, $90 (was $100), amazon.com
Mellanni King Sheets, $38 (was $51), amazon.com
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