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    Updated on Mar 18, 2020. Posted on Mar 14, 2020

    27 Things That Exceeded Reviewer's Expectations

    I ~expect~ that you'll like these items a lot.

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    1. A dish squeegee to get your plates and bowls ~squeaky~ clean and not end up finding crusted on mac 'n' cheese there weeks later. 😬

    OXO

    Promising review: "This dish squeegee is better than I was even expecting. I waste less water when I am washing dishes because it's fast and easy to scrape food out into the trash. The combination of rounded and straight edges, plus the silicone around the edges, makes it workable for almost every kind of surface. The silicone portion is relatively soft, so it's not the best tool for dried-on food, but it still does pretty well. Of course, that's not a problem if you wash the dish before everything is dried on!" —EEK

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    2. A John Frieda Hot Air Brush – get ready to be ~blown~ away by how great it makes your hair look. You'll feel like you just got an expensive blowout without needing to leave the house.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This hairdryer is even better than I expected. It's the hairdryer I've been waiting for! It's a good buy round brush and hairdryer! While I've had other dryer brushes in the past, nothing has come close to this. It dries as fast as a regular dryer, the wide oval barrel eliminates tangling of my super fine but thick hair, and the bristle design keeps hair smooth. It gives the best blow-out result I've been able to get at home and hasn't needed any touch-ups with a flat iron or curling iron. While the tool itself is pretty large for travel, for me it will eliminate having to take a round brush and any other styling tool so net positive on weight in luggage." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in 1 and 1.5 inch).

    Read our full review of the John Frieda Hot Air Brush here.

    3. A Rocketbook smart reusable notebook that takes your hand-written notes and makes them digital in seconds. You'll never have to buy another notebook again.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook was a great purchase. I have had it for one day, and it is unbelievable how it has performed. The product has worked much better than I expected. Being left-handed, I expected some smearing, but that hasn't been a problem for me. The ink does take a few seconds to dry so I have been writing with the pages open flat so I can see both sides before flipping and this has worked well for me. I would recommend this to anyone that does a lot of note-taking for work or school...or both like me." —Patrick M. O'Neil II

    Get it from Amazon for $27.01 (available in two styles and eight colors).

    4. A microwave pasta cooker because waiting for water to boil is the WORST part of making pasta. What's the saying about watching paint dry? Well, when you're hungry, boiling water is worse than that.

    Fasta Pasta

    Just put the past and water in this, stick it in the microwave, and you'll have al dente past in no time.

    Promising review: "This works perfectly. I was very skeptical, but it actually works much better than I expected. I am going to put this one in our RV and purchase the family size one for our home. I always stayed away from pasta when in the RV because of the steam caused when boiling large amounts of water and then having to wash a large pot in a small sink. Pasta will be back on the menu after finding this amazing product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Read our full review on this microwave pasta cooker here.

    5. A can of fume-free oven cleaner that'll make your oven so clean, Hansel and Gretel may be tricked again.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical, but thought I would give this a try. The cleaner did the job much better than expected. Basically, I sprayed, left it overnight, and then wiped the next morning. Boom! Clean oven! After wiping, there was a little bit of smell, and I used the "Clean Oven" feature on the oven to burn off any residue." —Matt Smedley

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    6. A Bluetooth shower speaker to take your shower concert to the next level and provide the background music and vocals you've been missing. First the shower and then the world!

    amazon.com

    Plus, it has a 10-hour battery life before you have to charge it.

    Promising review: "I bought this speaker to use in the shower to listen to music, and it's better than I expected. It's very durable, and I know this because I've dropped it a few times. You can move the music forward and backward. The sound quality is really clear and good. I'm looking forward to using the speaker at the lake this summer." —Marlin Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    7. A handheld vacuum designed to make it super easy to get rid of the bed hair on your couch (and every other surface) once and for all.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This vacuum is simply amazing. It is by far WAY better than I expected. I read several reviews on this before purchasing along with looking at several other options. After countless hours of reading and researching, I chose this and couldn't be any happier with the product and the work it does. First, I want to say that I have a Great Pyrenees living in my house, and if you aren't familiar with the breed he is a lean mean shedding machine!! I have spent many hours on a daily basis sweeping and lint rolling my whole house. So, I bought this with the hopes that it would just be "good enough" to get the job done. However, I was amazed to realize that it hasn't missed a SINGLE HAIR in its path ( and in one swipe too.) It literally got every single little crumb and hair out of every area I went over and it's the perfect size to get the job done. It is also VERY easy to clean the filter. The ONLY downside is that it's not cordless, but with this quality cleaning I'll just buy an extension cord because I LOVE it!!" —Jordyn

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    8. An acne patch made with Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil to gently draw out the gross stuff in the pimple and stop it in its tracks from ruining your big date, presentation — or just your everyday life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these things. I have not tried other companies because these were the first of its kind I had tried, and they worked WAY BETTER than I expected them to. I've always struggled with acne, from teen to adult, and these get rid of my pimples in 2-3 nights. It's also very fun to see all the gunk it extracts from your pimple in the morning. It works the best if you open the pimple up slightly before putting on, even a little scratch of the surface to allow the pressure to release a little, smaller pimples will be pretty much flat the next day and larger ones be patient with! For anyone reading this, you can buy like little tools to help with opening your pimples, don't use your finger and don't pop it. But it will work wonders! I wish I could get bigger packs of these. I don't go more than one day without using these somewhere on my face!." —Olivia

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    Read our full review on how amazing Avarelle's acne patches are here.

    9. A bag of Bottle Bright tablets you stick in your water bottles, coffee mugs, etc. to remove stains and odors you thought might be stuck there forever.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "All I can say is WOW! This worked better than I expected! I tried it out first on a stainless steel travel mug that had about four years of coffee-staining in it. I had tried home remedies like citrus and salt and baking soda, but nothing seemed to change the stain. I soaked it for several hours with the tablet, and it required almost no scrubbing at all!! This stuff seriously works!!" —Sandy D.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    10. A posture corrector you'll ~straight~ up be obsessed with because you've finally realized you should have listened to your mom when she kept "annoying" you by telling you to stand up straight.

    amazon.com

    My mom wasn't the only one that did that, right?? It's one size but can be adjusted to fit chest sizes 30 in to 43 inches.

    Promising review: "I started wearing this in hopes of improving my posture. It's much better than I expected, and my posture has improved substantially. I worked up to wearing it pretty much all day at work under my shirt. I work outside and sometimes do strenuous activity. It does not impede me from doing anything and does not restrict my movement. It does remind me how I should be holding my back which has probably saved me from several strains. The most surprising thing is that my lower back pain is gone. I think it is probably just my generally improved posture and developing the muscles in my back and torso but I don't go to work without it anymore and will buy another when it wears out. Oh, and it washes fine in the washing machine." —Greg

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A rechargeable lighter so anyone (*cough, cough* me) who struggles to get a lighter to work can light candles in seconds with a simple switch.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "We've bought several of these, and they work better than expected and are so much more efficient than the disposable butane lighters. They're easy to charge and light candles almost as fast as butane, but last many times longer." —Seussbd

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A wine stain–remover spray because you shouldn't be held responsible for any spills that happen during happy hour or movie night with your friends. Red wine is too good not to drink!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is miraculous. Wine spilled on my gold velvet curtains, and I thought they were ruined. I applied Wine Away to the spots and, after about half an hour they were gone. I don't usually write product reviews, but this worked better than I could have hoped. If you have a wine stain you need to get out, buy this product." —Lotus

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    13. A ruffled blouse you won't have a ~ruff~ time keeping on heavy rotation. Who says a WFH wardrobe can't be a little polished?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This top is everything! The material... the fit... the price! It's better than I expected. You can stop looking and start ordering." —Lola Bradshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors).

    14. An ice cube tray with a lid with a lid so you don't have to play the game of "how can I stack my frozen food to keep the water in the tray from dumping everywhere?"

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has got to be the coolest ice tray I have ever encountered. Not only does the ice come out easily, but it also remains covered so no debris can contaminate it. It has worked better than we expected, and we have thrown out all our other trays and replaced them with these." —J&J

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75.

    15. A hair-finishing stick that looks like mascara but actually works to put all your baby hairs, flyaways, and broken hair into their place (i.e. on your head and not in whatever direction they feel like it). Your hair will look more polished and put together in seconds.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Oh. My. God. This stuff is incredible!!! It works better than expected! It’s so easy to put on, and it stays for over 24 hours! I love my ponytail so much more without the random flyaways that even hairspray couldn’t keep down. BUY THIS." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    16. A waterproof Kindle you can use to read in the bath (game changer) to really take your reading routine to new ~depths~.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "I decided to replace my older Kindle with this new model. I could not be any happier. It has surpassed all expectations that I had. The ease of use, storage, and awesome backlighting. I have read more and more since I received it. The battery life is tremendous. I was skeptical when I unboxed it, but it appears to be very durable." —Craig

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in 8- and 32 GB and in black and blue).

    17. A vegetable chopper because, in my opinion, chopping veggies is *insert Jean-Ralphio voice* THE WOOOOORST part of cooking, but this gadget chops them in seconds so you can get on with your life.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am hesitant about purchasing kitchen gadgets. They tend not to perform as well as advertised. When I received the onion/vegetable chopper, I was skeptical. However, the machine worked better than expected, with no glitches. And, best of all, no tears." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.97.

    18. A beeswax-infused wood polish and conditioner that'll work like magic to return any wood to its original state and keep it from fading.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is one of those rare products that far exceeds expectations. I was considering having the cabinets in a rental property refinished. I read the reviews on Amazon and thought it couldn't be THAT good. I took the plunge and tried it. It wasn't that good... It was actually better. My cabinets that looked dry and faded were instantly transformed. They somehow look better than when I bought that house 13 years ago!" —Rasalghoul

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    19. A foot peel mask to return your dry and cracked feet to their original, baby-like feeling. Just be prepared for peeling...a lot of peeling.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This worked better than I expected. My feet really did peel. They started peeling six days after use. It was so weird, it even peeled between my toes. Be prepared for lots of peeling if your feet are very dry and crackled like mine. After I showered I took a dry towel and rubbed them good, but don't pick at your feet or it will damage them... I put lotion on after that." —Ramsey

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.95.

    20. A pair of mirrored glasses to help you read, watch TV or play games while in the perfect, most comfortable position possible. Plus, they prevent neck and eye strain!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are amazing! They're much better than I expected, and now I wish I ordered a second pair for myself! Bought them as a joke, but they're actually a great gift!" —FRyan

    Get them on Amazon for $12.99.

    21. A tongue scraper you can use to remove foul gunk from your mouth that may be giving you bad breath that not even mints or gum can combat.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This works perfectly, better than I expected. I highly recommend the use of this tool. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and flavorless. It's also made of surgical grade stainless steel, so it will last forever if you take good care of it. This option is better than any other models made of plastic."—Lucas

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    22. A set of packing cubes – once you use them, you'll wonder how you've lived this long without them in your life. They help keep your clothes organized and allow you to fit more in suitcases for future trips. I call that a win-win.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased these for all members of my family. They kept our clothes organized and worked better than I ever expected. We took them on a cruise, as the staterooms are very small, these made the logistics of clothing storage and retrieval a breeze." —Clarks

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine colors).

    23. An under-cabinet lid opener because I can't be the only one who's gotten so frustrated when I can't get a jar open that I've simply abandoned making dinner and just ordered takeout instead.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This works better than I expected it to. Everyone should have something like this in their kitchen. I'm in pretty good shape, but some jars are still a pain to open, and this really does the trick." —Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.69.

    Read BuzzFeed's full review on this under-cabinet lid opener.

    24. Some seat gap fillers so you'll never experience the feeling of having your phone fall between the seat while you're driving, knowing it's going to take about 10 minutes to retrieve it from the black hole down there.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things are amazing!! My explorer has an abyss under the seat. If anything drops, it’s gone forever! These stay in place way better than expected. I won’t go without them ever!" — Kaci A.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A dandruff shampoo made with ketoconazole 1%, which is an antifungal ingredient designed to get those white flakes out of your hair and keep them out for good.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I didn't expect this to work so fast and so well! I had very bad dandruff, to the point where an hour after washing my hair, flakes would begin to appear along my hairline. It was very difficult to hide and also very embarrassing, so after seeing all the rave reviews about Nizoral, I thought I'd give it a shot. It worked BETTER than I expected. There was still a little flaking after the first use, but about 50% less than before. After the second use, my flaking decreased by 90%! I could pull my hair into a tight ponytail and no one would have known I had dandruff! I used it for the third time two days ago, and I don't even have to worry about dandruff anymore! This shampoo is worth every penny. I highly recommend it." —Alexa Grigsby

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    26. A Diamond Dazzle Stik because you can only keep using the phrase "shine bright like a diamond" if your diamonds actually do shine bright.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This got my ring so clean and shiny. It was way better than I expected. I went and ordered two more for Christmas gifts the day I got it! I have been digging through my jewelry box to find rings to clean with it lol. Exciting to see all the grime gone and the shiny beautiful rings back!" —lydia muller

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    27. A portable blender so you can make a delicious smoothie in seconds. No more dealing with bulky blenders — or washing them, for that matter.

    amazon.com

    This 14-ounce jar is dishwasher safe and charges with a USB. Plus, it's quiet, so you don't have to worry about annoying the people around it when you use it.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It's WAYYY better than I expected. I live alone, so a traditional blender is awkwardly bit large for me. This blender is super easy to carry away with you because it is light. And this blender is super easy to clean. The white color and shape are classy. I am happy with this purchase. I can't wait to try out more recipes for my morning smoothies."—Zoey

    Get it from Amazon for $29.59 (available in blue, black, and pink).

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