Skip To Content

    30 Things That Exceeded Reviewers' Expectations

    These products set the bar pretty high and then go right past it.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An AeroGarden so you can grow your own herbs (and even veggies) at home, no matter if you live in an apartment without any outdoor space. You'll feel like a real chef when you add your homegrown basil to your recipe.

    Reviewer pic of the black Aerogarden on a counter with lettuce leaves growing in it and their hand on one of the leaves, showing how big it's growing

    The Aerogarden includes an herb seed kit with six pods, including basil, parsley, dill, thyme, basil, and mint and a bottle of natural plant nutrients that will last a full season of growth. Plus, it's super easy to use as it will remind you when to add water and plant food. It automatically turns the lights on and off, so even if you don't have a green thumb, you can grow herbs at home.

    Promising review: "The AeroGarden has exceeded my expectations! It really is as easy as I hoped and has been growing so well. I received it as a Christmas gift and set it up right around New Year’s. The little sprouts have grown like crazy in the last week or so. It was pretty much idiot-proof to set up, and I have only had to add plant food once and water twice in the last month. It’s amazing! The light is very bright but it doesn’t bother me because it brightens that corner of my kitchen when it’s on. I am not a big gardener, and even though I can keep an indoor basil plant alive for a few months at a time, I prefer to not have to wonder when or how much to water. I’m planning some recipes to start using the basil, Thai basil,and dill this week because I can tell they need to start being pruned. I seriously am so happy I got this and might even get another one to grow cherry tomatoes and peppers." —WallacEm

    Get it from Amazon for $99.97+ (available in black, white, and sage).

    2. A dish squeegee to get your plates and bowls ~squeaky~ clean so you don't end up finding crusted on mac 'n' cheese there weeks later. 😬


    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 $5.99.

    3. A Revlon One-Stop Hair Dryer & Volumizer — you'll be ~blown~ away by the results because it will make it super easy to get a salon-worthy blowout at home while also cutting down on the time it takes to do your hair. And that, my friends, is a win-win., Amazon

    This brush has hype with more than 140,000 (!!!) 5-star reviews, and it really does live up to it. The oval brush design smooths the hair and the round edges create volume — leaving you with a salon-worthy blowout at home. It also has two heat and speed settings and a cool option.

    Promising review: "This hair dryer 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

    Promising review: "This is a game-changer for my 4C kinky-coily hair. This dryer cuts my drying and straightening time to just 20–25 minutes! I part my hair in four sections, apply my heat protectant, and use this dryer and in no time my hair is straightened! This hair dryer is comfortable and practical to use. I highly recommend for textured hair!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $41.88+ (available in four colors).

    4. A Rocketbook smart reusable notebook that takes your hand-written notes and makes them digital so when your boss asks for a recap of that meeting in your one-on-one, you can send it as an attachment and look super on top of everything.

    Reviewer pic of the notebook open on a desk with notes neatly written on either side and two pens sitting next to it

    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 $34 (available in two styles and nine colors).

    5. 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.


    Plus, it's super easy to use. Use measure how much pasta you want to cook using the serving size holes in the top of the container. Then add water to the level etched on the side of the container. With the lid off, heat the container in the microwave. One serving usually takes about 12 to 13 minutes. Then put the lid on, hold the sides, and pour the water out. (This part will be very hot.)

    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 now that I have found this amazing product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    6. A mesh bralette combining the support of a wired bra with the comfort of a sports bra into one AH-mazing style you won't want to take off.

    model wearing the bralette with wide band in olive green

    Promising review: "I am so thrilled with this bralette! It has truly exceeded my expectations. With a smaller chest (34a), I don't particularly need a lot of support, but I wanted at least a little bit of shape and to not reduce the shape of my chest (which, while still comfortable, I have found many bralettes to do), this bralette is just wonderful. The elastic band around the bottom is wide and comfortable. I took the pads out of the cups in this one, and it just feels so perfect for me. It's so comfortable, I wear it constantly now. It allows me to feel very content with how I feel and how I look. I think this is my gateway bra into the world of Lively." —Gabby

    Get it from Lively for $35 (available in sizes XS-L and in green, black, and beige).

    7. A Bluetooth 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!

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

    Promising review: "I honestly love this amazing little speaker! Everything about it exceeds my expectations for such an affordable item. Even the suction cup works incredibly well. My son loves carrying it around (he’s 2) unlike other Bluetooth speakers. It’s really light, which is great considering most of the time it’s being used I have soapy hands, and dropping a heavy speaker on my feet would ruin my shower. The lightweight design does not, in any way, mean this speaker sacrifices quality or performance. It truly is the perfect shower speaker. I can’t believe how affordable it is." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    8. A handheld vacuum that makes it super easy to get rid of the pet hair on your couch (and every other surface) once and for all.,

    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 $36.99.

    9. 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 before it ruins your day.,

    And if the review photos don't convince you, there are more than 24,000 five-star reviews to back it up. Simply place the patch on your zit and let it sit for at least eight hours. When you remove it, you'll see the difference it makes.

    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 patches from Amazon for $8.49 or get the larger, sqaure patches (right) for $8.50.

    10. A set 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.

    A before, during, and after shot of a mucked up bottle that then looks brand new

    Plus, they're super easy to use. All you have to do is fill the bottle with warm water and put one of the tablets inside. Then you let it sit for 30 minutes, rinse, and it will be G2G.

    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 (also available in a pack of 36).

    11. A detangling brush reviewers (more than 22,000 actually) swear works magic on all hair types (including 2C-4C), detangling easily without pulling or damaging the hair. No more painful detailing sessions like the ones you had growing up that have basically scarred you for life.

    Plus, the brush works on both wet and dry hair!

    Promising review: "Omg. Power brush!!! This brush has exceeded any expectation I could have ever had. It works well on my 4c hair, my daughter's 4a–b hair and even on my curly weave hair wet or dry! I can’t believe at damn near 40, and I’m just now finding out about brushes like this. Get you one or five!" —Ms. Chavonne

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in five colors).

    12. A rechargeable lighter so you can light candles in seconds with a simple switch. Then when it runs out, you simply have to charge it instead of going out to buy a new one.

    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 $12.99.

    13. A gift set filled with four beautiful candles reviewers say smell amazing. You better believe all four are going to ~blow~ you away.

    a pink, green, orange, and purple candle with the names "caked up, matcha business, cuffing season, and left on red
    Forvr Mood

    The set, from this Black woman-owned small business, includes four candles:

    -Cuffing Season — which has notes of fresh ozone, salty lemon, mineral citrus, iris, violet, jasmine, douglas fir, rain forest moss, and white cedar

    -Left on Read — which has notes of tropical fruit, coconut, coconut milk, and caramel

    -Caked Up — which has notes of roasted pistachio, almond cream, pineapple, honey, jasmine, coconut, vanilla bean, and musk

    -Matcha Business — which has notes of hazelnut coffee, almost milk, honey, coffee, lavender, and vanilla

    Promising review: "These candles are bomb! Period. They're worth the hype. Everything Jackie has put her name on has exceeded my expectations. I'm already saving to repurchase when these run out.." —Ebony M.

    Get the set from Forvr Mood for $130 (originally $152).

    14. An ice cube tray 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?"

    A hand putting the tray with a lid sideways into a full freezer

    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 $9.99.

    15. A fabric shaver to give your very-loved (and pilling) sweaters a new life so you don't have to go out and buy a new one.

    reviewer pic of before and after using the shaver with a very old, pilling sweater before that looks brand new after

    Promising review: "If I could give this product more stars, I would! It exceeded my expectations, and it’s so easy to use. For the price, it’s definitely worth purchasing and works wonderfully! It is easy to take apart and clean, which is a bonus." —aimsnicole

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five colors and two styles).

    16. 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.

    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 $7.98.

    17. Or an edge control gel reviewers swears stays in place all day *and* doesn't flake, so you can keep your edges and baby hair exactly where you want them.

    And just a note that you shouldn't feel pressured to lay your edges! For more on this, check out "Just A Friendly PSA That You Don't HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don't Wanna."

    Promising review: "So, I first found out about this product in my Cosmo school I attend and fell in love. It stays on just right for a long time, just as advertised! I had bought a different edge tamer and was disappointed, but this one exceeds my expectations, which is why I also purchased the largest tub size! <3 This is my fave edge tamer out there! A little goes a long way!" —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in four sizes).

    18. A Kindle Paperwhite ingeniously made to be waterproof so you can take a nice long bubble bath and not worry about destroying your book when the bubbles get a bit out of control.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I've been an avid Kindle user for years, but when I saw this version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery lasts for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me a while ago and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book. And I'm not the only one that thinks this. It has more than 76,000 5-star reviews and 4.6 out of 5 stars. If you're an avid reader (or just a casual reader who wants to read more), this is for you.

    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 four colors).

    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.

    (left) Reviewer showing on day 6 how much their feet are peeling (right) reviewer showing how the skin has mostly come off by day 8

    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 $27.95.

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

    Model lying horizontally with a book in their hands and the black glasses on, making it easy for them to read the book without straining their neck

    These glasses are great for everyone, but especially for people who are bedridden. Plus, they prevent neck and eye strain!

    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 from 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

    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.

    reviewer photo showing a huge pile of clothes and then how nicely they&#x27;re organized and fit into the four green packing cubes

    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. A soundproofing strip to help block out all the surrounding noise so your coworkers can actually hear you speak instead of just the neighbor's dog barking.

    PLUS: This also makes sure that your air-conditioning and heat doesn't escape under your doors, thus saving you energy and money!

    Promising review: "I've used peel and stick weatherstripping products before without the stick, so I was looking for something I could staple. This weatherstripping had so many good reviews I decided for the price it was worth trying. It arrived very quickly and my husband went to start putting it around the door. I stopped him and told him to clean the frame first or it probably wouldn't stick, he said I know and then put it up without even wiping the frame off. This would so much better than expected, reduced some of the traffic noise we constantly hear and almost a week later is still stuck down firmly!" —Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in grey and black).

    24. The "ultimate" sports bra with more than 15,000 5-star reviews raving about how it fits all different bodies and keeps boobs, no matter how big or small, in place.

    Model wearing the sports bra in black with thick straps, a wide band around the chest and a zipper down the front

    Shefit is a woman-founded business that has been making customizeable sports bras since 2010. You can customize not only the fit of the bra but also the support. In this specific bra, the straps can be adjusted and also worn as an X-back or H-back. Plus, sizes 1Luxe and up have 1.25 inches of extra padding in the straps. The bra also has has a 2-inch bust band that works to stabilize the breast tissue and make it more comfortable no matter how hard your workout is.

    Promising review: "This bra exceeded my expectations. I hoped this bra would be more supportive than my other sports bras, but it’s so much more than that. With the amazing support, I feel like I can move more comfortably than I have in years! I’ve recommended it to so many people. It’s a miracle worker!." —Hanna V.

    Get it from Shefit for $65+ (available in women's sizes XS-6Luxe and in five styles).

    25. An EZ Off Jar Opener, because I can't be the only one who's abandoned making dinner and simply ordered takeout because I couldn't get a jar open.


    This little gadget can not only open jars, but also other hard lids (like on plastic bottles). Just put it in the corner and twist for easy opening.

    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 $15.95.

    26. A set of 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.

    Reviewer pic of the black gap filler in between the seat and console in a car

    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 $22.99.

    27. 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.

    reviewer before and after photo showing how the shampoo removed the dandruff in the  scalp

    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.

    28. A Diamond Dazzle Stik because you can only keep using the phrase "shine bright like a diamond" if your diamonds actually do shine bright. This small tool will transform your jewelry from cloudy and dirty to clean and clear in only a matter of minutes.,

    The "stik" has a brush and a twist-to dispense top. All you have to do is twist the pen to get the cleaning solution and use the brush to get rid of all the gunk in and around your ring.

    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 $7.82.

    29. Melanin Haircare softening leave-in conditioner, a versatile product you can actually use so many ways because it's filled with ingredients to moisturize natural hair (including 4C), including aloe vera, argan oil, jojoba oil, and more.

    Christine Forbes / Buzzfeed

    This product can be used as a pre-poo, detangler, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or styling cream. Yes, really.

    BTW — Melanin Haircare is a Black-owned brand!

    Promising review: "I bought all three products together, and my hair absolutely loves them all. I have Type 4 hair, and it’s hard to find products that moisturize my hair the way I like. I wanted to try these products because I’ve been following naptural85 since I went natural in 2011. We have a similar type of hair, so I figured these products will work well on my hair. These products exceeded my expectations. These products make my hair soft and moisturized." —Indira B. Reid

    Get it from Ulta or Melanin Haircare for $18.99.

    30. A portable blender so you can make a delicious smoothie in seconds anywhere. Yep, you read that right, *anywhere*. We're talking at work, home, on the street, at the gym. You name it, you can do it.

    (left) A reviewer holding the bottle-like blender, showing that it&#x27;s filled with fruit; (right) The same reviewer now showing how it turned that fruit into a smoothie

    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 $36.99 (available in four colors).

    When things exceed your expectations:

    Nickelodeon Animation Studios

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

    What's your favorite product?

    Tell us about your favorite product
    Your review may be featured in a post.
    Minimum 25 characters, 1500 characters left
    Upload up to 4 photos you took of the product and/or how you use it. (We love before & after photos!)
    View our photo guidelines with tips that increase your chance of getting featured.
    Max 10 MB. Accepted file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .png.

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form