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    30 Sensible Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    Don't ask questions. They just make sense, okay.

    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. A TubShroom to keep the over abundance of hair from falling down and clogging your sink drains. No more backed-up, overflowing sink!

    Reviewer holding the drain filler that's covered in hair and conditioner buildup

    Promising review: "I am one of those people who clogs the shower drains with my hair. It got to the point where I brushed my hair well before getting in and then kept a brush in the shower to wrap the excess hair in while shampooing, and would STILL clog the drain every six weeks or so. I've had this about two months now and thought I'd really test it out by no longer brushing my hair before or during the shower. No clogs! It's amazing how much this thing catches considering it's this cheap looking piece of rubber that doesn't even fit well. I will say, it's much easier (and a lot less slimy) to clean when dry. I tell everyone I know about this thing." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.66+ (available in six colors).

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "9 Life-Changing Things To Try In February" (#3).

    2. A Baker's Edge brownie pan because everyone knows the edges are the best part of this delectable dessert. You can also utilize the pan for testing out different topping options. ~YUM~

    Reviewer's picture of the brownie pin with bordering that makes every piece a corner piece

    And! A nylon spatula and brownie recipes are included.

    Promising review: "I received this as a gift from a friend and thought, 'what a useless waste of precious kitchen space' (I live in a tiny Manhattan apartment). But I’m not rude, so I graciously accepted it and figured I’d try it once before it went out the door. I love it. LOVE. Every brownie is perfect. I especially like that I can top each channel with something different, so my whole family is happy and neither of my kids finds an offensive item on their brownie. I’ve also used this for bar cookies and baked ziti — every piece has a delicious crust! This has earned a permanent home in my one, minuscule pots/pans/gadgets/foil and baggies cabinet." —Cheap & Chic

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    3. A set of Drop Stop gap fillers for keeping your cell phone (or rogue french fries) from building up in your car seat cracks.

    Reviewer's picture of their black car seat gap fillers in their front seats

    They even fit around your seat belts and move with the seats if you adjust them!

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat!" —Tessa Forbes

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. Glossier Could Paint – it functions as both a blush and lip color for those of us who are lazy (guilty), but want something fuss-proof that looks natural.


    Promising review: "I'm SO OBSESSED with these blushes! I use the colors 'Dusk' and 'Beam'. I love using 'Dusk' on an everyday basis. It compliments my warm, light to medium skintone really well and makes my cheeks look so fresh and glowy. I like using 'Beam' when I want a more bright cheek look. I like to apply the blush using my fingers. It gives my cheeks the perfect amount of color. GET THIS BLUSH! You won't regret it." —bittersweetmich

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in eight shades).

    Learn more about why cloud paint is a must-have cosmetic in "This Gel-Cream Blush Is A Lazy Girl's Dream And Here's Why."

    5. A Delomo grooming glove to simultaneously give your pet a nice massage while collecting all that potential fur that would inevitably end up on your precious furniture.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair held in front of a French bulldog
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Incredible product. I'm brushing my cat every day sometimes twice a day! My cat sheds constantly!!! I'm going to buy another so that I can keep it just in case. My cat was vomiting hair all the time. She hasn't vomited since I began using this glove!!! Well worth the money. Truly happy with my purchase!" —takeisha

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    To read about why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out her review in "Just 11 Things To Try In June."

    6. An Instant Pot Air Fryer for making delicious bar-level food (like wings and french fries) in a shorter amount of time. No more dangerous oil-frying on the stove or waiting for them to crisp up in the oven.

    The air fryer

    This latest model has four built-in programs to air fry, roast, bake, and reheat for deep-fried flavor and requires less oil (did someone say healthy?). 

    You can also use this for reheating stuff. Try it with leftover pizza! 

    Promising review: "I love this air fryer. It's so easy to use and it has ample space. For example, you can put a whole Totino's pizza inside. Perfect for my teens. They can put a whole bag of pizza rolls in and just shake every five minutes. Comes out perfect every time. I have recommended to all of my family and friends. We all have one and we love it." —Aliska

    Get it from Walmart for $89.95

    7. An easily hangable T-shirt organizer in case folding your clothes in a way that would make Marie Kondo proud is just not in your repertoire of talents.

    The organizer holding 16 T-shirts while hanging in a closet
    The Roll Keeper on Etsy

    The Roll Keeper is a small Etsy shop based in Kelso, Washington.

    Promising review: "I’ve been looking for a way to store my T-shirts and save space and this is exactly what I need. It’s great quality and I will most likely be ordering another one soon!" —SueAlex Wright

    Get it from The Roll Keeper on Etsy for $16.99 (available in five colors) and Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A Bug Bite Thing — great for keeping handy when those pesky bug bites strike. It removes insect venom, saliva, and other irritants that can cause irritating itchiness. A true summer staple.,

    Some reviewers say it has strong suction power, so use it lightly!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    9. A FoodSaver vacuum sealer because when you aren't cooking up that entire new package of steaks, plastic wrapping them and putting them in the freezer for a later date may come back to bite you (when they get freezer burned). Poor wrap jobs? See ya. This vacuum sealer will work wonders at preserving leftovers.

    The vacuum sealer, sealing up some meat

    Promising review: "If you like to have your food fresh for longer period and are tired of throwing food away because of spoilage or just that annoying freezer burn, then you are ready to invest into a good vacuum sealer system. We use our Food Saver to extend the storage life of our foods. I've been able to save so much money just because I can buy in bulk, use a bit at a time without foods going bad. The handheld sealer works great on the FoodSaver bags, it's quick and simple to use. This is a must for anyone who wants to buy food in bulk and wants and minimize food waste." —Nathan

    Get it from Walmart for $189

    Also if you need more bags, snag this multi-pack of the FoodSaver bags mentioned by the reviewer.

    10. Thinksport shampoo and body wash will effectively remove lingering chlorine after a dip in the pool. Traveling? Now you don't have to bring two separate toiletries and can just bring this multi-tasker!

    think shampoo and body wash

    It's paraben-, phthalate-, 1 and 4 dioxane-, sodium lauryl sulfate- and harmful chemical-free.

    Promising review: "I'm on my second tube of this. I've tried several other products with the same claim for chlorine and this not only works the best and is easiest to use but it's also the least expensive!" —snow sportsman

    Get it from Think for $7.35 (originally $7.99). 

    11. A Fasta Pasta since waiting for your pasta to cook can be like waiting for "rain in a drought, useless and disappointing," (A Cinderella Story anyone!?) But in all honesty, why boil a whole pot of water just to make one serving of pasta when you can cook it quicker and more efficiently in the microwave?

    The plastic rectangular container filled with spaghetti

    Promising review: "This is the greatest item if you live alone or just want to make one or two helpings of pasta. Of course, you must own a microwave. It cooks the pasta, and using the lid you can strain it, and then plop it in a bowl ready for sauce, cheese, butter, etc. It eliminates using multiple utensils and waiting for water to boil. No pot, or strainer necessary." —P. Luebbert

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out her review in "Just 11 Things To Try In December."

    12. A CouchCoaster so you can stop trying to balance your bevvy on the arm of the couch while binging your current must-watch Netflix show.

    The coaster attached to a couch's armrest

    It even comes with an insert for smaller glasses/cans! It can fit anything from regular glasses, beer bottles, mugs, and anything in between.

    Promising review: "This product is awesome. I was afraid that it wouldn't be heavy enough not to slide around with a large drink in it, but no worries: it handles any drink. This is perfect since I don't have a coffee table to use for my drinks. My drinks sweat inside the holder, but it does not leak onto my couch and I just wipe it out with paper towels. I love the feature of the insert for smaller based glasses and cups." —Sandra F

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in five colors).

    13. A Beard King hair-catcher so those who like to make a mess at the sink can have an easier go-around when it's time to clean up after trimming up their mustache.

    Promising review: "My girlfriend bought this for me as a present. At first I was skeptical to use, but once I got my hands out it there was no going back. I use my Beard Bib anywhere two to four times a week and cannot live without it. Not only does this serve a big purpose in my trimming routine but now I no longer have to argue with my girlfriend about all the mess that I USED to create. Also, we ordered a beard oil recently and reached out to customer support about the different scents they offer, they were super helpful! Overall it has been an awesome experience and they’ve truly made me feel like a King!" —Timur

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A Filtrete air purifier in case allergies are hitting you hard as of late and you want to ensure the air you're breathing is free from smoke, dust, pollen, and harmful bacteria.,

    The purifier captures 99.97% of airborne particles and works in spaces up to 150 sq. ft.

    Promising review: "I got this due to seasonal allergies and asthma. This has been a lifesaver and works great! I love that I can turn off the light at night since I use it in my bedroom and the noise level is fine as it becomes "white noise" in the background." —MFrink

    Get it from Amazon for $98.76.

    15. A handy cable organizer for keeping your charging cables organized and color-coded so you never confuse the phone charger for your headphones charger again.

    Several multicolored leather cord organizers arranged in a circle
    Darrell Standing / Etsy

    Darrell Standing is a small business based in Ukraine and offers a variety of leather handmade goods such as notebook covers and keychains.

    Promising review: "Incredibly fast shipping! These leather cord holders/keepers are great. They are very soft and the snap seems sturdy. No more using twist ties to hold my charger cords. Seller included a personalized note and a couple of extra goodies." —Kim

    Get it from Darrell Standing on Etsy for $3.90+.

    16. Anti-chafe lace bands because wearing skirts and dresses without these can be one painful experience (relatable).

    reviewer wearing non-chafe bands in black

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable 'digging in.' They do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move! I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom." —A. Spencer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in eight sizes and 17 colors).

    17. A hanger stacker because grabbing one for that new clothing item you bought should be hassle-free. No more trying to find a needle in THAT haystack...

    Promising review: "We have lots of those velvet skinny hangers. I love them. But I don't love them lying around the bedroom. They're so thin that they get lost on the bed easily, and I even sometimes can't see them when they're on the floor — I've stepped on several and broken them. I wanted a way to corral them all when I found this. For the price, you really can't beat it! My hangers are organized and in one location. The stand is sturdy and practical. I'd buy another one again if I needed it!" —Auburn Sky

    Get it from Amazon for $33.48+ (also available in packs).

    18. A T Thompson Tee that features underarm sweat pads to absorb even the largest quantities of sweat and a bamboo fabric for a nice cooling effect. You'll probs never want to work out in any other top than this one ever again.

    Promising review: "I didn't know these even existed until seeing them on an episode of Shark Tank. I gave them a try and wow! No more sweat spots. I have hyperhidrosis and sweat a lot, mostly in my armpits and hands. I would always sweat through my shirts, even with wearing an undershirt. With this shirt, I have yet to see any sweat spots. It fits well as an undershirt." —RoBroKnos

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and four colors).

    19. A set of two miniature spatulas if you're tired of wasting makeup at the bottom of the packaging. These also work great on food items and basically anything that comes in a tube or jar.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Because be it artisanal mustard or a drugstore foundation, you paid good money for every ounce of that product! And yes, they actually work, like, really well — here's our Spatty review.

    Promising review: "So worth it! I'm so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on a 18-oz lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container. ...Oh please! You get so much more than you would without it." —Liz

    Get the set of two — one with a 6-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle (for different tasks!) — on Amazon for $11.99.

    20. A Sleep Pod blanket that'll stay snug around your body even if you have to get up and make a quick run to the fridge. A cozy trip to the fridge? Sold.


    With its envelope design you can stay super cozy while laying down but can also flip the bottom inside out for feet exposure. It's lightweight and perfect for travel!

    Promising review: "Let me start off by saying that this thing is soooooo soft. The best thing I can compare it to would be a pair of luxurious leggings. It has a lot of stretch and give to it. I will say that this DOES take a few days to get used to and figure out how high up you want to pull it. I personally keep it below my bustline, but when I lounge on the couch I like to bring it up around my shoulders.

    I recently traveled and it fit nicely in my carryon luggage (keep the pouch it comes in, it comes in handy). It also kept me feeling secure when I was away from my husband.

    If you are someone that struggles with anxiety, this is a must. It provides a light and gentle pressure where you don't feel confined, but instead you feel comforted." —Lindo

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in six sizes and two colors).

    21. A S'well drink chiller so enjoying that first crisp sip of your fave bevvy, can be an every-sip kinda thing. This chiller will keep your cans cold for up to six hours (plenty of time to sip slowly)!

    swell marble drink chiller

    This chiller features triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction so all it takes is you slipping your can or bottle into the holder and it's ready to ~enjoy.~

    Get it from S'well for $20

    22. A container of Mad Rabbit tattoo balm to make your ink more vibrant while also keeping it healthy and hydrated. You put a lot of time, effort, (and money) into your body art, you might as well keep it in pristine condition too.

    Mad Rabbit

    Mad Rabbit is a small business founded by two friends based in Los Angeles who sought out to find a more natural solution to hydrating and maintaining tattoos. Mad Rabbit is formulated with clean ingredients like aloe vera, argan oil, and chamomile extract.

    Promising review: "Would it be bad to say I want to go get some more tattoos just so I can use this product more? On top of it working, it smells amazing and feels so good on the skin! Definitely worth the purchase!" —Mary Whiteside

    Get it from Mad Rabbit for $15.99 (available in two scents).

    23. A Frywall — it's ideal for cooking splatter-prone things like bacon without spewing grease all over you and your cooktop. It can withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees F with its durable BPA-free silicone.

    Frywall place inside pan on stove top

    It's BPA-free, FDA-compliant, heat-resistant up to 450 degrees F, and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I was frying chicken with lard (yes, I use lard! My chicken is NOT health food.) and I put too much in the frying pan. A few minutes after putting the chicken in, the lard began to bubble up and if I hadn't had the Frywall in place, it would have spilled all over my stove. The Frywall creates a seal around my frying pan, stopping spillovers. Splatters don't escape, it's easy to work around it (turning my chicken over), and when I'm done, I just throw it in the dishwasher. If you do any frying at all, you want the Frywall." —Carl G Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in four colors).

    24. A Stasher reusable silicone bag for keeping your refrigerator organized with all those yummy leftovers. These nontoxic silicone bags will help you cut back on single-use plastic (woohoo), and are also dishwasher- and microwave-safe! A true multi-tasker.


    It's self-sealing and non-plastic. It's also free of BPA, PVC, and latex.

    Promising review: "I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren't usually dishwasher-safe. There are other silicone ones that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren't hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices. My only complaint is the cost — they are the most expensive and I wish they offered a bulk discount. If they were cheaper I would use them for EVERYTHING (open cheese in cheese drawer, all snacks on the go, etc)." —Megan A.

    Get one from Amazon for $11.12 (available in several sizes and colors).

    25. The Safety Nailer because the terror that comes with trying to use a nail and hammer can be daunting. Forgo hitting your finger (ouch), and use this steady solution instead.


    Promising review: "I have this and the finish nail size and they are both great! I have nerve pain in my hands and The Safety Nailer removes any chance of me banging my fingers with a hammer. What a relief!! It’s great for those of us who are not as dexterous as we once were. One of the best construction gadgets I’ve ever purchased." —w4shep

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $17.98.

    26. An organic cotton bacon sponge that's more eco-friendly and will help you cut back on paper towel waste. This lil' guy can absorb up to 10 times its weight in grease so the next time you're frying up some bacon, you can soak up all the grease efficiently. It's also washable for reuse!

    Pile of bacon sitting on the quilted cloth
    Green City Living / Etsy

    Green City Living is a small biz based in Denver that specializes in eco-friendly home goods. They donate 2.5% of sales to Climate Emergency Fund, an organization that supports climate activists.

    Promising review: "My husband calls the Bacon Sponge my Baconator! Since the lockdown and the scarcity of paper goods, I've reevaluated my carbon footprint. Where I used to go through several paper towels as I blotted the grease off of food, I needed nothing more than the bacon sponge laid across my cutting board to do the trick this time. It sopped up the bacon grease like a charm. After a few minutes soaking in Dawn dish detergent, I threw it into the wash with my towels. Came out lovely — fresh and ready for another round. I do plan on trying it with other foods like chicken. A top-notch product!" —dvitola

    Get it from Green City Living on Etsy for $12+

    27. A clip-on sleeve since you're always losing your lip balm in the abyss that is the bottom of your bag, and you want to keep it handy at all times (and also wanna stop having to buy more lip balms).

    sleeve holding chapstick

    Never lose your overabundance of lip balms again!

    Promising review: "Lifesaver. Hooks into work badge. Just yesterday, I actually used the entire lip balm before losing or washing it, LOL. (First time ever)." —Mary

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.09+ (available in 12 color combos).

    28. A smart funnel so you can transfer liquids from one bottle into a new one. You know, when you have two ketchups open and one is on its last limb? This funnel will help you transport the leftover ketchup into the newer bottle with no problems.

    smart funnel attached to two water jugs

    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself to try and then bought them as Christmas gifts. It gets every last drop of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., out of the bottles. I've decided to buy another one for the kitchen for things like dressing, ketchup, mustard, and oils. Helps with clutter and will save money over time by not wasting the last bit in the containers." —Diane H

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    29. A leather Bagnet since placing your coveted handbag on the floor is ~gross.~ This bagnet will magnetize to any metal chair or barstool!


    Bagnet is a woman-owned small business based in Sacramento working to make the lives of women easier.

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical about whether this little magnet would hold my larger, heavier bags, but it does!!! I love it! That one heavy duty magnet. And it's so fashionable!" —Theresa V.

    Get it from Bagnet for $24.99.

    30. A smart camera that works with Alexa so you can have peace of mind that your pups are behaving while you're out to dinner. (I have this camera and it's fab.)


    Promising review: "SO... I rarely write reviews but was so amazed by this camera I wanted to let others know. I bought the camera after using the Ring indoor camera for twice the price, because the Ring made a constant clicking noise (a known issue). I've tried all the other brands out there and was disappointed with all of them. Then I tried the Blink Mini because I thought it was for sale at a good price. The setup was a breeze, up and running in 30 seconds. The app is responsive and user friendly. My wifi is slow but it still loaded a 1080p HD quality view when I accessed it from my mobile app. My favorite feature is the night vision. All my previous cameras just showed a dark room or shadows but this camera shows a clear and crisp picture in pitch black darkness. Very pleased with this and you can't go wrong here." —Tech Guru

    Get one from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in one-, two-, and three-packs)

    When you realize you could've been living smarter after reading through this list...


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