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    22 Splurge-y Products That’ll Actually End Up Paying For Themselves

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    1. A mini video projector if you have an empty spot on your wall and/or an empty spot in your soul that movie theaters once filled. This is a much cheaper (and safer) option than returning to your favorite local haunt.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Includes a 100-inch portable projector screen!

    Promising review: "Who needs a drive-thru or risk COVID at a theater when you have this and your pick of streaming media?!!?!?! Easy to start up and adjust the picture. I totally have movie night on my patio every weekend now." —D1&Only

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    2. A mini portable washing machine for urban dwellers who weren't blessed with an in-unit machine. Imagine: A life without laundromats and/or drop-off service fees.

    White mini portable washing machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Using these type washer\spin-dryer machines requires more effort, but here is why you will want to purchase one immediately: If you have been using machines that require inserting COINS:

    One Wash = $1.50

    One Dry = $1.50

    Let's say you do four loads a week:

    One Wash x 4 = $6

    One Dry x 4 = $6

    $12 x 52 weeks = $624

    $624 - $145.99 (KUPPET 26lb machine) = $478.01 Savings

    This is why you will buy this KUPPET." —Sweeps Guy

    Get it from Amazon for $165.99 (available in two colorways).

    3. A sparkling water maker if you're guilty of hoarding cases upon cases of LaCroix every time you swing by the grocery store.

    Sleek black sparkling water maker
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Looks and works great, easy to understand, sturdy. I've been using mine multiple times a day for a few weeks. It makes great carbonation. A tad pricey, but for the amount I was paying for just buying 8 liters of carbonated water a week, including the cost for gas bottles it will take about six months to pay for itself. After that its a real money saver not to mention repeat trips to the store lugging heavy bottles. Really like the bottles. I pack two for work every day, no spill, perfect size. I would recommend this to a friend for sure. I add the Stur flavorings and electrolyte drops to kick it up a notch. —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $219+ (available in four colors).

    4. A Dyson Outsize cordless vacuum that'll give you the option of five different heads for all of your cleaning needs (it uses special technology that automatically senses and adapts to changes in floor type so you don't have to buy several single-function gadgets) and could also be the answer to your allergy struggles.

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    Promising review: "We have had our Dyson Outsize now for a couple of months and the verdict is in — this beast is the real deal. We are a family of four and have been using a whole house central vacuum system for many years. We thought we had something state of the art, with all the fancy discrete plugs and garage based canister, but were just plain wrong. I guess we were very 1990s! Tubes, plugging and unplugging and lugging it about just got old (and heavy) – so we went for the OUTSIZE BIG guns and couldn’t be happier. The Outsize is light (enough), super mobile, well made and the floor/carpet sensor works like a dream. It’s such a pleasure to not have to deal with changing accessories for floors/carpets which is a typical condition in many homes. So smart and innovative. Of course the Outsize comes with all sorts of great accessories, a couple of which you will use for sure and the extra battery is a bonus but so far we haven’t needed it much and we have quite a large house (6,000+ sf). All in all this is a winner and well worth the premium price as you get a premium product…and more!" —Gary

    Get it from Dyson for $799.

    5. Living Proof Phd Dry Shampoo to extend styled hair and removes excess oil, odor, and sweat from strands. Your mane will look (and feel) so good again, especially in between washes.

    Living Proof dry shampoo in bag
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have tried many different types of drugstore brand dry shampoo and literally everything is a joke to my thick very greasy oily straight hair. Tried this and have to say it is the best I've ever tried. Really does clean vs. just layer gross thick sticky scent on your hair. It's the only one that keeps your hair fresh-smelling as well. The scent is also amazing compared to other cheap scents (all LP products have great herbal-y scents)" —kitsune11c

    Get it from Sephora for $36 (available in three sizes).

    6. A countertop garden that'll produce a hefty supply of herbs and veggies for your next homemade meal, so you have one fewer thing to pay for on your grocery runs.

    Aerogarden growing fresh herbs
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a black thumb which I think is important to add to this review. The Aerogarden takes care of itself and the herbs grow a little bit more each day. It's the most exciting part of my morning routine — while my coffee brews I admire my plants!" —kristy campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in black and white).

    7. A pair of cargo running shorts with stealthy pockets that'll eliminate the need to invest in a hydration pack. You can also be sure that this premium fabric will hold up under tons and tons of washes.

    Satisfy Running

    Get it from Satisfy for $198.

    8. A just-right Casper mattress with soft foam around the shoulders (for upper body relief) and firm foam under the hips, waist, and lower back (for proper spine alignment) so you can hopefully avoid some trips to the chiropractor.

    Casper mattress
    Casper

    Promising review: "From the start I was a little skeptical, but a very good friend recommended Casper. So my wife and I talked and decided to give it a chance. After all, with 100 days to try it out there was only a little effort to lose. So we unpacked the mattress and let it sit open for 24 hours. I have to say, opening the box and cutting the wrapping off was a cool experience. We replaced our mattress with the Casper, kept our original box spring. Night one it was comfortable, firm, cool to the touch, and felt like a hug. Night two I realized that the edge was not as firm as a standard mattress, but then again it was not hard on the edge. I realized that I have been sleeping on the edge of my mattress and it was not doing me any favors. The Casper changed my body alignment in the bed and I am glad it did. After a week we both agreed it was a good mattress. After a month we decided to keep it and discarded our original mattress. It has been over a year now and I would not trade the Casper for anything. If you paid me a million dollars, I would give you the mattress, but I would buy another one and keep the rest of the money. I played college football, weigh over 300 pounds, have bad knees, hips, shoulders, and back, but this mattress allows me to get out of bed without any pain. With my old mattress it would sometimes take me 20 minutes to walk after getting up. With the Casper I hop out of bed with no pain, it is the best part of my day." —David Lopshire

    Get it from Casper for $595+ (available in Twin to Cal King).

    9. A pair of aerating wineglasses that aren't just a gimmick — they'll actually give your cheap wine a big boost.

    Aerating wine glass cup
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We tested them by comparing the wine before and after using the glass and there WAS a difference in the quality of the taste. Most items are mostly hype but this one seems to be real. Besides, it's cute to watch it flow." —KHofferMD

    Get it from Amazon for $50 (for a pair).

    10. A three-in-one rechargeable LED lamp you'll be able to repurpose as a dish to hold your loose change.

    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $138 (available in three colors).

    11. A Kindle Paperwhite that'll make it possible to indulge in your favorite reads with a lesser blow to your checking account.

    Hand holding the Kindle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This year, I am traveling to many different countries and have been reading more than I have ever been. I did not want to take physical books with me on trips for the obvious reason that it takes up space and weighs down my luggage. That’s when I decided to see about the kindle paper white. Man, am I pleasantly surprised by this device. It’s compact, portable, really minimizes glare, and the backlight is phenomenal for reading in different lighting. In fact, I can now read in the dark without keeping my husband awake with a reading light." —LinaRi

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in four colors and with 8 GB or 32 GB).

    To learn more, check out "The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof, And I'm Bringing It On Vacation."

    12. An air fryer that'll turn your boring dinners into crispy, restaurant-ready entrees. Which is to say: You no longer have to go to restaurants. Sort of! (BTW, this thing can also roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate.)

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I use this lovely machine two to four times a week. I'm able to cook things so much faster than before AND save money on what I consider to be restaurant quality-type food. Like hot wings. The air fryer portion is AMAZING. Well worth my money!" —MiMi Silva

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague swears by this, check out "I Finally Got An Air Fryer, And It's Totally Changed My Home Cooking."

    13. A cold brew maker if you're finding yourself in line at Starbucks or your neighborhood coffee house on a near daily basis and are starting to really hate yourself.

    Cold brew maker sitting on kitchen counter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This brews the best coffee we've ever made at home. We've been through many iterations of Keurig, drip coffee makers, and even the Starbucks pod machines. Cold brewing is hands-down the best and this KitchenAid machine is fantastic. We bought some glass bottles from Amazon and store each batch in them to take on the go during the week. One batch of coffee usually yields seven 12-ounce bottles (The brew is highly concentrated.) We usually use a medium brew Starbucks Colombian ground that costs around $8.80 a bag. I estimate each bottle of coffee we make costs around 65 to 70 cents! This thing pays for itself easily if you go to Starbucks regularly or even buy their pre-made cold brews." —SPersaud

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    14. A Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush that'll significantly improve gum health and remove plaque and staining. You know what that means? Less work for your dentist.

    The electric toothbrush in black
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Even though I'd only had this for a few weeks after replacing a cheap electric toothbrush, I am absolutely floored by the quality. My dentist was HAPPY with my teeth for literally the first time since I've been seeing him. I have a very tightly packed mouth that is really hard to brush thoroughly. Dentist didn't even have to get out the power toothbrush for more than a few back molars. The charging cup looks beautiful in the bathroom. A major investment purchase, but cheaper than deep cleanings or fillings under nitrous oxide!" —Nynaeve Al'Mearan

    Get it from Amazon for $169

    See why this won our high-end pick for best electric toothbrushes in "You Won't Bristle At These Electric Toothbrushes We Reviewed."

    15. And to that end: A water flosser to thoroughly clean all those hard-to-get nooks and crannies in your mouth. In turn, you won't be slammed with an unexpected cavity bill down the road.

    Water flosser in hand
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So...this is amazing. This is my first review ever on Amazon after ordering numerous things. I had periodontal pockets from not flossing and I also experienced some bone loss. I literally hated flossing and would find myself avoiding to floss even though I needed it very much. My gums were red, swollen, and inflamed because I was in the early stages of periodontal disease. I started using this flosser and instantly knew I liked this way of flossing much better! After using it consecutively each night for only five days my gums were noticeably cleaner and felt much better. After two weeks of using the this flossing system my gums have done a complete 180 and my mouth and gums are starting to heal properly!" —Ebony

    Get it from Amazon for $65.97 (available in seven colors).

    16. A pair of wireless Beats headphones that'll stand up to some serious sweating — which is great news if you're a person who has had to replace a pair or two because you went a bit too hard with your fitness.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Here's a part of Emma McAnaw's review for these splurge-worthy earbuds: "These Beats headphones have been a real game-changer for me. The sound quality is SO MUCH better than my cheap headphones, which has actually really improved my experience while working out. I find it easier to stay motivated now that my music is *crystal clear* (and I can't hear myself wheezing). They can hold a charge for a pretty long time, as long you always store them in their charging case. I usually use them for a full work day without needing to re-charge them. Plus, they're really comfy in my ears and never fall out, thanks to their clever hook design (if you have comfort issues with Apple headphones, these will probably feel better)!"

    Get them from Amazon for $249.95 (available in four colors).

    Check out Emma McAnaw's full review to see why she loves them so much in "Just 10 Things To Try In March."

    17. A white-noise sound machine with 20 settings to ensure you get a good night's sleep even when your upstairs neighbors decide to do some late-night furniture rearranging. You know what they say: Time is money!

    Small white-noise sound machine
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This device saved. My. Life. Well, not literally, but it definitely saved my sanity. I'm a highly anxious person who is extremely noise-sensitive and vulnerable to sensory overload. Cue moving into my first college apartment, where the upstairs neighbors' every footstep can be heard amplified and bass boosted through my ceiling. (Of course, before I signed the lease, the landlord didn't mention this... 'feature.') My room is right below their kitchen, so in addition to the stomping, I can hear all their yelling and banging around pots and pans all hours of the day and into the night. I was losing a LOT of sleep over this, and it ramped up my anxiety tenfold. I felt like I couldn't be at peace in my own home and dreaded having to come back here at all... My safe, comfortable space was constantly being violated by noise pollution and there was literally nothing I could do about it.

    I almost considered moving out or at least switching to an upstairs unit ... that is, until I happened upon this amazing little device. I never cared for 'white noise' machines that wasn't true white noise; ocean waves and rainfall isn't as soothing when you have upstairs neighbors with lead for feet. You really need a good, loud, pure white noise that masks all frequencies and that your brain can easily ignore, so it seems as if there's no noise at all. This thing was absolutely perfect for me, as it only had white noise and fan sounds (and a variety of 'em!) that can get loud enough to mask anything. I mean ANYTHING. I can now peacefully snooze through not only my neighbors' stomping kitchen antics, but also the 8 a.m. garbage truck arriving bright and early every Wednesday." —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    18. A genetic ancestry test kit for your pup, so you can finally identify the exact breed breakdown of the creature you're living with. Who knows: This info could help you get ahead of many health issues that come with the domain of owning a particular dog.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was awesome, and I'm so glad we used it! We have a big, doofy looking dog that we adopted years back but never bothered to try to figure out what he was. He looks like a gigantic boxer with some other weird quirks thrown in. We originally thought maybe he was a Dogo Argentino, but when we started looking some more, we thought American Bulldog with some boxer thrown in. We got the test and gave him the ol' swab in the mouth — only a couple seconds of swabbing between his cheek and gums was enough for the test. Sent it off, got the confirmation in a few days, then the results in about two weeks. Much to our amazement, he is 75% boxer, 12.5% American Bulldog, and 12.5% Standard Bulldog! Here's where people get bent out of shape about this product: They think that it can magically discern everything in your dog's bloodline, and that your dog's looks have to comport with their genetics. Not so much. If you have a true mutt (e.g. a dog whose parents were mutts, and whose grandparents were also mutts), it's not going to help you. It's going to come back as a mixed breed. if you understand the product's limitations, this is a great tool to give you some insight into your furry friend." —Great Odin's Raven

    Get it from Amazon for $72.99.

    19. A dermo-approved sunscreen that's the holy grail for anyone with sensitive, acne-prone, or just all-around-impossible skin. (Yes, it might seem like a lot of money for a sunscreen but it's worth it when you factor in all the pricey derm appointments you'll be able to avoid down the road).

    Elta MD sunscreen in hand
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m absolutely obsessed with this SPF. It works so well for my skin that I’ve now entered it into my daily skin care regimen. I have really bad rosacea, and when I went to a new dermatologist she told me that I needed to use something less oily than the Banana Boat I was slathering on if I wanted my ease the effects of my rosacea. The EltaMD is so good at protecting my skin from the sun that it doesn’t get dried out at all, and it doesn’t burn like it used to. Also generally speaking, my skin is so much better than it was a month ago and I’m hoping the improvements will just keep going. I definitely recommend this SPF to anyone who’s looking for a lightweight protectant against the sun that won’t clog their pores or cause them to break out." —J. Humphrey

    Get it from Amazon for $33.

    20. A cast-iron Le Creuset Dutch oven you'll certainly be using for the long haul — no more going through cheapos in the interim.

    Blue Le Creuset Dutch oven on kitchen counter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about these... just love them. They are pricey, but in my opinion, everything I have gotten from Le Creuset has been worth it. They are pieces that you hand down to your grandchildren. They are made well, cook well, and look beautiful. And, as a bonus, you don't need to have tons of pans, pots, and cookware if you're using these. Just a few essentials are all you need due to the quality." —Olga Loinfeisk

    Get it from Amazon for $319.95 (available in thirteen colors).

    21. A very sleek heated toilet-seat bidet that'll be like, "T.P. whom?" (That's Millennial for "you won't be using toilet paper, therefore you will be saving money.")

    White curvy toilet from the side
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Love it! It really gets you clean. The warm water feature and the ability to direct the water from the front to the back areas of your body are a big plus!" —Cleo

    Get it from Wayfair for $239.40+ (originally $399; available in two finishes).

    22. An Instant Pot that just might revolutionize the way you cook — and by that I mean, you might actually *start* cooking. A great cost-saving measure when takeout begins to rule everything around you (TREAM).

    Instant Pot containing macaroni and cheese and shredder next to it
    Amazon

    What can't this thing do? It can cook rice, pressure-cook, slow-cook, steam, saute, make yogurt, and warm up food. It cannot drive your children to school.

    Promising review: "I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can't cook to save his life, so that isn't much help either. I'd feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can't believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it's cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief." —Sunahm

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 6- and 8-quart).

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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