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    25 Home Improvement Products From Amazon That’ll Be Useful All Year

    These will help you get any home improvement project done, whether it's summer or winter.

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    1. A pair of gardening pruning shears to prune plants and herbs with ease.

    A pair of gardening pruning shears

    Promising review: “These are perfect! I've had these for over a week and have already used them nearly every day. They get right into tiny or close spots and snip stems right off, they work great for deadheading or cutting flowers including roses, petunias, pansies, dianthus pinks, vinca, coreopsis, whatever! My mint, oregano, and rosemary herbs were trying to flower, and I trimmed the tops right off all of them faster than ever before. They actually make deadheading flowers and plants fun because it's so easy! Plus, they are small and light, so they don't hurt or tire my hands to use, and I can easily open (and close) the lock one-handed, so I can quickly snip, snip, snip away! I think I may buy a second pair because they are so handy.” —Laurilee5

    Price: $6.99

    2. A home tool kit that has everything from a cordless drill to a carrying bag, so you can get all kinds of home improvement projects done throughout the year.

    A home tool kit

    This set includes 68 hand tools and accessories.

    Promising review: “Great kit. I am a woman, so I appreciate the smaller size of the drill and how lightweight it is. I have small hands, so the drill fits perfectly. And don't let its size fool you. I was able to drill in concrete walls with no problem (NOTE: the bits included are only for wood, you need to buy separate concrete drill bits). The battery lasts a long time. I did not charge it when I first received it until about three weeks after and it still had enough charge in it. Has all the tools one may need.”—MelyPR

    Price: $74.99+ (available in seven styles)   

    3. A parts and hardware cabinet to store everything from nails and screws to paper clips to sewing buttons.

    The cabinet

    Promising review: “I give this product 5 stars not because it’s the best. I give it a 5, because, at the price, it is hands down, case closed, better than anything on Amazon that is similarly priced. For around $30, you get an excellent product that if you take care of. It  will take care of you.”—N8

    Price: $17.99+

    4. A Ring security doorbell if you want to find out what kind of curious critters are getting into your garbage at night.


    Promising review: “I love my ring video doorbell! It has night vision which looks awesome. I was about 80 miles from my home, and my phone went off showing me that someone was at my front door. It rings in three places: on my phone, on my computer, and at the door. It's just awesome to feel safe at night, and it records everything. It was so easy to hook up to my doorbell wires. They also give you extra parts, and it helps you get started with a push of a button on the back.” —Robert Moore

    Price: $99.99+

    5. A toilet fill valve and flapper repair kit because there’s nothing worse than having a leaky toilet in the house.

    A toilet fill valve and flapper repair kit

    Promising review: “The install was extremely easy; taking only about 15 minutes. The included directions are easy to follow; no tools are necessary unless the existing lock-nut that is under the toilet is a bit seized. Before installing or removing any parts, turn off your water pressure at the toilet and flush your toilet to remove as much water as possible from the tank. Any remaining water can be soaked up and removed with a sponge. I always get a small bowl or use an old towel under the toilet to capture any other small amounts of water once I remove the nut that holds the valve stem. The new valve kit and flapper are easily attached to the flush arm and fill pipe. This is a very inexpensive and straightforward DIY project.”—Sarasota2k4

    Price: $9.21+ (available in three styles)   

    6. A bamboo cable management box, which is able to fit power strips and cords, so you can keep them out of sight.

    A bamboo cable management box

    Promising review: “This box is well made, quality craftsmanship. The pictures do not do it justice. I was afraid of getting a clunky orange cheap box but this is good craftsmanship and not really so thick. It looks gorgeous! I have it in our living room to organize cords near our chairs. It was able to fit a smart power strip which has four USB and four smart plugs then a smaller square one which has 3 plugs (not app controlled but for my printer and diffuser) and it has four USB too.”—M.L

    Price: $44.97+ (available in five styles)   

    7. A Wi-Fi thermostat that easily adjusts the temperature of your apartment, even when you’re away on vacation.

    A WiFi thermostat

    Promising review: “This thermostat is terrific. If you want a nice-looking, accurate thermostat that does its job, this is for you. Easy to set up and has a nice app to use while you're away. This doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a Nest but it's almost half the cost. I replaced another Honeywell thermostat when I purchased a new air conditioner. I like the fact you can get the outside temp and humidity as well as the five-day forecast in your area.”—pmich10 

    Price: $199.99+ (available in four styles)   

    8. A foldable, four-step ladder with anti-slip, so you don’t have to worry about injuring yourself next time it’s time to clean those ceiling fans.

    A foldable, four-step ladder

    Promising review: “I was looking for a ladder where the steps are anti-slip and a decent width size so the whole foot is resting on them. I also wanted something light, I could move around easily and anti-slip on the bottom to protect the hardwood floors. This is the best ladder, it has everything I need and is easy to fold. and light to carry. It is sometimes challenging to place the safety hook in place when using it. However, the anti-slip and the width of the steps makes me feel very comfortable when I get to the top step.”—Rene

    Price: $59.99

    9. A pack of LED light bulbs to save money on utility bills and make makeup faux pas a thing of the past.

    A pack of LED light bulbs

    Promising review: “I really like these bulbs. They are super bright. They emit a very bright, white 'daylight' that is great for the bathroom because you can see everything. It is not as flattering as warm lights but much better for knowing what you actually look like in the morning when you're getting ready. No more thinking you look great and then getting to work and realizing you did not quite fully blend the makeup as well as you thought.”—Audrey Brunell

    Price: $10.99+ (available in two colors, three sizes, and two styles)  

    10. A pack of picture-hanging strips if you’re tired of tripping over the painting you’ve vowed to hang up at some point this year.


    Promising review: “OK, I've never used these and was skeptical, but I really wanted to hang some artwork without damaging the walls — or at least to be able to remove the artwork without any mark on the walls. I did it and they are even holding on to a fairly heavy plaque! I have some heavier art with heavy frames that I'm not sure these would work for! But I am reordering these because they really work and make picture hanging so easy!!!!”—C.Johnson

    Price: $11.52

    11. A self-locking, 25-foot power tape for providing accurate measurements without folding once it’s extended.

    A self-locking 25-foot power tape

    Promising review: “I own several of these tape measures. They are cost-efficient and well-made. The tape is medium-duty, and you can take it out about 6ft or so before it snaps over. I appreciate the self-lock feature, and it retracts smoothly. The retracting mechanism feels solid, and I don't anticipate it failing anytime soon. As long as Komelon continues to put forth quality tools and a decent price point, I will continue to be a customer. Definitely Recommend!”—Insurance Guy

    Price: $9.49+ (available in three sizes)  

    12. A silicone sink strainer, because if you are looking to cut down on plumbing bills, of course, you’ll want to start by keeping clogs at bay.

    A silicone sink drainer

    Promising review: “The sink strainers that are all metal rust and fall apart within two to three months. This one will never do that! After having one of these for a few months, I bought a second one for my other sink. You can't even tell it's there with stainless-steel sinks. This sink strainer grips the sink nicely as it is lined with silicone. This ensures food does not slip between the sink and the strainer. Nice! The holes are a good size. Things like rice will slip through if you're not careful, but if the holes were any smaller it wouldn't drain properly. Very easy to clean. Highly recommend this product!”—Evan

    Price: $8.97

    13. A two-pack of garage lights, which can bring some light to any garage, attic, or crawl space in the house.

    A two-pack of garage lights

    Promising review: “Game-changer! I was going to have someone install more lights in my garage. My car blocked a lot of light so it was always annoying if I dropped something or needed to find someone on the workbench. I really should’ve taken a before picture. It is so bright now, I’m amazed at the difference. Easy to install. if you can screw in a light bulb then you are good to go.”—Patricia N

    Price: $49.99

    14. A pack of paint brushes to get any home improvement job done easily.

    A pack of paint brushes

    Set includes one each of 1" flat, 1-1/2" angle, 2" stubby angle, 2" flat, and 2-1/2" angle.

    Promising review: “The brushes are really very good for this price. The multiple sizes and soft bristles make the job really easy. I painted my kitchen cabinets with them. I used one for primer, one for paint, and one for polyurethane. All of them did a great job. A very good alternative to expensive brand brushes.”—Shuaib

    Price: $6.90+ (available in four sizes) 

    15. An air purifier if you are trying to remove dust mites, pet dander, and pollen from your home.

    An air purfier

    Promising review: “LEVOIT air purifier basically saves my life. I was tested to be very allergic to dust mites. This air purifier works magically and keeps the air flow in my room. It is bigger than you will think, it has a touch screen for multiple functions. I love the night function, it is so quiet that I don’t even notice it’s on. Highly recommended for people like me.”—Bo

    Price: $99.99

    16. An automatic water bottle dispenser to get drinking water fast, without straining your back when flipping the water bottle onto the cooler stand.

    An automatic water bottle dispenser

    Promising review: “AMAZING!!! This is perfect for my five-gallon refillable water jug. Sits loosely on the top and is rechargeable. Just push the button and it dispenses water easily and without any mess. I can't believe what a bargain this was for the quality it is!!! If you're on the fence about this one, don't be. Get it!!”—Jessica

    Price: $10.98

    17. A tube of waterproof wood glue for fixing broken chairs, slats, and keeping cupboards shut.


    Promising review: “Works the way a wood glue should work, not a heavy odor, easy to pour, and easy to clean up. Highly recommend for wood work and excellent seal.”—Leo

    Price: $6.49+ (available in three sizes)   

    18. A stud finder sensor wall scanner, so you’ll know exactly where you can hang paintings, build shelves, or mount TVs.

    Reviewer using the stud finder on their wall

    Promising review: “I needed to hang a 60" TV in my living room and hang clothes rods in our master bedroom. This definitely helped me to find the studs and mount the brackets safely. It also detected metal plates inside the wall. I've never had one before, but this was easy to use right out of the box, just put the batteries in, select mode, calibrate and go. Going to come in real handy in the future. Wish I would have got one years ago.”—Kothar

    Price: $27.99

    19. A hair grabber drain tool that can unclog drains, without causing damage to your plumbing system.

    A hair grabber drain tool

    Promising review: “My bathtub had water backing up during my shower. I was standing in ankle-deep soapy water!! I put the Green Gobbler Hair Grabber Tool down my tub drain as far as it would go. I had a hard time pulling it out because of the massive amount of hair the grabber hooked on to!! I have a cat with medium-length fur who loves to drink from the tub drain. When he gets wet, he leaves wads of hair in the bottom of the tub. I also had a friend with very long hair use my shower a number of times. The grabber was full of long black human hair and sable brown cat fur. I now have a mesh cover on the drain to lessen the chance of reoccurrence. I showed a friend the huge wad of hair I got out of the drain, and now she wants to buy the product too.”—customer

    Price: $11.99

    20. A retractable utility knife to cut through cardboard, plastic, and carpet in a snap.

    A retractable utility knife

    Promising review: “I received this set of utility knives about 10 days ago hoping they lived up to their description. Well, they most certainly DID and even exceeded MY expectations. Strong, sturdy, top-quality set. Really like the firm grip you get with the rubberized handle and finger indents. The blade itself stays locked in place while in use then retracts completely, and the mechanism is activated by sliding a rib-edge silver button; what could be easier or safer??”—Greeneggsnham

    Price: $13.98

    21. A pack of LED downlights with a junction box, which can be placed in any room, so you can light up your living room, deck, or kitchen in a jiffy.

    A pack of LED downlights with a junction box

    Promising review: “I installed about 30 of these throughout my home. So easy to install and so thin. If you cut a hole and there's a stud directly above it you can still install the light without messing with the stud. The light is about the same thickness or maybe less than the drywall so it fits under the stud. 3000k is a nice compromise between warm white and white-white. I'll probably be buying more as I continue doing work on my home.”—Lewis

    Price: $109.99+ (available in two sizes)   

    22. A black-light detector, because, of course, you’ll want to see if your roommate really cleaned the toilet or not.

    A black-light detector

    Promising review: “I work at a veterinary clinic and perform anesthetic dental cleanings on pets. I use the light after I've scaled their teeth to see if there are any spots that were missed (some mouths are difficult to get into). I photographed some teeth prior to scaling. Tartar and calculus appear highlighter orange, which my iPhone was unable to capture how truly bright the coloring was. This is also great for using in the bathroom or floors/carpets to see what stains your pets may have left. I bleach the spot my cat pukes on, but apparently, residue is still there according to the light. Thanks, light, for telling me I need to get a carpet vacuum or something to get these unseen (but now seen) stains out.”—gennuhfurr

    Price: $15.99

    23. A pack of child safety strap locks to keep your kiddo (or your pooch!) out of the garbage, cabinets, or toilets.

    A pack of child safety strap locks

    Promising review: “I actually got these to secure my washer and dryer from my son's 8-month-old, 90-pound German Shepherd puppy. He stays in the laundry room when we aren't home and he's so smart he figured out how to open the pedestals. He was destroying the toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, grocery bags, etc...that I store in there. Since installing these, he can't open the pedestals! (I do have 1 on each side because it didn't seem as secure with just having 1 in the middle- as he is really strong). These keep him out, but are also easy enough for me to unlatch when I need them in the pedestal drawer.”—Amazon Customer

    Price: $9.95

    24. A pack of light dimming covers you can use on your new TV, laptop, or alarm clock to shield your eyes from blue light exposure.

    A pack of light-dimming covers

    Promising review: “I have a media PC in my living room under my TV and directly across from the main couch. The LED is extremely bright and obnoxious, especially in low-light situations. I can't remember how I found these, but I thought it was worth a shot. The pictures I took don't do it justice. It dimmed the LED the perfect amount and I can definitely still see that the PC is on, but without the annoying blue beacon that can be seen from space. The variety of options included guarantees that you should have the correct size to dim whatever LEDs that you have. Highly recommended, super fast shipping (it came in a letter envelope, which was awesome to find it in my mailbox).”—IPman501

    Price: $7.89

    25. A bottle of food-grade mineral oil so you can make your cutting boards, appliances, and knives look brand-new.

    A bottle of food-grade mineral oil

    Promising review: “I have been searching for a good oil to treat my butcher block countertop. After reading so many reviews on Amazon for different oils, I decided to give this one a try. I removed everything from my countertops and followed the instructions (I left it on for 24 hours). I decided to apply the oil with my hands (gloves on). I also put it on my acacia tea box and salt container. The following day I wiped it off with a towel. Looking at my stainless-steel stove, fridge, and other surfaces in my kitchen I wanted to see how this oil will also work to revive it. I used the same towel and WOW, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Everything looks brand-new.”—La Bellissima

    Price: $16.99+ (available in three sizes)   

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