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34 Clever Products For A More Efficient 2019

More time for important things like spending time with your fam or howling with laughter at dog videos.

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.

Hey! While we try to keep our posts updated as much as we can, this post is actually from 2018, so we can't guarantee that the pricing and/or availability of the products featured are accurate. For our most up-to-date recommendations, check out the 2019 version of this post!

1. A waterproof Kindle that'll save you trips to the library with e-books sent directly to the device! Then you can practice some ~self-care~ by reading in the bath without putting yourself in a Final Destination sitch.


So many people don't know you can have library books sent to your e-reader!!! Oh and this new version is lighter, thinner, and has 2x the storage of older Kindle models. You can also use it with Audible and Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to your story.

Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in 8 or 32 GB).

2. A drawstring makeup bag so you can put on your face (without spilling powder everywhere!) in all sorts of places.


And it's waterproof!

Get it from Amazon for $10.99. Also check out a solid color option.

3. A compact vibrating alarm clock for dragging yourself out of bed for your morning run without disturbing your bed partner.

Promising review: "This has been a tremendous help! I isn't want a loud obnoxious alarm to go off and wake my newborn baby, so I researched and there are some very expensive vibrating alarm clocks out there but this one worked great! I've had it for several months now with no complaints!!" —Volprincess24

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

4. A universal diffuser you can pack and use on any ole' hotel dryer so you can save space and finally become one of those people who just packs a carry-on.


Promising review: "I bought this to travel overseas with so I didn't have to buy a converter for my own hair dryer. It's awesome because it fits on any hair dryer and was perfect for the one they offered in the hotel. I am very picky about diffusers and was wondering if this would be something I even liked, but I think I'll continue to use it on my regular hair dryer now that I'm back home." —Anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

5. A gram-worthy vitamin subscription tailored to your needs and delivered to your door in daily packets so you never have to worry about skipping a day or running low on your supply.

You simply take a quiz about your needs and Care/of handles the rest. One of my coworkers swears by the service and you can read all about it in our review of Care/of vitamins.

Check out pricing from Care/of for $5+/month.

6. A winged eyeliner stamp so you won't have to stand in front of your bathroom mirror tweaking each wing to match the other. Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth.


Ohhhh if I could only get back all those hours!

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes).

7. Extremely grippy hair ties to keep your sweaty mane in a ponytail or bun as intended while you welcome sweet death in brutal workout classes.

Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed, Amazon

If these things stay put while I'm dying on a stationary bike in an indoor cycling class, I'm sure they'll do the same for you! Check out our review of Goody SlideProof hair ties for all the sweaty deets.

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $2.84.

8. An RFID-blocking wallet with a slim bi-fold design and flip-up ID window for quicker identification. And it won't bulk up your back pocket thanks to its ~slim~ design.


Promising review: "I'd been looking for an RFID-shielded wallet to replace the cumbersome sleeves I'd been using to protect and store credit cards. I've only had it for a short time but I love this wallet. It looks nice, is RFID shielded, and when packed with all my stuff, give a smaller thinner profile making it easier to insert and remove from my pocket." —R. Fisch

Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in seven colors).

9. A temperature-regulating comforter that'll help keep you cool during the summer and toasty in the winter. No more swapping when the seasons change!


It's made of hygro cotton has a 300 thread count.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $99+ (available in four sizes).

Also check out the matching temperature-regulating mattress cover, solid sheets, and printed sheets.

10. Packing cubes to help you squeeze more items into that carry-on and locate that pair of shorts you want to wear to the beach today so much faster.


Lots of reviewers also designate a cube for each member of the family to cut down on the amount of luggage for the family. I asked for *this* set for Christmas and can't wait to give them a go!

Get a set of six from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 11 colors).

11. And a TSA-approved carry-on backpack with a trio of packing cubes you can pack like a suitcase if you'd rather experience the local sites than wait by the luggage carousel.


Promising review: "My husband and I got two of these for a five-week trip around Europe and they were champions! We easily packed all our fun stuff and a week's worth of clothes and even had some room for small souvenirs. Very durable. Water-resistant, not waterproof. Easy to pack and still find things. Would absolutely recommend." —KC VanNu

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in six color combos and also as the backpack without cubes).

12. A kitchen scale for precise measurements and conversions etched onto the surface so you can make a tricky recipe right the first time.


Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $17.99.

13. A clear tote to hold all your regular purse things when it's time to go to a concert or game with a strict bag policy. Checking your bag or shoving everything into coat pockets is never as good of an idea as it sounds.


Meets NFL and PGA bag requirements.

Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

14. Or a stylish purse clearly inspired by Chanel if you still wanna keep it FASHION when you're pulling for your team.

Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

Another BuzzFeed shopping writer owns and loves this. Get all the deets in our review for this clear purse.

Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in three colors).

15. No-show socks for when you want to bare a lil' ankle or rock some flats with jeans and can't be bothered with those bullshit "no-show" socks that slip off your heel with the first step.


Get a pair from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in black, fits women's shoe sizes 6–11).

16. Makeup-removing cloths on a budget that'll remove all your makeup with just some water so you don't have to worry about mascara-streaked pillowcases or towels.


They're suitable for all skin types and you can throw them in the wash like regular washcloths.

Promising review: "These cloths are amazing. They take off all makeup with water only!! So soft on my face and easy to toss in the wash and reuse. Getting more to give as gifts for Christmas." —dmp2435

Get three from Amazon for $19.48 (also available in black).

FYI, this is a cheaper dupe of The MakeUp Eraser, which was one of our top picks for the best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews. If you're on a tighter budget, check out these cloths for $2.97 that I own and are nearly as good as The MakeUp Eraser.

17. A speedy blow dry spray to also help protect hair from heat damage and detangle. So really, it does the most for a very small amount of $.


Get two from Amazon for $6.13.

If you're willing to pay a little more, check out our review on Design.Me Power Dry.Me spray, a blow dry spray I've tried and loved that costs $16.65 on Amazon (but lasts awhile).

18. A sparkling water maker — it'll help you reclaim your time spent lugging cartons of LaCroix from the store to your car trunk to your home.


This SodaStream kit includes the sparking water maker, two 60L CO2 cylinders, three 1-liter carbonating bottles, and lime and orange fruit drops.

Get it from Amazon for $124.99 (available in three colors).

19. A streamlined planner ready to help you get organized — especially if the notion of the *effort* required to do bullet journaling makes you break out into hives ::raises hand::


Includes monthly and weekly planning, ribbon bookmark to hold your place, and a gorgeous look so you can whip this out whenever you want it. Or just really to bait some compliments.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two sizes).

Also check out our top picks for the best planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

20. Long-wearing liquid lipsticks in a nice lil' holiday gift set you should give yourself because this formula will last through gulps of coffee and greasy desk lunches so you'll have to touch up maybe once during the day.


This is tried and tested be ME, Elizabeth Lilly! Seriously though, this Smashbox formula looks "velvety" (as described by friends) and stays put throughout the day, even when I'm drinking four cups of coffee and shoveling as many office snacks as possible into my face.

Get it from Sephora for $14.50 or check out the full-size version for $24 (available in 24 matte colors and six metallic colors).

21. A press-and-go ice tea maker that'll help you avoid making a pit stop at the coffee shop for your fave bev.


Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.99.

22. A rapid drink chiller to turn any *non-carbonated* bev icy in less than 60 seconds.

The Grommet

It chills hot coffee by up to 130+ degrees in 60 seconds without dilution and also works on whiskey, wine, iced tea, etc. Oh, and it's dishwasher-safe!

Get it from The Grommet for $29.95.

23. A food chopper and slicer with seven cutting blades that'll make chopping veggies a quick, easy task in comparison to doing it by hand.


includes seven interchangeable blades and a 1.2-quart catch tray. Cut-resistant gloves (like those shown) are not included, but recommended.

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

24. A motion-activated purse light for tracking down your fave pen that much faster when you have to sign autographs ;).


Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

25. And a felt purse organizer to keep your essentials in order as you quickly move it from one bag to another on rushed mornings.


It has 13 pockets and a detachable wallet pocket and key chain.

Promising review: "I have a Lily Jade Meggan diaper bag and this fits perfectly! It allows me to use my bag as a diaper bag, as well as my work bag. Organizes everything from cameras to food pouches to wallets to even my work laptop. Love it!" —Munchkin Mama

Get it from Amazon for $19.88 (available in seven colors and three sizes).

26. A holy grail Instant Pot for the easiest meal prep *ever* thanks to dump dinners that cook while you're at work during the day. (Warning: The pizza place might do a wellness check on you.)


It works as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out a BuzzFeeder's review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. Still unconvinced? Look at all the yummy Amazon reviewer photos.

Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in three sizes).

27. And some bag holders to make those dump dinners even better once you discover the magic of freezer meals you can prep a month in advance and then toss in the Instant Pot.


Get two from Amazon for $12.97.

28. A bidet attachment for your toilet for a quicker, better clean instead of going through half a roll of TP on, um, substantial visits.


We reviewed the best toilet paper on BuzzFeed Reviews and recommend this for our highest price point for efficiency's sake. And it's an easy install on your toilet. Even for renters!

Get it from Amazon for $34.50+ (available in two colors).

29. A spinning makeup brush cleaner that'll get those brushes you drag across your expensive palettes and then fluff on your face cleaner, faster because cleaning them tbh is all too time-consuming the OG way.


You simply dunk the brush in the bowl, spin to clean, and then spin to dry. Includes a brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars, glass bowl, and bowl splash guard.

Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

30. A matte-finish setting spray ready to lock in your makeup to help avoid touchups throughout the day.


I've used this before and, tbh, it stacks up to the much pricier Urban Decay All Nighter spray when it comes to my super oily skin.

Get it from Amazon for $4.39.

31. An egg cooker for whipping up a nutritious breakfast on hurried mornings or making an effortless omelette for a weeknight meal.


Promising review: "I eat a lot of hard-boiled eggs and was looking for a quick and easy way to cook them that didn't use a lot of energy or space and was easy to clean-up. This cute, little, unassuming device is the perfect solution! Set it and forget it, and when it's done, turn it off, let it sit for one minute, and then put the eggs in a bowl of ice water. The eggs are cooked perfectly and peeling is a breeze." —coldblood4vt

Get it from Amazon for $15.25+ (available in six colors).

32. A 30-piece (!!!) cookware set that comes with a Google Home mini so you can cook up your fave Tasty recipes without having to dirty up your phone or laptop for the sake of pausing a step.


Say buh-bye to starting a recipe and realizing you don't have right right size non-stick pan for it! With the Google Home mini (which, btw, normally retails for $49 alone), you can access step-by-step instructions to more than 3,000 Tasty recipes with just your voice. Set timers, get unit conversions, and answers to any cooking question while your hands are full.

Other items include an 8" fry pan, 9.5" fry pan, 4-quart jumbo cooker with lid, 6-quart Dutch oven with lid, 1.5-quart sauce pan with lid, 2.5-quart sauce pan with lid, small and medium cookie sheets, two emoji cookie cutters, five-piece pinch bowl set, four-piece glass bowl set, five measuring spoons, silicone spoon, silicone turner, and Tasty recipe booklet.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty line, exclusively at Walmart for $99 (available in three cookware colors).

33. Or a Google Home Hub in case you want to watch the recipes unfold before you while using both hands. Or need help with recreating a lil' contouring magic you saw on Instagram.

Google Store

A voice-controlled, smart display device featuring the brains of the Google Assistant, so you can access critical information about your day and watch videos like beauty tutorials from Sephora, an explainer on how to cut a pineapple, and so much more. BUT there is no camera on it, in case you're worried about that! Word to the herd: If you buy it from Sephora you can rack up those Beauty Insider points. Cha-ching!

Get it from Sephora for Sephora or the Google Store for $129.

34. An insulated water bottle so pretty you won't want to leave it anywhere AND it will just keep your beverages your preferred temperature for hours on end.


Promising review: "Fill with ice the night before and have ice water the entire next day. Just as well as the more expensive Yeti." —Teresa A. Mazourek

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four sizes and 43 colors).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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