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21 Products That People Say Work Just As Well As Their Pricier Counterparts

Smart buys are *even* smarter if you can get away with the cheaper version.

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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A KitchenIQ sharpener that'll handle dull kitchen knives for change when compared to the Chef's Choice sharpener.

hand holding the kitchen sharpener in front of a cutting board with knives
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I own this beaut and it's transformed my hand-me-down kitchen knives. Read our full review of the KitchenIQ sharpener (#4).

Promising review: "This cheap knife sharpener is great. It works better than my Chef's Choice sharpener. The Chef's Choice worked great for the first year. After that, it wasn't worth much. I figure I can buy three of these for something that lasts more than one year. Great for stocking stuffers at Christmas." β€”Ruth M.

Get them from Amazon: KitchenIQ for $5.99+Β (available in four colors)Β or Chef's Choice for $49.95

2. A two-pack of glass phone screen protectors anyone can easily DIY (I did!) for less than a third of the cost of having someone apply one at the Apple store. I've been using these for YEARS and am on what is likely my third pack. They're lifesavers!,

Each of the protectors that come in a pack have lasted me at least six months! Check out our full review of amFilm Glass Screen Protector (#2). Each has lasted about a year for me. Not too shabby for less than $3 each!

Promising review: "I never post reviews, but this is a unique circumstance. I bought these screen protectors because they were cheap and came in a pack β€” probably not the best approach when trying to protect an $800 device. But, at the end of the day, these did exactly what they were supposed to do when a 15-pound dumbbell slipped out of my wife's hand and fell directly onto the screen. After telling my wife there was no way her screen didn't crack, I pulled back the cover to reveal a crack-free, fully intact screen. And that's why you buy screen protectors in packs!" β€”Geoffrey Forman

Get them from Amazon for $5.94 (also available in more sizes).

3. Stila eyeliner to help you draw on your preferred flick with smudgeproof wear (versus the slightly more versatile action of the double-tipped Tom Ford).

various lines drawn from various colors of the Stila eyeliner
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Read up on why we picked the Stila as our mid-price pick and the Tom Ford as our splurge-y pick for the top liquid eyeliners. Stila is my current fave and I wear contacts, have eye allergies, and constantly rub my eyes! Call me a prepper but I buy Stila eyeliners in bulk and currently have four ones so I'm never without one in case I lose one (it happens!).Β 

Get the Stila from Amazon for $22 (11 colors) or the Tom Ford from Sephora for $59.

4. An Instant Pot that'll stand in for 11 kitchen appliances, one of which is a rice cooker, like a pricey Zojirushi one. And an air fryer too!,

Serves as a pressure cooker, air fryer, slow cooker, steamer, sautΓ© pan, food warmer, sous vide, roaster, mini oven, broiler, and dehydrator.

Promising review: "What else can you say about this product? It will replace three appliances that I use on a regular basis: rice cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker. That's important to me because at this point kitchen space is at a premium. The packaging is great, the instructions are very clear and well written and it works very well. The first use was to make chicken bone broth using the pressure cooker feature. It worked flawlessly. Two hour cook time. 10 min prep, 30 min to cool off. Three hours later I had homemade bone broth in the refrigerator. And the whole house didn't smell for 24 hours like it would with an open pot method. Anyway, the Instant Pot is a huge kitchen innovation IMO. Just get one, and use it!" β€”John Brainard

Get them from Amazon: Instant Pot for $90.06+ (two sizes), Zojirushi rice cooker for $149, or Dash air fryer for $45

5. A Bambusi bamboo steak carving board with juice grooves and a spot to park your roast with most of the bells and whistles that makes the sturdy JK Adams maple carving board perfect for sharp kitchen tasks.

thick cutting board with roast resting on grooved center and juice collected in grooves

Promising review: "I have used several cutting/carving boards in my time and this one handled the job as well as any and better than most. I carved prime rib on it yesterday. It cleaned up in a snap and looks as good as new." β€”larry ford

Get them from Amazon: Bumbusi board for $37.99 or JK Adams board for $84.95

6. A highly rated teardrop sponge can do the gorgeous deed like the pricier original BeautyBlender.

the sponge

Promising review: "Cute, cheap, and works great to blend out foundation/concealer. It's not dense and expands when wet. It also washes easily, thank god, which I didn't think would be the case with my pale foundation on a black sponge. I only need to use normal Dove bar soap. I think I'll stick to this brand for Beautyblender dupes in the future. Their sponges work perfectly and are much prettier, (I'm not a bright fuschia kind of girl)." β€”Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon: Zenda Naturals sponge three-pack for $13.23 or BeautyBlender for $20 (available in 13 variations)

7. A Cook N Home stainless-steel cooking set that'll shine just as bright in your kitchen as an All-Clad cookware set while whipping up all sorts of delish meals.

the Cook N Home set

Promising review: "We bought these a year ago because they were cheap and we were in temporary housing for almost a year and needed something. And you know what? They're solid. We planned to sell or donate them whenever we got our stuff out of storage. But now that we are in our new home and got all of our top-of-the-line All-Clad cookware back, we kept these around because they're so useful and easy to clean." β€”T Perry

Get them from Amazon: Cook N Home set for $68.86 or All-Clad set for $359.99

8. Wet N Wild Catsuit Lipstick for delivering long-lasting color similar to Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick.

three models' arms swatched with the Wet N Wild lip color

Get the Wet N Wild from Amazon for $4.39+ (nine colors) and the Kat Von D from Sephora for $21 (17 colors).

9. A Shark hand vac that's actually meant for pet owners, but can still handle detail cleaning like a Dyson vac can.

person emptying dust bin of vacuum into trash using only one hand

Promising review: "I am a bit of a Dyson fanboy, but my mother's vacuum broke recently so I bought her a Shark upright. It was about 1/4 the price of my Dyson and cleaned just as well. When I saw this advertised thought I would give it a shot. I have the Dyson cordless but it just does not cut it for pet hair on my couches. I have two cats, so either I get it all up or I wear it after sitting down for a while. The Shark got it all on the first pass. Great suction, the beater brush is the perfect size for cars and furniture, and the battery held up for both couches and all the pillows with zero loss of power. A great buy!" β€”Jay

Get them from Amazon: Shark for $89.98 or Dyson for $328.89

10. An RTIC tumbler that'll keep liquids as hot or as frigid as you like, just as the legendary Yeti does.

silver RTIC tumbler

Promising review: "Who needs a Yeti when you can have a RTIC?!? Pour a glass of iced tea, and it will still have ice in it at the end of the day; hot coffee will see be warm as well! I couldn’t ask for a better product!" β€”Terri Nelson

Get the RTIC tumbler from Amazon for $13.99+ (24 colors and five sizes) or Yeti 23 oz. tumbler from Amazon for $34.95+ (26 colors).

11. An Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush with lean, mean cleaning power akin to a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush for the best dental visit yet!

closeup of the Oral-B toothbrush

This was our mid-priced pick for the best electric toothbrush.

Promising review: "My dentist β€” while cleaning my teeth last week β€” kept drilling me, 'YOU HAVE TO GET AN ELECTRIC TOOTH BRUSH TO FIGHT OFF YOUR PLAQUE BUILD-UP YOU ALWAYS GET!' So, I decided to follow her advice. I saw the ratings on this and was very skeptical because of the bargain price. This is the best toothbrush I have ever used! It gets the job done, it notifies you via vibration when you've completed two minutes of brushing, and it's very sensitive on the teeth. I've never had cleaner teeth every morning and night like this. Must buy and try!" β€”Josesph

Get them from Amazon: Oral-B White Pro 1000 for $44.97 or Philips Sonicare DiamondClean for $227.89+ (five colors).

12. A WorkPro 100-piece tool kit as a better budget-friendly home-improvement starter kit than a Craftsman 52-piece one.

The Workpro tool set

Promising review: "I bought this because I was moving into my first apartment alone, and I knew I'd need to assemble some furniture. This is a great set and it has saved me many times when the necessary tools weren't provided with the furniture!" β€”Nicole R.

Get them from Amazon: WorkPro kit for $32.99 or Craftsman kit for $89.99

13. A set of cloth diaper fasteners that could turn you into a cloth diaper convert, finally ditching the disposables.

baby wearing a cloth diaper with the fastener holding it together

Promising review: "Snappis are amazing! I'm new to the cloth diapering world and wanted to try every style of diaper to see what I liked best for my baby. So I bought these to hold together my flour sack towels and they work perfectly. They stay in place even when the it is soaked!! For the price and the quality you couldn't get any better than the Snappis. I would recommend this product to anyone interested in the more 'old school' style cloth diapering system." β€”victoria88

Get them from Amazon: 5-pack of Snappi fasteners for $13.95 and 10-pack of Gerber cloth diapers for $13.99

14. An URPOWER diffuser that'll rival the essential oil-diffusing effect of the super sexy (but much more expensive) MUJI one.

the diffuser

Get the URPOWER diffuser from Amazon for $14.99 or the MUJI diffuser from MUJI for $69.90.

15. An Aeropress β€” it may just become your #1 caffeine bud with the versatility to use on camping trips, at the office, or just on your kitchen countertop β€” unlike a splurge-y Nespresso machine.

reviewer pic of the aeropress sitting on a coffee mug with the mountains in the background

Promising review: "My wife will tell you, I'm a coffee fanatic. I've tried several in home brew systems, including expensive espresso systems, french presses, grind and brews, drip percs, Nespresso, Keurig, Starbucks Verismo, etc. This, when combined with a capable burr grinder and an 'instant hot' faucet in your kitchen, is hands down the best coffee 'machine' on the market. Simple. Fast. Delicious. Unbeatable. Want to up your game? Consider a milk frother in conjunction with the aforementioned burr grinder, and you will quickly forget your $5+ morning drive-thru latte. Great value here." β€”STS in New England

Get them from Amazon: AeroPress for $29.95 or Nespresso for $246.47+ (four colors)

16. An AmazonBasics laptop sleeve to lend some extra cushion comparable (in silhouette) to an InCase classic neoprene sleeve.

person carrying the AmazonBasics case

Promising review: "I have a 13-inch MacBook and for two years I had an InCase sleeve. However, both zippers finally broke and I was ready for a new case. I was initially hesitant when I saw the cost (I paid $8.90 compared to $50), but am pleased with my purchase. The sleeve is sturdy and made of high-quality material β€” greater for bringing back and forth to school, and the zipper works well. The only difference is the AmazonBasics has one zipper, instead of two." β€”nikki

Get them from Amazon: AmazonBasics case for $10.49 (five colors and eight sizes) or MacBook 12" InCase case for $18.54+ (three colors)

17. A Zinus mattress foundation for impressing your back without blowing your meager budget on an IKEA bed frame and basically every other bed frame out there that's pricier.

the Zinus foundation with lots of room underneath for storage

I own this foundation and it was *incredibly* easy to set up! Several of my colleagues have it and brag about it all the time. I've had it for 2+ years and it survived a big apartment move just fine. It's still holding up and does a great job supporting this latex mattress I purchased on Amazon at the same time.

Get the Zinus SmartBase from Amazon for $74.84+ (seven sizes) or IKEA bed frame from IKEA for $99 (full/double)

18. London Fog boots to get you through all sorts of winter slush for less than a pair of L.L. Bean boots.

the London Fog boot
London Fog

Yes yes, L.L. Bean has a boot repair program that'll keep your footwear going for seasons upon season but sometimes you're on a budget and spending an extra $100 from the start isn't in the stars for you at the moment!

Get London Fog boots from Amazon for $19.95+ (three colors and sizes 6–11) or the L.L. Bean boots for $139 (sizes 5–10).

19. A Ninja blender that'll whirrrr its way into your life and take the place of the buzzy Vitamix you were still saving up for.

hand lifting the lid off the Ninja blender

FYI, the Ninja won as our budget pick and the Vitamix won as our splurgey pick in our top picks for the best blender.

Promising review: "I love my Ninja Blender. I've used it to make purees, pesto, smoothies, and more. The multi-blade helps blend throughout whatever you are making. It does just as good of a job as a Vitamix, in my opinion. This is such a great deal for a great product. Dishwasher-safe, too!" β€”Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon: Ninja for $89.99 or Vitamix for $299.95 (three colors)

20. A pair of Joules wellies in case you can't shake the price on holy grail Hunters for shoes you're just going to get wet. *Very* wet.


Promising review: "These are fantastic shoes! I bought a pair of Hunter boots and then I got these, I love them so much better than the Hunter boots. Great color, and much more pliable in terms of wearability. I felt the Hunter boots were too thick and at times were a little bit annoying to wear because of the thickness and the fact that I am only 5-foot-3. These boots, though tall, are great to muck around in because they are a bit thinner and the rubber is bendable. Also I love that I can tighten them so much more than I could with the Hunters. I really am excited for these boots." β€”M&R

Get them from Amazon: Joules welly boots for $37.78+ (10 colors and sizes 5–10) or Hunter boots for $59.09+ (26 colors and sizes 4.5–13)

21. A tube of Monistat chafing relief gel powder will give ya' similar prep work and staying power as luxury primers the likes of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer., Amazon

I can personally vouch as someone who's bought way too many of the mini Smashbox primers (really, just buy the full-size thing people) and have relied on this anti-chafing gel at times for very similar priming results!

Promising review: "Holy Grail PrimerπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ my makeup stays on until I take it off! If i fall asleep in it (yes I know), it's still on when i get up! I work 12-hour shifts in the ICU, during which time I'm running A LOT, and putting on and taking off masks sometimes twenty times a day, no joke. And pushing gurneys with people often weighing twice as much as myself and more, I SWEAT! I know THAT'S not its intended purpose, but hey." β€”Patricia Litteral

Get them from Amazon: Monistat anti-chafing gel for $5.98 and Smashbox primer for $28.58

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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