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    1. An Instant Pot — that'll handle 7(!!!!) kitchen tasks in one precious lil' appliance body so dinner's ready as soon as you walk in the door.

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    This baby serves as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker 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.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my IP! I am a baker and cook all the time, BUT I hate all the mess. So sometimes, I just don't cook. But I have had this a week already, and have cooked every day. Hard boiled eggs, oh my gosh! The peels LITERALLY fall off, no more trying to get them off. It took me 1.5 minutes to peel 10 eggs and I was taking my time. Last night, I decided I would try New York cheesecake. Talk about EASY? And it was done in 35 minutes! It took so much longer to just let it cool and put into the fridge. It was PERFECT! Seriously people, get one. READ THE BOOK, for safety etc. And go to Pinterest or YouTube and start grabbing those recipes. WOOHOO I LOVE IT!" —Starrstylist

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes).

    Want something with less frills? Check out a programmable Crock-Pot and slow cooker liners that'll make cleanup easy.

    (I love the liners.)

    2. And a family size air fryer (that also has 7 features!) and an auto-shutoff so you don't overcook that juicy rotisserie chicken.

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    Promising review: "I cook EVERYTHING in it. Almost anything I would cook in my oven, I can cook in the Air Fryer in half the time. I cooked biscuits this morning and tested cooking half in a pre-heated oven and half in the fryer and the fryer cooked in half the time and didn't heat up the kitchen like the oven does. I've also noticed that my electric bills have been substantially lower since my purchase of the item as I never use my oven anymore. It cooks the best chicken wings and fried chicken without the extra grease. I skin the chicken and flour with seasoned flour, mist it lightly with corn oil or olive oil and Voila! Perfect fried chicken in about 15–20 minutes. I love the trays so I can cook more at one time. It also cooks amazing artisan-like pizza that tastes like it came out of a pizza oven." —Carrie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $179+ (available in two sizes, four colors).

    3. A timed safety shut-off plug in case your holy grail hair straightener doesn't have an auto-shutoff and you're a tad forgetful.

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    Promising review: "Best ever. I just have to press the button and it auto turns on and shuts off after 30 minutes. I'm constantly forgetting to turn off my hair straightener so this is preventing house fires and saving electricity, yay! I originally was worried 30 minutes is too little time to do my hair and was looking for a 1 hour version but it turns out 30 minutes is actually more than enough. And it really isn't that bad if I need another 30 minutes and have to press the button again lol. I no longer worry about setting my house on fire from leaving on my hair straightener so I highly recommend." —AoiMizuno

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in three timer types).

    4. Super fast drying nail polish that's so good (and so cheap) you should probably snag it in several of the 43 available colors.

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    This stuff is consistently good. I've been using it for years! It really does dry quick and flat so you can move on with the rest of your life.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.96+ (available in 43 colors).

    Not ready to give up your holy grail polish? Get a fast-drying top coat instead.

    5. A sunrise-simulating alarm clock that'll be even more effective than a regular model when it comes to convincing your body to wake up for the day.

    Amazon

    Has a tap-to-snooze alarm clock with speaker and beep function, and 10 brightness settings.

    Promising review: "My partner and I were doubtful at first and a bit skeptical but we set it up the day it came and we had the most pleasant morning in over 6 MONTHS! This wonderful little alarm gently begins to brighten 30 minutes before you want to wake up and it gradually brightens until your set wake up time (usually were already awake like 10–15 min before the sound and just sort of adjusting to being awake) and if that doesn't wake you (which has only happened when we've stayed up too late) the sound goes off and it will do the trick! We've also noticed that it really helps us be sleepy when we should be going to bed. It really does help gently nudge your circadian rhythm into shape! Also I recommend having the same wake up time everyday, regardless of your schedule it's good for your body to follow a routing when it comes to sleep." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $46.20.

    6. Or a bed-shaking alarm clock with an extremely loud alarm if you sleep like the dead.

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    Has pulsating alert lights, adjustable volume and tone, snooze defuser, adjustable extra loud alarm, and powerful bed shaker.

    Promising review: "I have more than one because it's the most dependable alarm ever. Alarm noises become part of my dreams, it's the oddest thing but you can change the tone once your mind gets accustomed to one sound, to another tone. The bed Shaker I seldom use but the unit works as well as it is described for marketing purposes, I recommend it." —Charlotte Ahrens

    Get it from Amazon for $31.19+ (available in six color combos).

    Also check out the best alarm clocks on Amazon.

    7. A holy grail breadmaker with a gluten-free setting to help GF babes fulfill their doughy dreams for minimal effort.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've made homemade bread for years and this is my first bread machine. I took two weeks researching and decided on Zojirushi. The secret is using a scale to weigh all of the dry ingredients including sugar and salt. Exact measurement is the key. One other secret is before the rise process is finished, open the lid and make sure your loaf is evenly spread, touching all sides of pan. If not, then gently spread the dough out." —Suzanne Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $299+ (available in two models).

    8. Twisty curlers that'll turn damp straight hair into luscious waves overnight or even in just a few hours' time.

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    Promising review: "I bought these with the intention of using them at night. When they arrived, I was too excited to not try them out immediately. So, I rolled my completely dry hair, misted it with water and set a timer for two hours. Once the two hours were over, I sprayed my hair with hairspray and removed them — expecting mayyyybe a light wave. Needless to say I was floored. I cannot wait to see how my hair turns out with a little more prep and a little more time!" —motherfrost

    Get a 42-pack of rods from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A wine subscription to keep your wine supply stocked and save you time in the aisle at the wine store staring at walls of doppelgänger bottles.

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    Take a quiz to determine your wine palate and get a intro box with three bottles from Firstleaf for $19.95.

    Also check out a BuzzFeeder's review of Winc wine subscription.

    10. And a coffee subscription that'll help fuel your fire in other ways because scraping the bottom of an empty coffee bag at 6 a.m. is just devastating.

    @atlascoffeeclub / Via instagram.com

    Try out all sorts of yummy single-origin coffees from around the world (with info on tasting notes and ethically sustainable farming practices) bi-weekly or monthly with three size options, three roast options, and whole beans or grounds.

    Get a subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+.

    And check out why three BuzzFeeders love this subscription service.

    11. And a programmable coffeemaker I made my brother buy our parents years ago with an easy-to-wash carafe pot that'll let you drink hot coffee hours after you brew it.

    Amazon

    As a person who writes about products for a living, I learned about this before it hit the market and it's still going strong for my well-caffeinated family years later. (We Lillys LOVE some coffee.) The wide-mouth carafe and easily removable lid means you can properly clean it, unlike the skinny-necked carafe my mom was previously using to keep coffee batches piping hot. It has a 24-hour auto programmable brew option so it'll be hard at work right when you're rising for the day. And the drip will even pause mid-brew if you find you need coffee ASAP and remove the carafe while it's brewing.

    Get it from Amazon for $47.27.

    12. Grippy hair ties with silicone nubs for keeping your ponytail right where you want it in the sweatiest of spin classes (trust me).

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I have super thick hair. And a lot of it! I swear by these things when I'm working out or just know that I want my heavy pony to stay high right where I intend it to. Check out my full review (#3).

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    13. A toilet cleaning system — it'll circulate Oxi Clean with every flush for three months so you won't have to scrub your toilet quite as often!

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    OK, I'd still scrub my toilet some during a three month time period even though this promises to be scrub-free. FYI, you don't need tools for this. It snaps onto place in your toilet tank where no one'll know it's there except you!

    Promising review: "Had no problems with installing this product liked how it came with an extra tube to use I most definitely needed a new one haven't seen no leakage of water at all from replacing the tube either. Love the freshness of the tablets smell." —kezia simpson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.34.

    14. A rapid egg cooker so you can get your favorite breakfast or salad topping *just* how you like it while you're in the next room doing better things with your life.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family — anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop 6 eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation! Did not love the poaching tray." —J. Mercer Crenshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $15.02+ (available in four colors). Also check out the double-decker version.

    15. A sous vide cooker to mind your food and make a cheap cut of steak taste like something from a fancy restaurant.

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    Basically, sous vide cooking requires vacuum sealing your food and immersing it in water for consistent cooking temps that'll have you regret all those years you weren't do it. Go ahead, take a gander at sous vide recipes so good you'll side eye your oven. Now wipe the drool from your chin.

    Promising review: "My husband cooked perfectly medium rare steak today from package to plate in under three hours! Easy to use, clamp helps to use it with conventional curved cooking pots. Motorized water circulation ensures even distribution of hot water even in a large container! Steak was perfect medium rare for me, rare pink juicy meat in the center, evenly colored but no excessive runny red juices. Texture is even throughout! Which is incredible! No chewy tough ends or corners. He cooked a couple of Costco strip steaks, with uneven thickness...still perfect medium rare through and through!" —ghalib manjurr

    Get it from Amazon for $98.99.

    16. A seven-day timer for turning on your "at home" lamps on while you're on vacation, putting your holiday lights on a schedule, or just lighting a foyer lamp for you on days when you make it home after dusk.

    Amazon

    Has eight on/off programs for the timer’s two grounded outlets. Outlets are controlled simultaneously, and settings can be as short as one minute.

    Promising review: "Times the lights and pumps in my grow tents. 15 amp capacity handles a lot of gear. Several fans, three lights, two pumps. Can be set to intervals of 1 minute. You need to use the reset button anytime you want to change the programming. Great for anyone who needs a different time cycle each day. You can manually shut off power even when it's running power to the outlets, can't do that with a mechanical timer." —B.T.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. An automatic pet feeder that'll dispense up to four meals a day, lest you feel the wrath of Bowser's hanger.

    Amazon

    Sorry but this dog looks like a Bowser to me. Dispenses 1–10 portions of 24ml dry food per meal with up to 4 daily distribution alarms.

    Promising review: "We bought this because of going on a two-week vacation. We have two cats. They can hear the voice from the next room, and they go running! We have it set up for two meals and a snack. The food does not get caught in dispenser. It is sturdy and well-made. Highly recommend!! This with the fountain water bowl are perfect!!" —Meg

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    And check out a feeder for bigger pets (it can hold up to 24 cups of dry food).

    18. And an automatic fish feeder because all your lil' creatures deserve to never skip a meal.

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    Promising review: "Great little product to help in feeding my fish. I got this more for the times when I will be gone from home for more than a few hours. I raise Cichlids, and you don't want them to be hungry because they will bite each other. I use small pellet Cichlid food, and it works well in this feeder. It was a littler tricky putting the feed holder back onto the timer unit, but patience paid off. It fit perfect on the side of my tank. It holds tightly against the side of the tank. It has an adjustment for how much food it dispenses. It does not dispense the exact amount of food each time, but that is to be expected, and my fish don't seem to mind a little extra food. The time and timer were easy to setup. I am very happy with the purchase of this automatic feeder. It is just what I needed. I have 3 tanks currently, and another to be setup soon. I will be buying feeders for each of them." —jonathan k

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    19. A makeup setting spray to help prevent a foundation slippage by your afternoon coffee break.

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    Promising review: "Love, love, love!!!!!! So i ordered this setting spray a while back but didn't get to use it until recently. I live in Jamaica and it took some time to get here. I only got to use this spray once and I fell in love! Went to a funeral at 8 a.m. and didn't reach home until around 4 p.m. and my makeup still looked good. I have really oily skin and Jamaica is extremely hot but somehow this spray beat the odds and works like magic!" —Most Loyal

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    20. A robotic vacuum for keeping things looking tidy on the reg because vacuuming every day is such a chore.

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    Promising review: "MAX and me. I am 80 and Max (iRobot Roomba) has been cleaning under beds and sofa, big area rugs, hardwood floors, tile around chairs, the kitchen, and bathroom halls, for a month. Max is wonderful. I have several young life injuries, now old age handicaps that prevent me from moving couches and beds to clean and vacuum under them. Home help is expensive at $20 an hour and they will not crawl under beds and sofas. Max has paid for himself twice and more in one month. I now programed him to run every other day and I miss him scooting around the house on his days off. I am thinking of getting his partner Braava mop after Christmas. Our place is a 1200 sq. ft. condo. Max has no problem on hardwood floors to carpet to tile." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    21. Soylent meal replacement shakes to stock your fridge up with a viable option when you have neither the time nor the patience to prepare actual food.

    Amazon

    Several of my coworkers swear by this stuff, and my brother recently hopped on the Soylent train (hey Walt!) and is really digging it.

    Promising review: "This drink has made my life so much easier. I have class at 8 a.m. Monday–Thursday and I’m the kind of person who gets up, gets dressed, and just goes to class without eating a proper breakfast. After getting this drink, I started drinking a bottle some mornings when I needed more energy (such as the day before a test or the day of a test) and I didn’t have to worry about what to eat and was able to put all my time into the lecture and studying. I wouldn’t say this counts as a meal but it makes you not worry about eating for a while. It’s also nutritious and tastes like chocolate milk. Definitely a great addition to my life. I highly recommend this if you don’t have a lot of time to eat breakfast or you’re just lazy like me." —Pedram Miyabi

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $39+ (available in three flavors).

    22. Pimple patches you can stick on a spot that's come to a head while you sleep for the night and then peel off in the morn to find all kinds of ick on it that used to be inside your blemish(!!!).

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    Promising review: "These are amazing. They are like pore vacuums. Work great for both clearing and protecting cystic pimples (and making them less painful so quickly). I am fair skinned and they blend in and even blur the appearance of pimples, I wear them out and they aren't noticeable at all. I wish they had these as a full face mask." —Chloe Stamper

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    23. A sea salt spray to add some serious texture with a windswept look that'll make it seem like you spend your days in the sand instead of hiding in your cubicle.

    Amazon

    FYI, this stuff protects your hair against UV rays, and is vegan, and paraben- and gluten-free! Oh, and everything this brand whips up smells amazing.

    Promising review: "This is the best product I have ever used on my hair to air dry my hair and get beachy curls/waves. And the best part about this product is that it doesn't leave your hair crunchy and hard. Will never be without this product!" —Sarah C.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    24. An air sanitizer/deodorizer that'll one-up those little glass vials of seasonal scented oils and your diffuser because you'll only have to switch out a light bulb twice a year to keep it going.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great for small areas. I recently moved our cats' litter boxes into a closet since we couldn't stand the odor. I have an electrical outlet in the closet since it's an old home. I have a cat door leading into the closet and with this unit the smell has been cut by 95%. The fan makes a slight noise but with the door closed we can't hear it at all." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $31.49.

    25. A rotating countertop oven for ~evenly~ cooking all sorts of frozen goodies. (Aka NOT overcooking, thanks to a timer!)

    Amazon

    Like I needed another reason to ingest more Digiorno's. Don't @ me. It's good.

    Promising review: "When I saw the first Pizzazz come out on the market my first reaction was 'Great! Another novelty kitchen gadget. Yeah, I will pass on that one.' Years later, my faithful counter toaster oven dies. Too weak for toasts, I did cook lots of meals for 1 or 2 in there without warming up the house, which is desirable during the Arizona summer. As I was researching some models with the desired features, the great reviews on this came up, and I was wondering why so many seemed to love it. We rarely eat pizza or anything fried for that matter. I use my oven to bake and broil lean proteins and vegetables. It turns out, it does that just fine! So far I have cooked chicken and fish filets, stuffed salmon, stuffed mushrooms, refrigerated cinnamon rolls, pizza, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, melted cheese on top of broccoli and cauliflower, and of course, I make great sandwich melts from time to time. It works wonders for warming up buns for burgers or pulled pork sandwiches. I love that you can add the ingredients as food cooks and you can monitor progress easily. The disc is easy to clean but I often use parchment paper for speedy cleaning." —Anania

    Get it from Amazon for $49.90.

    26. Really good toilet paper you can subscribe to on Amazon so you're never without it (which is v important).

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    FYI, Quilted Northern Ultra Plush was tested and chosen as our mid-price pick for the best toilet paper on BuzzFeed Reviews (hence the pretty pic here).

    Get it from Amazon: four 12-roll packages as a one-time purchase for $23.49 or subscribe for $22.32

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