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    Oct 27, 2019

    34 Things That'll Help You Set It And Forget It In Almost Every Aspect Of Your Life

    You work too hard anyway! Let these items offload some of the sweat for ya'.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. 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 $29.32.

    2. Twisty curlers to turn damp straight hair into luscious waves overnight or even in just a few hours' time. No more tired arms or hogging the bathroom mirror with a curling iron!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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.

    3. 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. Or even before and you can make the fam put it on the table for you?! That's some next-level setting and forgetting.

    Amazon

    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 $59.89+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes and four colors).

    Want something with less frills? Check out a programmable Crock-Pot and slow cooker liners that'll make cleanup easy. (And read my full review of Reynolds Kitchens Premium Slow Cooker Liners here (#4)!

    4. And a family size air fryer with an auto-shutoff so you don't overcook that juicy rotisserie chicken. Just look at it....

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve been using a smaller version but was finding it wasn’t big enough for things I wanted to make. The size on this was perfect. I cooked a whole chicken and it came out beautiful. It took about one hour to cook and was tender. Easy to use, easy to clean and shipping was fast." —Island Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99 (available in four colors).

    5. A K-beauty sheet mask subscription that'll ship monthly to your door. So ya' know, you can put one of these hydrating sheet masks on your beautiful visage for a 30-minute interval during which you're actually doing work for your skin.

    Amazon

    I love Facetory! There's always a nice array of masks and directions on how to use them. And TBH, it can be pretty cost-effective in comparison to some sheet masks you buy individually!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.94 for first box and then $19.90/box starting the second month.

    6. A rapid egg cooker to 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. Maybe you'll love it so much, you'll buy two(!) like my friend Marissa.

    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 $18.40+ (available in five colors). Also check out the double-decker version.

    7. A motion sensor you can place on your partially opened (or closed!) window and set with an app to act like your guard dog while ya' snooze. And if you upgrade this plan, you can save on homeowner's insurance!

    Amazon

    This Kangaroo motion sensor is super sleek and detects when a window is moved away from its setting (like your perfect amount of "open"). This sensor comes with a free plan that allows for unlimited user invitations and sends you push notifications alerts via the app. But if you upgrade to Kangaroo Complete, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% off your homeowners or renters insurance rate with select providers (check out the Amazon product listing for more info).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. Boot-repair glue that'll help put your fave winter shoes back in working, er, walking order right when you thought there was no hope left! (Don't do the math on how many boots you've thrown anyway, it'll just be disheartening.)

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about using a shoe glue type product after a shoe repair store owner told me that he wouldn't/couldn't reattach the sole on my Timberland work boots. He said that no adhesive would hold but maybe try superglue. I bought a bottle of Boot Fix Glue and followed the directions on the package to reattach the soles that had come apart at the toe. I've worn the boots several times now spending hours crawling around historical cemeteries doing restoration work. The repair is holding up fine. I am pleasantly surprised that this product actually lives up to its promises." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    9. A six-pack of moth traps you can park in all your closets because, tbh, moths are a problem year-round but you don't think about them 'til you crack open that coat closet post–Labor Day. Seriously, lay off my outerwear!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Had moths infesting my leather shop, so I put out about 4 of these traps and within the first week I had 3 of them so full that I ordered more. It has been about 6 weeks since the second order and I haven't seen a moth since.

    I noticed that those clustered together worked better than the one off on its own; perhaps the pheromone compounds when clustered. Either way, the moths are dead and my leather inventory is safe." —1836

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    10. And some sticky traps to ensnare the whiteflies, fungus gnats, blackflies, thrips, fruit flies, midges, and other flying insects that've been wreaking havoc on your potted houseplants. Go ahead, concentrate on 90 Day Fiancé instead of those dang bugs.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just received these yesterday and put them up. Overnight they are already collecting the fungus gnats that have been driving us crazy! If this keeps up we should be rid of these little 'nose pests' soon! I was careful while putting them on the sticks but still managed to get some of the sticky residue on my fingers. All I did was wash it off with Dawn and it came right off. With having pets in the house, I'm glad to know these are a safe product." —Lois L. Meyer

    Get them from Amazon for $5.04.

    11. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $11.49+ (available in three timer types).

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

    @sally_hansen / Via instagram.com

    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. Like, paint your nails while you wait on the subway platform fast. Yep, I've done that!

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in 43 colors).

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

    13. 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 $49.97.

    14. Or a bed-shaking alarm clock with an extremely loud alarm if you sleep like the dead but your boss will kill you if you're late again this week.

    Amazon

    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 $33.02+ (available in five color combos).

    15. A holy grail breadmaker with a gluten-free setting that'll help GF babes fulfill their doughy dreams for minimal effort.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $339+ (available in two models).

    16. 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 our review of Atlas Coffee Club.

    17. 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 $47.18.

    18. 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 our full review of Goody Hair SlideProof Hair Tie Elastics here (#3).

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    19. 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!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $12.47.

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

    amazon.com

    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 $87.99.

    21. 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.

    22. Solar lights you can stake along your walkway, forget about during the day, and then marvel at at night when you're able to *safely* navigate your driveway and walkway while carrying groceries.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Impressed with the size of the cell, which provides a larger surface area for charging. The lights are the brightest I've seen for a solar light and the illumination covers a nice range. Placed them along my pond giving the place a classy look." —Percussionist

    Get six from Amazon for $39.99.

    23. 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 $79.99.

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

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

    amazon.com

    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.

    25. A makeup setting spray to help prevent a foundation slippage by your afternoon coffee break. Nobody deserves that.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    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 $12.25.

    26. And a budget-friendly setting powder in case sprays aren't your thing or you REALLY like to set things in place (like I do) by using powder *and* spray. so

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I own, use, and love this. Plus, it's in a HUGE container and lasts for what feels like forever.

    Promising review: "It's perfect!!! It comes with so much product, and the puff it comes with is pretty handy. The application is smooth and is great for baking. My makeup came out flawless. I set my makeup with this and worked out right after. THERE WAS NO SEPARATION, NO CREASING. This powder blessed me. GOD BLESS." —andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available in six shades).

    27. A robotic vacuum for keeping things looking tidy on the reg because vacuuming every day is such a chore. Psst, it works with Amazon devices!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is worth every penny. My dog has fine, short hair and sheds horribly. This device worked AMAZINGLY on hardwood floors! The extra suction power for pet hair makes a huge difference. Even on our area rugs, the Roomba does a great job. If you are debating on whether or not to get this device, it makes life a whole lot easier with dusting and sweeping. The battery life is great — we keep ours on the charger while we aren't using it. Setup and controlling the Roomba is very simple. It can be controlled straight from your phone. When the Roomba is done with its job or low on battery, it automatically returns to the charging port while sending you a notification of its movement." —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $329.99.

    28. And a robot wet/dry mop for the perfect cleaning duo.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have severe arthritis in my hands and this IRobot is my new BFF. I start with my Roomba, which I've had for about 6 years, then when the vac is finished I turn the Braava loose. I use just a tiny bit Mr. Clean in the water, I have pets and want something safe but also with a little more cleaning power than just water. I am shocked at how much dirt it picked up. I rinsed the blue cloth in a white sink, how embarrassing it would be to post that picture. I am quite impressed with the navigation cube, it got every inch of my living room without going over the same area twice. it is so quiet that I actually lost it but soon it came out from under the sofa. If the new Roomba models were as thorough and quiet as this Braava I'd be tempted to upgrade. So far so good, I hope it lasts as long as my Roomba has, if not I'll be back to update this review." —CJ

    Get it from Amazon for $254.

    29. 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 five flavors and a variety pack).

    30. 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(!!!).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    FYI, I use these and they work so well that I curse the sky that these weren't around when I was in middle school before I went on Accutane. Yep, I shout at the sky EVERY SINGLE TIME.

    Promising review: "So I won't show you any of the gory details but man do these things work. I don't wear makeup, so it's perfect for just covering it up to go out because it's almost exactly my skin color. More than that, wearing it at night it takes away most of the bump by the time I wake up. I will say that these are more for that specific annoying acne that like it's huge and that you kind of have to bust, but that only makes it bigger. But it's amazing, it might take a couple days but it definitely helps acne get back to normal looking faster. Update: Here are the gory details. The back acne is real." —Rebecca Gabriela Terrones

    Get a pack of 36 dots from Amazon for $12.50 (also available in an invisible dot or larger version).

    31. And XL patches for coverering larger areas so you aren't playing connect the dots with a bunch of tiny little circle patches.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love these! I had previously bought the small patches for individual pimples, but wanted bigger ones for the larger pores on my nose. I sleep in them and where for 10–12 hrs, and find then when I remove it I am able to extract my pores sooooo easily. Plus seeing all that gunk on the patch is sooooo satisfying. They def have my nose looking cleaner than ever.... I use it about once a week!" —Kaiti

    Get 8 XL square patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    32. 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 $11.59.

    33. 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.

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

    BuzzFeed

    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 $25.51 or subscribe for $24.61

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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