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36 Products People With Arthritis In Their Hands Swear By

From products that'll make everyday tasks like cooking and typing easier to products that'll get you some sweet, sweet relief.

1. An electric wine opener so effective that you might be like, "Yeah, okay, robots can take over after all." This rechargeable bb will safely pop open your corked bottles in six seconds without any of the hassle.

Promising review: "I'm a sucker for wine bottle openers. I thought the rabbit ear openers were the ultimate when they appeared on the market. As arthritis came with age, I found that even the rabbit ear could be difficult to use at times. When the electric bottle openers appeared, they held promise, but were unreliable and short lived. The Secura is the first one I have used that is a solid performer. On a single charge, the Secura is able to open several bottles without hesitation. Other similar openers petered out quickly and lost torque. This works well with artificial and composite corks. The Secura works so well that I'm disappointed now when I'm confronted with a screwcap top instead." —Cooking Texan

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

2. A rapid grape, strawberry, and tomato cutter so you can safely and securely get a whole bunch of perfect halves at once, upping your fruit salad and regular ole salad game to the next level. 

A model using the device to level tomatoes to cut them in half
Amazon

You can also use this to safely cut bagels and slices of meats that you're trying to cut through the middle of!

Promising review: "This is the perfect kitchen tool for me. I sliced grape tomatoes, as well as table grapes with ease. So thankful for products that make living with painful arthritis easier. This was after a day where I had to ask for assistance in two different stores." —Jimmye Porter

Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

3. Plus a bagel guillotine for all of your carb-slicing needs, whether you're beheading some bagels, muffins, buns, or rolls. Not only will you get perfect slices every time, but this is also muuuuch safer and requires much less effort than a regular knife. 

The guillotine midway through slicing a bagel
Model demonstrating a perfectly cut bagel
Amazon

Promising review: "Having arthritis in my hands, I find this bagel slicer is so easy to use and the bagel is cut in half. It can be washed in the upper rack of the dishwasher. Feel very safe in using this!" —Binx

Get it from Amazon for $16.19.

4. A wireless hand massager that offers both three different heat intensities and three different pressure intensities so you can work out the aches and pains in your hand at the end of a long day. It's also super portable in case you want to take it on the go, or use it while you're lounging on the couch after work! 

Model with their hand in a white device with slots for fingers
Amazon

Promising review: "I love the Comfier Hand Massager. I have arthritis in my hands and it is very painful at times, especially after days of weeding, house cleaning and other everyday jobs. I have been using the massager in the mornings and evenings and I can definitely tell a difference, especially on those days when I have overused my hands." —ThompComp

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in three colors). 

5. Or a handy pair of microwaveable therapy mittens you'll especially love not just for the soothing relief of the heat, but for the ridiculously lovely lavender scent they emit when you use them. 

Reviewer with their hand in an oversized blue mitten
Two mittens resting on a surface

Promising review: "I have carpal tunnel as well as arthritis in both wrists and hands. I have recently begun physical therapy on both and they use heat for the swelling and stiffness so when I saw these on Amazon, I decided to try them. They work nicely, a lot better than a heating pad. I would recommend them to anyone with the same for temporary relief as we all know, there is no cure for arthritis, you just have to learn to manage it." —RobRat

Get a set of two from Amazon for $30.99

6. A pair of compression gloves designed to help alleviate pain from carpal tunnel and arthritis, so you can type at your keyboard without an internal monologue of "ow OW ow owwwww" for the majority of your workday.

Promising review: "I have arthritis in my thumbs, and it seems to be slowly creeping into my finger joints. Boo. I do a lot of 'hand work' like gardening, knitting, sewing, crochet, yoga, etc, and really need to keep my hands functioning and in good condition for the long haul. I have tendinitis in my forearms too, so there are times I need to stop doing stuff and relax. The Comfy Brace gloves help my hands relax, they provide warmth and gentle compression, kind of like a thunder shirt for pets! The compression felt odd at first and I kept taking them off after a few minutes, but it felt better each time I wore them. The fingerless aspect allows me to continue working on projects, type, etc. just can’t use them when prepping food to cook, but I guess I could put plastic gloves over them! I ordered the small based on measurements, and they fit well." —ronnie caliente

Get a pair from Amazon for $16.97 (available in three sizes).

7. An adjustable wrist support brace you can wear both during the day or at night to stabilize your hand in a neutral position so it can get the most relief. 

Psst — it's best to check in with your doctor before using any kind of device to impact hand movement. 

Promising review: "Carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists after many years working a desk. Arthritis complicates performing most chores around the house. One-handed lifting of more than two pounds is painful. Since this brace arrived a few days ago it has seldom been off except to wash my hands! I will buy again. The price is right and you need more than one for each hand." —Grannie

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two sizes). 

8. An all-natural arthritis pain relief salve made with anti-inflammatory herbs that may help manage aches and loosen stiffness. 

A tin of arthritis salve as a white balm
Herbal Chest/Etsy

Herbal Chest is an Oregon-based, woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in botanical and holistic self care for the body and skin.

Promising review: "Thank you so much for the sample pain salve! I purchased the arthritic and Solomon balm. They really helped my thumb and wrist pain due to overuse after I had my baby. I’m a nurse practitioner and I am constantly using my hands for work and this has helped my soreness/pain at the end of the day. Thanks again!!!!" —ling

Get it from Herbal Chest on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in three sizes). 

9. A handy multitool jar opener that is truly just out here doing the most — not only does the anti-slip rubber making opening even the toughest jars a breeze, but it comes with a second hybrid can opener and a bottle opener tool, too. 

Reviewer using red multigrip tool to encase a jar lid and pull it open
model showing the gripper used to open jars of different sizes

Psst — a lot of reviewers with arthritis swear by these for pain-free, easy opening, and parents say it makes it a lot easier for kids to open jars, too! 

Promising review: "Having had arthritis in my hands since my teens, I have used many jar/bottle openers out of necessity. The OXO ones work well, but wear out within a year because of the volume of usage. This fabulous opener has yet to find a container that it cannot easily open, even bottles of water with heavily sealed caps. I love it so much I ordered another one to have in two drawers on either end of my kitchen. This gripper does not exacerbate my carpel tunnel syndrome, either. I would give it more stars if I could." —Patrizia L. 

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors). 

10. Or a universal jar opener you can install right into the wall for instant access — not only will this do the trick every time, but it doesn't take up *any* extra drawer space (and you don't have to worry about losing it!). 

A model using a white round jar opener mounted under a cabinet to pull a lid off a jar
Amazon

You can easily install it with peel-and-stick adhesive and the three included screws. It also works on things as small as nail polish and water bottles!

Promising review: "Once in a while you stumble on a product that is better than advertised. This is one of them. Having arthritis in my hands, I struggle to open some large jars. This works like a charm and makes it a one-handed operation. Following the advice of another reviewer, we mounted it ‘backwards’ so the point of the V is towards the front of the cupboard rather than the back. This allows us to pull the jar towards us, rather than pushing it away. It also means we can’t see the metal teeth from our sofa. Now I want to open every jar in the house :-)" —Eric K. 

Get it from Amazon for $13.65.

11. A pair of bent scissors with a spring action design that gently opens the blades by themselves with each cut, so you can minimize the amount of hand movement it takes with each slice.  

Model using white scissors with grip bottom and spring action top to cut a piece of fabric
Amazon

Promising review: "I have had arthritis for over 50 years. I still love to do crafting, however I have a hard time with regular scissors. I purchased these and what a difference! The are easy to hold, and are so easy on the hands that I can cut fabric for hours and not have swelling for joint pain. If you have arthritis in your hands or simply have a hard time with regular scissors, these scissors are what you need." –Beth

Get it from Amazon for $13.97

12. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp, digging in to suds up your shampoo and clean the roots with ease instead of using your fingers to try to lather it in every direction. Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this has also helped with psoriasis, dandruff, and scalp tenderness!

BuzzFeed editor holding pink scalp massager with silicone bristles
editor showing other side where there's a gripper for fingers
Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

Aside from its ease of use. I recently started using one of these and WOWZA, it really helps you get extra mileage out of your shampoo. I have a whole lot of hair on my head so sometimes it's a struggle to feel like I've soaped up my whole scalp thorough, but this was a very effective way to spread out the suds and really get them to the roots. I was worried it might tangle in my hair, but it was totally fine on that front, too. I've noticed that my hair has been a little less greasy at the roots since I started using it. And I'm echoing a ton of reviewers here when I say it just feels reeeeeally, really nice.

Promising review: "I have arthritis and this saved so much wear and tear on my fingers and hands when I am washing my hair. It did a great job. Very easy to hold! I highly recommend!" —Kathy M. 

Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

13. rechargeable, flameless electric lighter to replace all your old gas ones that often take an absurd amount of hand strength to light and keep lit — this is a godsend for anyone trying to light deeper candles or even fireplaces and gas stoves with minimal effort, plus it's more environmentally friendly to boot. 

A rose gold lighter with an electric current
BuzzFeed editor lighting a candle
Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

People also swear by this for camping! It comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! I'm a big weenie about fire (lol, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

14. A rechargeable hand warmer complete with double-sided heat and three different heat settings for easy on-the-go pain relief when the aches and twinges in your hands are acting up again. 

A model with a pink warmer in their hand
The oval shaped hand warmers in pink, black, blue, and orange with a button on top of each to adjust heat setting
Amazon

Psst — this is USB rechargeable, and you can even use a power bank or your phone to charge it!

Promising review: "Amazing pain relief! I have arthritis that hits my hands hard. I have looked long for something that would easily warm my hands and ease the pain of arthritis. Plug in heat pads are too bulky and you can’t take them with you. This hand warmer is amazing! It has three levels of heat and level one is plenty hot. It really works. And at such a great price! I highly recommend this device. Definitely going to show it to my rheumatologist at my next visit!" —a reviewer in Seattle

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in six colors).

15. A microwaveable hot and cold pack for your thumb and wrist you can use not only for pain relief in your hand, but some soothing ~relaxation~ time, with the option of getting it lavender- or chamomile-scented to boot. 

Model wearing blue pack that covers the bottom of their hand, wrist, and thumb
The Ferris Wheel/Etsy

The Ferris Wheels is a North Carolina-based Etsy shop established in 2008 that specializes in microwave heat pack, cold packs, rice flax heating pads, and neck wraps in various designs.

Promising review: "This is a godsend! I have RA and I crochet. My hook hand gets really painful and I can't crochet like I used to. This is a comforting blanket to an overworked hand. Thank you so much :)" —violetRA

Get it from The Ferris Wheels on Etsy for $33.95+ (available in two sizes, two optional scents, and 10 colors). 


16. A power scrubber brush you can attach to a DRILL (!!) that basically does all of the hard grime-busting for you, so you don't have to aggravate your hands any more than necessary. 

Reviewer using the brush to clean grime out of a tub
one of the brushes attached to a drill next to a shower pane with half still fogged up and the other super clear

Promising review: "I love this product. I have arthritis in my hands and it is difficult to clean anything more than just the surface. I spent the morning cleaning both my tub and my sink and I cannot believe the difference. It still requires some elbow grease but much easier than before. I can't wait to see what other things I can use this for in my home." —Amazon Customer

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