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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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. A 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).
17. An ergonomic wireless mouse you'll *especially* love if you have been enduring the slow burn agony of using your laptop's track pad for too long. The design encourages your wrist to stay neutral and makes it easier on your arm, too, so it's a win-win.
Promising review: "I love this mouse. I have recently started to have arthritis that really affects my hands. I work on a computer all day and I was finding that by the end of the day my hand was cramping and in a lot of pain. I read a bit about the best mice for arthritis and chose this one. I couldn’t be happier. It was super easy to setup. The sleep mode saves battery life. And, best of all, no cramping after working all day. It only took a few days to get used to it but even working in graphic design programs feels natural. Awesome product!" —Kirk H Seaman
Get it from Amazon for $24.99.
18. A memory foam gel pad for your wrists to relieve some of the cramping and wrist pain that comes with holding your hands over your keyboard the whole livelong day.
It comes in two pieces — one you can prop in front of your keyboard, and the other in front of your mouse.
Promising review: "I am a computer artist so I spend a lot of time maneuvering my wrist and I have arthritis at 30 years old. So I really loved having these because they’re really squishy and soft and they make my wrist and hand not want to be chopped off by me a hour into working." —Love Laizure
Get it from Amazon for $15.39 (available in three sizes and 14 colors).
19. A slip-resistant right angle knife so you can use the rocking pressure from your arm instead of relying on your fingers to cut through all your meats and veggies and cheeses.
20. Or a curved gripper knife you can use at the dinner table for more casual chopping needs that also uses a rocking motion to take the strain off your hand and fingers.
Promising review: "I gave this knife to my 87-year-old Mom and she loves it. Before, she had trouble using a traditional knife because of arthritis but now she has no problem cutting her food. The knife is sturdy, sharp and easy to use. She is so excited to use it! Thank you!" —Ferol Smith
Get it from Amazon for $21.99.
21. A podiatrist-level toenail clipper to quickly and easily take care thicker toenails with sooo much more ease — the sharpness and accuracy of these let you clip without using near as much pressure.
Hello, my toenails are a problem children for two reasons: one is that they're kinda thick, the other is that I'm a long-distance runner, which doesn't play nice with toenails. I bought this recently and the difference it made immediately was ENORMOUS. Like I usually dread approaching my big toenails because they are so thick, but these painlessly and seamlessly lobbed the tops right off; I was also able to ~gently correct~ a toenail that was starting to get ingrown, and help cut down a dead toenail that needed trimming but would have been painful to approach with a regular clipper.
Promising review: "I'm 68 yrs old and have arthritis in my thumbs. These clippers give me the strength needed to cut tough nails. They are sharp and the oversized handles help me a lot. Great value. I just hope they stay as sharp as they are now." —Jim Carroll
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
22. A pair of cut-resistant gloves for anyone whose hands might be a bit shaky when it comes to chopping veggies and meal prep — these are designed to be four times stronger (!!) than leather to keep your digits safe.
Promising review: "I have arthritis and my fingers don't always do what I want them to, as a result I try to make my life easier with products that work for me. These gloves are comfortable and flexible. I have used them for onions, tomatoes apples etc, they assure that if I 'slip' I don't get my fingers instead of the item I'm cutting." —Amazon Customer
Psst — check out BuzzFeed's full review of NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves for more deets.
Get it from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).
23. A detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that's so effective on all hair types that it's amassed over 29,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, so you can get the job done quickly and easily and have lots more time to show off your 'do.
This brush is designed to work on all hair types, but reviewers with 2c through 4c hair say it has worked well for them. It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don't have to time out your brushing.
Promising review: "Dream come true. Transitioned to natural hair a year ago. I have arthritis and it is difficult to comb out my hair. This brush makes it so much easier for me. It works so well, I bought one for my grand kids. No more tears!" —Glam-Ma
Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in five colors).
24. A pair of no-tie "lock laces" for your shoes that basically turn any laced shoe into a slip-on one and avoid the hassle of tying them by hand. Bonus: these are one-size-fits-all, including kids, so you can outfit the whole fam.
A lot of runners and athletes also swear by these for training and races, since it's a guarantee their shoes won't come untied (and it also helps distribute the tension through the entire top of your foot, preventing localized injuries for longer runs!).
Promising review: "Due to arthritis in both hands tying shoes has become difficult and painful. These things ROCK! I did have to adjust them a few times before I was 'set' with the length and tightness I like. I am an X-ray technologist at a busy hospital and am on my feet and going constantly. My shoes never slip or feel loose. I will buy more if I buy other lace up shoes for sure!" —Carrie L. Belle
Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 13 colors).
25. A pair of shredder claws to carve all your meats Wolverine-style, sparing you and your measly fork from getting in a lengthy, painful tug-of-war.
Promising review: "These are awesome! I am 60 years old and have arthritis in my fingers and wrists. These easily lifted and shredded my pork that was cooked in a crock pot. Normally it can take me what seems like forever to get the meat out of the crock pot and then long painful shredding. These definitely save pain and time. I LOVE THEM!!!" —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
26. An electric potato peeler that whoops, just got a permanent spot on your counter. Not only does it effortlessly peel potatoes, but it can handle pretty much any peeled produce you throw at it, from apples to kiwis to oranges to tomatoes. (To be clear, though, your highest priority should *always* be mashed potato-ing.)
Promising review: "I purchased the Starfrit Rotato Express due to my arthritis. It has helped me tremendously. As I clean up the ends of a finished potato there is one on the pealer. It's very easy to use easy to clean and it doesn't slide around on the counter. It cuts down on my time in the kitchen and the mess is not as bad as the old time pealer where the peals go everywhere. A great item in my kitchen!" —Sheila Guidry
Get it from Amazon for $19.98.
27. A finger massager to help soothe achy fingers at the end of a long day doing hand-related work like typing, cooking, gardening, or crafting.
Comes with an exercise guide and includes access to how-to videos to help you get started!
Promising review: "I have rhuematoid arthritis. I had this in my cart for a year before buying it. I regret waiting!!! It's so easy to use and feels great on my fingers. Some days I can go over the knuckle joint and some days it hurts too much to do that joint, so I use the other side and just roll over the top. It feels wonderful on my sore joints. I'm hoping they make a longer curved one I could use on my toes. I currently have added a second to my wish list so I can have one in another spot in my house." —Jackie Rose
Get it from Amazon for $8.99.
28. A suuuper lightweight glare-free Kindle Paperwhite with a user-friendly touch screen, so not only is it easier to hold in your hands than a regular book (or heavier e-reader), but the screen is so responsive that you don't have to work nearly as hard to turn pages.
This can also hold thousands of books and will let you read the *chef's kiss* way you like best — you can customize it with all your favorite fonts and layouts, and organize your virtual shelves to your precise standards. Bonus — its charge lasts weeks (plural!!), and it's waterproof, so you can take this bb in the bathtub 🍷.
Promising review: "I like the small size. I take it everywhere I go in my purse. I read several hours every day and I have to recharge the battery about every three days. I have rheumatoid arthritis and it is difficult for me to hold books so the Kindle is a perfect answer. I like that I have such a large library of books available at any time because I never know what I will be in the mood to read on any given day." —Genny Downs
Read BuzzFeed's closer look at the Kindle Paperwhite for more deets!
Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).
29. A splint knuckle ring that *doubles* as a statement ring — not only might it help with keeping painful fingers from hyper-extending or moving in repetitive motions, it is chic as all heck.
Psst — it's best to check in with your doctor before using any kind of device to impact hand movement.
Boho Magic Silver is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in unique sterling silver rings.
Promising review: "One of the most unfortunate things to happen to me was getting arthritis in my index finger. I wasn't enjoying the look or feel of a proper splint or a bandage wrap so I wanted an alternative; while this doesn't provide the same level of support, it does keep me from bending my finger and looks super dainty and gorgeous. I'm really happy with this purchase and how adjustable it is to suit my needs with any changes in the swelling of my finger." —katrina
30. A three-in-one avocado slicer that'll more than earn its keep by easily removing pesky pits you usually have to wrestle to get out, and giving you slices so perfectly portioned that meal prepping and making guac will be a cinch.
This three-in-one tool can split an avocado with its pointy tip, remove the pit with its center, and make perfectly even slices with the bottom — a much safer alternative to using a regular knife and potential falling prey to the dreaded "avocado hand."
Promising review: "I absolutely love this. It cut the avocados so easily and the pit remover worked great and the slicer/remover worked terrific, the avocado did get stuck in the slicer near the end but I just pushed it through with the peel of the avocado and it came out so easy. I love this. It made the quickest work of cutting, pitting and removing avocado than anything I have ever used. And with the slicer — it made it so much easier to mash for guacamole especially for me with arthritis in my hands — I really am glad I got this. Cannot say enough good things about it. You will not be disappointed - I'm not. Love it. So easy to use and clean up a breeze." —Lin
Get it from Amazon for $9.98.
31. A super thick ergonomic pen grip for diamond painting or writing that's firm enough that it won't affect your range of motion, but comfy enough that it'll relieve some of the "yikes!!" from hand pain.
The Cheeky Turtle is a Washington-based, woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in diamond painting pens, needle minders, and craft goods.
Promising review: "Super comfy for my arthritic hands." —Laura Lerdal
32. A two-handle leash with a wide grip for easier maneuvering *and* so you can have both hands do the job instead of putting all of Fido's "HELLO, SQUIRREL!!" leash tension on one wrist.
Promising review: "This is the solution to my need of a gentler yet controlling leash because I have severe arthritis. Anyone who has been struggling with a regular leash, wrapping it around your arm, etc. should try this. The two-part handle system mimics what I have been doing for 18 years and two dogs! Maggie, our Bichon/Poodle/Dachshund pound puppy, is now four and strong as a pony and just as willful. Now kept by my side or not, our walks have taken on a new and happy life. Great product, well made. Nice materials. I LOVE IT!" —Magster's mommy
Get it from Amazon for $28.98 (available in three colors).
33. A pair of wide grip tweezers so you can get an easier handle on them without feeling like your hands are committing some kind of Herculean feat just to tweeze your darn brow.
Promising review: "I am getting osteoarthritis in my joint's and found that normal skinny tweezers were flying out of my hands. These help maintain control and grip of the tweezers and also allowed me to use a bit longer due to less pain and weakness in my fingers." —Cassie Brannon
Get it from Amazon for $6.55.
34. A key holder with a wide grip you can attach to your house or car keys to make turning it in the door or the ignition of the car *that* much easier. Bonus — you can fit two keys in the slot of each one!
Promising review: "My arthritis around thumbs got so bad that I couldn't turn on my car ignition without a lot of pain. This wonderful invention works wonders in that I can grip on it w/o using my thumbs & easily turn ignition on. Easier to turn key to open house door too. Love it!" —J E Wong
Get it from Amazon for $12.16.
35. An ergonomic, super lightweight streamline crochet hook you can get sized to your exact specifications to help prevent hand pain when you're making a bajillion knit beanies for all your favorite humans' heads.
Anna's Gotta Crochet is a Colorado-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in crochet books designed specifically to reduce hand stress and tension.
Promising review: "Shopping from Anna is such a joy. She is super quick for shipping, and incredibly friendly and helpful when asking questions about products. I am slowly but surely replacing all my hooks with the Furls hooks and I intend to continue purchasing them from her! The hooks have helped my arthritis in my wrists and make crocheting more enjoyable." —Jessica Marie Coleman
36. A super reliable electric can opener so you can be the master of any tricky-to-open can completely hands-free — this will cut the can all 360 degrees with just a tap of a button to start and a tap to stop.
Promising review: "This is the bee's knees of can openers!! I have arthritis in my hands pretty bad and using even an expensive manual opener had gotten to be too much for me. I did a lot of shopping before I purchased this item and I am very pleased. It was certainly simple to operate. You slap it on the top of the can and it seems to know where to go and what it supposed to do - almost like having a little trained robot opener. It leaves nice smooth edges and opened the can cleanly and rapidly. I haven’t tried it on any unusual size or huge cans yet but I expect it will probably work just as well. It’s actually fun to use and I almost find myself looking forward to opening that can of beans!" —sandra s. walsh
Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in four colors).