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    31 Tech Buys That'll Genuinely Improve Your Life Without Breaking Your Budget

    Not a single regret purchase in sight.

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    1. This Echo Dot, which is an alarm clock and an all-round personal assistant, so that you can multitask and get things done faster with minimal effort.

    Amazon

    You can use this smart speaker to find out what the weather's like, what time it is in a foreign country or hear what's going on around the world — so that you'll be reaching a new level of multitasking and productivity while simultaneously having someone — albeit a robot — to talk to.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $99.

    2. This handheld body massager, because giving yourself a massage is peak self-care and a great way to ensure you're good to go the next day.

    Amazon

    This deep tissue massager works all over your body and its cordless design means you can tackle your tense back muscles without fighting a cord. It comes with five interchangeable heads to target different parts of your body.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $49.09.

    3. This plastic bag sealer that will ensure you never have to bite into a stale biscuit again.

    YesStyle

    These little devices take two AA batteries and use a little heated roller to melt the plastic on packaging and seal it, so that whatever is inside stays fresh for you to enjoy at a later date. It also has a magnetic base, so you can stick it on the fridge for easy access whenever you need it.

    Buy it from YesStyle for $9.41 (available in three colours).

    4. These Sound PEATS wireless earbuds, because everything is easier when music is involved and these little guys make playing it easy as.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    These earbuds run for four hours per charge and have smart touch technology, so you can control your tunes and answer calls without reaching for your phone.

    Promising review: "I've been dragging my heels to make the move to wireless earbuds — I thought for sure I'd lose one and that having to charge them would be a massive inconvenience. My husband bought these as a gift and now I love the convenience of not having to hold my phone when out and about, should I want to listen to my music. Their holder has magnetic properties, so when charging or just being stored, you don't have to worry about the earbuds falling out and getting lost."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $43.99.

    5. This white noise machine, that encourages your best sleep, which will probably have you waking up in a much better mood.

    Amazon

    This sound machine has 20 unique sounds that don’t loop. There’s also a sleep timer, so you don't have to worry about it running all night.
    Promising review:
    "Light sleeper, apartment dweller: This sound machine literally changed my life. I moved into an apartment for the first time in my life one year ago and hearing my neighbours move around at night used to make me so anxious. This little machine blurs it all out! I CANNOT sleep without it now, it's the best purchase I have ever made and I would seriously recommend any light sleepers purchase it. My partner now loves it too."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $79.95.

    6. This body fat scale that connects to your phone, so you can understand the ins and outs of your body.

    Amazon

    This scale calculates things like your BMI, weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.99.

    7. This portable charger, so you're never slowed down by the crappy battery on your phone again.

    Amazon

    This portable charger has five ports — two USB, one lightning, one USB-C and one micro USB — which means you can use it to charge virtually anything. Plus, it has a fast charge feature, which means you don't have to wait around for your devices to be juiced up.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    8. This hot air brush that makes it easy for you to give yourself volume and dry your hair without it getting poofy as heck.

    Clare Aston / BuzzFeed

    The brush uses hot air and ionic technology to get rid of frizz and leave your hair looking and feeling as smooth as silk.

    Promising review: "I’ve never been any good at styling my hair. It’s long, thick and stuck somewhere between a wave and a curl. The only time it looks good is when it’s an unintentional fluke and no one is around to see it. When I have an event where I want it to look great, I normally have to wash, blow dry, straighten and if I want some more volume, curl it again. As you can imagine, I don't that often — normally it's just a wash and air dry.

    I decided to give this product a go because it's a hair dryer and brush in one and I thought it could save my hair some heat damage and get those long, bouncy waves I've always dreamed of — without having to spend an hour and a half on it. Now, maybe I need more skill in the blow-dry with brush departments (tips welcome), but I didn’t get the gentle waves I wanted. I will say this though, it did straighten my hair pretty well and it only took 15 minutes. So for ease of convenience and everyday wear (along with the cheap $$) I’m happy with how it turned out.

    Clare Aston.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.99

    9. This instant pot that will help even the laziest cook prep delicious, gourmet meals.

    Amazon

    You can use this instant pot as a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, a steamer, a yoghurt maker and so much more.

    Read all about BuzzFeed writer, Mariela Summerhays' experience with the Instant Pot here!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $189.

    10. This humidifier and diffuser, so you can create a safe and snug environment, ideal for relaxing before and during bedtime.

    Amazon

    This diffuser has seven different light settings for you to adjust to your mood, two different mist settings and ensures up to 25 hours of mist, so you can turn it on before bed without worrying about it burning out.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99.

    11. This USB-chargeable portable blender that will make protein shakers a thing of the past.

    Amazon

    If you've ever used a protein shaker, chances are you've tired your arm out trying to dissolve powder for a smooth, lump-less shake. With this bottle, you don't need to worry about any of that. When fully charged, you can it to blend whatever you want up to 30 times before it needs to be juiced up again.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $44.99.

    12. This rechargeable sweater shaver, so you can get rid of the fuzz that randomly appears on your clothes.

    Amazon

    This shaver works on cotton, wool, linen and even upholstery. You can also use it as a zero-waste lint roller! This one comes with two extra shavers, a cleaning brush and a drawstring bag for easy storage.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.99.

    13. This compact slow cooker that will help you finally tackle the absolute delight that is low and slow cooking.

    Clare Aston / BuzzFeed

    You can use this slow cooker for three to four hours on high, or for eight to nine hours on slow. If you don't have time or just can't be bothered to make dinner after work, just throw in a few ingredients in the morning, set it to low and by the time you clock off, you'll have a delicious meal ready to eat. This one has three heat settings, including an auto function to ensure your food is perfectly cooked.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.95.

    14. This light therapy Neutrogena acne spot treatment, which uses dermatologist in-office technology (no UV rays!) to treat mild to moderate acne.

    Jemima Skelley / BuzzFeed

    Promising Review: "I DEFINITELY did not think this would work. How can light get rid of pimples? Well, after only using it a couple of times my mind was completely changed. It's good at making big, sore pimples smaller overnight. I also had a red mark on my skin from a giant pimple I'd had two months ago that I couldn't even get rid of with microhydrabrasion. After about a week of using this light pen on it twice a day, it was way smaller and lighter. This pen is true magic."

    Jemima Skelley

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    15. This keyboard cleaning jelly to finally give your poor electronics a refresh after you've spent months eating your lunch over them.

    Amazon

    This cleaning jelly is made of soft gum and is non-toxic and biodegradable. It's totally safe on your skin, so you can have a great time playing with it and put an end to sticky keys forever.

    Buy a four pack from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    16. These ~UV lights~ that are essentially the luxury treatment your house plants have always deserved.

    Amazon

    These lamps feature three timers, 10 dimming levels and three lighting modes. Plus, the three arms are completely adjustable, so all your plants can have a little loving. You can attach this lamp to your table where your plants live with the clip attachment and watch them thrive.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $64.80.

    17. This portable nail drill set because now that you've spent so long maintaining your claws in iso, you may as well continue.

    Amazon

    This device is USB chargeable and comes with 11 different drill heads so that you can shape, buff and polish to your hearts content. You can also adjust the speed and the direction of the drill so you're always in control.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $45.99.

    18. This bullet vibrator, which is the number one bestselling vibrator on Amazon and arguably the foundation of every good sex toy collection.

    Amazon

    Chances are, this was the first sex toy you were ever introduced to — in which case, you know how sometimes small and simple can be best. This particular model has 10 vibrational modes and is made with medical grade silicone, so you can rest easy knowing it's perfectly safe for you to use.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $11.99.

    19. These wireless noise-canceling headphones that will make forcing yourself to take walks during the day so much more tolerable.

    Amazon

    These headphones have great sound, are foldable and come with a carrying case for easy storing. You can also use them to make and receive phone calls. Plus, they've got 40 hours of playtime, so you won't have to recharge them every five minutes.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $89.99.

    20. This Audible subscription, that will give you monthly credits to use towards whatever book you want, including these podcasts and short two-hour audiobooks, which you can finish in just one week — depending on how often you listen.

    Audible / BuzzFeed

    A lot of us have come up with little rituals in the morning to replace our morning commutes with, be it a run to the cafe for a coffee or a walk down the street to get the blood pumping and our bodies ready for the day. These shorter audiobooks are perfect for that.

    You can listen to inspiring thought starters like The Space Between by Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Tame Your Inner Critic by Clare Bowditch or even The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku to get yourself ready for your day.

    Get Audible from $16.45 a month.

    21. This webcam cover, so you can pick your nose as often as you want without worrying that you haven't exited a conference call.

    Amazon

    This itty-bitty webcam cover gives you an added level of security, allowing you to access your laptop's camera with a simple swipe of your finger. A strong adhesive allows for easy application and red detailing indicates when the camera is exposed. Plus, with six in this set, you can apply one to every device in the house.

    Buy a pack of six from Amazon Australia for $9.59.

    22. This electronic blackhead remover that will clear out your pores better than any mask or acne wash.

    Clare Aston / BuzzFeed

    There are three suction settings on this device and it comes with three suction heads. To use this baby, place a hot towel over your face to open up your pores. Use the remover, then rinse your face with cold water to tighten everything up!

    Read all about how great it is here!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.99.

    23. This cord organiser, because I know all your cords are currently lying on the ground in a hot mess.

    Amazon

    Constructed from durable silicone instead of hard plastic and fitted with self-adhesive backing, this is the easiest (and cheapest) damn thing to use to sort out your cables. Use on your bedside table (yeah, I know you keep your phone next to you), desk and even your car.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $11.99.

    24. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because life's too short to deal with pesky phone cradles.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This phone holder comes with a magnetic disc that you can either stick to your phone or your phone case, for instant 360° GPS viewing ability.

    Promising review: "I have been through so many phone cradles. Time after time, phones will just fall after driving over a speed bump and not provide the security they promise. This magnetic device is brilliant — I never have to worry about my phone falling and can view the screen in both landscape and portrait mode with a single rotation. The base of the holder extends and tilts in any direction, making it perfect to use in either the driver or passenger front seat."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    25. This indoor thermometer that also measures humidity, so that you can better understand your air quality.

    Amazon

    This indoor thermometer records humidity as well as temperature, so that you can ensure you're relaxing in optimum conditions at home. Stick it to the fridge using its rear magnet or prop on any surface using its stand.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    26. This phone charging stand for your desk, because I know you have trouble remembering to plug your phone in at night before you sleep.

    Phone about to be placed on charging station.
    Amazon

    So, thousands of people are really keen on this thing. Reviewers love how fast this stand and wireless charger charges their phone, how they can see the screen whilst on their computer and how affordable it is. As someone whose most commonly texted message is, "I'm sorry, my phone died", I wholly endorse this purchase.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $33.99.

    27. This wake-up light alarm clock that simulates the sunrise for a more natural awakening.

    Amazon

    This alarm clock gradually gets brighter during a 30 minute period before your actual alarm goes off, so that by the time it does, you’re ready to hop out of bed.

    You can choose natural sounds for you to wake up to, like birds singing, ocean waves, a steady stream, beeping, wind bells, soft music, piano music or FM radio if you'd prefer some bangers to start your day.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $41.99.

    28. This Echo Show 5 that, honestly, I don't know how I lived without before this year.

    Amazon

    You can use the Echo Show to set an alarm, bring up your to-do list and play your morning tune so you can get ready for your day. Don’t mornings seem better already?

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $99.

    29. This dash cam that means you'll never be left wondering who dented your car after you parked it in the shopping centre.

    Amazon

    This dash cam has heaps of incredible features, including motion detection when your car is parked — in case someone tries to break in — and emergency accident lock, which will protect your video files if the camera detects vibration and impact. It also features night vision and a spectacular 170 degree range.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $59.99.

    30. This handheld milk frother so you can have cafe style foam without having to leave your house.

    Amazon

    To use this frother you literally just have to hold it in your milk for a minute and ta-da! You've got creamy, delicious froth. It's also perfect for making matcha green tea lattes. You're welcome.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.95.

    31. And finally, this beginners' drone which will allow you to travel outdoors...without ever leaving your home.

    Amazon

    This drone has a built-in 720P HD camera for recording. You can even plan the drone's route, as well as its take off and landing, which makes it perfect for beginners. The compact size of this device also means you can easily fly it indoors!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $99.99.

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