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    Updated on 18 Aug 2020. Posted on 17 Aug 2020

    39 Problem-Solving Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    I've got 99 problems and they're all solved because of these products.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This Fitbit Versa 2, that's not only gorgeous, but will help you understand your body and its behaviours throughout the day.

    Amazon

    This Fitbit will not only track your physical activity, sleep health and heart rate, but you can even use it to control your Spotify, so your work out beats will be on point for the entirety of your run. It's also water resistant for up to 50 metres, so if you're someone who prefers to burn calories while swimming, you're covered.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $298.

    2. This pack of reusable meal prep containers, because some delicious ready-to-eat meals waiting for you is a great incentive to get your day started.

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    These containers are stackable for easy storing. Plus, they're microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. These ones are in a bento style, so you can keep your sauces and food separate, which will make them extra fresh when you dig in during your next meal.

    Buy a pack of 15 from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    3. 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 $12.99.

    4. 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

    Will this Echo Dot replace all your co-workers during your new WFH sitch? Yes. You can use it 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.

    5. 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 $33.60.

    6. These reusable zip lock bags that are not only environmentally friendly, but have a dry-erase marker so you can clearly label your bags with the date they were filled.

    Amazon

    These 100% food grade silicone ziplock bags are perfect for storing your snacks, smoothie ingredients and anything else you want preserved. It'll also eliminate the need for disposable ones, so the environment will thank you.

    Buy a six pack from Amazon Australia for $25.66.

    7. This handheld body massager, because giving yourself a massage is peak self-care and a great way 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 the cord. It comes with five interchangeable heads to target different parts of your body.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $49.09.

    8. This time-marked water bottle to help you stay on top of your hydration.

    Amazon

    One of the first things I noticed while working from home was the lack of water I'd been drinking. This one-litre water bottle indicates times throughout the day, so that you can turn drinking water into a habit. The bottle also tells you why you should be drinking water — which will hopefully guilt you into prioritising hydration.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99.

    9. This kitchen drawer organiser, so you can keep your forks with your forks and your spoons with your spoons.

    Amazon

    You won't believe how neat your drawers will look with an organiser like this. This cutlery tray is space saving and makes all your eating utensils super accessible. It features five compartments — one for spoons, forks, knives, teaspoons and tiny forks.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.75.

    10. This avocado tool that will make having avo on toast so much easier.

    Amazon

    This tool includes a slicer, a cutter and something to get that slippery seed out with ease. Here are some delicious avocado recipes by Tasty that are automatically easier with this tool.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.

    11. 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.

    12. This 60-day high performance planner — because when you know what your goals are, getting out of bed is a whole lot easier.

    Amazon

    This 60-day journal has blank dates, so you can actually start using it at any point in the year. It features daily goal boxes, evening scorecards, weekly habit assessments and everything else you need to become a boss.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.60.

    13. This magic double-sided tape that doesn't leave any sticky residue on your walls or surfaces, but can be used to free up space in your kitchen or bathroom.

    Amazon

    This gel tape is super strong, but won't leave any trace on your walls, furniture or cabinets. It's washable and reusable too, so you can use it for as long as you want.

    See the full post on this crazy tape here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.18.

    14. This chef's knife that will eliminate onion induced crying.

    Amazon

    A good knife should be a staple in any cook's kitchen and this German-made, stainless steel one has a lifetime guarantee against defects in the material and workmanship.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.99.

    15. This weighted cotton blanket that will tuck you in when there's nobody around to do it for you.

    Amazon, BuzzFeed / Hameda Nafiz

    If you're the kind of person who tosses and turns a lot before going to bed, this weighted blanket will change your life. It feels like being tucked in, or cuddling someone, except better because you don't need to deal with another person.

    Weight is evenly distributed throughout the stitching of the blanket, making it feel as though you’re being hugged as you sleep. This blanket uses sand pellets for the weight distribution rather than fibre, so that you can use it all year round without feeling too hot.

    Read about my experience using a weighted blanket for the first time here!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $90.

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. This floating shelf, so that you can clear up precious counter space while still proudly displaying your skincare products.

    Amazon

    This shelf will suction straight onto your wall, so you don't need to deal with nails or glue attachments. It's also super lightweight, so you can store products without worrying about them falling off because they're too heavy. Oh, and don't forget about that railing, which can be used to hang a hand or face towel.

    Buy a shelf from Amazon Australia for $19.97.

    19. This super-soft, heated throw blanket you can use to warm up your bed before you get in, because no matter the weather, you can always be more cosy.

    Amazon

    This throw is machine washable and the thermal fleece fabric is the perfect thing to curl up with when you're on your fifth wine and binge-watching Grey's Anatomy.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.99 (available in five colours).

    20. This knife sharpener that will ensure your tools are in tip-top shape.

    Amazon

    This handheld device features three stages to prep your knife, sharpen it then polish it, so it's ready to go. It also comes with a cleaning brush, so you can keep your knives and their sharpener in great shape for ages.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.95.

    21. These vacuum bags will suck the air out of spare sheets, towels and pillows, so you can fit more in and avoid having overstuffed cupboards.

    Amazon

    This pack of eight big reusable storage bags is all you need to store your favourite fabric goods away without worrying about not having enough space. It works perfectly for blankets, seasonal clothing (if you're one to switch out your wardrobe) and anything else you want to protect from mould and moths.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.95.

    22. This sleep mask that will shut out the world (and the haters), so you can fall asleep without any kind of light disturbing your REM.

    Amazon

    This sleeping mask features a memory foam nose cushion that contours to any nose shape and blocks out all light — so you can get those zzzs without being interrupted.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.95.

    23. This all-in-one mandoline slicer, so you can save time when you're prepping your weekly meals.

    Amazon

    Why bother with a knife when you can buy a tool that does it all? Plus, it stores all the contents in a neat, little container, leaving no mess and a stack of perfectly sliced potatoes.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $8.92.

    24. These period panties that means you can toss and turn to your heart's content without ending up with stained sheets.

    @modibodi / Via instagram.com

    These high-waisted undies were designed for overnight use, so they can absorb up to four tampons worth of blood without the need for disposable sanitary products.

    Buy it from ModiBodi for $33.50 (available in sizes 8-26)

    25. These kitchen shears for when breaking out a knife feels like too much effort.

    Amazon

    There are so many cooking tasks that are usually done with knives and chopping blocks that can be substituted with scissors. Whether you're cutting up herbs, food packets or meat, they're a definite time saver. These ones have a built-in bottle opener and nut cracker.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.99

    26. This stylish pair of blue light blocking glasses because if you've been feeling extra tired lately, it's probably because of all the screens you've been looking at.

    Amazon

    These glasses work by blocking out the blue light from your screens, which can cause eye strain, headaches and inability to sleep. So, if you've ever noticed any of these symptoms, grab a pair ASAP.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.90.

    27. This drawer organiser, so that you can make sure your essentials are in reach when you're getting ready, eliminating the stressful period right before a virtual meeting when you look like a potato.

    Amazon

    This organising tray has four sections you can divide your essentials into for easy access.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.25.

    28. These colour-coordinated chopping boards, so cross contamination won't ever be a factor when you're rushing to have your ingredients ready.

    Amazon

    This kit comes with four chopping boards, one for raw fish, one for raw meat, one for cooked food and one for vegetables. It's also super handy if you happen to share a kitchen with anyone that has strict dietary requirements.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $60.98.

    29. This laptop table, because sometimes getting out of bed sounds like the worst, but getting work done is palatable.

    Amazon

    This is a great companion to have on your bedside when you want to start your day a little later, but need to send a few emails first thing. This laptop table has adjustable table legs and has five levels of adjustment, so you can choose which angle to binge-watch Killing Eve on.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $71.99.

    30. This oil spray that will restore the magnesium levels in your body.

    Amazon

    This spray is made of magnesium oil — which is absorbed better through your skin than it is orally. It also has frankincense and rose geranium to provide you with natural remedies for insomnia and anxiety.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.95.

    31. This waterproof meat thermometer, so you can stop pretending you know how to do the palm prodding method.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am a woman of many talents — cooking however, is not one of them. This handy gadget gives you an accurate temperature reading within three seconds (!) and I've since been able to cook that elusive medium rare steak. The probe folds in easily for safe storage and I love the magnet backing — last thing I need is another kitchen tool taking up space in my heavily crowded drawers!"

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.85.

    32. This makeup bag that's perfect for those of us (ahem — me) who have a hard time packing their makeup away after using it.

    Amazon

    This makeup bag uses a drawstring mechanism to open up and become a makeup mat, then closes to turn into a makeup bag.

    Buy a two pack from Amazon Australia for $11.67.

    33. 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.

    34. This glare-proof and waterproof Kindle that will give you access to a world of books at your fingertips, so that you can actually hit the reading goal you set for yourself.

    Amazon

    This Kindle is super light and you can read the screen in direct sunlight without an obnoxious glare getting in the way.

    It also connects to Wi-Fi and gives you instant access to over five million e-books, some of which are COMPLETELY FREE.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $199.

    35. Or this Audible subscription, which allows you to get your reading done without actually having to read anything.

    Audible / BuzzFeed

    There's a ridiculous amount of books you can listen to, including Where The Crawdads Sing, The Giver Of Stars and Celeste Barber's memoir, Challenge Accepted!, which she narrates herself.

    Buy a one month membership for $16.45 on Audible.

    36. 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.

    37. This sliding shelf that's perfect for the gap beside your fridge, which also makes it a great hiding spot.

    Amazon

    This slim shelf is fitted with wheels, so you can keep it tucked out of sight and bring it out when you need. It has four shelves perfect for storing spices, oils and canned food.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $59.99.

    38. These blackout curtains if you're plagued by street lights that happen to be right outside your window.

    Amazon

    These blackout curtains not only block out sunlight, but they also help if you live on a busy street and are always hearing cars go by in the dead of night. Plus, they're insulated to help keep heat outside where it belongs.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.98.

    39. And finally, this air fryer, which will absolutely change your life.

    Amazon

    I know you're probably sick of people talking your ear off about air fryers, but trust me, this one appliance will make cooking meals so much easier. This 3.5 litre air fryer uses hot air and a tiny amount of oil — or none at all — to make your favourite foods super crispy and delicious every time.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $109.90.

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