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49 Cool Gadgets That Also Do What They're Supposed To

A tennis ball launcher for your dog, a solar panel-like charger for your phone, and a pink coffee machine just for you.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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. An air purifier, a must-have for any pet owners who spend all of their time snuggling up with their furry friend. This lil' gadget will capture unwanted pet dander, pollen, dust, and more.

Promising review: "I foster kittens for a rescue, and no matter how often I clean the boxes, two or three times daily, and general cleaning, I still have an odor in the room. I got this product out of desperation. It was a good size and weight for kitties bouncing around. I am truly shocked and enormously happy with how it works! My husband was at wits' end with his sensitive nose. He goes in there now and is astonished, no smell. We are getting another for the kitchen! The room is 10×10, and I use it one the two setting. I also enjoy the night light. Very helpful without disturbing sick sleepy babies recovering from illness." —victoria Mohagen

Get it from Amazon for $76.99 (available in two colors).

2. A pore vacuum that'll help you seriously suck all the gunk and grime out of your skin. You'll definitely be amazed — despite the reviewer photos that make me (and maybe you) gag.

the pore sucker tool
a reviewer's sucked up pores

It's designed for all skin types, thanks to its five different levels. Level one is for sensitive and dry skin, levels two and three are for neutral skin, and levels four and five are for mixed and oily skin. The set comes with four suction heads: for blackheads, removing dirt/grease, reducing dead skin buildup and fine lines, and tightening your skin. It's also rechargeable—they've thought of everything!

Promising review: "I honestly can't run out of great things to say about this! This blackhead remover works WONDERS I use it about once or twice a week and absolutely love it. It works very well, and I have seen a size reduction in my pores since using it for the past few weeks. I highly recommend this blackhead remover!" —Andrea

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in seven styles).

3. A culinary blow torch so you can *finally* make your own baked Alaska after watching various chefs do it on TV for years.

Promising review: "This mini torch is easy to use with an adjustable flame. It's not too fancy shmancy, but it's not expensive either. It does everything I need it to do including lighting candles that have burned too far down to reach with a match. (Although I know that's not its intent at all.) Unfortunately it doesn't arrive with butane; but once you fill it, it lasts a pretty long time!" —Vero

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

4. A John Frieda hot brush for anyone who looooves to get pampered with a blow out but can't actually afford to get one every week.

a side by side of a buzzfeed editor and a reviewer with nice wavy hair
BuzzFeed / https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3NTQZWMY09H5E/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ASIN=B0056GDG90&ie=UTF8

Promising review: "I am not a paid person who writes reviews. In fact I usually don't write them at all. But let me start out by saying holy crap! This is amazing, not only was it so easy and fast... I have a salon blowout that actually looks great...and I never went to the salon! So I can't do my hair at all ever. The best I do is flat iron or messy bun, mkay? But I'm obsessed. When I go to the salon it looks great for two days and then bam I'm crying, 'cause I can't get my hair pretty like she did it, and now I hate it and myself. Sound familiar? Well I'm living proof this is amazing and it truly works. I won't lie I was hesitant because this looks and sound like crap/too good to be true. It's not!!! Happy buying — I'm buying another for my mom for Xmas how awesome!" —tangi raysor

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two sizes).

Check out our full John Frieda hot brush review.

5. A wireless charger that'll open up to reveal an array of cords to ensure you'll be able to charge any device anywhere at anytime. Welcome to the future, my friends.

the inside of the card with different wires and adaptors
Amazon

Promising review: "I know everyone says this, but I REALLY don't usually write reviews — really! I generally order from Amazon and once the purchase arrives I forget about it. But this is truly a great item to have around. It's compact, has all the connections I need, has built-in wireless charging, supports micro SD cards so it can be used as storage, has a built-in light that's pretty bright — it's just so freakin' handy! Order an extra one for a buddy so you can nerd out ." —Alex

Get it from Amazon for $36.

6. An Echelon Smart Bike to make you feel like you're in the midst of an intense workout class without the added pressure of *actually* being around people.

a model on an echelon spin bike
Amazon

I have an Echelon bike (and so do my in-laws!) and absolutely love it. The classes are super fun and engaging, the instructors are delightful and motivational, and the soundtracks for each class are fantastic. You can select your workout type (hills, speed, a mix of a variety of things) and the type of music you feel like sweating to (pop, '80s, '90s, rock, funk, hip hop, etc!). It's genuinely a nice community and a fun way to exercise!

Promising review: "Due to the pandemic that limits outdoor activities. I decided to look for an indoor cardio workout machine and end up getting the Echelon bike. To my surprise assembly was a snap and performance was a five star. During operation the bike performs so quietly making it a perfect fit for our needs specially living in an apartment building. I definitely recommend this bike for cardio enthusiasts and for active individuals seeking for a gym-worthy bike offering a different degree of workout." —Cris

Get it from Amazon for $999.99+ (available in four styles and three colors).

7. An intense ball launcher your pup will love you even more for buying — you'll be able to REALLY toss that tennis ball without being limited by your inability to throw.

Owner petting dog who has ball in mouth with launcher on ground beside them
Dog jumping for launched ball
Amazon

Promising review: "I don’t know who has more fun, my dog or me. LOL. I’ve used this for fetch every day for over a week now. It’s a ton of fun! I like that you can pick the ball up with the end of the gun. It saves your back and while my dog isn’t a slobber hound like others I’ve had...it’s nice you don’t have to touch the ball after it’s dog slimed. Get the mini model for small tennis balls and the large gun shoots conventional size tennis balls! Get it! You and your dog will thank me!" —workoutnut2010

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in three sizes).

8. And a rechargeable light necklace to toss around their neck before heading out on a walk at dusk — no need to stress about your leash-less pup getting lost in the dark. I can also see this being great for anyone who lets their dog roam around a big backyard at night.

a green glowing collar
a reviewer's dog with a pink glowing collar

Promising review: "These are amazing!! I’ve tried numerous light up collars and this is by far THE best!! It is essentially a long, clear tube that you cut down to size to fit your dog’s neck. No worrying about which size to order. I cut mine so I can easily slip it off and on. The ends plug into the little light, which then shines throughout the tubing. It’s like a big halo of light around your doggo’s neck. I keep mine on solid but you can also change it to slow or fast flash. I use it every night when I take my dog out and then all weekend when we go camping. It’s such a hit our whole camping group ordered one! Now at night we have different colored circles running around the campsite so we know who is who and where they are. I like red for my dog. The green is really bright. Blue and purple are nice too. Orange is okay but I’m not a big fan of the color ;) Oh and these hold a charge forever. I think I charge it back up maybe once a month. If he wears it all weekend I might have to charge it up when we get home. Buy one, buy many. Give them to your friends." —Tiffany Beyer

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors).

9. A Baby Yoda night-light that, for lack of a better term, will become the *light of your life*.

a gif of the baby yoda night light in the light and dark
the night light
Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

I am admittedly obsessed with "the Child" and can't get enough of him. That includes letting him reign over my bathroom at night in the form of the night-light.

Promising review: "My children love this in their room at night. It is not too bright. It has a very low, warm light which is just enough for them to see if they need to get up at night to use the restroom, but not bright enough that it keeps them awake." —chocolate*bella

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

10. A rechargeable lighter, so you can light every candle in your house to create the *perfect* ambience without concern you'll run out of lighter fluid.

buzzfeed editor's gif using the lighter to light a candle
the lighter
Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super-fun gadget. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again. My first charge lasted me seven months!

Promising review: "This is seriously the coolest device of my winter holiday. It makes lighting candles a breeze. Yes, there is a weird crackling noise, but that's a super-minor annoyance. It's a super-intuitive device. Plus the lighter with the USB (included), charge for a bit, then pop it open and light ALL THE THINGS; well, candles. I don't know how well it lights cigarettes or whatever. However, for my personal intended use, it's awesome!" —Jee W.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

11. A pack of super-strong magnets you can attach to the top of your fridge to ensure your drink of choice is *always* refreshingly cold without taking up space for leftovers.

four glass bottles hanging from the top of the fridge
a gif of someone placing a six pack of bottles into the top of the fridge using the magnets

Promising review: "Of all the things I have bought that I didn't need, this is one of my favorites. Beer is hard to get out of the cardboard carrier in the top of my fridge. While just taking them out and sitting them on the shelf would have solved this problem as well, this solution is more fun. They float and technically it does make a tiny bit of extra space under the beer for small things like cheese or something." —AbbyValentine

Get a set of two strips (six magnets) from Amazon for $29.99.

12. A critter catcher you can use to safely trap and remove any unwanted creature that wanders into your home. Added bonus? You MIGHT stop screaming bloody murder and running for higher ground when you see a spider.

a gif of someone using the critter catcher to encase a spider
Amazon

Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside :)" —Crystal R

Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in three colors).

13. An essential oil diffuser that'll make your home smell like the soothing yoga studio you vowed to go to once a week but never found the time to return to because life always seems to get in the way. Deeeeep breaths.

a reviewer photo of the diffuser glowing blue
a reviewer photo of the diffuser glowing purple

This diffuser has a whopping 51.7K 5-star reviews from VERY pleased Amazon customers. If that isn't a sign to pick this up, what is? You might as well go ahead and add this set of essential oils to your cart while you're at it (lavender is my personal favorite).

Promising review: "This is a really great diffuser, especially for a first-timer like myself. It's small and simple, and also succeeds in freshening up my entire room. The 30-second burst is great at keeping your space feeling and smelling great throughout the day, while the continuous mode lasts for about six hours so I keep it on while I'm sleeping. Overall, a really great and inexpensive diffuser!" —Pascal Ibe

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four styles).

14. A wall charger with six outlets and two USB ports in case you've managed to gather as many gadgets and gizmos as Ariel in The Little Mermaid and will want them charged at all times.

I have this outlet set up in my bathroom and it's great! I'm able to keep my source of music plugged in(who doesn't enjoy a shower dance party?) even when I'm using my straightener or curling iron. It's a helpful nightlight at night so when I inevitably get up to pee I don't have to wince at the overhead lights.

Promising review: "I work from home in a small apartment, and this really made my setup work the way I want it to. I need to use all six plugs; plus, I like to keep my phone and MiFi charging while working too. This was the perfect thing for me to get everything plugged in and essentially retrofitted into a built-in apartment wall desk setup that was intended for the large desktop towers of the late '90s. I’m ordering a second one in hopes it transforms another part of my weird floor plan. Bonus: The USB ports seem to fast-charge my iPhone XS Max. I can go from dead to fully charged in about 90 minutes." —Moose

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

15. Or an ultra thin electrical cover so you can finally enjoy full access to the outlet behind your dresser — plug this bad boy in and *poof* you'll have not one, not two, but SIX new outlets at your disposal.

reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
reviewer holding the power strip

Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

16. An electric toothbrush with a subscription-based brush head refill, so you'll never have to remember to buy another toothbrush or brush head again. Now THAT is something to smile about.

two models holding rose gold and pink toothbrushes
the toothbrushes in white and rose gold
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2FFi3wAoJq/ / Via quip, https://www.instagram.com/p/B3k9AA3AgcX/ / Via quip

Do your boast about being a minimalist? Or maybe you just have ZERO counter space? Then the Quip might just be the toothbrush of your dreams. It has a three-month battery life, comes with a wall mount and travel case, and is super quiet during use. I own one myself and love how it encourages me to brush thoroughly.

Promising review: "I truly love this toothbrush, feels great when done. Like the fact that it tells you when to move to the next quadrant. People in general do not take the two minutes to brush their teeth, much less concentrate on each quadrant and change the brush every three months. Anyway, I love it and will recommend it." —Maria S.

Get it from Quip for $40+ (available in eight colors and a variety of subscription plans).

Check out our full Quip review.

17. A squat machine to help you target the three main muscles in your butt. "Bootylicious" is about to become your theme song.

a gif of a model using the squat machine
a model using the squat machine
The DB Method, thedbmethod / Via www.instagram.com

The DB Method is a woman-owned company and has become quite popular among celebs like Tracee Ellis Ross, the Kardashians, and Hailey Bieber (which is enough reason for me to give it a test run). It'll help you strengthen your center of gravity and, IMO, is quite budget friendly in comparison to most other home workout equipment.

Promising review: "I am so happy I made the decision to buy a DB Method. I've been using it for the past two weeks at least 10 minutes daily and I can see a difference in my abs, arms, legs and butt! A great full body workout!

You will not be disappointed with this purchase! Go for it." —Cleo B.

Get it from The DB Method for $229.

18. The 90th Anniversary Mickey Waffle Maker so you can recreate the classic Parks staple and chow down while planning your next magical vacation.

a reviewer's mickey waffles
a waffle maker with mickey's face on it
shopDisney / Dinglehopper84, shopDisney

It's a double-sided waffle maker that makes three Mickey-shaped breakfast treats on each side, so you can make six all at once! It also features an adjustable browning dial so you can make them *just* the way you like 'em. To the surprise of no one that has ever had a conversation with me, I have this exact waffle maker and it's one of my most prized possessions.

Get it from shopDisney for $74.95.

Check out my full review of the 90th Anniversary Mickey Waffle Maker.

19. A trendy at-home Mirror workout that'll probably become your fave purchase of 2021 thanks to its ability to bring interactive classes into your house without also adding a clunky piece of equipment.

a model using the mirror to stretch
Mirror

I have read SO much about this incredible product and am personally dying to try one out. You can connect it your Apple Watch to monitor your heart rate in real time, workout to customized playlists, and get real-time feedback from certified trainers. I men, my gosh, there are 20+ different genres of classes to choose from! I also love how chic and futuristic it looks! You can also add up to six profiles so you and all your roomies can join in on the fun.

Promising review: "The Mirror is the best investment I’ve made in quite some time. It is extremely easy to use. The set up was a breeze. I’ve only had it a little over a week and I am using it daily even if running short on time...it’s easy to even do a 15 minute class! I also love I can do multiple classes one for cardio and then add on a short stretch or toning class. Basically, I feel I control what I want to do each day fitting into my schedule rather than working around classes at the gym. And for a family this is far less expensive each month than a multi-person gym membership. I’m thrilled with The Mirror!!! Even had a friend join me for a class and she loved it too!!" —Ronda Stratis Elkins

Get it from Mirror for $1,495.

20. A milk frother that'll transform your hot chocolate into one out of a Hallmark Christmas movie scene and take your at-home latte game to the next level.

the thin black handheld frother next to a cup of coffee with foamy milk on top
the frother in pink with explanations of what each part of the gadget is used for

Promising review: "OMG, this milk frother makes my homemade latte taste like it was made by a barista. It was perfect. So perfect that I bought a second one for my brother who loves coffee to use. I've already recommended it to some coworkers. It has changed my coffee drinking life. This comes highly recommended." —Michelle Pirestani

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 17 colors).

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