Skip To Content

    29 Outdoor Gadgets To Try Out This Spring

    Mystical garden lights, a ride-on lawn mower, and a portable karaoke mic that'll help you make the most of the season.

    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. A garbage guard that'll keep pesky flies and other insects from congregating around your can.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.44.

    2. An electric pressure washer you can use to restore your deck or back patio to the way it's supposed to look. There's gotta be a clean floor under there somewhere!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Power washer was delivered Monday, it’s Wednesday and I have washed two cars, cleaned the driveway and sidewalks, cleaned the back fence, and the work keeps piling up, everything I see now needs to be cleaned! This little dude does not back down, plenty of power and it's surprisingly not too loud. Soap dispensers work great, and the tips are easy to change." —Mar

    Get it from Amazon for $159.

    3. A standing weeder (without the chemicals!) for anyone with a bad back who still wants an award-worthy lawn.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I received the Corona weeder this morning and have used it much of the day removing dandelions from my yard. It works great. The weeder is sturdily made, and contrary to other reviews, easy to adjust in length. No problem whatsoever." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $17.54.

    4. A solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can sing "and at last I see the light," like Rapunzel in Tangled each time you step into your yard.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these to cover the side of my house. Installation was easy and I left them outside for two days to charge. The light coverage was about what I expected from them and do the job well. The motion sensitivity covers all the side and lights turn on. It has rained about three times and still work great and hoping they last for a long time." —J. Argueta

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $27.99.

    5. A John Deere zero-turn riding mower you'll pat yourself on the back for splurging on when the sun shines again and you find yourself with a lot of grass to cut. Trust me on this one.

    a model riding on the green and yellow lawn mower cutting the grass
    The Home Depot

    Let me tell you, having an entire yard to maintain is no joke. I'm on the hunt for the perfect lawn mower and this one is my top contender. It also kinda looks really fun??? If we're going to be adulting it might as well be a good time, amiright?

    Promising review: "Was nicer than I had anticipated. It will take a few times to get used to the controls and the zero turn, but it was manageable first attempt. It took me an hour and 20 minutes with my normal mower and about 25 minutes with this. It is pretty fast. Overall, I love it!" —Jperk

    Get it from The Home Depot for $2,799.

    6. A lightsaber umbrella that'll turn you into a jedi every time the skies open up.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "OMGOSH! I'm a struggling Sith who was able to purchase this awesome lightsaber umbrella for way less than the other more official light saber umbrellas that go for about 80 bucks. Took it out in the field for the first time today and it passed with all flying colors (literally) since I'm able to press the button and emit different colors including my favorite, RED." —daniel ortiz

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in six styles).

    7. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with an anti-glare screen so any bookworm can happily virtually flip through the pages of a novel while basking in the sun.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    It's the thinnest and lightest Kindle Amazon has released to date! And — as is made abundantly clear by the photo above — it's 100% waterproof. I'm typically a hardcover girl through-and-through, but I recently gave the Kindle a whirl. It's very convenient to be able to slip it into any bag without it taking up much real estate and the transition between pages is very smooth.

    Promising review: "I love the fact that I can read on this Kindle in both daylight and dim light conditions. It is so light and compact, which makes it easy to hold, easy to travel with, and the battery lasts forever. I love it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

    And check out our full breakdown of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

    8. Solar-powered LED garden lights that'll change colors and create the illusion of rising bubbles that'll make your yard feel like an escape to Alice's Wonderland.

    Solar powered lights in different colors lighting up a pathway
    YoungBlossomPlace / Etsy

    YoungBlossomPlace is a small business based in Irvine, California that sells an array of lights and home goods.

    Promising review: "I actually got these for my visually-impaired daughter, and they work wonderfully! Beautiful, bright, and entertaining! Best part is that they are solar-powered, so there's no need to buy a ton of batteries!" —Michelle MacIntosh

    Get it from YoungBlossomPlace on Etsy for $21.82.

    9. A gas grill, complete with four main burners, a stainless steel side burner, a ceramic sear side burner, and a glass window so you can peek on your burgers to see if they're ready to be flipped without letting all the heat escape by opening the lid.

    Lowe's

    I have this grill and it's *chef's kiss* fantastic. So far we've only made basic hamburgers and hot dogs on it, but will be really putting it to work now that the nice weather has arrived. What I was most impressed with though is how Lowe's delivered it COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED right off the truck! Worth every penny.

    Promising review: "I cook every evening on my grill, either direct or using cast iron pot and pans. Most grills have flaws, but this grill has none that I can find! Very even heat across the entire grill, wheels are open and easy to lock and unlock. Incredibly easy to clean drip pan! Case Iron grates. The list goes on!" —BearHusker

    Get it from Lowe's for $399.

    10. A mini projector you can set up in your yard for the ultimate movie night your kids will never forget — good luck convincing them to watch anything other than Frozen.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This projector is a 10/10 because it can be hooked up to anything — a TV Box, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a ChromeBook, tablets, Blu-ray DVD players, SD Card, USB flash drives, and smartphones. It even comes with all the cables necessary to connect!

    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to get a projector for some time now, but was having a hard time deciding on one. I’m glad that I decided on this one! The price point is great, the unit comes with cables, an adjustable stand, and a remote, and the setup is easy. I hooked it up to my phone and was able to view live sporting events that I was watching on my phone! After the game was over, I hooked it up to a DVD player and my kids watched Frozen and were able to operate the machine themselves. They went crazy when we aimed it at the ceiling while laying on the floor to watch!" —Liz Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $59.67.

    11. And a projection screen that'll take your outdoor entertaining to the next level. Imagine what the Big Game will look like on this baby?!

    a screen with a football game projected onto it
    amazon.com

    The screen is 120-inches and made of an anti-crease material. It also comes with brackets and ropes for mounting purposes.

    Promising review: "This screen is perfect for our use. We bought it for outdoor movie nights whether being on the garage door, in the backyard, camping, or inside the garage. It’s very easy to install with no wrinkles and shows a great picture. I’ve attached pictures that show how well I can still see the picture despite being surrounded by 7,000 Christmas lights in close vicinity." —Hallie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    12. A tabletop fireplace with removable glass so you can enjoy a freshly made s'more any time of year — yum.

    The small tabletop fireplace with rocks and a small flame
    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. The only thing that you will need to purchase separately is the 2.6-oz. gel fuel cans, which you can get from Amazon. 1Man1Garage is a small business based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

    Promising review: "Soooo cute and easy to put together. We bought a clear spray to put on to protect it and because we actually really liked the look of the burned side. Boyfriend and I bought it to make s'mores for Valentine's. It was a perfect night in." —Bethany Schneider

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $18+ (available in three styles).

    13. Glow-in-the-dark LED bands, a must-have if you're a runner who manages to get up before the sun to get your workout in or enjoys breaking a sweat in the evenings.

    Model wears green glow-in-the-dark bands on their ankles while they run at night
    Amazon

    Each band can be worn on an arm or ankle for optimal visibility early in the morning and late at night.

    Promising review: "This product was a gift for my daughter who may walk her dog in the evening and to my grandson who sometimes runs at dusk. They both report their pleasure with the product. 'It works well' was the comment. It's bright, comfortable, and did I say it's bright! I'm thinking of getting another color and letting them add on to their safety color palette." —Jed

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight colors).

    14. A pizza oven the entire family can enjoy — from rolling out the dough and adding toppings to watching it cook over the flame, this is one gift you'll get praised for.

    the dome shaped outdoor pizza oven with a pizza being slid into it
    oonihq / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "We've wanted a pizza oven for along time. The regular oven only gets to about 550F and the BBQ doesn't cook the top of the pizza well enough. Then this amazing thing comes along. It delivers as promised. Ready to launch pizzas in 20 minutes. In fact I found that lower than max temp worked perfectly and avoided the over-charred crust. The 16-inch size is nice to allow room to maneuver 12-13" pies around to cook them evenly. I used the provided dough recipe with success so far. I look forward to trying some other crust types. If you are on the fence about this, listen: Buy it! Nothing easier than gas. Pizzas on my second try came as good as the best restaurant pizzas I've had. Keep the toppings light and you will love it too." —matthekman

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $499.

    15. A rechargeable hand warmer that doubles as a power bank, a must-have for anyone whose hands are *always* cold (yes, even on warmer nights) and are forever complaining about their dead phone.

    The Grommet

    The hand warmer heats up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit with high and low settings so you can control just how hot it gets. The battery lasts for roughly three hours when fully charged.

    Get it from The Grommet for $27.95 (available in three colors).

    16. Or a portable charger with up to 46 hours worth of charging time. You can use it with Galaxy phones, iPhones, iPads, and AirPods, so no matter what device you usually take with you on a long walk or on an outing to lounge in the park, it'll always be juiced-up and ready to go.

    A black charging bank connected to a phone
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered this after using my sister's while waiting at an appointment. Now I wouldn't leave the house without it. It is worth the money and small enough to carry in a pocketbook or bag. It goes everywhere with me now and it has saved me. It is worth every penny. I've even been so impressed that I bought four more for Christmas gifts and an extra for me." —Natalie Marrino

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. A potentially life-saving bracelet with a feature that lets you send an SOS alert to five loved ones with the double-click of a button — you'll be able to enjoy your long walks in the park with a bit more peace of mind.

    invisaWear

    There is no monthly subscription fees for this service! All you'll need to do is download the free app on your phone and customize your contacts and settings.

    Promising review: "It was super easy to set up and to test it! I haven’t had to use it yet (thank god) but it does give a huge sense of safety especially being a woman and going alone to places." —Katherine F.

    Get it from invisaWear for $126.65 (also available in gold).

    18. A collapsible bike helmet you can pop right into a tote bag or backpack after cycling over to meet your friends for brunch. Game changer!

    Amazon

    This helmet is CSPC Certified in the USA!

    Promising review: "My husband and I each purchased a helmet for a recent cycling trip in Europe. The way the helmet collapses makes it easy to transport on trips. The helmet is lightweight and comfortable. What I most like about the helmet is how well it protects the head during a crash. I misread a curb while cycling and crashed, with my head striking the pavement hard. The helmet absorbed all of the impact, and I walked away with no injuries to the head. The helmet suffered a very slight, barely noticeable dent, and I am so grateful for the protection it provided. I highly recommend this helmet." —Linda Camp

    Get it in white from Amazon for $84.99 (available in two sizes and in blue and gray).

    19. A portable karaoke microphone that'll transform your outdoor patio into the a karaoke bar from the moment you connect it to the app of your choosing. Ahem, that's just me clearing my throat to treat you all to my rendition of Aladdin's "A Whole New World."

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "We need something to let the kids sing without having to turn on the whole karaoke system. This works like a charm. The Bluetooth connection helps as well. You can just turn on YouTube and look for any song and they probably have a karaoke version or a song-a-long they can sing to. The range is also great. We were outside and the volume can be heard nicely." —Phong Bui

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in 11 colors).

    20. 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.

    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).

    21. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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).

    22. A solar-powered charging bank you'll cherish if you spend all of your free time going on intense hikes and posting Instagram pics of the views at the end. Your phone will be READY!

    Amazon

    This gadget is waterproof and USB compatible.

    Promising review: "This works like a champ. I was out camping in the mountains for five days with no electricity. I followed the instructions and made sure the unit had a full charge prior to its first use. The first night my cellphone was down to 10% and my tablet down to 5%. I turned them both off and plugged them in (at the same time) into the solar charger. When I woke up the in the morning they were both at 100% charge. During the day I left the solar charger exposed to the sun. Each night it charged my cellphone and my tablet to 100%." —Rover Rover

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99 (available in three colors).

    23. A lightweight stroller you can unfold with one hand like a *boss*, perfect for taking little ones to the zoo, beach, or to the park when the weather is nice 'n' sunny.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "We bought this stroller for a month long trip to Europe. This stroller put up with constant use over rough cobblestone and surprisingly the shocks are still in good shape. The small basket held more than we thought it would, although if you stuff it, it is hard to pull things out. We utilized the reclining seat when my daughter would nap while we were out and she seemed really comfortable. The only downside is that the cup holders were small, so it wouldn't hold my reusable bottle. Although I'm happy that it has a cup holder at all. All in all this stroller was a lifesaver and is still being put to good use back at home." —michael pinheiro

    Get it from Amazon for $66.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, so you'll never have to fumble with headphone wires at the beach or pool again.

    a tube-like speaker at the beach
    amazon.com

    I used the Flip 4 years now and recently upgraded to the Pulse 4 and neither have failed me yet! The music is clear and crisp even when I'm using it outside at the windy beach. Definitely a fan — it does exactly what it should!

    Promising review: "I’ve had this almost three years now. Couldn’t be happier with this speaker. It has accompanied me on many beach trips and float trips. It’s gotten covered in sand, dunked in water, and just keeps on playing. Music quality is solid with plenty of volume. I've owned quite a few Bluetooth speakers and this has been my fav. You won’t be disappointed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95 (available in 14 colors).

    25. A cordless chainsaw that'll help you *finally* tackle the hot mess that are the overgrown shrubs and branches in your yard. It's go-time, baby and this gadget is gonna help you get the job DONE.

    a model using a green chainsaw
    The Home Depot

    Me and my husband's new home has all kinds of chaos happening in regards to the backyard (and side yard, TBH). It's inevitable that we're going to have to trim a TON of wild branches and bushes and I, honestly, can't think of a more fun way to do that than with a chainsaw. This one is highly reviewed and we have it on-deck to tackle the plethora of backyard-cleaning tasks ahead of us. And who doesn't like power tools?! The added bonuses of this one is that it's battery charged (no gas!) so it's more environmentally friendly and owning one of these will cut you costs on hiring gardeners or tree-trimming service down the road. The battery lasts for about five hours before it needs to be charged again.

    Promising review: "I've had a chance to use it extensively while clearing out a couple dozen mature nuisance hackberry trees. I find it easy to use and has no problem cutting full grown trees all day long. All I've got to do is make sure the chain is tight, the oil is full and the battery charged. When I got tired and had to take a break, the chainsaw was patiently waiting to get back to work. It pulls all day like a gas saw without the loud noise and fuel issues. I recommend this chainsaw without reservation." —GaryG

    Get it from The Home Depot for $199 (includes the battery and charger).

    26. A ~disco~ helicopter drone safe for indoor and outdoor use that'll know how to sense objects around it and move to avoid them so you'll basically feel like Harry-freaking-Potter while interacting with it. You'll impress anyone and everyone who you show this gadget off to.

    A child hovering their hands under the ball-shaped shiny disco drone
    Amazon

    This comes with a USB charging cable and remote control, and is recommended for any ages eight and up! The battery life is about 10 minutes.

    Promising review: "My 7-year-old son absolutely loves this toy. He showed it to his 8- and 10-year-old stepsisters who also loved it. All three of them played with it until it died. It was cute watching them try to keep it from hitting the ground (when you put your hand underneath it, it will fly back upwards) and hearing their laughter was priceless. I'm going to start buying these as small stocking stuffer type gifts for the rest of the kids in our family as well as birthday parties. I was also surprised it didn't break because it took a beating from running into walls and such. It also sparked my son's curiosity...he wanted to know how it worked so it quickly turned into a STEM-type lesson...You won't regret this purchase...we loved it!" —Jordan Hebert

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    27. Globe string lights that'll transform your backyard into the hipster haven you've always imagined it could be.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a really nice set of lights. I used them to run along the inside of the fence around my backyard. Very well packaged, with all the bulbs individually protected with bubble-wrap sleeves in sectioned boxes. As others have noted, the easiest way was to run the cord, and then add the bulbs. All of them worked perfectly. It's the perfect kind of light for this use — a bit of a fairyland feel — not too bright, yet turns a dark yard into something special." —Peter Guither

    Get an 100-foot strand from Amazon for $51.99+ (available in three colors).

    28. A firepit that'll also double as a wood fire grill and help transform your not-so-manicured yard into one anyone would mistaken as an up-and-coming outdoor eatery.

    Breeo, breeoco / Via instagram.com

    My dad got one of these to test out and has been so excited to take his grilling *and* backyard game to the next level. Not only does this fire pit look awesome and provide a cozy place for your family to hang out, but because it's made with a specific COR-TEN material you'll be able to cook all kinds of things right along the edges. Pretty freakin' cool. If you'd rather *not* place your steak directly on the pit, you can go for their grill grate and cook it above the flames.

    Get it from Breeo for $349+ (available in three styles).

    And! If you really want to take things to the next level, try out this firewood from Cutting Edge Firewood that's specifically been made for cooking outdoors. My family and I tried out their Hickory wood in our fireplace and it was incredible.

    29. And a snow cone cart, so you can retreat to the privacy of your own yard and eat as many sweet treats as your heart desires without having to flag down a passing ice cream truck.

    amazon.com, nostalgiaelectrics / Via instagram.com

    Not to mention it'll look so *cool* on your back patio. Remember to bring this indoors when you're not using it to ensure it doesn't get ruined in any inclement weather.

    Promising review: "I love this snow cone maker. Very easy to make a lot of snow cones in a short time. The kids at my daughters birthday party loved this. Well worth the money. Am now going to put this on my deck for days I'm out swimming and playing with my 3-year-old. " —elizabeth givens

    Get it from Amazon for $221.74.

    Me, leaving my house now that the sun is finally out again:

    The Walt Disney Company

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Amazon Prime Day is coming!

    Sign up for the BuzzFeed Shopping newsletter to get the best deals delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form