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    Apr 12, 2020

    33 Gadgets You Probably Didn't Realize You Needed In Your Life Until Now

    Gear up with some gadgets that'll *hopefully* keep you entertained through the weekend.

    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 splurge-worthy mouse designed for serious esports gaming with special features — it's extremely lightweight, has programmable RGB lights, and is ambidextrous.


    As my husband says, this mouse is "the best you can get for the money." Enough said.

    Promising review: "The model D is everything you could ever want. If you want a lighter mouse to get those easier flicks this is for you. One thing you need to know is that this mouse is ergonomic mouse, that means this is for fingertip players. If you play claw while gaming this might not be for you." —Rowan

    Get it from Glorious for $49.99 (available in two styles).

    2. A VIZIO P-Series Quantum X Smart TV, because you've probably been debating upgrading from your decade-old television for a while now and you *might as well* now that you'll be home watching it more than ever.

    vizio / Via

    I have one of these beauties and can tell you it's worth the money. My old TV was clunky whereas this one is slim, chic, and features stunning graphics. The first thing I did was put on Frozen 2 in 4K and, WOW, what a difference it shockingly made. Go ahead, treat yo' self.

    Promising review: "When watching this TV while streaming, the picture makes you feel like you are right there in the location. Can see facial pores on closeups!" —Owen4321

    Get it from Target for $999.99.

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

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    Promising review: "Nice smaller speaker for travel and has great sound! Very pleased with the price too!" —HappyShopper36

    Get it from Target for $89.99 (available in five colors).

    4. A Mortal Kombat arcade machine with a riser to help you achieve your childhood dreams of owning an arcade — only you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

    arcade1upofficial / Via, Target

    I have one of these in my apartment and it's been SO fun to play with — especially now that we're spending more time at home than ever. My husband and I love challenging each other and feeling like we're in an old school arcade. It's a great size for an at-home arcade machine, not too big or too small.

    Get it from Target for $349.99.

    5. A sound machine/night light for the parent who is desperate for some decent sleep sometime this decade.


    TBH, as an adult without kids I would still thoroughly enjoy waking up with this soothing lil' gadget.

    Promising review: "I have wanted this for quite some time for my daughter but I had a hard time justifying the price. After almost a year of contemplating I finally got it. It was 100% worth the price. I love that you can use your phone to adjust the setting or to turn on or off. I like the different colors that it can display and it gets quite loud which is awesome since our last one was super quiet. Overall an amazing product." —VAlex

    Get it from Target for $59.99.

    6. An electric jar opener, because we all deserve to live in a world where we don't need to ask someone else to open our salsa, sauce, or jams.

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    Promising review: "I have difficulty using a traditional opener. The Robo Twist is the perfect tool for anyone unable to grip and twist jar lids. It is an invaluable tool." —Karen C

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99.

    7. A Furbo treat camera that'll let you remind your pup what a good boy they are no matter where you are in the world.


    Promising review: "I recently purchased my Furbo because my baby Kato broke his leg and I needed to keep an eye on him when I was out. A few days ago I opened Furbo while I was out for dinner and saw that something was wrong at home. I immediately rushed home to find the house filled with smoke. If I didn’t have Furbo I would have lost my furbaby and my home. Thank you Furbo " —Kato’s loving dog mom

    Get it from Furbo for $169.99.

    8. A microphone that'll provide crystal clear audio if you're a gamer who moonlights as a YouTuber, streaming your gameplay for all to see. Who knows — maybe this'll be your ticket to internet fame!

    Best Buy

    Promising review: "Hookup is simple and the audio is great! We use this microphone for YouTube and Twitch (streaming). I would buy this product again in a heartbeat!" —Bree

    Get it from Best Buy for $69.99.

    9. A Pixar-inspired popcorn machine, because what would go better with a never-ending Disney movie marathon than a delicious snack?


    Promising review: "This product is amazing. It works perfectly and cleanup is very easy. I was hesitant as cute products usually aren't as good as plain ones, but if you are tempted to buy this take the plunge you won't regret it!" —SaraBear49

    Get it from shopDisney for $34.95.

    10. A fabric shaver that'll keep everything from sweaters to furniture looking fresh and lint-free.


    Promising review: "This was the best purchase I’ve made in a long time. It works SO WELL. For years I have hated looking at pills on clothing and have used razors, my fingers, and different settings on the drier as well as air drying certain items, and nothing truly helped with the pilling on my clothes. This product is 100% worth the buy, I can’t believe I haven’t had one my entire life. This should be a household staple by now. If you don’t have one, buy it!!! My clothes look brand new. Works on hats and other fabrics as well. Plus it is SO satisfying to remove the pills. The front is adjustable too, so you can bring the blades closer/further away from the fabric depending on how fuzzy or thick it is. Just 5 stars all around." —chickenparm

    Get it from Target for $11.99.

    11. A wired gaming headset designed to be used with Xbox One, PS4, a Mac, or a PC so you can play late into the night without disturbing your roomies.

    Best Buy

    Promising review: "I've been waiting to buy hyperX cloud II, when it's finally on sale I couldn't resist. It's literally the best, it's got an additional 7.1 surround system, once you turn it on, you get the greatest surround audio ever. Would suggest anytime 10/10 an absolute masterpiece." —ProNoobGaming

    Get it from Best Buy for $99.99 (available in two colors).

    12. Or a Bose audio sound bar, in case you actually hate your roommates and want to blast your TV until dawn.

    bose / Via

    Promising review: "Bought the Bose solo 5 Soundbar and use it to improve my TV speakers. Crystal clear sound, you hear every little sound and detail. Highly recommend" —Kycowboy

    Get it from Best Buy for $179.99.

    13. A Game Boy Color-inspired watch to help you keep track of *just* how long you've been sitting on your couch trying to catch Pokémon.


    It even makes Game Boy sounds!

    Get it from Firebox for $16.99.

    14. A portable rowing machine to make you feel as powerful as Kate Middleton racing to cross the finish line with her all-girls rowing team back in the day.

    Sharper Image

    Promising review: "I thought this would sit in the box because the directions for putting it together would be confusing. But I've never seen such simplified instructions and great pictures in case you don't know the name of every nut and bolt. The machine clock doesn't work exactly right, the count gets off but that might be something I can fix. it just doesn't matter that much to me. It is small and can fit most anywhere but it isn't lightweight. One person can move it but a little awkward to maneuver. Well worth the price and is very quiet to use." —Erda

    Get it from Sharper Image for $189.99.

    15. A motion-activated toilet light, a must-have for anyone who is tired of stumbling over themselves when they get up in the middle of the night to pee.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "So convenient when you don’t want to turn on the light of your bathroom in the middle of the night! Don’t know if it will last but for the price it’s totally worth it! It makes a great/funny present too." —Elsasita

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.

    16. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer, perfect for any aspiring chef who tends to get a little absent-minded while following a recipe.


    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    17. A robot vacuum to clean your house for you, because you and I both know you're going to put it off ALL week.

    Bed Bath and Beyond, Paul Braga

    I recently got the Neato Botvac D7 and it has become a treasured possession for me and my husband. I don't know if it's just because we're home *all* the time or because we love it that much but we definitely treat it like our pet. You're instructed to give the vacuum a name (ours is Kevin) and can then set it to clean on specific days/times. It's super efficient and has done a great job cleaning hard-to-reach spots — and it'll send a notification to your phone if it gets stuck (see above). Good boy, Kevin.

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $673.99.

    18. Or a slim Dyson vacuum, in case you're a little weary about having a ~robot~ in your house.


    When I'm not letting my robot vacuum Kevin handle things, you can find me scurrying around the house with my Dyson in-hand. It's very lightweight, easy to maneuver, and does exactly what it's supposed to! Worth the splurge, IMO.

    Promising review: "I questioned whether this vacuum would be worth the money. I've bought several Dyson products — some I love; some I don't. But this one I love. It's very powerful. I think it cleans better than any vacuum I've ever owned (including other Dysons). It can reach far under furniture, which I love! Another reviewer wrote that the trigger should have a switch so it can lock in the ON position. I agree that would be handy. But this vacuum is worth the price." —Betsy

    Get it from Target for $599.99.

    19. A SMEG drip coffee maker featuring a retro style that'll make you smile even *before* you've properly caffeinated yourself.


    Promising review: "I bought this about a month ago and I absolutely love it! Not only does it look fantastic in my kitchen but it makes great coffee and it’s very easy to use! I saw a couple of reviews stating that the area you pour water into isn’t large enough but I have no issues with that. I feel that the pot is well-designed to prevent spills from occurring. I love SMEG and have also purchased the espresso maker and will be purchasing the toaster next!" —LauraB

    Get it from Williams-Sonoma for $199.95+ (available in seven styles).

    20. A cordless neck and back massager you'll love so much you'll never leave your favorite chair again.

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    Promising review: "The pillow heats up quickly and delivers a nice temperature. The massage heads do a thorough job of really getting into the muscles in my back. I'm very happy with this purchase." —AB70

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $39.99.

    21. A selfie ring light for gorgeous photos you can ~click, click, click, and post~ like Ariana Grande on Instagram.

    elf Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I do drag, cosplay, natural and full glam makeup very often on myself and others. Taking pics in various places with various lighting can be a pain in the butt, but this ring light has three settings of light brightness. It's super helpful!" —pairofcds

    Get it from e.l.f. Cosmetics for $12.

    22. Disco lights for your bathtub, that'll encourage you to have a dance party while soaking in a sea of bubbles.


    Promising review: "Excellent, bought it for my 6- and 8-year-old soap dodgers who can't wait to get in the bath now. Good quality, fun gadget." —Dave

    Get it from Firebox for $7.99.

    23. A Super Mario–inspired projector light you can count on to leave you *starry-eyed* whether you're nodding off or taking down all your friends in Mario Kart.


    This delightful lamp projects silhouettes of stars onto walls from both sides! It's also made of eco-friendly plastic and can be powered either by USB or batteries.

    Get it from Firebox for $36.99.

    24. A tower fan with a remote you can use to keep your stuffy apartment cool while you rewatch Tiger King.

    lasko_products / Via

    Promising review: "This fan is really great. I bought it for my elderly dad's house because I sit with him and he keeps it hot in his house. I have to have some air! This is the third one of these I have bought and all three work great." —curlymel

    Get it from Best Buy for $60.99 (available in three styles).

    25. Or a lil' fan that'll sit on your desk and help you fight the unpredictable temperatures of spring.


    Promising review: "It truly is vintage-looking right down to the color. I turned it on high and I was happily surprised its not as loud as I thought it would be...even better!"—Sandra from Dewey, AZ

    Get it from Wayfair for $55.99 (available in three colors).

    26. A compact washing machine you'll tell everyone you know about because it'll save you tons of quarters and time spent at a laundromat.

    The Home Depot

    ....and it'll prevent you from having to wash your undies in the bathtub like I've been doing lately.

    Promising review: "This was the best investment I've made. I reside in a walk-up apartment building (basically no elevators) and it was becoming to be a challenge to do laundry as I also have kids. I decided to purchase this washer's the best choice I've made. It's easy to set up and use. It was slightly bigger than what I was expecting, but fits well in my somewhat small apartment. I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone who is seeking an efficient and space-saving washer." —DeeMartin32

    Get it from The Home Depot for $399.

    27. A rapid egg cooker, available in a variety of beautiful styles, because the most important meal of the day is deserving of such detail.

    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "Love this egg cooker! Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs, in almost no time. The cooker has a loud but pleasant reminder that the eggs are done. This item is surprisingly compact and very easy to clean." —Anne M.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    28. A Cuisinart electric kettle that'll help you whip up a ~spot of tea~ so fast even Queen Elizabeth II would applaud you.

    cuisinart / Via

    My husband *insisted* on splurging on this kettle when we first moved in together. I was hesitant but realized its worth from the first time I used it. In the past I'd heat up hot water for tea in a mug in the microwave or impatiently wait for water to boil on the stove. This kettle has made making tea (and oatmeal!) a breeze, especially when we have guests. Highly recommend!

    Promising review: "I bought this for my husband, his morning ritual is to prepare his cup, walk the dog and then enjoy his first cup of tea. This kettle’s 'Keep Warm' feature maintains the selected temperature for 30 minutes, allowing him to start it before leaving the house and prepare his tea when he returns — and the kettle is cordless!" —Ellen P

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99.

    29. A Theragun, ideal if stress and your workouts wear your body out and you'd likely benefit from an at-home solution to soothe your tired muscles.


    I have one of these bad boys and it has honestly been a game changer. When I posted on my Instagram that I had received one, the responses I got were WILD. People are PASSIONATE about this gadget and now I understand why. I've used it on the arches of my feet and have way less pain than ever before. The nozzle at the end contracts at a high speed (think, a tiny punching machine) that surprisingly doesn't hurt but leaves your body buzzing in a good way.

    Don't be intimidated by its appearance. It's simple to use and extremely effective. It feels similar to managing a hand mixer — weird, but true. In my opinion, it's worth the money and it actually does work.

    Get it from Theragun for $199.

    30. An ever-popular Instant Pot with so many uses you'll need to take a deep breath before deciding what to make with it first.


    The Duo Plus replaces nine common kitchen appliances. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and egg cooker, with the ability to sauté, steam, warm, sterilize... and oh, it makes cakes too. Read all about why the Instant Pot is changing how we cook in our full review of the Instant Pot.

    Promising Review: "Our life has changed so much since we introduced the instant pot into our kitchen life. This thing is so easy to use and the recipes are endless. Some of our favorite things to make is macaroni and cheese, coconut chicken curry, rice and chicken. We use this practically everyday! We haven’t had any issues with ours and we actually have had ours for a long time now. Clean up is very easy with this." —KristinaL

    Get it from Target for $79.99.

    31. 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. / Via, Echelon

    Promising review: "I love my Echelon bike. It gives me the ability to stay in shape for the spring and summer seasons when I usually ride outdoors. Having the option to hop on the bike and jam out to music and get a workout in with various amounts of timed sessions. The capability of having a competitive atmosphere with the leaderboard, other riders, and instructors pushing me to achieve more is nothing short of amazing. I would recommend these bikes and affordable plans to anyone who likes to get a little more out of a workout. The options are endless, whether your looking to ride, strength train, stretch or do yoga. The total experience has given me a boost to continue to working toward a stronger and better person all year around. Thank you Echelon!" —Michael K

    Get it from Echelon for $839.98+ (available with a variety of subscription plans).

    32. A breakfast sandwich maker for those rainy Sunday mornings where all you want is a cure to your hangover but can't physically venture farther than your kitchen.


    Promising review: "We LOVE this sandwich maker! It works as described. We got it so that we could have a good healthy quick breakfast in the morning before work. Egg is completely cooked, english muffins are crispy, enough room to add veggies as well as meat, the sandwiches stay very hot and we have been adding some hash browns to the egg. It is non-stick however it helps to spray the egg plate with a little cooking spray — the egg sometimes sticks SLIGHTLY. Extremely easy to clean — just wipe off with a damp paper towel. This is an awesome little machine" —Carole P

    Get it from Target for $24.99.

    33. And long distance friendship lamps that'll let you connect to someone special in your life when you're feeling lonely. Home is where the heart is, after all.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Such an amazing product. Really creative way of just telling someone you are thinking of them. And a great idea for young kids to connect with their grandparents too in an independent way since they don’t often have the words or attention to hold a full conversation and can’t read yet, but they can figure out that when they want to say I love you to grandma, they touch the lamp and it turns 'theor' color, and then Grandma can reply using her color to say I love you back. It’s simple. It’s sweet. And it’s a great gift to keep families close." —Kathleen

    Get a set of two from The Grommet for $85.

    Me, explaining to my husband why I *finally* bought us the breakfast sandwich maker:

    Pixar / The Walt Disney Company

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

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