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    Updated on Sep 2, 2020. Posted on Aug 29, 2020

    36 Easy-To-Use Gadgets For Anyone Who Isn't Tech-Savvy

    You probably won't even have to teach your mom how to use the PhoneSoap cleaner or the one-click electric lighter.

    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 car charger with four ports even the least tech-savvy human can use without a struggle — all you'll have to do is plug it in and you'll be ready to roll!

    the four port charger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We always fight over whose phone Is gonna get charged when we travel, so I was happy to find out that there’s actually a multiple port car charger. It can charge four devices simultaneously and love the price." —TwinkiesMomo

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. PopSockets PopGrip to help you keep a good grip on your precious phone and have a portable stand on you at all times.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this so much. The sunflower design is really pretty and its functionally is exactly what I was looking for. It makes for a great phone stand when I’m watching something and it makes my phone a lot easier to hold!" —Jane Diener

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. 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.

    the star-shaped lamp
    Firebox

    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 $39.99.

    4. A milk frother that'll transform your hot chocolate into one out of a Hallmark Christmas movie scene. Delish.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frothed and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 17 colors).

    5. A PhoneSoap UV sanitizer you can toss your phone into for a quick 10 minutes after you get home to get rid of the grime that's surely found its way onto your screen.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    I have one of these bad boys and can validate that it is SO easy to use. I pop my phone into it when I get in the shower and click the lil' button on the front to start the cleaning process. You can also charge your phone while it's inside the machine. Fellow germaphobes — you can thank me later.

    Promising review: "Bought this along with a set of agar plates to test it for ourselves. We swabbed my daughter's and husband's phones before and after use. It does work. We are very happy with the product." —Ginger

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95+ (available in nine colors).

    6. A storm cloud weather predictor, perfect for helping you decide if you need a jacket without even glancing at a weather app.

    a glass cloud with water and crystals inside and a light wooden base
    Firebox

    This lil' cloud is SO cool! The crystals inside react to different weather conditions. It's helpful for planning your day and will look super cool in your home.

    Promising review: "Not only looking great but it's really working. You can decide that it's 'stay in bed' weather without even moving the curtain. Very useful." —Firebox Customer

    Get it from Firebox for $39.99.

    7. A too-cute anglerfish book light to attach to your latest page-turner — no more having to close your book during the juiciest part of the plot just because your partner wants to hit the hay.

    a purple anglerfish attached to a book
    Smoko

    Promising review: "The light is so cute! It's also very solid, and a bigger size than any other book light I have seen before. I love it!" —Lauren M.

    Get it from Smoko for $15.

    8. 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 $39.99.

    9. A mini waving inflatable tube man that'll make you want to throw your hands up in the air and yell "WOOHOO!"

    a reviewer photo of the tiny red inflatable tube man
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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

    a model holding the speaker in red
    jblaudio / Via instagram.com

    I have one of these lil' speakers and they're fantastic! The sound is super clear, even when we use it at the beach and there's a lot of space to fill. It's lightweight, simply to set up, and comes in so many fun colors.

    Promising review: "I studied abroad in the fall semester of 2019 and was given this as a gift before I left. I had another speaker but it was much larger. This is the PERFECT travel speaker and well worth the money. JBL has continued to impress me with their high quality speakers for a reasonable price. I've owned several speakers and would HIGHLY recommend this one." —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95 (available in 13 colors).

    11. Wristband headphones, a must-have for anyone who isn't confident in their ability to sync wireless ones to their phone but still wants to listen to some tunes while out on a run.

    a model's wrist with a headphones wrapped around their wrist in a braided rope
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Love how convenient these are; and I don't have to go hunting for them! Right there on my wrist!" —Ellen

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.95.

    12. A smart hair dryer that'll work with you to prevent bad hair days before they even start.

    the purple hair dryer with magnetic attachments
    Amazon

    This hair dryer literally has a sensor in it to detect hair moisture levels so it can automatically adjust the heat temperature used to dry it. Incredible. My mom, who blow-dries her hair daily, has and loves this model.

    Promising review: "My husband bought this for me and I’m in love! This blow-dryer has exceeded my expectations. It is very comparable to other brands out there, if not better. It has good weight to it but not too much that is causes your arms to get tired. The attachments attach magnetically allowing you to adjust the nozzles to how you feel comfortable holding the dryer (this was always a problem for me with other hair dryers while holding a curling brush). My hair dried quicker than it ever has and it didn’t feel like I was damaging my hair with a ton of heat. The smart sensor detects moisture in your hair and you can hair the dryer adjusting accordingly. Very pleased with my purchase!" —Joshua

    Get it from Amazon for $299 (available in two colors).

    13. A battery charger with eight charging ports, so you can stop spending money on new batteries and just keep the ones you have juiced up at all times.

    the white battery charger with 8 charging slots
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the fact that I can charge any number of batteries at a time. My old one you could only charge two or four at a time. This charger holds up to eight! Great product and not expensive." —Shiney

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    14. A 4-foot arcade machine to help you achieve your childhood dreams of owning an arcade — only you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    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.

    Promising review: "I always was terrible at this game, but my friends loved it. I saw the sale and bought it immediately. Assembly was a breeze, plugged it in, and works just fine. Solid sound, no glitches, no issues whatsoever. Even perfecting my moves. I'm not a professional gamer or anything, so I have no problem with the joysticks or buttons, but I can see how some may. My kids love it. For the price, and excitement, well worth it. Thanks Arcade1Up!" —Mo

    Get it from Amazon for $299.72+ (available in five styles).

    15. A set of LED light saber chopsticks you'll probably misplace in your utensil drawer but then have the opportunity to exclaim "THESE are the ones I've been looking for!" once you finally find them.

    amazon.com, Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I purchased these for a friend's birthday present (he is a sushi waiter) and these are flippin' AMAZING. I ordered two sets by mistake, but I am totally keeping the second pair for another gift (or for myself!). These are sure to be great conversation pieces and attention-getters. Way to go!" —T. Redwood

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $12.97.

    16. 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.

    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 for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again.

    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 $15.99.

    17. 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
    Yang's Choice Store

    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 Yang's Choice Store on Etsy for $19.39.

    18. A classic Swiss Army Knife you can store in your junk drawer and break out whenever you need a lil' screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers, or toothpick. Psh, and to think they said we couldn't have it all!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This item is the real deal, very well-made and I love the color. It is the perfect tool to carry in my bag, lightweight, slim and well made. Not at all like the bulky pocket knife my husband takes with him in the car. The five tools seem to perfectly address my needs. The scissor is the feature I use the most, but the nail file is definitely a close second. I particularly love that the end of the file doubles as a screwdriver! It has proved the perfect size for eyeglass repair as well as for opening those tiny screws to the battery compartments in toys and electronic items." —Gilles Family

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 26 styles).

    19. A personal-sized blender that'll make it easier than ever to whip up your fave smoothie after an intense workout.

    a reviewer holding up a blended smoothie in the pink blender
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Cute small size portable blender, very good and convenient for taking it out to a picnic or a road trip as it's portable and battery based. It is also pretty light so it's easy to carry out with you. In addition, the blender cup can be used as a water bottle as well. It makes eating fruit easier and quicker for me." —Yongin Choi

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    20. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've had this device for a little while now and I absolutely love it! Light detector and motion detector work together to only turn the toilet light on when it senses darkness and movement. I love that there are 16 different colors you can choose from; and with each 16 colors you can raise or lower the brightness which kind of makes color choices even bigger if you consider the different color brightness a new color. You can either leave your toilet light cycling through all 16 colors while on, or you have the option of choosing one of the colors and keeping it on that color. I ended up getting two of these toilet lights for both of my bathrooms and my guests, as well as I, love it." —Sergio Rios

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    21. Or a bidet attachment to make sure you booty is cleaner than ever before (and save you dollars on toilet paper!), so easy to install you'll wonder why you waited so long to buy one.

    Omigo

    BuzzFeed writer Rachel Dunkel has and loves this product! She said:

    "I have this and — without giving you too much detail about what my butt's up to — it's really fantastic. It was really easy to install, works fantastically, and I'm so happy I can easily bring it with me whenever my current lease it up. A worth-it upgrade that I totally recommend. The version pictured above is the Omigo Element, which has rear and front washes. I think this totally suffices, but if you want a touch more luxury, try the Element+, which can also attach to hot water for a warm wash."

    Promising review: "I can't believe we waited so long to make the switch. The bidet life is where it's at — so fresh and so clean! The reduction of toilet paper use is a plus. We are saving money and probably some trees. I like having the front and back options on the dial — it helps to get the job done. I would like to eventually upgrade to one of the seat attachment models one day. The Element is incredibly easy to install and all the reference materials provided in the box and on the site was very thorough. No regrets!" —Junahlyn H.

    Get it from Omigo for $80.

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

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have spent hours and hours trying to groom our sofas from millions of tiny lint balls they have acquired over four years. I hoped maybe this de-fuzzer might work... and WOW! This thing works like a lint mower! It's really easy to use (our 5-year-old 'mowed' most of one sofa) and cleaned it out. Really happy with the quality!" —Mrs.Harper

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in six colors and two styles).

    23. A pretty power strip with a braided cord you'll point out to anyone who visits your house because it's practically perfect in every way.

    a lavender power strip
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love the clean design on this extension cord! Looks very modern and nice in our house, I love that I don't have to fuss with a tangled plastic cord and it actually looks nice where the cord is exposed. I also like how the cord comes out of the side of the plug, so that you can easily plug it in behind furniture without kinking the cord or pulling your furniture out awkwardly. I plan to buy more of these." —Lizzy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.38+ (available 2 outlets/2 USB ports, 3 outlets, or 6 outlets, and 12 colors).

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

    the string lights in the back of someone's home
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the dim feature! These bulbs are more round than oval like others, but I love them. When they are off, there’s a cool yellow in them that offers a lovely aesthetic when not in use. Our pergola is wired for lights so we mounted them on and almost always dim them because the white pergola reflects the light. These lights have made our patio my new favorite spot in the house. My husband and I find the evenings so relaxing, we’ve literally grown closer together from spending time out under the lights in our new favorite place." —fishurmo

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 27, 48, and 97 feet).

    25. A kitchen gadget you can use to dice onions in a flash — save your uncontrollable crying for the next time you watch The Notebook.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I use it regularly to chop many different kinds of vegetables, including onions, celery, mushrooms, and carrots. Works well for apples too. I find that it is a terrific time-saver. It admittedly can be slightly challenging getting all the food pieces out of the chopper parts, but the nylon bristle brush that comes with it makes it a relatively easy job. I have used my chopper almost daily for several weeks now. I am actually finding that I’m more eager to cook since getting this thing." —Owen Knowles

    Get it from Amazon for $21.97.

    26. An HDMI splitter, so you won't need to fumble with any cables when you want to switch between your PS4 or Xbox.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Now this is a gadget that will earn you the title of Best Gift-Giver. With a single click any gamer will be able to cycle through two different devices without having to unplug ANYTHING. Convenience is key, people.

    Promising review: "I purchased this splitter for use with my television and a PlayStation Vita TV console and Nintendo Wii U console. I ran out of ports, so a splitter seemed to be the perfect solution, much better than unplugging devices every time I needed to switch. This product is simple to use: plug the two sources into one side and the output location in the other, and you're done! It can also be used to split one device to two locations, like displaying a video game or television show on two different monitors. There is a small button you press in the center of the splitter to switch between the output selections. The video quality was good on the display even though it is going through the splitter. Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone who runs out of HDMI ports on their television. I didn't find any flaws with the product. 5/5 stars." —Zero Ehxe

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. 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.

    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 four colors).

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little light is awesome and super convenient! It's a powerful little thing that has a good battery life, and within a couple hours you can have it charged from 0 to 100. It comes with the micro-USB charging cable, but you must use your own charging block (i.e. Your iPhone wall charging block works just fine.) It's awesome having the three different brightness settings on it — you can really see the difference between each one of them. I photograph handmade jewelry up close and the regular flash on my phone blows out the photos. But when I use the Ring Light, it's always perfect!" —aly.me

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    29. A heated massager pillow anyone will be happy to have waiting at home for them after a no good very bad day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just received this and I LOVE it. It adequately relieved the knots in my neck, the base of my skull, and my legs. I'm going to try my feet also. I've been wanting something like this for quite some time and I'm thrilled with this product. This item definitely delivers. I highly recommend it. The price for this item given the relief provided is wonderful." —Stephanie T.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

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

    a bath tub with the disco lights throughout it
    Firebox

    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 $13.99.

    31. A mug warmer, because even if you're the self-proclaimed "busiest person on the planet" you deserve to have hot coffee.

    amazon.com

    We've all been there — making our coffee or tea only to set it down and forget about until it's cooled down completely. Thanks to this mug warmer none of us ever have to suffer through another cold cup of caffeine again! It has received over 4K 5-star reviews on Amazon, so you know it's a big freakin' deal.

    Promising review: "I'm a chronic coffee forgetter. I can't drink it straight from the brewer (too hot for me) so I set my mug down to cool slightly and often get distracted. Of course I then come back to my coffee to find it's already cold. I've currently got the warmer at my office and it's working great. I can sip my coffee leisurely over the course of an hour and it's still nice and warm." —Elle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99

    32. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This diffuser has a whopping 24,966 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 $15.99+ (available in four styles).

    33. A Theragun mini, 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.

    a model using the black, handheld mini theragun
    therabody / Via instagram.com

    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. In my opinion, it's worth the money and it actually does work.

    Get it from Therabody for $199 (available in black or white).

    34. A pair of magnetic barbecue lights you can easily attach to any grill so even when you get a suuuuper late start to cooking dinner, you'll still be able to see when your burgers are done.

    A reviewer cooking food on the grill with the lights attached
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just bought a new grill and needed some decent lighting since most of my meals are done at night. These two lights attach only to the lid of my grill because the side tables aren’t magnetic but the flex necks make the lighting very versatile. The light is bright and illuminates the grill well. The color of the light is good too. I'm very pleased so far. Seems durable. I plan on keeping it in its storage when not in use and hope to get plenty of use out of it." —Ryan Smith

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    35. A retro-style Smeg toaster that'll put the final touch on your carefully designed cooking space and will *clearly* be a no-brainer to use (it just...toasts).

    a reviewer photo of the mint colored toaster with two halves of a toasted bagel
    amazon.com

    I have one of these babies and absolutely love it. Yes, it's essentially just a toaster. But! It brings such a nice aesthetic and really adds a fun pop of color to the kitchen.

    Promising review: "This toaster meets two criteria I have: 1). The functionality is excellent and 2). It is retro and awesome looking. I put bagels in there and they fit perfectly. It toasts the bread really well and even left pretty toaster marks. I'm pleased with this purchase. It's worth the extra money. The mint green color is gorgeous!" —T. Parvin

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95 (available in 10 colors).

    36. And a splurge-worthy electric standing desk you'll love because all you'll have to do is plug it in to reap the benefits of it's ability to move up and down to your preference with a touch of a button — easy peasy.

    Vari

    My husband's number one thing he lamented over when we entered quarantine was how much he missed his office's standing desk. When we had the chance to receive this one to test out he was thrilled. It was sooooo easy to put together — only a handful of steps! Even the most technologically challenged person could use this without stress. You plug it in and *BOOM* it's ready to go. He loves shifting between sitting and standing all day now that we're working from home all the time.

    Promising review: "The desk is beautiful and is more sturdy than I expected. Assembly is super easy, with only three steps. I chose the reclaimed wood top to match my office decor and it matches perfectly. I stand most of the day now and haven't had a neck ache since. I highly recommend Vari products for quality, customer service, speed of delivery, and easy of assembly. I LOVE my electric standing desk" —Tammy V

    Get it from Vari for $550 (available in five wood styles).

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