Skip To Content

    22 Products Anyone Who Lives Alone Will Want To Buy ASAP

    One is no longer the loneliest number!

    by ,

    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.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the things that make living alone easier for them. Here are their life-upgrading suggestions.

    1. A foldable step stool that'll be super sturdy and helpful for doing odd jobs around the house, especially for reaching tall cabinets or storage spaces that are juuuuuust out of reach.


    "Don't know what I would do without this thing! Probably just keep all my things on the floor." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    2. A rock with a hidden compartment for your house key in case you're ever, let's say, between a rock and hard place after getting locked out.


    "Find somewhere to hide an extra key. Pop your key in a bag or one of those fake rocks with a cavity inside, and put it somewhere out of the way where no one else will accidentally come across it. I started doing this when I locked myself out once at 10 at night — I was not dressed for the weather and I had to wait three hours for my landlord to show up to let me in. Lesson learned!" — grant101010

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    3. A jar-opening gadget that'll work so well the first time, you'll never have to say—"well I loosened it"—ever again.


    "Three things have been essential to my survival: my dog, a trusted neighbor, and a jar opener." — mhutchinson317

    You can affix this one under your cabinets, so it's perfect for small kitchens where storage space is limited.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    4. A 39-piece toolbox so you can solve quick fixes on your own and say, "Nailed it!".


    "I stock it with different sizes of screwdrivers, a drill, hammer, a few pairs of pliers, some nails, screws, and wall anchors. It's nice knowing I could fix a few small things on my own, instead of having to call my landlord to fix a loose door hinge or loosen a stuck window." — grant101010

    Get a 39-piece tool set from Amazon for $15.86, and get a drill kit from Amazon for $69.13.

    5. An essential oil diffuser to make the most use out of the peace and quiet you get while living alone. Meditate with the smells of lavender and relieve sinus pressure with the humidifying effects.

    "I went through a period where I was having panic attacks any time I tried to fall asleep. I bought an essential oil diffuser that had a colored light function and it really helped!" — Brittany Morgan, Facebook

    This one doubles as a humidifier and is very quiet, perfect for using while you snooze.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in three colors).

    6. A shirt-folding board so you actually put away your laundry when it comes out of the dryer instead of clumping it all in a "clean pile" and procrastinating because no one will see it anyway.

    "I used to be so lazy and not fold my laundry because it was just me in the house so who cares! But then I got this handy dandy tool and folding my clothes is so fun and easy now!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in seven colors).

    7. A good old fashioned address book so you can call all your friends to brag about how great it is not having roommates.

    Plus you should keep your building management staff numbers in here in case of emergency!

    "It's useful in the event that your cell phone gets lost/stolen/broken, or if you change carriers and your contacts don’t switch to your new phone. I’m horrible at memorizing numbers, so having one was helpful." — Bryanna Niswonger, Facebook

    Get this cute floral one from Amazon for $17.95 (also available in three styles).

    8. An Amazon Echo Dot, because Alexa is the most patient roommate and she'll never leave dirty dishes in the sink!


    Use Alexa to play music, control electronic devices, dim lights, order an Uber, make calls, answer questions, set timers and alarms, and more!

    "For me, what makes living alone easier is Alexa. I ask her to play music while I cook or clean, to set timers, to send messages to my sister, and even to tell me jokes or fun facts. I like that you can say something and get feedback if you want it." — whitneykat-niph

    "I use my Amazon Echo Dot to blast my music while I’m cleaning or to listen to the news as I’m cooking breakfast!" — emjovial

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. And if you're willing to splurge for the sake of your solo dance parties, an Alexa-compatible Sonos speaker.


    "I have Sonos speakers in every room! I listen to music all over the house and the sound quality is top notch!" — kristena11

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    10. A smokeless electric indoor grill so you can make quick, healthy, and delicious meals for one without dirtying your entire kitchen.

    Plate and drip tray are dishwasher safe!


    Get it from Amazon for $68.99.

    11. A Satisfyer Pro 2 that'll use 11 settings and a contact-free suction design to get you hot and bothered in no time. If using this literally whenever and wherever isn't one of the main benefits of living alone IDK what is!?



    Promising review: "It provides total toe-curling pleasure in a way very unlike a vibrator. Due to the variability of intensity of the settings, you can take your time to enjoy, or if you wish, reach the finish line in a couple of minutes. Things have gotten rather more difficult for me since hitting menopause. Well, my new little friend makes it simple." —Fizzy

    Read more about this top product in the BuzzFeed post, This Sex Toy Sucks In All The Right Places And People Truly Swear By It.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.78.

    12. A pack of adhesive light sensors you can attach to your bed, cabinets, drawers, and hallways for better visibility in the middle of the night when your empty home can feel a bit ~sPoOkY~.


    "I'm so paranoid between the dark hours of midnight and 6 a.m. so this was a MUST for me!" —Jennifer

    Get a pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. A cute little ladybug vacuum that'll make cleaning up unwanted crumbs a breeze after snacking in bed.


    "I have a habit of chilling and snacking while in bed, but the crumbs were making it kind of hard to sleep comfortably (you could never brush them ALL off). I got a small tabletop vacuum and it's amazing. I leave it on my bedside table and use it whenever I've been snacking in bed. It sucks up everything quickly so I can go to sleep with no crumbs, and I don't have to sweep the floor as often." — maggiegracem2

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    14. A slick lift-top coffee table for storing your favorite entertainment goodies. Keep board games, books, DVDs, and puzzles in here for when you have guests over or if you're just enjoying "me time" on a lazy Sunday afternoon.


    "It makes eating a legit dinner on the couch (in front of the TV) much easier. I felt silly eating by myself at my dining table, but trying to balance a plate and a bowl on the couch was not working. Before I got one, I would end up sitting on the floor to eat off of my coffee table." — e4fe794c60

    Get it from Amazon for $134.99 (available in three colors).

    15. A three-pack of succulent pots perfectly sized for your home and your heart. Plants are a great way to invite positive energy and organic company into your home!


    "I think houseplants are a must. They add so much to a space: they clean the air, they are their own decoration, and they give you sense of accomplishment when you help something grow and prosper. There are also so many easy ones that require little or no care. My place is full of them." — Jonathan Billingsley, Facebook.

    Get them from Amazon for $15.97 and pick up a five-pack of real succulents for $15.95 (a care guide is included with every pack!)

    16. A TubShroom drain protector that'll keep you from standing in a shower puddle of your own filth because you're the only one responsible for cleaning the drain and you never do it! You can shower me with thanks later!


    "I'm so lazy when it comes to cleaning the drain and this tool helps me get one of the worst chores in the house done quickly and painlessly!" —Jennifer

    For more reasons why people are obsessed with this product, check out our Tubshroom review.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    17. An efficient catch all to keep track of your coats, keys, and mail, because living alone is a great opportunity to spark routine and habits you'll use for your whole life.


    "Find a way to keep your keys right by the door so you don't forget them. If you don't have a roommate to let you in, you really don't want to lose those, or else you'll end up climbing through the window." — bekoconnell

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A 16-pack of essence-filled sheet masks to make your skin more healthy, clear and vibrant with ingredients like aloe extract, vitamin E, and collagen. Life without roommates means it's spa night, every night.

    You'll get one of each of the following: Aloe, Herb, Aqua, Charcoal, Pearl, Syn-ake, Platinum, Snail, Hyaluronate, Cucumber, Green Tea, Gold, Q10, White, Vitamin, & Royal Jelly.

    "I recommend spa-quality face masks, treat yo self." — Elva Vasquez, Facebook

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. A body pillow that'll make cuddly sleepers feel right at home, not to mention say goodbye to back pain!


    "I grew up with family around me all the time and a bunch of animals, so moving out and on my own was definitely a BIG change. But my full body body pillow makes me feel EXTREMELY safe and like I don't have to get up to check the apartment locks every five minutes." — gabbylilli

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95.

    20. A wine vacuum stopper, because if you live alone you might also drink wine alone, and this is a great tool for keeping your bubbly fresh when you can't finish the bottle alone.

    "I mean I love wine but I just never want to open a bottle because I'm worried it'll spoil before I can finish it. Not anymore!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.24 (available in eight varieties).

    Read more about why people are obsessed with this wine stopper in the BuzzFeed post: If You Like Wine, Boy Do You Need This Vacuum-Sealing Bottle Stopper.

    21. An instant-gratification delivery service like Amazon Prime Now, which can be a total lifesaver when you're sick or can't make it to the store.

    "So often, I'm home and I need something but can't or don't want to run out. Prime Now or Postmates is a huge, huge help. Also, find out which local pharmacies deliver. There's nothing worse than having to go out when you're sick to get medicine, or if you're too sick to go out, to be stuck without it. I've called my local pharmacy and gotten Pepto-Bismol and ginger ale, or cold medicine and tissues, delivered within the hour." — toujoursmoimeme

    Get Amazon Prime for $10.99/month.

    22. And finally, the most common response we received was...get a pet!!

    "A doggo, of course! For protection and cuddles." — victorias4cf912b70

    "A cat or five..." — colleenm416a7abc0

    "Having a dog makes it a lot easier for me. He makes me actually leave my apartment every day to walk him and he keeps me company."


    "Hands down my dog is the most important thing. It's nice to have a 'roommate.' She gives me snuggles and she makes me feel safe at night." — michelleaforeman

    Adopt a furry roommate from the North Shore Animal League or another shelter near you.

    Living alone is the best!

    Home Alone

    The submissions for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Want to be featured in similar BuzzFeed posts? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!


    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form