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    37 Things You'll Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

    The best time to buy these things was years ago, but the second best time is now!

    1. A hot air brush perfect for anyone who loves a blown-out look but doesn't have time or $$$ for the salon. Drying your hair with a round brush + a blowdryer 👏is 👏a 👏myth. This tool does it all in one!


    Promising Review: "It has two heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. And it has ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair. I friggin' love this brush. All you need to do is section your hair out, depending on how thick it is, and roll it under your hair like you would a regular round brush — but because it releases hot air, there's NO NEED FOR A HAIR DRYER! Truly easy. And you get better results than with a flat iron, because you're lifting and brushing out the hair rather than just pressing it flat."—Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get one from Amazon for $33.32 (available in 1 and 1.5 inch sizes).

    Read our full review of the John Frieda Hot Air Brush.

    2. An electric kettle to gift yourself back all the time you've wasted actually watching a bot (or kettle) boil. This one has a cordless design so you can easily pour anywhere in your kitchen.


    Did I mention automatic shut-off for safety? Wow *swoon*

    Promising review: "I gave this to my roommate as a gift because she would frequently boil water in a small pot (and then forget about it). I bought this in an effort to avoid burning the house down. She LOVES it and has been using it two to three times a day ever since. I'm very impressed by the quality and ease of use and could not be more pleased." —Ahvienda Kotura

    Get it from Amazon for $18.34.

    3. A jar of Active Wow charcoal powder with ingredients like orange seed oil and coconut powder to dramatically polish your pearly whites over time without so much as a hint of bleach.

    To use, simply make your toothbrush slightly wet, remove the excess water, dip the brush into the charcoal powder and dab off any excess, and then brush your teeth for one to two minutes. Then, rinse your mouth to remove.

    Promising review: "I've only had this thing for two days now and my teeth are noticeably whiter. But this stuff gets everywhere, no matter how careful you are. I recommend brushing in the shower, and then brushing your teeth with normal toothpaste after to get any residual charcoal out from your teeth." —Dennis Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (originally $29.99).

    Read more about this amazing product here!

    4. A carpet stain remover, because you've spent way too much money on professional cleaners when you can get the job done yourself! The results speak for themselves here.

    Promising reviews: "YOU NEED THIS IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS!!! I am convinced this stuff is magic in a bottle! If I can get up an ENTIRE bottle of ketchup that was rubbed in the carpet, you can get out anything!" —Ashley T.

    Get a 32-oz bottle on Amazon for $12.86.

    5. An iced tea tumbler to more efficiently prepare your favorite beverage on the go. Simply add hot water and loose-leaf tea (or a tea bag) to the outer cup, let steep, then fill the inner cup with ice and press down. So well-designed, so refreshing.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    6. A Makeup Eraser that'll remove literally everything from your face with....wait for it....JUST WATER!? Plus, It'll pay for itself in a few weeks because you're saving on so many makeup wipes.


    It's also a BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best makeup remover!

    Get it on Amazon for $20.

    7. An countertop AeroGarden, because some of us do NOT have a green thumb but still love to cook with fresh herbs. A greenhouse for your kitchen? The future is now, and look how yummy it is!

    Macy's / Goodful

    It features LED grow lights, plus a system that reminds you when it's time to feed and water the plants! Herbs include: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil and Miracle-Gro plant food.

    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This changed that for me. I made the best caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

    Don't forget the AeroGarden Gourmet Herbs 6-Pod Seed Kit!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.

    8. A jar of Aztec Secret's Indian healing clay to clear your skin like you never thought was possible. It's made with calcium bentonite clay, which has been used in beauty routines for centuries around the world.


    Be sure to mix this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for the best results.

    Promising review: "Cystic acne: the bane of my dermatological life, and maybe yours too? This clay has helped immensely in keeping it at bay. I do a treatment once a week (since it is a bit time-consuming), but I haven't had any of those awful underground, takes-two-weeks-to-surface pimples since I've started using the clay. Combined with apple cider vinegar, it's immensely helpful for oily, cystic acne-prone skin. My skin's been so much happier since I've started using it. You need this. Right now." —Rebecca Shady

    Get it from Amazon for $14.94 (available in two sizes).

    Learn more about the Aztec clay mask here.

    9. A two-pack of charcoal shoe deodorizers because they absorb all the sweat and stench from your favorite pair of shoes so well you'll be kicking yourself for not buying them sooner!


    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes!!! So I had to find something to make the stench go away. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!" —Erin

    Get them on Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A five-quart grater prep bowl so your precious cheese or anything else you grate doesn't get all over the counter. Just pop in one of discs (it includes regular grater, coarse, and slicer) and grate *into* the bowl.

    Macy's / Goodful

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42.99.

    11. A cleaner and microfiber cloth set that'll make smudgy screens look out-of-the-box new with a few simple swipes.


    Promising review: "Best cleaner I have ever bought. I really love this cleaner. It does everything it claims to do with no harsh fumes or smells. It truly does not leave streaks or spots. I have used it on several items from eyeglasses to phone and computer screen. Oh, and both of my Kindles which tend to get dirty quicker than anything except my cell phone." —ConnieofGA

    Get the set on Amazon for $16.95.

    12. A journal to help you relax on those nights when your brain seems determined to keep you awake.


    Promising review: "This is surprisingly helpful for my anxiety. If I wake up in the middle of the night I write down whatever popped in my head that woke me up and how there's nothing I can do about it at 3:37 a.m., so I might as well go back to sleep. It's weird, but it helps." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $11.

    13. A set of Crest teeth-whitening strips that'll actually make a noticeable difference after even the very first use.

    These are a top pick from BuzzFeed Reviews — read all our picks for best teeth whiteners.

    Promising review: "I've used these before and they work great. My teeth stain easily, so they turn noticeably yellow. After using this stuff, my smile was white in pictures, which made me happy." —Michelle N

    Get the set of 22 on Amazon for $43.99.

    14. A set of three-prong bed sheet fasteners, because something has to stop fitted sheets from creeping up on the corners once and for all!


    Promising review: "Amazing product. I am an architect. I hate a messed up bed. I couldn't find thinner fitted sheets. I bought these clips. Did I say amazing?" —StevenPGrey

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99 (available three sizes).

    15. A pair of oven grips that'll—get this—double as splatter lids. Wow, the future is bright and apparently mess-free.

    Macy's / Goodful

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    16. A bottle of makeup brush shampoo so your favorite tools can look how they did when you *first* brought them home — without any harsh ingredients.


    Promising review: "Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. Aside from just looking bad, though, all that old color was probably affecting pigment and application any time I used them. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59 (available in cleansing cloths).

    17. A pack of two tube squeezers so you can easily extract every last bit of whatever you're squeezin' because, hey, you paid good money for that stuff.


    Promising reviews: "These work great. They keep even a full tube upright so the bathroom counter looks tidier. The key twists the empty section of the tube easily so every bit of the toothpaste is used with no fuss. Have one for my husband and I and for each of the two kids. Highly recommend this product." —Chelley Patterson

    Get them on Amazon for $6.59

    18. A temperature-regulating Hygro cotton comforter with moisture-wicking powers for keeping you at your perfect sleeping temp throughout the year. No more waking up in cold sweats!

    Macy's / Goodful

    Made of 300-thread count cotton.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $121.99+ (available in sizes twin–king)

    And check out the matching temperature-regulating pillows.

    19. A set of bottle stands that'll let you flip all your condiments and lotions upside-down, so you can use every last ounce without having to balance or bang unstable bottles on your counter., Amazon

    Promising reviews: "I absolutely love these. I haven't found anything yet that they don't work with. Right now I have them on my lotion, shampoo and conditioner bottles. I have always tipped my bottles over but they fall over and these help with that. I highly recommend these if you like to get the last drop out of your bottles." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $19.95.

    20. A lipstick-sized portable charger with more than enough juice to revive your dying phone without taking up too much space.


    This lil' guy can add over one charge to an iPhone 8 or at least 80% to the Galaxy S8 and other popular smartphones.

    Promising review: "I have several backup battery chargers for my devices, but this is the one I go to again and again. The main reason is the size — this fits anywhere. It's like the size of a very small flashlight or, for ladies, probably a large lipstick. My other chargers tend to be bulky and rectangular, whereas this easily fits in my pocket. It will readily charge up my iPhone, and while it won't fully charge my tablet, it will extend the battery life." —B. Nommensen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    21. A do-it-all Instant Pot you'll soon forget how you ever prepared dinner without it. It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance.


    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this pressure cooker. First, I got rid of several gadgets, which I love. I had two rice cookers, a slow cooker, and a food steamer. That has freed up so much room in my kitchen. Best of all, I am making some delicious dishes with this. When I cook meat on the stove top, it is hit or miss. The meat comes out tender and delicious every time I use the Instant Pot." —mo

    Get it from Amazon for $63.99 (available in three sizes).

    22. A drain millipede so you can take care of slow-flowing drains with just a few minutes of work, no need to call the plumber. Just make sure you do this after lunch, ok? 😬


    Promising review: "I bought one of these because of the testimonial reviews and I thought, with six kids I know we have slow drains. So I break it out on a Saturday night and started with my bathroom sink. OH MY GOSH! Disgustingly amazing. In two seconds I pulled out a massive hair/soap clog. It was truly amazing and so gross! I went to work on the other bathroom drains and they weren't nearly as amazing or as quick but I pulled a bunch of dried hair out of the kids' tub. So after five drains, I had my fun. I've spent a small fortune on Drano-type products that never seem to work. I won't buy them again. I was even so amazed I shared the nasty pic on Facebook and didn't think twice about somebody judging me. Get this. And be prepared to throw it away as you're not going to want to clean it." —Jennifer R. Little

    Get it on Amazon for $4.86.

    23. A multi-use whisk wiper that'll be a fought-over tool on baking nights. All those years of licking in and around the whisk, and this thing existed!?


    Promising review: "This is an awesome product!! This is excellent quality for the price. It's a nice weight and is comfortable to use. It keeps the whisk off the countertop and is right there when you need to scrape the bowl. The unique design makes cleanup a breeze. Whether you're a master chef or a wanna be like me, this will not disappoint!" —MLE

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in seven colors and two sizes).

    24. A few Mighty Handles so all those multiple trips from the store to your kitchen counter can be a thing of the past.


    Promising review: "OK, I admit I'm that guy who will overload trying to carry as many grocery bags possible to minimize trips. Yes. Guilty. The downside? Those darn loop handles of the plastic bags turn into something like razor wires and feel like they are slicing the tendons of my fingers. And I suspect one day I will lose a finger or two that way. The Mighty Handle is perfect for saving your fingers, while allowing you to carry a ton of bags and weight. And people who have seen me using them at the local Safeway are always asking me about them. " —Jim

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. A produce-saving storage container that'll save you money by keeping your food fresh for up to two weeks longer than average. The interior tray helps keep moisture away from produce and the vent technology regulates flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide for the ideal produce environment. #science

    Amazon, BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This produce box is helping me cut food waste in a serious way. Normally, my strawberries begin to wilt within five days but the box has kept them fresh for up to two weeks! It also kept my leafy herbs lively for nearly a month. Skeptics beware, this product may convert you." —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Learn more about how they saved a BuzzFeed writer's strawberries, and prepare to be impressed.

    26. A pack of Space Saver bags to make storing your stuff so much easier. And you can use any vacuum cleaner with 'em. Just think of all the things you could have been making tiny this whole time!


    Promising review: "This is a supreme product. In the past, I've tried different kinds of storage bags that promised and NEVER delivered. In some, the plastic was thin and couldn't be sealed properly. Some product required you to roll the bag in order to get rid of the air, which usually ended up being an unsuccessful hustle. I was desperate to get more closet room and decided to give this product a chance. What a success!" —A.A.

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes medium—jumbo).

    27. A KitchenAid stand mixer so you don't have to whip, knead, and beat ingredients painstakingly by hand. Plus, it'll last forever.

    Dmitry_evs / Getty Images

    This 10-speed mixer has a five-quart stainless steel mixing bowl. It comes with a two-piece pouring shield with a large chute for adding ingredients as well as a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip.

    Promising review: "What can I say? Having had our KitchenAid for 25 years, I am impressed with the durability of the product. This was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son and daughter-in-law. Construction appears as solid on this one as on my 25-year-old KitchenAid. Considering how much abuse ours has taken in a heavy-use household, I wouldn't consider any other option. Pizza and bread dough is a breeze, as is pretty much anything else you throw at it. And the design still reminds me of the head of the creature in the movie Alien for added coolness." —Steve RJ

    Get it from Amazon for $278 (available in 45 colors).

    28. A Squatty Potty for a cool tool to help with your stool! But really, you should have one of these in every bathroom because it works that well.


    It works because the angle it helps you sit (aka squatting) is more conducive to an effortless bowel movement. Check out this BuzzFeeder's full review of the Squatty Potty for all the deets!

    Promising review: "I was hesitant about how much Squatty would impact my GI conditions but this is amazing. Although the stance is a bit awkward to experience at first, the results are immediate. After finishing, my lower abdomen is SO much more relaxed than a bowel movement without the Squatty. There is NONE of the strain/tightness/cramping I usually feel in my lower abdomen." —S. Levine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in packs of ten).

    29. A menstrual cup so your time of the month doesn't have to bleed through your wallet. The Diva Cup is an environmentally friendly alternative to all the pads and tampons you buy on the regular.

    Diva Cup

    Just remember to wash the DivaCup before you insert and after you remove it with DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented, and water-based (oil-free) soap. And empty and wash at least twice a day (a minimum of every 12 hours).

    Get it from Amazon for $28.45 (also available in a post-childbirth version).

    30. A Brita pitcher for holding up to ten cups of purified water at a time, so you can save money in the long run and always have a cool refreshing drink waiting for you in the fridge.


    This wonderful product filters out chlorine, copper, mercury, zinc and cadmium impurities found in most tap water! *yikes*

    Get it from Amazon for $28.49 (available in six colors).

    31. A perfectly sized mini steamer so you can have wrinkle-free clothing in the morning without having to whip out a clunky large steamer on wheels that no one has time for TBQH.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "It's legit one of the best things I've bought on Amazon. It’s teeny (you can totally bring it when you travel!), and stows neatly away in even the smallest spaces. Personaly, I keep mine under the bathroom sink for last minute de-wrinklings." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out this BuzzFeeder's full review for more on why she's #obsessed!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    32. A cast-iron skillet to help you discover the versatility of this long-standing kitchen essential. This one's pre-seasoned with vegetable oil for a natural, non-stick finish.

    Macy's / Goodful

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42.99.

    33. A Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean electric toothbrush with a charging cup, three heads, and a charging case so you're prepared to become your dentist's easiest patient. The next time you go in for a cavity check, you'll be thanking your past self for investing in this guy!


    Bonus! There are different modes available such as, clean, white, deep clean, sensitive and gum care!

    Promising review: "This is my first professional electric toothbrush. Even though it is pricey, it is worth every penny. I have been using it for almost a month now. I am happy that I have started noticing my teeth are definitely whiter. I used to brush my teeth too rough to the point my gum bleeds every time. With this Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean toothbrush, I have noticed no more bleeding." —Da

    Get it from Amazon for $156 (available in two styles and five colors).

    Also check out the best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    34. A flexible cable protector to prevent your charging cord from fraying after, like, two weeks. We all wish we bought this like three chargers ago, but now's your chance!


    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.97 (available in three color combos).

    35. A dish squeegee because touching slightly damp, half-eaten food is kinda the worst! It also lessens the amount of water you'll need for cleaning dishes, which is a plus for the environment.


    It's made with a sturdy grip and a soft, rounded edge so you can easily get in and around bowls and other dishes.

    Promising review: "I am very happy with this product! It works great for scraping food off of dishes and I have already saved a bunch of water due to less rinsing." —Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    36. A shoe-cleaning kit to keep all your favorite shoes in their best condition, especially with winter around the corner.,

    You'll be able to clean multiple pairs (it works on leather, canvas, vinyl, mesh, cotton, plastic, nylon, and rubber, among other materials) for less than the cost of one professional shoe cleaning. Kit includes: the cleaner, a scrub brush, and a microfiber cloth.

    Promising review: "This works perfectly! I just wish I had learned about it so much sooner. I used it on some tennis shoes I had worn hiking and they looked brand new again! Amazing. Also, it didn't smell horrible/toxic as so many powerful cleaners do — I am pretty sensitive, and this seemed safe and so easy to use. Hooray!" —Shannon Lynch

    Get the kit on Amazon for $16.97.

    37. A mini vibrator with over 20 modes that'll have you wishing you bought it years ago.


    It also has eight speeds which means you can go as fast or as slow as you please.

    Promising review: "This thing? ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It feels good on muscles and for, um, you know. It achieves so much in so little time! Big O's and waterfalls that I haven't experienced in years! It's a must-have!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    Check out our post about this magical wand to find out more!

    The time to buy, is now!

    Disney / Via Giphy

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

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