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    17 Useful Products Under $25 That Our Readers Actually Swear By

    Smart, affordable finds.

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    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 best thing they've bought for $25 or less, and here are some of their responses!

    1. A Wet Brush, which is especially designed with flexible bristles to detangle hair painlessly without causing extra breakage.

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    "I have wavy and unruly hair, and brushing my hair after a shower was always a process. Not anymore! Do yourself a favour and invest in a Wet Brush for every member of your family! No more painful knots!" —Sarhines

    "My Wet Brush! Greatest money I’ve ever spent." —samanthaf42083e61a

    One mom reviewer says it's the only way she can brush out her daughter's hair without a screaming match, another person talks about how it doesn't rip out chunks of hair.

    Get a pack of two on Amazon Canada for $21.51.

    2. A bottle of Bar Keeper's Friend powder or soft cleanser, which you can use as your one-stop cleaning products for almost every surface in your entire home — like all that cooked-on grime on your stovetop you've never been able to coax off.

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    "I use it to clean literally everything in my apartment. I even got coffee stains off my little white table where my Keurig is. You can also polish pots and stove tops, get rid of grime from showers, tubs, and toilets — the list goes on." —Kayla Suazo

    The main difference between the two = the powder cleanser's more abrasive (i.e., it might scratch the surfaces you use it on) than the soft cleanser (which is non-scratch). Neither product uses bleach. Kayla's also written an in-depth review of both products, if you want to read more.

    Get the powder cleanser from Amazon Canada for $10.19, and the soft cleanser from Amazon Canada for $2.99 (as an add-on item).

    3. A mini fan you can plug into almost any USB charger port for a quick cool-down anytime you're stuck somewhere too toasty-warm while working on your computer.

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    "I’m in college and walking around campus can make me really sweaty, but my USB fan always cools me down when I get back to my dorm. I just plug it into my laptop." —sydneyjrw

    Get it on Amazon Canada for 14.99.

    4. A lipstick-sized external battery that holds a full backup charge so you never have that drop in the pit of your stomach when it's noon and your phone's already at 20% battery.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.99.

    5. An ice roller you can use on your skin to help it absorb serums or at the very least reduce puffiness — you just pop it in the freezer overnight, and it's ready to, um, well, roll.

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    "This ice roller to push in serum or help with puffiness, especially after a night out." —stephaniet4d8392e99

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.95.

    6. A classic clay mask that makes an incredible difference for many people who struggle with acne, redness, and other skin problems.

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    "I first learned about this product on BuzzFeed actually, it’s great for stopping acne in its tracks and it’s cheap. Plus it’s got over 3,500 reviews!" —chessaf

    You simply mix it with apple cider vinegar, water, or half-and-half of each (for medium intensity), smear it over your face, leave for ten minutes or so, and rinse.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.68.

    7. A meat chopping and mixing tool that makes one of the easiest cooking tasks — browning ground beef, chicken, or turkey — even simpler.

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    "A game changer when cooking any ground meat: the meat chopper utensil! My husband jokes that it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought for the kitchen, but it really is. It makes it super easy to chop any ground meat (or even scrambled eggs) in the pan. It’s heat-safe and I even leave mine standing up in the pan while the meat cooks."

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.68.

    8. A fully-equipped mandoline slicer at a price that seems too good to be true, but that's actually legit and going to help you slice and grate veggies like never before.

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    "The Byetoo mandoline slicer!! Only $19 and you can make zoodles, long thin veggie slices, and so much more. I was a little hesitant because of the price but this thing has not failed me, I tell everyone I know how much I love this!" —maryk43e61b175

    It apparently doesn't come with instructions though, so check out tutorials on YouTube like this one. Though if you've used a mandoline in the past, it looks pretty standard.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.99. And consider a pair of cut-resistant gloves, which many reviewers like to use with mandolines no matter what brand they own, on Amazon Canada for $5.99+.

    9. Some long-handled iced tea spoons designed for reaching the bottom of pitchers of cold tea on hot days, so they can also easily stir smoothies and drinks in oversized tumblers.

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    "They're really just longer regular spoons. But they are awesome for bottom of jars, tall coffee cups and 1,000,000 other things."

    dawnae

    Get a set of six stainless steel iced tea spoons on Amazon Canada for $14.98.

    10. A vacuum-insulated drink tumbler to keep your coffee hot and your ice water cold much longer than any regular cup or mug possibly could.

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    "One word: YETI. I’m not a big spender but I’ve been drinking out of this cup everyday for a year. My drinks are cold all day and I love that!"

    samanthac4e4b80c19

    Get a 10 oz stainless steel tumbler on Amazon Canada for $24.99+ (available in five colours).

    11. Or a different vacuum-sealed travel mug with a leak-proof lid that keeps drinks hot for up to seven hours — and cold for up to EIGHTEEN.

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    "The Contigo coffee travel mug. Boy does it keep coffee hot. It's my faithful companion every day. I wouldn't survive the work day without it. Thanks, Contigo!"

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    Get one on Amazon Canada for $24.84+ (available in 16 oz and 20 oz, and in four colours).

    12. A pair of reusable coffee filters made from organic cotton, so you can cut down on your paper waste in at least this small way.

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    "I drink about three cups of coffee every day. The Coffee Sock is a re-useable filter that you just rinse and dry after each use. I feel so much better that I’m not throwing out dozens of filters a week, and the coffee still tastes great. :)"

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    They all come in packs of two on Amazon Canada — get the classic basket-shaped filters for $18.68, the #4 cone coffee filters for $14.99, and the #2 cone coffee filters for $20.61.

    13. The Phone Loop, an elastic strap that attaches to your case and gives you a better grip on your phone without adding any bulk.

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    "It's a ribbon that goes on your case and gives you a lot of space to slide your fingers under it. I had a Pop Socket, but it interfered with my wireless charger; this doesn't. Also it has super strong adhesive so I never have to worry about dropping my phone."

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99 (available in four styles).

    14. A bottle of before-you-go toilet spray to imprison any forthcoming smells in the toilet bowl (the only thing your nose will be able to detect is the spray's pleasant scent).

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    "The best money I ever spent on a cheap 'gimmicky' item is Poo-Pourri. Every single item has a wonderful scent that completely traps the scent of “devil donuts” in the bowl while doubling as an air freshener as well. I definitely recommend the small sizes so you can shove them in your pockets discreetly as you creep away to the bathroom to do your business in the middle of a work day." —cameryng

    Get a 100-use bottle on Amazon Canada for $18.95 (available in 27 scents).

    15. A TubShroom drain protector so your shower pipes will never clog with hair again.

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    "Can’t live without them!" —sarahm48bb65948

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99 (available in six colours).

    16. A fabric shaver that cuts all the pills off your favourite knits so your clothes look new again with almost no effort.

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    It also works well on furniture upholstery, and has three depth settings you can adjust depending on the fabric you're working with.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.98.

    17. A cozy sweater-wrapped hot water bottle to warm your cold toes or nose all through the winter nights without the same risks of leaving a heating pad or heated blanket plugged in. Plus it can help relieve sore muscles!

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    "So perfect for sore muscles, cramps, or when you just can’t warm up!"

    mollysamson12

    Get the two-litre bottle and cute cozy on Amazon Canada for $20.99 (available in 11 colours/patterns; note that the manufacturer recommends not pouring boiling water directly in the bottle, but instead to let it cool just little bit first).

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    Responses have been edited for length and clarity.