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    29 Clever Products That Might Make You Think, "I Need An Upgrade"

    Just a bunch of all-around better versions of products you probably already own.

    1. An odour-neutralizing trashcan with a step-on opening mechanism so you don't have to touch it with your germy, chicken-breast hands when cleaning up mid-cook.

    Someone stepping on the foot pedal to open the stainless steel trash can

    2. A rapid car charger with a whopping FIVE USB ports and a 5-FOOT cable to power up the whole family's devices on the go. No more fighting, kids!

    Three of the chargers, with three ports on top and two on the bottom, in white and pink, blue and black, and orange and white

    3. A Nutribullet with a full-size blender and two to-go blender cups for anyone who loves smoothies, hummus, soup, and other blended delicacies you don't need to make A TON of at a time — but hates using extra dishes. AKA every single person. Your old blender wishes it could.

    The blender set whipping up a smoothie

    4. A pair of Allbirds wool sneakers so comfy, you can even wear them without socks. Seriously, these are just about the most comfy walking shoes of all time, and I'm not the only one to think so.

    The light purple sneakers with white bottoms

    5. A cashmere robe that you can wear lounging around the house, or layer it over a tank top or T-shirt for a look that's both comfy AND stylish.

    6. A tube of Nars' Radiant Creamy concealer to make under-eye circles and other spots or unevenness disappear with just a few swipes of its highlighting formula with *light-diffusing technology*. This is about the only makeup I've been putting on while WFH and it really does the trick.

    A model with dark circles and uneven skin on the left, the same model on the right with no dark circles and evened out skin

    7. An ice sphere mold so you can whip up stunning (and slower melting) cubes to keep your fancy — or not-so-fancy — drinks colder than regular cubes without watering them down. Plus they come with a cool funnel lid for easy filling!

    The four-sphere mold showing water pouring in through the funnel

    8. A vintage-y 8-in-1 entertainment center that'll do it all: play records, stream music from your phone via Bluetooth, record from vinyl, CD, or cassette directly to USB, AND play CDs, cassettes, aaaaand AM/FM radio. It's time for a living room dance party.

    The wooden record player on a table

    9. A mini (but bright and powerful) multimedia projector (and screen!) perfect for turning any room into a mini movie theatre. Just plug in a phone, gaming system, streaming stick (including the Amazon Fire TV stick), or laptop.

    The white projector with included screen

    10. Fenty Stunna Lip Paint, a 12-hour liquid lipstick specifically designed to look good on lit'rally everyone — and feel lightweight, not sticky or excessively dry. Seriously, just check out the product photos and reviews.

    11. A Philips sunrise-mimicking light and alarm clock, because not only does it wake you up gradually and naturally, but it also has a *reverse* sunset mode that slowly fades away, while you fade out of consciousness yourself.

    The alarm clock glowing orange to mimic a sunrise

    12. A set of three scrubbing attachments you simply add to any power drill to make cleaning your tub, floor, appliances, or even the wheels of your car ridiculously fast and easy. No more elbow grease using regular sponges or wipes — cleaning just got upgraded.

    The scrub brush drill attachments cleaning the bathroom floor, kitchen floor, and bathroom sink

    13. An electric wine opener that'll open a bottle in seconds while you just stand there and watch, seriously reducing the amount of time you have to wait before having a glass of wine.

    The steps of using the bottle opener: just attach, press, and watch it remove

    14. A fan-favourite Dyson cordless stick vacuum, because the stress of getting every dust bunny shouldn't ~weigh~ heavily upon you. This bb is super lightweight, so you can reach those pesky corner cobwebs without tiring out your arms, and it sucks up hair, dust, and deep-set carpet dirt in no time flat.

    15. And a Hoover Power Scrub carpet-cleaning machine that'll save you so much money on cleaning services in the long run. It has a deep clean mode to make ground-in stains a thing of the past *and* a quick clean mode for routine cleanings that'll get your carpets dry in just 45 minutes.

    The vacuum in deep clean mode removing deep-set stains like red wine

    16. A (thinner! waterproof!) Kindle Paperwhite with a glare-free screen so you feel like you're reading an *actual* book — without having to have to schlep around a heavy 1,000-page volume (looking at you, A Song of Ice and Fire). And it'll store THOUSANDS of books, so you can take a whole library with you.

    Hand holding the black Kindle in a pool

    17. A stylish bamboo Squatty Potty to make pooping easier so constipation is no longer a #1 (or should we say #2) consternation.

    The bamboo stool in front of a toilet

    18. An ingeniously designed olive oil bottle that'll infuse the flavour of whatever herb you want (looking at you, rosemary) and then measure the ideal amount for whatever recipe you're using instead of pouring the bottle it comes in alllll over. Use it to top salads, simple pasta dishes, or just for dunking hunks of bread for a majorly upgraded dinner game.

    The bottle with rosemary inside

    19. A hooded lounger made in a fabric they call "marshmallow" —THAT'S how soft it is. It goes down to about knee-length, so you can wear it as a dress, or over leggings or sweatpants for extra warmth.

    Model in the blue knit hoodie dress

    20. A pair of Spanx Perfect Black Pants for all the feel of leggings, but the look of skinny-cut black pants. Now you can have the best of both worlds, whether you're at home or out and about. Comfort + style = dreams really do come true.

    Model in the pants

    21. A pack of virtually unbreakable hair ties specifically designed for long and thick hair. No slipping, no stretching out, and no damage to your strands.

    22. Or a pack of Kitsch satin scrunchies that'll work just like a satin pillowcase — but on the go — to fight frizz, breakage, and other hair damage.

    The scrunchie with text "saving my hair from damage, one sleep at a time)

    23. A Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron that rotates to create curls or waves in seconds. All you need to do is press the button and watch the magic happen.

    24. A pet hair-removing roller with a patented brush design (and *no* adhesive strips to replace) to rid your lovely black sofa of all your furry friend's shedding in a quick roll — so you can get back to cuddling together. Adhesive lint rollers and other devices only WISH they could

    25. A bidet toilet attachment that'll ~clean the crap out of~ your butt (more thoroughly and with less waste than TP) with just a quick squirt, so you can use less toilet paper *and* feel cleaner. That's a win-win.

    The bidet controls on the side of the toilet, and a jet of water coming out of the bidet inside the bowl

    26. A Foreo Luna Mini 2, a silicone face-cleansing brush designed to wash and exfoliate, scrubbing every drop of makeup, dirt, and oil from your face with each vibrating pulse. No replacement heds (a la Clarisonic), and the charge lasts for a looong time.

    Myself using the pink device with text "makeup, dead skin cells, excess oil, grim, etc. All gone in 60 seconds"

    27. A Waterpik that'll take all the work out of flossing (including...buying floss at all). Just aim the nozzle, and a targeted jet of water'll get right in between your teeth, removing plaque and food particles without irritating your gums — or cutting off the circulation to your fingertips like regular floss.

    28. Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers with venting technology to keep produce fresh for up to 80% longer. Unlike your regular containers (that are...probably also missing their lids), these'll save you money over time.

    A BuzzFeed Shopping reviewer's image comparing a strawberry kept fresh in the Rubbermaid container with one kept in the original clamshell (significantly soft and mushy)

    29. Antimicrobial silicone sponges that'll never get stinky — they're almost 100% resistant to mold and mildew, more durable than regular sponges, and won't scratch your pots and pans!

    A model washing a pan in the sink with the silicone sponge

    Will these products upgrade your life?

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