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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.

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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.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The best part? The lid closes *slowly* so it doesn't make that loud BANG every time. You can get three-packs of odour filters for $15.71 — each filter last about three months.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $149.99.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The USB ports are ~intelligent~, meaning they can detect which device you're plugging in, and charging it as fast as the device will allow.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $36.98+ (available in nine colours).

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It has both a regular large blender container, plus two travel cups for one less thing to clean.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $199.99.

    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
    Allbirds / Via shareasale.com

    They're machine-washable, lightweight, and minimize odour so you can feel confident sock-free. I've walked MANY a mile in these bbs, and have never ever ever felt a moment's pain.

    Get them from Allbirds for $135 (available in women's sizes 5–11 and nine colours; men's sizes 8–14 available here).

    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.

    Piglet / Via shareasale.com

    Get it from Piglet for $157.12 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    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
    Sephora / Via click.linksynergy.com

    I have really dark undereye circles due to my allergies, and this is the *only* concealer I swear by to brighten them! And over 7,000 5-star reviewers on Amazon agree!

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $39 (available in 22 shades).

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $173+ (available in five colours).

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $159.99.

    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.

    Sephora / Via click.linksynergy.com

    Thank you, RIhanna!

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $33 (also available in nine shades).

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    In the morning, it has 20 brightness settings that slowly increase over 30 minutes so you rise ~with the sun~, feeling energized and ready for the day. Once it's at full brightness, only *then* will the alarm sound go off.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review (#11 in the post) for a first-hand account on how it can make mornings easier.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $169.99.

    If you're looking for a cheaper option that still has the wakeup feature, you can get a similar wake up alarm clock for $64.87.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The drill is *not* included, but you can get a basic Black and Decker drill ($78.73 on Amazon Canada) so you can start that speed-cleaning STAT.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Push a button and the job is D O N E (in seven seconds!). It'll open 30 bottles on a single charge.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.

    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.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It quickly transforms to a handheld vac too!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $699.99.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $299.99.

    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
    Amazon

    Personal note: I love the last edition of the Kindle Paperwhite so much. It's SO LIGHT that I keep it in my bag at all times — you never know when you're gonna have a spare 15 minutes for a chapter or two.

    Plus right now it comes with three months of Kindle Unlimited for FREE.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $139.99+ (available in 8GB and 32GB storage).

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    I upgraded from my beloved Squatty to this adjustable bamboo version (for style, duh!) and I love it just as much! If you somehow still don't know what a Squatty Potty is, it's a toilet stool that keeps your feet raised while pooping. ~Going~ in this position is supposed to fully relax your Puborectalis muscle, meaning you have an easier elimination, with no straining. And if you think that's TMI, just try it and see.

    You can also get a teak version, or you can stick to the original Squatty Potty if you want.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $53.99.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Add herbs to the base, then pour in your favourite oil. The spout measures perfect amounts of oil so you can add just the right drizzle to recipes, salads, and roasting veggies. Press the button on the side and the vacuum design will fill the top with oil. When you have the right amount, just pour!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.59.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    This was one of Oprah's Favourite Things in 2019!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $130+ (available in sizes XS–2X/3X and three colours).

    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
    Spanx / Via amazon.ca

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $288.88+ (available in sizes S–3X)

    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.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    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)
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer / Via amazon.ca

    Reader, I love these scrunchies for my curly-frizzy-coarse and dry dry dry hair. I travel in them (they saved my hair on a looooooong set of flights to and from Australia this past January), sleep in them EVERY NIGHT, and I even wear them out when my hair is dirty and it's ~low bun time~ to dress it up a bit. I have absolutely noticed a reduction in breakage and the strands that cascade to the floor when I take my hair down in the morning for styling. If you're looking for a budget-friendly option to just add a little TLC to your hair care, I absolutely recommend these bbs. And in several months of constant use, there's been no stretching out, even though I have quite a bit of hair.

    Get a pack of five from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    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.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It has prongs along the side that smooth and detangle hair as it gets wrapped around, while the ceramic iconic barrel ensures your curls are shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. It also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes to give you peace of mind after you've left for the day. PLUS it has over 2,000 five-star Amazon reviews *and* directions to help you use it, whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $66.69.

    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

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    It has nearly 14,000 five-star reviews!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $35.95.

    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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The Luxe Bidet Neo 120 (which we recommend here), has chrome knobs for a more ~elegant~ look, everything you need to set it up in minutes right in the kit, and a self-cleaning feature that sanitizes the nozzle and retracts when you're not using it.

    Btw, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 was our $$$ pick for best toilet paper (well, best way to get your butt clean) on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $52.60 (available in two colours).

    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"
    BuzzFeed / Via amazon.ca

    It'll totally remove your makeup, dirt, and oil, AAAAND gently exfoliate your skin in just 60 seconds (I know). ^That's me! I love this handy lil' device SO much. Check out my in-depth Foreo Luna Mini 2 review for all the deets!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $140.24.

    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.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    This model has an on/off switch right on the handle so you can pause easily without squirting water all over your bathroom. It comes with seven flossing tips for different needs, including for crowns and implants — this is great for braces, too!

    Check our our review of a different Waterpik model to learn more about water flossing!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $87.08+ (available in six colours).

    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)
    BuzzFeed / Natalie Brown

    The vents regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and keeps moisture away so your strawberries taste freshly-picked days and days and days later. I recently got a couple of these and a bunch of basil and strawberries stayed fresh for SO LONG!!

    Check out our full review of these game-changing containers!

    Get a set of two from Amazon Canada for $37.08.

    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
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    Each scrubber sponge will stay odour-free for at least three months.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    Will these products upgrade your life?

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