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    Updated on Sep 28, 2020. Posted on Sep 20, 2020

    47 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.

    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 odor-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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $74.98 (available in nine sizes and finishes).

    Promising review: "Easy to use foot pedal. Doesn't hit the wall and can be pushed all the way against the wall. Trash bag when put on can be tucked in between pull out and outer can so you don't see it when its closed. Great size and I love the slow close lid. Seems very well-made and looks great. Highly recommend." —Amber

    2. A set of Parachute percale sheets made of 100% Egyptian cotton for a lightweight and cool, breathable yet unbelievably soft and cozy feel. Sounds like a paradox, but they're like magic.

    Two pillows with pillowcases plus a white sheet
    Parachute

    I recently switched from a set of very old, pilling sheets to these babies, and.......the difference could not be larger. These sheets are SO SOFT, I just want to burrow into them. They wash up beautifully, and I have never loved being in bed more (and...I already loved being in bed). I can honestly say I've never slept in more comfortable sheets.

    Get them from Parachute for $109+ (available in sizes twin–California king, with or without a top sheet, and in six colors).

    Promising review: "I had always had sateen sheets and even when they were a verified high thread count and soft, I'll never go back. 'The cold side of the pillow' is the perfect descriptor of these smooth, crisp sheets and they really do sleep cooler. They even keep my bear of a husband from sweating through the night. The color is lovely and soft, the feel is shave-your-legs-just-to-sleep-good. Best of all, they feel as nice as they should for the price; no regrets, just perfect sleep." —Katrina S.

    3. A Bearaby weighted blanket if you love your current one (or even have just been wanting to try one) but want something that won't overheat you — and one that's so cute, you'll want to keep it on display.

    The white cotton knit blanket on a sofa
    Bearaby

    The large knit style is super chic, and the organic cotton is breathable (and there's nothing in it to create the weight *other* than cotton, so no uncomfy glass beads). If you're really worried about overheating, it also comes in a cooling version made out of Tencel.

    Get it from Bearaby for $249+ (available in three weights and nine colors).

    Promising review: "I love this napper a little too much. I carry it up and down stairs all day as I move between the bed and couch for crafting, reading, etc. I like to grasp onto something when I sleep (usually the edge of the pillowcase), so the loops are awesome for tucking in my fingers and toes. Unlike another weighted blanket I own, the napper is stylish so I don't mind if it's out in the living room, and I can wash it, a huge deal given how often it's used. It's a bit of a pain to dry (it took three cycles in the dryer, so next time I am going to hand dry). The weight is very comforting, and I don't have an issue with overheating, even using it in the middle of summer in a muggy climate." —Madeline B.

    4. 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

    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 for $19.99+ (available in eight colors).

    Promising review: "This is one of the best things I think I have ever bought. I got this for a family vacation where there is always a fight over who gets to charge their phone. This gave everyone the chance to use it and having the part that reaches to the backseat was PRICELESS!!! My son could charge and play at the same time, which was lovely. I highly recommend this to parents with more than one child!!" —Leigh-Anne L.

    5. An Always Pan designed to do the work of EIGHT pieces of regular old cookware if you've already reaaallllly run out of cabinet space. It comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest.

    The pan in sage green with steamer basket and spatula
    Our Place

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in five colors)

    Promising review: "My always pan is going to be my new favorite cooking ware. Super versatile and absolutely beautiful. Love the functionality that it possesses and the versatility range, someone really thought about all the best way to cook with this! Safe, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at! Makes you want to cook more delicious meals all day long! Shipping took a while because I preordered, but I was happy to wait!" —Celyn V.

    Our Place is a POC-owned business based in Los Angeles. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradable and recyclable materials, and the Always Pan is made in a female-owned factory in China.

    Check out a review from one of my BuzzFeed colleagues to learn more about this pan!

    6. 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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using my NutriBullet every day, usually multiple times a day, to make smoothies using frozen fruit, frozen veggies, fresh veggies, and other ingredients. By using frozen ingredients I don't need ice, just cold water. This thing works great. I had an older model for years. It still worked. But I wanted one with a faster motor. Everything has been improved since the last one I bought. It is so easy to use, and it is so easy to clean. It is noisy, but it’s so efficient that you don’t need to leave it on long. I love that when I press the ‘extract’ button it goes ahead and does its thing and a minute or so later I have a smoothie. I have only positive things to say about my NutriBullet. I gave the old one away and it’s still working for the person I gave it to." —LaurieJay

    7. A kit of magnetic false eyelashes (plus liner) for a dramatic look that's way easier to apply than the old-fashioned glue. And they'll *stay on* all day/all night. Just put them back on the (also magnetic) holder and you can rewear 'em.

    Three sets of lashes with different fullnesses and lengths, plus a liquid liner
    Glamnetic

    They have both mink and vegan lashes (this kit has a combo of both) so just choose accordingly.

    Get the three sets of lashes, plus magnetic liner, from Glamnetic for $109.99 (originally $128).

    Promising review: "Can I just say I am very impressed!!!! I wanted to try these out since you don’t have to deal with glue and honestly i wasn’t sure what to expect. Mind blown..... these things really stayed attached to the eyeliner and all day long. I am completely sold and recommend these!" —Orasa R.

    Glamnetic is a woman-owned brand based in Los Angeles.

    8. A stylish acrylic block and set of sleek black knives, because this'll really dress up your kitchen — and the bonus is they actually are really great knives too!

    Amazon

    This bb comes with 13 knives, a pair of kitchen scissors, a peeler, and a two-stage knife sharpener.

    Get them from Amazon for $65.99 (also available in a smaller, five-knife set).

    Promising review: "These knives are great! They stay super sharp, they’re comfortable to hold, and I love how much counter space it leaves as opposed to a big bulky knife block. Fits perfectly in my minimalist kitchen!!! And it looks great on my counter being one of the few things that I keep on my countertop! It is the perfect amount of knives without being too many knives (I don’t like things in excess)! I have never had a cheese knife before, and this baby is my favorite one in the whole set! LOL! It slices through hard cheeses like butter! Have not tried on soft cheese, but I’m sure it’ll be great because it is super sharp! I can’t say enough about how much I love these knives!!" —Sadie Allen

    9. 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

    They're machine-washable, lightweight, and minimize odor 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 $95 (available in women's sizes 5–11 and nine colors; men's sizes 8–14 available here).

    Promising review: "Like walking on a cloud. I was so excited to get these after getting a recommendation from my friend, and I was not disappointed. Definitely comfortable, easy to wear and feel very lightweight on. I am definitely going to get more pairs. 10/10." —Joelle L.

    10. 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

    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 for $30 (available in 22 shades).

    Promising review: "For an illumination all you need is a few dots around areas of discoloration and all of a sudden you face looked like you have a full face of makeup. Great buildings coverage, perfect warm tone for various skin tones and worked wonderfully during contours. After buying five times now it is a must in my make up arsenal." —HollyDayS2

    11. A Nespresso Vertuo Plus that'll save both counter space (it's super slim for a Nesoresso) ~aNd~ the amount of money you spend at your local coffee shop on high-quality espressos and coffees.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You can get it bundled with a milk frother, so say hello to delicious lattes and cappuccinos, too. I have one of these bbs and it makes your morning brew quick + delicious — ideal for pre-caffeinated brains. And you can recycled the used capsules!

    When I haven't made cold brew, I opt for a hot coffee make with my Nespresso Vertuo — it makes my mornings *SO* much easier.

    Promising review: "This is my second Nespresso machine and I love it. It’s quiet, easy to use, and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space. The milk frother is perfect! I actually stopped going to Starbucks because I like my mocha cappuccinos better than theirs! I use organic milk, Truvia and of course Nespresso espresso pods. This machine was on sale before Christmas and I couldn’t resist. My 5-year-old Nespresso machine is in our pantry in the event we may need it. Great deal!" —KMD

    Get it from Amazon for $179 (available in six colors, plus bundled with the milk frother and coffee capsules).

    12. 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!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Promising review: "For decades I drank my bourbon and/or scotch neat. Then one day, at a friend's house, he accidentally poured me a drink on the rocks. I loved it, but it got watered down pretty quickly. A week or so later, at a restaurant, I ordered a bourbon on the rocks and it came with one great big ice ball. Perfect! I had to have a mold to make my own at home. Now I do, and it's a piece of cake to use, both filling and opening. That it makes four at a time is just a bonus." —Michael P. Stoops

    13. 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

    Get it from Amazon for $124.98+ (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "We purchased this for my father-in-law, age 92, and wanted simplicity for him to be able to digitize his phonographs which is something he wanted to do. This was not only simple for him to use it also had GREAT SOUND. We were amazed. It really made the old phonographs sound awesome. We thought we'd have to connect to external speakers to give it better sound (which the unit has connections for external speakers if you desire to do so)...but that was not necessary. The speakers delivered fine sound. We were very happy with this purchase. We will probably order one for ourselves. This 8-in-1 records to USB. We are very pleased." —Janine

    14. An at-home manicure kit from Olive and June with everything you need to get to prep, polish, and perfect your nails with ease, including their famous Poppy handle, to help you ~get a grip~ on any polish.

    Olive and June

    The one pictured here is the Studio Box, which includes the Poppy polish handle, the nail polish of your choice (39 colors available), a top coat, cuticle serum, clean-up brush, nail polish remover pot, flat-edge clippers, nail file, and a buffer bar.

    Get it from Olive and June for $50 (There are four ~levels~ of box, ranging from $42-$88, so you can choose yours depending on how many polishes you want — none, one, six, or seven)

    Olive and June is a woman-founded nail salon in Los Angeles that has since released a line of products to make a great manicure available at home!

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

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my bedroom. Thought it would be interesting vs buying a TV. It is the greatest thing I bought all year. My girlfriend loves it. We had a few days off and watched movie after movie. It took a little time to adjust and find what position and what works best for us and so we decided to hang the sheet from the ceiling and put the projector on the shelf behind my bed. This position gives us the best picture. The distance is not too far or too close. We can hook the phone, laptop, even tried the DVD player and all works great. The volume is great gets really loud. Definitely recommend." —nickoy simpson

    16. A subtle, geometric removable peel-and-stick wallpaper to dress up your walls, furniture, or even shelves with ease if you've been thinking about a home refresh (like all of us are, am I right??) — no need to watch YouTube videos or hire a wallpaper installer.

    A sofa in front of a wall with the white and grey geometric wallpaper on it
    Chasing Paper

    Get a 2x4-foot roll from Chasing Paper for $40 (available in three colors and tons and tons and tons and tons of other patterns).

    Chasing Paper is a removable wallpaper business whose founders are the third generation of a printing company. The wallpaper is printed to order, the inks are water-based and nontoxic, and everything is made in the US. You can also learn about the artists behind each design.

    17. A microfiber towel-material pillowcase with a waterproof lining so you can go to bed with freshly-washed hair without ruining your pillowcase — and so you can sleep comfortably.

    Model sleeping on a pink and grey pillowcase
    Kitsch

    Get it from Kitsch for $24.

    Promising review: "Great pillowcover! I love how absorbent the microfiber pillowcase is. Amazing post-shower or while crying myself to sleep." —mor

    Kitsch is a woman-founded company that makes adorable hair accessories, useful tools (they make towel scrunchies too!) and more to help make every day a good hair day.

    18. An incredibly real-looking faux fur throw blanket to give any home a touch of interior-design-magazine-meets-Winterfell luxe.

    The brown furry blanket draped over a couch
    Amazon

    Get the largest size from Amazon for $169.99 (available in six sizes and 15 colors).

    Promising review: "Oh my, this throw exceeded my expectations. It absolutely looks like the real thing and adds beautiful texture to our spare bedroom when draped across the foot of the bed. Before I purchased this throw, I did EXTENSIVE searching on the internet comparing quality and price. This item easily wins out in both categories." —Linda S.

    19. 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

    Thank you, RIhanna!

    Promising review: "Wow. My new favorite lip color!! I ate three meals today and it stayed completely on all day. It truly is a great color for all skin tones. It's so lightweight when you wear it and also very matte. Would highly recommend!" —Crystal Cas

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (also available in nine shades).

    20. 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

    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.

    Get it from Amazon for $116.66.

    Promising review: "This has really made a big difference in how I wake up every morning. On these short winter days, I always have to wake up before sunrise, and that's...challenging. I found myself hitting the snooze button at least three times, leaving very little time for me to get ready and to work on time. Having the sunrise simulation wakes me up gradually and completely. I almost always wake up fully before the music starts and I have not needed the snooze function yet. All of the wake up sounds were pleasant. I especially like the birdsong with flute music, as it reminds me of being in a spa. I like the dusk option for going to sleep. I set it for 30-60 minutes and read until it's too dark and I drop off to sleep. An additional bonus is that since I'm no longer using my cellphone as my alarm clock, I practice better sleep hygiene and keep my cellphone out of the bedroom. It is a significant investment but it has been worth it." —MsEdinger

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

    If you're looking for a cheaper option that still has the wakeup feature, you can get a similar wake up alarm clock for $27.49.

    21. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    The drill is *not* included, but you can get a basic Black and Decker drill ($49 on Amazon) so you can start that speed-cleaning STAT.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I bought this brush a long time ago and it sat unused. Last week, I finally pulled it out to clean the floor of a very dirty fiberglass bathtub. What a great little tool! A job that easily would have taken me a half hour with a regular brush and Comet, took about five minutes and with no smelly harsh chemicals. I am really kicking myself for not trying it months ago. Now, I'm planning to buy one for each of my kids for Christmas." —xxxxx111000

    22. 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

    Push a button and the job is D O N E (in seven seconds!). It'll open 80 bottles on a single charge.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    Promising review: "My husband who is sick of helping me open my wine that he ordered this for me after I called him at work and was complaining how much I hate our wine opener :( This opener, my friend, is super smooth. It opens the wine bottle in one press of a button. My real issue with other wine opener was getting the cork out of screw afterwards, but with this wine opener all I have to do is just hit the reverse button to get the cork out out with no problem! It comes with the cap opener and charging cable. It’s lightweight and just looks great too; I've kept it in my kitchen with wine bottles it looks like a piece of decor. For all my girlfriends out there who hate the normal wine opener get this one, trust me you'll love it. Take it from me, I've used all kinds of wine openers, twist, lever, rabbit, other type of electric ones and this one is the best." —vidya

    23. A fan-favorite 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

    It quickly transforms to a handheld vac too!

    Get it from Amazon for $319.95.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing device. The suction is as good as my old, corded Dyson (from 2006). It's light. The fact that it's cordless is awesome — I didn't realize how much fighting with the cord on my old vacuum contributed to making the chore of cleaning onerous. The battery lasts in normal cleaning mode more than long enough to do our entire downstairs, over 2,000 sq ft. Because it only runs when you pull the trigger, you're not wasting battery life when you move from room to room, so the total time I spend cleaning is longer than the battery life. The attachment for stairs is excellent. It works equally well on hardwood floors and carpet." —Max G.

    24. 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.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    Promising review: "Just wow!!! This is by far the best steam cleaner that I have ever owned! This thing is powerful! It removed EVERY SINGLE STAIN on my carpet in my apartment, where I have lived for three years with my dog and cat. My carpet has never felt cleaner underneath my feet, not even back when I first moved in! It was very simple to put together. First I put it on 'rinse' and got the area nice and wet. Then, I put it on the 'wash' mode, and watched this thing suck up black water from my carpet. So far, I’m blown away." —Ashley Wright

    25. 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.

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in four colors).

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

    Promising review: "What would I do without my Kindle? I use it all the time, and really enjoy the convenience of the built-in light and the touch screen. I also love the fact that I can quickly look up a word I don't yet know (especially for medieval historical fiction). I've been a voracious reader my entire life, and never thought I would go so smoothly from paper to an electronic book. One of the best things I've ever done." —Infomapper

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

    The clear stool in front of a toilet
    amazon.com

    I recently upgraded from my beloved Squatty to this clear acrylic 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.

    Get it from Amazon for $77.40.

    Promising review: "Very useful product, a bathroom essential! I upgraded to the acrylic model to better go with my bathroom, which is bright and airy but cramped, and this does the trick well. Sturdy and attractive, blends in well." —Laurie

    And if you're looking for style but are afraid of stubbing your toe on this one (valid!), Squatty Potty also makes bamboo and teak versions.

    27. An ingeniously designed olive oil bottle that'll infuse the flavor 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

    Add herbs to the base, then pour in your favorite 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 for $16.99.

    Promising review: "I have no idea how I never owned one of these before! I do not remember the last time I used unflavored oil ever since this came into my life. So far I have infused it with garlic, basil, and rosemary. The garlic is by far my favorite. It provides a clean operation and the narrow pourer makes it possibly to transfer the oil to the bottles without spillage. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who appreciates olive oil!" —Betsy814

    28. A Blueland essentials cleaning kit so you can 1. actually keep your home clean 2. stop overpaying for packaging of traditional cleaners 3. cut back your plastic use. And you can even subscribe so you never run out — no excuses now.

    The cleaning kit
    Blueland

    And they'll take up less space in your home — just dissolve the tablets in water to use.

    It comes with: three acrylic spray bottles and three cleaning tablets (multi-surface, glass + mirror, bathroom), a glass foaming hand soap bottle and a hand soap tablet, a silicone dish soap shaker and 16 ounces of powder dish soap, and one steel dishwasher tablet tin with 40 tablets.

    Get it from Blueland for $69.

    29. A pair of cushiony Australian sheepskin inserts that are better than those cheap cut-to-your-own size insoles — now you can transform any pair of shoes into Uggs by for comfort *and* warmth.

    The fluffy cream insoles
    Amazon

    Get a pair from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 4–13).

    Promising review: "Wonderful! Warm, cozy, comfortable — everything I could want. Many of the insoles I have bought in the past had a layer of fleece stuck to a piece of plastic, which felt fine for a little while but soon the fleece wore away and I was walking on the plastic which was very uncomfortable. These are the real deal — a piece of lamb hide with leather on the bottom and fleece on top. The fleece is so thick I can't imagine it will ever wear down to the bottom but if it does, I will be walking on soft leather, which isn't bad. I will be buying again." —Linda Williams

    30. 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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $99 (available in sizes S/M–2X/3X and six colors)

    Promising review: "Pretty sure I’m not going to put real clothes on again. It’s so stretchy, but doesn’t loose its shape. It is still as soft after washing/drying it. Wish I had it in every color." —Asbury111

    31. A pair of Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones with up to nine hours of listening time, adjustable over-the-ear hooks for stay-in-place comfort, and sweat and water-resistance so you can feel confident mid-workout.

    BuzzFeed editor with the white headphones in her hand
    BuzzFeed / Emma McAnaw

    Get them from Amazon for $249.95 (available in eight colors)

    Promising review: "At $250, it’s not a cheap pill to swallow, but damn it. These things feel great. They don’t move. No wires. I take one headphone out and they pause. Controls on both sides. Hey Siri support. Great battery life. I can work out with just one in. Doesn’t matter which ear. Speaking of working out, how many times have you deadlifted and snagged a wire? Not anymore satan! Handstand push-ups? Easy day! They’re just awesome. I pull them out of the case and my iPhone just connects." —Devin T. McFall

    Check out our review of these Powerbeats headphones for more info.

    32. 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

    Get them from Amazon for $128 (available in sizes XS–3X, petite, regular, and tall)

    Promising review: "The best addition to my wardrobe in a long time. These pants are amazing, fit so well and look so tailored. A must-have ! You won’t be disappointed." —Kathy C.

    33. A ~Multi-tasker~ makeup brush with four tools in one (concealer sponge, blush brush, brow brush, and eyeshadow brush) so you can keep just *one* thing at your desk, in your purse, etc. for touchups throughout the day.

    Alleyoop

    Get it from Alleyoop for $24.

    Promising review: "So happy I ordered multi-tasker brush set. This is perfect to take on trips without having to take all those individual brushes. The quality of the brushes is very good making the application of the makeup and eyeshadows go on smoothly." —Sheila D.

    Alleyoop is a woman-owned beauty company making products designed to save you time.

    34. 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

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $7.59.

    Promising review: "Okay, I never write reviews for things, but I can't not write a review for these. I know, I know, it's just a hair tie. But it's not just a hair tie! I don't have super thick hair and it's by no means curly, but these hair ties are perfect! I'm a runner and always put my hair in a high-ish ponytail for my runs. With every other hair tie I've gotten in the past, my ponytail ends up a lot lower than where I started with it. Not so with these! I put my hair up nice and high and it stayed nice and high! It's the little things in life." —KL

    35. 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

    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 for $7.99 (also available in black).

    36. 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.

    A reviewer with straight hair before using, and voluminous waves after
    amazon.com

    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 5-star Amazon reviews *and* directions to help you use it, whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

    Get it from Amazon for $40.83.

    Promising review: "Here's the deal, I'm pretty much a tomboy, I don't know how to do my makeup, I have thick hair, but never knew how to do anything but straighten it, until a friend made me try her Kiss automatic curling iron. It legitimately works and it's the easiest thing to use! I've (briefly) tried other wands and burn myself over and over. I've never burned myself with this tool and I love that it makes it easy to curl away from your face on either side, with just a push of a button. I also like that it dings when it's done, so it takes some guess work out. If you want curls, but are intimidated by all the tools out there, you won't be disappointed with this styler." —Uskadelig

    37. A supernova-print sports bra and leggings set for the fitness enthusiast whose goal is to ~reach for the stars~. The stars are reflective so you can be easily spotted by cars, too!

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $29+ (available in sizes XS–3X and three non-reflective colors) and the leggings for $27.58 (available in sizes XS–3X).

    Promising review: "It is often difficult to find a bra that can comfortably support the weight of a larger cup size without creating lines under shirts and cutting into your shoulder after hours of wearing a bar. But, to be able to do that and be cute/stylish under workout clothes makes this bra standout. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in more colors for all sizes." —Kindle Customer

    38. A pair of pointy-toe patent flats available in five shades of nude and with a cushioned sole you can really pound the pavement in.

    Model wearing the middle of the five shades of shoe, with all five pictured
    Cait Kelly / Rebecca Allen

    Get them from Rebecca Allen for $150 (available in sizes 6–11 and five colors).

    This brand was founded by Rebecca Allen, a Black woman who, frustrated while working in finance and unable to find the right pair of nude pumps, decided to start her own line — which now has flats, pumps, and ankle strap heeled sandals (all in five shades).

    39. 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

    amazon.com

    It has over 22,000 5-star reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    40. 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

    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.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "It was actually my brother who sold me on trying one after he’d done so himself, and after installing it myself, (which really is pretty quick and easy), I was blown away the very first time I used it. If you’re one of those people that use wayyyy too much toilet paper and wipes because you can’t ever seem to get clean enough, this device will be a pleasant surprise. The rinse from the water does most of the cleaning for you. You’ll hardly need any toilet paper at all afterwards, other than to dry off. No rubbing your skin raw anymore trying to get clean. I can’t recommend this product highly enough. Just try it. You’ll love it. Yes, it’s cold water that washes you off, but you feel totally refreshed afterwards, and extremely clean and pain-free." —Scott

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

    41. 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

    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 for $119 (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I really regretted this purchase at first, seemed like it was just a vibrator, the shape was weird considering the angles of a face, the two different sides felt the same. BUT THEN....... I dried my face with a white towel and there was not a speck of makeup left on the towel and I didn't have a drop of mascara raccoon eye look left on my face. This is the cleanest my face has ever been. I will keep using it." —hine0108

    42. An under-the-sink water filtration system to help you kiss your Brita goodbye and pour a glass of the good stuff straight from the tap. And fun fact: It's designed to be installed in under three minutes.

    A reviewer photo showing a used filter turned completely brown, and an unused one that's all white
    amazon.com

    And yes, the above photo shows a used filter (left) vs. an unused one (right) to show how much it's filtering OUT of the water. Yikes. BTW, each cartridge lasts for two years! You can get more from Amazon for $19.99.

    It has a two-step filter that removes 99.99% of contaminants, and it comes with direct connect hoses to hook right up to the standard 3/8-inch valves in US kitchen sinks.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    Promising review: "We have town water and it seems they are putting more and more chlorine in it every year. We should be getting used to it and tasting it less and less, not more! The refrigerator filters are super expensive and weren't cutting it. Every time I put a glass to my mouth it smelled like a swimming pool. I searched the internet and decided to give this a try due to the positive reviews and affordability. Wow! easy install (I'm an avid DIYer). And the taste! The chlorine taste is just gone! No more overpriced fridge filters for us. I love that the filter replacement procedure is basically the same as a fridge. Just twist and remove. We love it so much I teed off the fridge line and put a dispenser at our sink as well. The flow on this thing is just amazing! And the water tastes great! Don't waste your money on the expensive, complicated ones. My parents have a three-chambered, name brand filter at their house. It was expensive, the replacement filters are expensive, it is a pain in the petunias to replace the filters, and the flow rate is pathetic! But guess what! Our water from this filter tastes just as good as theirs at a fraction of the price, plus it's way more convenient, plus the flow rate is way better. I just can't say enough. Love, Love it! You will too!" —BJ

    43. A Burst electric toothbrush for all the benefits of the non-manual kind (more effective cleaning! two-minute timer!) *plus* a toothbrush head subscription program so you can make sure you're effectively brushing without even having to think about it.

    Hand holding the toothbrush in black
    Burst Oral Care

    The battery last for FOUR WEEKS so you don't need to worry about recharging while traveling, and it has charcoal bristles, three brushing modes, and over 30,000 vibrations per minute for an effective clean.

    Get the toothbrush from Burst Oral Care for $69.99 (available in three colors), and get replacement heads for $6 each every 90 days.

    Promising review: "I bought this with recommendation from my dental hygienist and it has channeled my life. I feel like my teeth are cleaner, my breath is better and I enjoy brushing my teeth more than ever. This has been the best purchase I’ve made this year." —Brianan

    44. And 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

    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!

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in eight colors).

    Promising review: "This thing is a necessity. That's how strongly I feel about it after a month of usage. I had regularly used floss and felt that it was adequate, but decided to purchase a Waterpik because it was on sale and I was bored. Wow. This is one of the most important purchases I've made in years. I feel like a good analogy would be to try imagining cleaning the hard-to-reach parts of your vehicle with a rope. You've done it for years because it's all you know. Then enters the pressure washer, which allows you to blast things to smithereens. Floss = rope, Waterpik = pressure washer. Bam. Done. Not going back as long as it works." —Damian

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

    45. 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!!

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six sizes and in sets of multiples).

    Promising review: "I read the reviews and thought I’d give these a try since they here easily half the price of the other ones I looked at that had to have the charcoal filters replaced periodically. These need no filter changes and oh-my-gosh, they work! I went on a 10-day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

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

    46. 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!

    Model using the sponge with text "silicone. no odor. clean"
    Amazon

    They *guarantee* that each scrubber sponge will stay odor-free for at least three months.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "My girlfriend has a keen nose for mildew, which meant we were throwing out kitchen sponges well before they were worn out. I came across these and was very happy with the first ones we tried. Absolutely no odor, even after several weeks worth of usage. The scrubber will break down long before it starts to smell. A definite winner in my book!" —Amazon Customer

    Also available in a version designed to clean your stovetop!

    47. A fancy-schmancy single-blade razor that glides evenly with yours skin to ensure minimal razor burn and ingrown hairs. Plus, you can use it foreeeevveerrrrr with replacement blades and reduce your plastic use!

    Model using the razor on their armpit
    Oui the People

    Get it from Oui the People for $75. Just note that it'll take 8-10 weeks to get, as they are currently made to order.

    Promising reviews: "My first time using the Oui Razor, I got the closest shave I’ve ever experienced. I have super sensitive skin, and am very prone to razor burn, but this razor, paired with the shave gel, made my legs feel like they had been waxed, and I got NO razor burn! I love this razor!" —Jamie

    Oui the People is a Black-owned business, and their products are designed to help you get your shave on *without* ingrowns and razor burn — and make you feel good in your skin.

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