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    32 Ingeniously Upgraded Versions Of Common Products

    A plasma lighter, LED gloves, snap-sheet bedding, and 29 other upgraded products that'll also upgrade your life.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of nail clippers that'll catch your nails as you trim them, saving you from picking up the nasty little pieces.


    Promising review: "I am pretty particular about my nail clippers and these things are great. They cut great and hold the clippings neat and tidy. There is an intuitive metal flap that you re-position once you lift the main handle up. It creates a nice holding area for clippings and provides the pivot point for the handles. Once you are done, open the flap back up and discard the clippings. I recommend these to everyone." β€”Jim W.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.95.

    2. A pasta pot with a built-in strainer, so you can lock the lid, strain out any liquids, and save time/storage space by not using a traditional colander.


    Promising review: "This is more tall than wide, which works well when stirring pasta because then you don't splash boiling water all over you and the stove top. The swiveling top locks on the handles do stay in place when you're draining the pasta, and they moves when closing and opening. When draining the pasta, I noticed that the water was coming out not only from the pour spout, but also from under the lid on the side, which means it drains faster and I don't lose any pasta. Bonus points, the steam didn't blow back into my face and fog up my glasses or hit my hands, which is really nice change. This will get a lot of use in my house. I love love love this pot!!!" β€”Margaret Roth

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

    3. A plasma lighter with an extended handle that'll make lighting candles, grills, and fireplaces far easier. This really is the perfect ~match~ for anyone who ever needs a little light.


    This uses a rechargeable lithium ion cell. The cell is charged in an hour and is good for more than three hours of use.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    4. A sleeping bag suit that's gonna keep you toasty and let you stay in "bed" the entire time you camp.


    Which is the only way you could get me to go camping, TBH.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention ever. I love to sleep outside and now my sleeping bag is all pre-warmed because I've been wearing it. This is great if you like hammocks, as it is easy to get in and out! I have a cot with a tent attached to it and this year I've been teaching myself about the stars and constellations. I can go outside, with my sleeping bag on, and sit in a chair for as long as I want to star gaze and then crawl right into my cot with my warm sleeping bag already on. I fold the feet up to my legs and wear my boots with my ice grips if its snowy. When I crawl into my bed I remove the boots and zip up the feet. I love the front pocket for my flashlight and small notebook and I love the way the hands are extra warm with the little slit to stick your hands out when you need them. It even has hook and loop closures to hold them back out of your way for doing stuff. The zippers seems heavy duty and I have used it over 30 times already. I love this bag." β€”Grandma D.

    Get it from Amazon for $87.50+ (available in five colors and sizes S–XL).

    5. A trio of Baby Lips lip balm with sunscreen, healing moisture, and color that'll both nourish your lips and have them looking fab all the live long day.


    Get them from Amazon for $16.97.

    6. A smart notebook that can scan your handwritten notes and erase them in the microwave so you can save on paper, even if you like writing by hand. It won't be long before this thing starts making (micro)waves.


    Apparently this is not science fiction, it's real life. Simply download the Rocketbook App to scan your content. After that, pop this thing in the microwave (up to five times) and your notes will all clear! It works with any pen, marker, or highlighter from the Pilot Frixion line (one pen is included).

    Promising review: "I love this notebook! I'm in school so it comes in handy when I need to take notes. All I need to do is write my notes down in the notebook then upload it to my Amazon fire tablet. I also love the fact that I can delete the things that I need to delete by placing it in the microwave. It's super awesome! Highly recommend this book especially of you're in school. It'll save so much money on notebooks and spirals! Excited to use this further in my studies." β€”Lauren A.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.10.

    7. A heat conductive ice cream scoop ready to make impatient ice cream eaters icescream with joy when they are able to scoop out their dessert in seconds β€” straight out of the freezer.


    Promising review: "Hands down, this is the best ice cream scoop in the world. Seriously. I didn't think it was possible to scoop ice cream right when it came out of the freezer but with this scoop it totally is! Just give it a good shake to warm up the magic stuff inside and boom! Perfectly scooped ice cream. This is totally worth the price." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

    8. A volumizing mousse enhanced with black currant extract, beet root extract, and coconut oil that'll nourish hair and seriously lift you (and your roots) up.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $32.

    9. A super slim portable cell charger thin enough to fit inside your wallet and save your skin when your phone needs a little ~Apple juice~ while you're out.


    Promising review: "I love it! I was hesitant because it looked heavy but it's great. I was looking for something slim and lightweight that had a wire attached to it to slip into my small purse and this fits the bill. It came with an Apple adapter and a USB type C adapter." β€”Chelsey Lam

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. An elastic belt so you can stop struggling with being in-between belt holes and sport an accessory with a sleek design.


    Promising review: "I hate belts but I needed one. I'd been using scarves that weren't practical. Belts are always too loose or too tight, which is the same problem I'm having with my pants! I'm so glad I ran across this. It is easy to make it fit for you and it holds your pants up without an annoying buckle (and without biting into you when it's too tight). I don't think I'll ever go back to a regular belt. This thing is awesome!" β€”Cheryl

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in seven colors and two sizes).

    11. A runaway alarm clock that'll force snooze button enthusiasts to get out of bed and get on a ~roll~ the minute their day begins.


    This kid needs four AAA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "What a great design. I think that this alarm clock is very inventive. I set it on the floor away from the bed and when the alarm goes off, the fun begins. It wakes up the whole family. We keep it running until everyone is out of bed. My dog loves it too. He wakes up ready to play, which fills the room with fun in the morning β€” instead of the normal grumpy mood we all had before." β€”Harvey Hubbard

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors).

    12. A stunning dust pan for tidy A-types who want their cleaning tools to be as beautiful as their picture perfect place.


    Its flat shape and handle also makes this easier to store than traditional dustpans.

    Promising review: "I hung this on my kitchen wall to brush crumbs and what-not off of my counters. It is exactly what I was looking for in size, appearance, and function. Would 100% buy again." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A jar of toothpaste tablets made to eliminate plastic waste and keep your teeth feeling healthy and clean, for anyone who thinks environmentally responsible hygiene sounds like a ~breath~ of fresh air.

    Get them from Bite for $12+ (available in three flavor options and in subscription packages) or get a similar product from Amazon for $7.34.

    14. A salt shooter that'll be far superior to the fly swatter... or the salt shaker, for that matter.

    Promising review: "So I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband and I'm not entirely sure that was a smart move on my part. Not because the product doesn't work (it works very well in fact) but because my husband is now intent on leaving the doors open to the house when summer comes back around so all kinds of bugs can be let in for him to kill. He's already had the pleasure of being able to use it on a spider that was on an outdoor Christmas decoration and boy was he ecstatic! Since we seem to be in short supply of bugs in the house during these cold winter months, my husband has also resorted to using this gun as a way to add salt to food while he's cooking. Anything to keep him entertained I guess :) In conclusion, yes this product works, yes it kills bugs, and yes you can even use it while cooking if you're tired of using the boring old salt shakers we have all grown accustomed too." β€”Adrianna McCain

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    15. A steel bar of soap that'll quickly eliminate those hard-to-lose smells like onion, fish, and garlic (reviewers also say this works great on body odor).


    Promising review: "I don't actually use this for cooking... I started noticing after my workouts that no matter how long or hard I scrubbed my arm pits, I just couldn't fully get rid of the smell of body odor. I ordered this figuring 'if it can get rid of the smell of onions, then maybe it can get rid of body odor.' Let me tell you, this thing is like magic. After scrubbing my pits with soap, I rub them with this for a about ten seconds and BOOM! All hints of body odor are gone. I definitely recommend this product!" β€”Corey

    Get it from Amazon for $5.36.

    16. A bento box to make your homemade lunch look even tastier than pizza day in elementary school, while also being the most efficient way to carry your meals in an organized manner.


    This is designed to prevent spills, smells, or leaks while traveling. It's also dang durable and safe to put in the dishwasher, microwave, or freezer. The set includes chopsticks and lunch notes.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in two colors).

    17. A rainbow knife set that'll add some real color to your dishes, no matter how bland your recipes occasionally turn out.


    Promising review: "I love these knives! they were sharp out of the box, though I bought a sharpener to keep them that way. They have been very durable. I haven't had a problem with the handles coming off or the blades rusting. All in all they are amazing and I've been recommending them to all my friends!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $26.95 (available in two colors).

    18. A spinning brush cleaner you're gonna be glad to invest in β€” especially when you realize just how dirty the brush you've been rubbing all over your face is.


    This set includes a USB charging station, brush spinner, eight rubber collars, a glass bowl, splash guard ring, a manual, and a bottle of makeup cleaning solution. To use, dip the brushes in cleaning solution, spin them in the water, and then spin them to dry (there are three different speeds to accommodate different types of brushes).

    Promising review: "This is seriously the best purchase ever! This is a life saver!!! It took me less than 10 minutes to clean all my brushes." β€”Pen Name

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    19. A cutting board that'll fit over your sink, saving you counter space when prepping food and saving you from the cleanup that comes from dicing juicy foods on the counter.


    Promising review: "This is exactly what I hoped it would be. My kitchen sink does not have any counter space next to the side with the garbage disposal. I was constantly transferring peelings from one area to another with predictable messes and drops on the way to the disposal. However now, with this simple but great device, I can sweep whatever directly into the disposal. The colander is on the smallish side but adequate, the cutting board area is stable, and the extender arms hold it securely. And the whole thing can go into the dishwasher. I leave it out because I use it every day and I definitely recommend it." β€”PAE

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    20. A razor subscription that'll let you skip paying that stupid pink tax and make your shaving a ~cut~ above the rest (without, you know, the cuts).


    The kit includes a Billie handle, a magnetic holder, and two five-blade razor cartridges refills once a month, every two months, or every three months (based on whether you shave everyday, a few times a week, or once a week).

    Get it from Billie for $9+ (available in several customized plans).

    Read our full review of the Billie razor system.

    21. A pair of fingerless LED gloves sure to come in ~handy~ when you're working in a dark spot and need a little bit of light to brighten up the job that needs to be done.


    Promising review: "I think these are cool. I bought these for my husband (who usually carries around a small flashlight) for him to use while working on cars, etc. He thinks they are great! They are bright and work wonderfully. He told me I should get a pair for doing my knitting... a great idea!" β€”BeYouTiful

    Get them from Amazon for $11.90+ (available in four styles).

    22. Or a pair of touchscreen gloves for when the job at hand is simply taking the perfect Instagram photo out in the cold.


    Promising review: "Fit, grip, quality, and tactile capability of these gloves are the best I have found. Absolutely perfect and a quality buy." β€”TC

    Get them from Amazon for $34.95.

    23. A wine shelf for efficiently storing every glass and bottle you've got, while also looking impossibly chic any place you put it.


    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    24. A butter bell that'll keep your butter spreadable and soft 24/7 β€” simply press a stick of room temperature butter into the top, fill the bottom with a little bit of water, and place it on the counter. You'll have rich and creamy butter that'll be the most satisfying thing since sliced bread.


    Be sure to replace the water every couple of days and be sure to read all about why I love this butter saver so much!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95 (available in 13 colors).

    25. A pack of mushroom coffee to possibly boost your metabolism while giving you a caffeine boost in the mornings β€” letting you enjoy a more beneficial breakfast in an instant (instant coffee, that is).


    It turns out that the different varieties of mushrooms used in each pack can give you different benefits. The lion's mane and chaga mushrooms may help clear your mind and the Cordyceps and chaga works more like a stimulant, without the side effects of regular coffee. And check out one of my BuzzFeed coworker's reviews to learn more about the benefits of mushroom coffee and to find out why switching to mushroom coffee is life changing (#3).

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $11.57 (available in three flavors and a hot chocolate).

    26. A set of Matryoshka measuring cups β€” they'll nestle into a small corner and take up hardly any space, even if you insist on keeping them on display 24/7.


    These are a true treasure and they have 550 five-star reviews to prove it!

    Get them from Amazon for $10.35 (available in two colors).

    27. A Wallet Ninja that can open boxes, peel fruit, screw in basically anything, and get almost any job done without a toolbox in sight.


    Promising review: "I can't believe how many times I find myself using this tool to do everyday tasks that I would have struggled to do before. You don't realize how often you can need a screwdriver or a wrench at a moment's notice. This tool works great, fits in my minimalist wallet perfectly, and I don't have to worry about it cutting the bands of my wallet. It is made of steel, so when using it I don't have to worry about it breaking. It's not gonna happen. I'm confident in this tool and it's construction. A+" β€”Richard Atchue

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. A Yeti tumbler you'll keep in your life forever, because it'll keep your drink the perfect temperature every day of your life.


    This includes a lid, two straws, and a cleaning brush. Oh, and it has over 6,900 five-star reviews.

    Promising review: "This tumbler kept my green smoothie cold all morning! I'm a teacher, which means that I frequently end up with a hot smoothie or cold coffee because I'm too busy working with the kids to get to my beverage. The smoothie that I made at 6 am stayed ice-cold all morning. Every time I went back for a quick sip, it was as cold as when I put it in! I tried hot coffee the next day, and the tumbler worked just as well with a hot beverage. It now does not leave my side. I fill it and refill with cold lemon water all day. I've even started using it at home. It is literally next to me right now." β€”Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 11 colors and two sizes).

    29. A Quip subscription that includes everything you need to keep your toothbrush up-to-date and clean, even while on vacation, so you can ~brush up~ on your oral hygiene.


    Find out why this is one of our top rated electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Quip for $25+ (available in different toothbrush styles and plans).

    30. A rotating makeup organizer so you don't keep wasting precious minutes searching for the right mascara wand when you get ready in the morning.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six styles).

    31. A Primary bedding set that's sure to be a ~snap~ to wash, (the top sheet literally snaps to the duvet cover) while also being the most luxurious bedding you've ever tucked yourself in to.

    Primary Goods

    I've had my Primary sheets for months now and I am fully committed. For years I've avoided using a top sheet because I hated how often it would bunch up in the night and how much longer it took to make my bed with it on (so I just... never made it). This bedding is cozy, breathable, and wonderful to sleep in. The color is vibrant and bold (I have the blue) and laundry has never been easier. The snaps make it a cinch to throw the top sheet in the wash, and I never have to worry about it bunching up when I sleep. I highly recommend these to anyone who has a bed and likes to sleep.

    Get them from Primary Goods for $149+ (available in nine colors and four sizes).

    32. And finally, a standing Loch Ness ladle that eliminates the need for a spoon rest... and any need for pre-dinner entertainment.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

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