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    40 Practical Products That Are Totally Worth The Investment

    These products are ~practically~ perfect in every way.

    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 end grain cutting board made with high quality wood, so you can cut it out with the flimsy cutting boards and use one you can actually have around forever.


    Promising review: "This board is SO BEAUTIFUL, the colors are very contrasting and there is even a bit of a luster within the wood! Not only that, it's also sturdy, a good size, and comes with clear instructions to care for it. I struck gold with this. It's super high quality and I definitely recommend. it" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99 (available in 15 styles).

    2. An electric toothbrush for anyone who knows they'd brush better if their toothbrush was more buzz-worthy.


    I personally love my Quip, but it also won our budget category for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of getting an electric tooth brush but after the first day of use I was hooked! The sleek design and the carrier that sticks to the mirror is very aesthetically pleasing. I'm also one to stick to routine and the 30 second quadrant interval buzz helps feed to that. My gums were sensitive the first week but after using this more they are sparkly clean! My dentist said my teeth and gums are extra healthy and clean! I definitely recommend it!" —Mosancz

    Get it from Quip for $25+ (available in multiple plans).

    3. A Kindle Paperwhite sure to make reading while you travel so convenient, you just might find electronic books the ~write~ way to read all the time.


    Promising review: "I've owned and enjoyed most Amazon readers over the last 10 years and have never had any complaint with any of the devices. The last generation Kindle Paperwhite was a superior device, as was the Kindle Voyage. This Paperwhite seems to take the best of both and create a master device that exceeds the expectations for both. I've had my new Paperwhite for several weeks now and I've come to the conclusion that Amazon may have great difficulty finding a way to make it better next time. Is it really that good? I think it's nothing short of a masterpiece." —R. Dennis Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    4. A temperature-regulating comforter with moisture-wicking material, so after weeks of tossing and turning on hot nights, you can finally say "Sleeping? No sweat!"


    These are made of 300-thread count cotton.

    Promising review: "This comforter is lightweight and perfect for fall nights where temperatures fluctuate with the changing season." —LovesClothes

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $57.99+ (available in five sizes). And check out the temperature-regulating pillows from the same line!

    5. A cast iron pot sure to make any meal a masterpiece even Gordon Ramsay would applaud.


    Promising review: "I have been experimenting with beef and pork roast meals with this. I LOVE it. There are no scorch marks on the bottom after cooking. The cast iron spreads the heat out so effectively that your entire contents are at nearly the same temperature with no hot spots. Indeed, this device is very heavy. That is what makes it work so well. I have used it on my gas stove in the oven and on a top burner, both methods have worked very well." —quiet bells

    Get it from Amazon for $59.90+ (available in eight colors).

    6. A peg system drawer insert for anyone who knows Marie Kondo had them ~pegged~ when she talked about the need to organize ya drawers.


    Promising review: "I have a very large and deep kitchen drawer. This allows me to put a full eight-setting china set in the drawer. It is happens to match the maple interiors of my cabinets and that is a visual plus. We had to cut it down to fit but that was fairly easy. I bought two and will most likely use the second to organize storage containers and mixing bowls." —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A cordless Dyson vacuum, because cleaning without this thing sucks — you won't realize what a chore vacuuming was until you have this in your life forever.


    Read one BuzzFeeder's review to find out why this is a game changing product for your home (#4).

    Promising review: "After using it for a few months, I have to say, this is truly a different kind of vacuum. It has the power of a corded vacuum, but is quieter than any corded vacuum I've used, and obviously way more portable. From the unique hum that it makes, I feel like I'm in the future when I'm using it. Additionally, I really like the trigger system, so you have fine control over the energy consumption. Furthermore, I initially thought the bin emptying mechanism was a silly gimmick, but it turns out to be really genius, because it scrubs any debris from the filter interface, so you'll never have to manually clean the bin." —V.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $229.99.

    8. An LED nail dryer so you can start saving money by giving yourself salon-quality manicures from the comfort of your home, at free hundred dollars a nail.


    Promising review: "Awesome! Love this product, best investment on Amazon yet!! Polishes can be a little pricey but compared to going to the salon, totally worth it. No need to ever go back to the salon again!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. An acrylic wall calendar that'll ~clearly~ help keep your schedule organized.


    Includes a dry erase marker and three hanging options.

    Promising review: "This calendar is very lightweight but still feels strong. After having dates and info on the calendar for about a month the old ink wipes off easily just using my finger. The large space at the bottom is also a plus! I definitely recommend this!!" —Thezombiebrogamer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in two colors).

    10. A pair of really good windshield wipers so you can actually see the roads on blustery drives.


    And FYI, Amazon has a system to check and see if these wipers will fit your car!

    Promising Review: "These are the best wipers, hands-down. They leave no streaks, even after months of use. It's a joy to have a clean windshield. I have these wipers on all three of my cars. They actually save money. Even though they may be twice the price of other wipers, they last five times longer, AND they actually clean for that long instead of just 'kind of' cleaning. Definitely recommend." —Tim S.

    Get them from Amazon for $26.18.

    11. A mounted cat scratcher for anyone who isn't ~kitten~ around when it comes to keeping their cat happy.

    Amazon, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    This is one of my favorite pet purchases. It takes up no space, looks surprisingly nice in the apartment, and my cats love it!

    Promising review: "This is a great quality wall-mounted scratching post. It came with just a slight odor that kept the cats away the first day. A little bit of cat nip solved that problem and now all the cats love it. The best thing about wall mounting these scratchers is the ability to mount them anywhere you see fit. I have some lower and some higher so even our biggest cat can scratch and be fully stretched out. A bonus for this scratcher is when it starts to get worn out, I can loosen the top and bottom screws and rotate the post or even flip it over to expose a newer side." —Casey McCabe

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    12. An oriental rug to complement any room of your house, no matter how many times you change your decor.


    Promising review: "This rug is absolutely perfect! I placed it in my kitchen and have had so many compliments! The colors are vibrant and the carpet itself is thick." —Jessie

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in 23 sizes).

    13. An upright garment steamer for when you want to wear something so nice, it's sure to guarantee a ~steamy~ date night.


    Promising Review: "This steamer is one of the best purchases I've ever made. This little puppy heats up in a snap and erases wrinkles effortlessly. The height and telescoping pole is great. When not in use, the telescoping pole makes it convenient to downsize for it to fit in a confined space. I've used this not only on clothes but curtains, sofa covers, and sheets — who needs an iron?? Everyone who has ever used my steamer has been in awe of how great it is!" —Anita

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    14. A four-pack of LED smart bulbs that'll be a seriously ~bright~ idea if you're the kind of person who loves to control everything from your phone, while pretending your phone doesn't control your life.


    You can control these lights with a traditional switch, or switch it up and set them with the Philips Hue app on your iOS or Android. These bulbs are also compatible with voice commands using Alexa, Apple Homekit, or Google Assistant. They can be set on a timer, change colors, and brighten or dim whenever you ask!

    Promising review: "I started automating my house a couple months ago and began with these lights in my living room. I absolutely love them! I replaced incandescent bulbs with these and what a difference they have made! Once they are connected to the same network as your Alexa/Siri, it's as simple as following the instructions on your phone. I have these set to different scenes and timers throughout the house, depending on time of day, leaving or coming home, bedtime, waking up, and more. These are a great way to simplify life." —Brian Reid

    Get them on Amazon for $49.96.

    15. An emoji cookie set so simple and sweet, your favorite treats will practically bake themselves and make for some sweet app-etizers.


    This set includes three baking sheets and four cookie cutters.

    Promising review: "I love these cookie cutters!! My kids love to make emoji cookies and treats! We've used the pans a few times and they are super easy to clean! No need to put them in the dishwasher because food just slips right off." —afm55

    Get them from the Tasty collection exclusively at Walmart for $9.97.

    16. A shirt folder that's gonna make your drawers so crisp and organized, it just might blow your top off thinking about how great your drawers could have looked all along.,

    Promising review: "My first reaction was 'Why did I buy this?'

    when I opened the box and wasn't too convinced by the way it looked.

    Then I gave it a try with a couple shirts I had just washed and next thing you know I simply had to do my entire drawer! Everything folds so pretty, neat, and easy. I still couldn't believe it, so I ended up organizing our bedsheets and towels. I am amazed at how much of a game changer this is. It's a must try! I am in love with how beautiful it leaves my clothes." —Jesus Antonio Vedia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).

    17. A pair of weighted bracelets that'll let you increase your workout even when you're only walking.


    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in multiple colors and weights).

    18. A pair of noise-canceling headphones for people who know their Spotify playlist (and noise cancelling, well, everything) is a necessary staple in each day.


    Promising Review: "These headphones are amazing! I initially thought the Google Assistant integration would be a small bonus, but I totally underestimated how powerful and convenient it would be. It's more than just a trigger for voice commands. It's a surprisingly flawless implementation that allows Google Assistant to turn you into a much more productive multi-tasker. You might be wondering how these headphones perform as headphones. The answer is, great! They’re very comfortable, lightweight, and they don’t make your ears sweat or hurt over long periods of continual usage. The wireless range, sound quality, and the battery life (20 hours) is all top notch for such a portable package. This headset has already exceeded my expectations in so many ways, and I couldn’t be happier with the design." —Jordan T

    Get them from Amazon for $349 (available in three colors).

    19. A timeless crossbody bag so you can have a little bag that'll make a big statement no matter what is in fashion.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I got this bag in the rust color and I absolutely love it. The texture is amazing, it holds a lot (three separate zip pockets), and it looks good with anything." —eleanoraugusta

    Get it from Free People for $58 (available in two colors).

    20. A yard tool stand that'll organize your yard tools so well, you might actually be able to fit your car in the garage for once.


    Promising review: "Having recently renovated my garage, I needed tool storage in one of the corners and found this rack. The price and size were just right. What surprised me was the large amount of stuff I was able to easily store. It is a well-designed tool stand and so easy to place and remove the stored items. Despite a small footprint, it is quite stable. The different size and shape of the tool slots really work like charm for most any item. Putting it together takes seconds and moments later the clutter is gone like magic. No drilling, no hammering, no hardware, no brackets. Nothing quite compares to this. It has made a big difference for little cost." —William

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95+ (available in two styles).

    21. A hidden jewelry cabinet that'll let you ~reflect~ on how great your accessories are every time you open it up.


    Promising review: "Beautiful, sturdy armoire. The one thing people should be aware of: It's not very deep. I primarily bought this armoire for all my bulky bead necklaces, but the doors would not close, so I had to rethink my plans. I have a ton of necklaces, bangles, earrings, etc., so I was able to get them all in here and I really like how visible everything is! I originally wanted to purchase an armoire with drawers, but then you still have to search all the drawers to find what you're looking for. With this, I just open the door and voila! The lights go on as soon as you open the door, which is handy. It is also very low profile and lockable and I must say that it holds a lot." —Eucharia Pieraccini

    Get it on Amazon for $129.99+ (available in two colors).

    22. A smart trashcan so convenient, efficient, and high-tech the only thing you'll have to worry about is Oscar the Grouch wanting to move in.


    Promising review: "If you've always wanted to believe in your Jedi powers, then look no further than this trash can. A simple wave of the hand (or powerful thought) is all it takes to open this up. And if you want it to close, just walk away! Aside from its super powers, it is also very sturdy, a perfect size, and it's super easy to clean." —Mrs. Ari

    Get it from Amazon for $50.99.

    23. A comfortable car mattress — it may save the day in an emergency, or make every emergency vacation way more manageable.


    Includes one air mattress, two inflatable pillows, one inflator/deflator pump, one repair kit, and one storage bag.

    Promising Review: "I have to say that this is amazing! This bed can be used in a truck or the back of a car, which is so practical. The machine it comes with helps it inflate quickly. It can also be used anytime you're camping, not just in a car. It shocked me how spacious the back seat was with this air mattress. And the cushion is very comfortable. It's easily portable, because it's not heavy at all. Such good quality!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A Tula baby carrier for parents who know that carrying their baby is more than a handful.


    This little thing is the Ferrari of infant carriers. Made of 100% cotton, its innovative design adjusts in three width settings and two height settings to allow for an ergonomic position for newborns, infants, and early toddlerhood. The carrier can adjust to carry your child on your back or chest, and uses a wide bottom strap for ultimate comfort for both parent and child.

    Promising Review: "Thissssss! This carrier is saving my sanity! My baby is so happy whenever he is in it! He immediately passes out as soon as he goes in. It's glorious and an essential in my life. The panel has snaps to adjust from a newborn to a 45-pound toddler. It's easy to adjust, breathable, and lives up to the Tula name. Where was this for my other kids? I love it!" —Chris and Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $89.95+ (available in nine colors).

    25. A clear Ninja blender that'll blend in with your kitchen decor as well as it'll blend you up the perfect smoothie.


    This won out in the budget price point for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Promising review: "I’ve had my Ninja for nearly four years and it’s still going strong. My average use is about 3 times/week. It still blends great, I’ve never had the plastic break, I’ve never been cut by the blades. Handle it with care and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of this investment." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $80.99.

    26. A heating and cooling pad so cute you're sure to feel better even before it's heated up.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "The lavender smell is amazing. Makes me fall asleep so quickly. Great for cramps or just when you want to cuddle it to warm up. Have not tried the freezing option but I'm sure its great as well." —Janna95

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 or grab a different version from Amazon for $36.17.

    27. A makeup blender that'll ~makeup~ for the fact that getting ready in the mornings did not always go smoothly — don't worry, it will now.


    Promising review: "I love makeup but have never been great at applying it... until now! I recently started watching YouTube makeup tutorials and almost everyone I watched recommended something like this. I’m so glad I bought it! I really like that it’s a vegan makeup sponge and the fact that it’s latex-free, as I’m allergic to latex. This thing works wonders! It seriously makes my makeup look flawless on my face. It blends extremely well and is so easy to use! I’m in love with this sponge so far and doubt my feeling is going to change." —Candace

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    28. An electric dehumidifier that'll keep the air in your room from being moist... because even the sound of that is awful.


    Moist. Moist. Moist... Oh wait! This dehumidifier is also lightweight and has a 16-ounce water tank capacity, can remove up to nine ounces per day, and is ideal for small rooms!

    Promising review: "This is a perfect size for my apartment. It is so quiet, you can't hear anything running! The price is great, and I can really feel the difference with the humidity. Before I bought this, I would get out of the shower and try to dry off, but my hands still felt damp and I would have to sit for about 30 minutes to feel dry." —Cynthia Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    29. A six-piece knife set sure to ~steal~ your heart when you see how well they work. Honestly, getting these is a seriously ~sharp~ idea.


    Promising review: "I purchased this as a gift for my mom — she loves them! They are wood and steel. The handles are really pretty. They're very sharp and the guards they come with are nice! This is a great set for a great price. I'm considering getting some for myself" —MIVo

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $23.93.

    30. A gorgeous Chelsea boot that'll go with everything you wear and be so comfortable you'll want to wear them everywhere you go.


    Promising Review: "These are my all-time favorite shoes. They’re so comfy, even with the heel. Can’t recommend enough!" —ValTheRunner

    Get them from Nordstrom for $54.97+ (available in two colors and sizes 4–13).

    31. An electric indoor grill for apartment dwellers without grilling space or for anyone who doesn't like to go out to eat... even when "out" just means the backyard.


    Promising review: "Seriously, I love this grill. I recently moved into city and can't use my grill so thought I'd give this a try. It's amazing how well this works considering what it is and what it costs. Meals cooked on this thing look fantastic and taste even better. Seriously, if you've been on the fence about this grill just buy it. You won't be disappointed." —AdventureChuck

    Get it from Amazon for $58.50.

    32. A bidet, because when you realize that washing your bottom after using the bathroom makes even more sense than washing your hands, you're never gonna want to wipe with that dry, wasteful, less-efficient toilet paper ever again.


    Promising review: "I am loving my Tushy! It is powerful and so easy to install! Not gonna lie, I wish my sink was on the same wall so I could do the warm water option but it is super effective and definitely wakes you up! I believe this is the best way to keep things happily clean and, coupled with my Squatty Potty, I think 2019 is going to be the year of the happy BM!" —Natalie D.

    Get it from Tushy for $69 (available in six colors) or get a different one from Amazon for $34.50.

    33. A backpack with a charging port, a sleek design, and waterproof material — which is a particular relief, considering the tears of joy you're sure to cry when you get it.


    This is one of the winners for best laptop backpacks on BuzzFeed Reviews. Not only is it packed with pleasing pockets, it's a solid pick for those who live in wet or snowy environments.

    Promising review: "Great backpack for travel. I can comfortably fit my 15" laptop, water bottle, small pair of flat shoes, a course reader and a bunch of other little things (agenda, iPad, journal, pens and pencils, iPhone.) Really an awesome backpack that looks professional, clean and holds a LOT. I use it for my frequent travel (airplane) and it fits perfectly under the seat." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $28.98 (available in seven colors).

    34. A double laundry hamper so you can keep even your dirty clothes organized, making laundry day easier and preventing any pink clothes popping out of the white wash.


    This durable hamper fits up to four loads of laundry and also has removable liners, which makes it easy to transport your dirty clothes to and from the laundry room.

    Promising review: "I can't believe I'm writing a review for a laundry basket, but I love it that much, so here I am. The quality of this hamper for $35 goes way beyond the price. It's attractive, stylish even, and very sturdy. I love it." —Alan McGinnis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96 (available in four colors).

    35. A sous vide precision cooker that'll make such delicious entrees, you'll tell this inanimate object how thankful you are that you two were able to ~meat~.


    Attach the Anova Precision Cooker to any water-filled pot, put your food in a sealable bag, and set the time and temperature. The cooker heats and circulates the water to a precise temperature, cooking the food to an exact temperature. This cooking method increases tenderness and retains moisture (without worry of overcooking).

    Promising review: "This makes an Eye of Round roast as tender as a prime rib. It's an excellent product. Just plug the thing in. Make sure your water level is good, then set it and forget it. This thing will cook absolutely perfect food every single time." —Leeway63

    Get it from Amazon for $96.96.

    36. A wire-free bra so comfortable, you might even find reasons to put your bra on, instead of reasons to be taking it off.


    I am someone who (although the size of my boobs suggests I should do otherwise) prefers to never wear a bra. I don't like the feel of standard underwire, straps, cups, or hooks. I found this online and (because I am easily seduced by online ads) thought I'd give it a try. I was eager to see if there was a bra that made wearing a bra worth it. Guess what? YUP. There is. This is literally the most comfortable bra I have ever owned. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing much of anything, but it gives my melons enough support to suggest otherwise. It's also so soft I now genuinely prefer wearing this bra to wearing nothing at all. And I mean that.

    Get it from True&Co. for $58 (available in seven colors and sizes XS–XL, plus).

    37. A splurge-worthy dish rack that'll let your dishes hang out to dry even better than your grandma's laundry.


    Promising review: "I've owned this dish rack for over a year and can state unequivocally this is the best dish rack in the history of man. (How's that for drama?) While it sits on the counter, there is a pan beneath the rack that drains all water into the sink; it is just wonderful. You may pay a bit more, but you won't be disappointed in any way. There is even a rack for hanging your wine glasses to dry." —TobiGail

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    38. An odor-neutralizing candle sure to save your apartment from the smells Sparky loves to leave around the place.

    Amazon, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    I'm in a small apartment with a large litter box and two particularly well fed cats. These candles were recommended to me by a coworker when I brought up the stress of keeping my place smelling fresh. They are now the only candles I buy, and the only thing I need to keep my home from smelling like pets. I firmly believe they are the best odor control around.

    Promising review: "I have multiple dogs in the house and am always concerned that it smells like that to visitors even cleaning everyday. I have use other candles and melts that add a pleasant smell to the underlying odor, but these candles do better. I have been able to leave the house for hours and when I first open the door, on my return, I don't smell dog. We recently had a house full of people (many of them pet parents) over for Christmas dinner and it was actually commented 'Your house smells really nice. How do you keep the dog smell out?' I laughed and told them I was just wondering if the candles were working. I guess I got the BEST answer." —LLL Texas

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 23 scents).

    39. A silk pillowcase that'll keep your skin from getting those annoying pillow case creases and keep your hair bedhead-free while you sleep, so that when you post your next, "I woke up like this" photo, you will honestly have woken up like this.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this pillowcase. After sleeping on a silk pillowcase, I don't think I could ever go back to sleeping on regular cotton pillowcases. I bought it for my hair because I used to wake up with really straw-like hair, especially when I showered the night before. Now that I have this pillowcase, I no longer have this issue. I wake up with very smooth hair in the morning!" —akelle12

    Get it from Amazon for $25.90+ (available in 27 colors and six sizes).

    40. And finally, a KitchenAid mixer, perhaps the most beloved of all splurge-worthy items. With this thing, you're gonna be cooking up fantastic family recipes for the rest of your days.


    Promising Review: "This mixer is an essential kitchen product. It's sturdy, powerful, and built to last for years. Buy it, find a nice spot for it in your kitchen, and prepare to use it for most (if not all) of your fresh home-baked goods. It's quiet, considering the speed and strength of the engine, and it's aesthetically pleasing (an added bonus). The ability to attach a multitude of adapters makes this a very smart investment for the home. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone." —Ibrahim Yaghnam

    Get it from Amazon for $279+ (available in 45 colors).

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