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    Updated on May 1, 2020. Posted on Apr 26, 2020

    25 Proactive Products That Solve Problems Before They Even Happen

    Including a wine filter if a glass of red gives you a headache and a $2 cat toy your kitty will love more than the box it comes in.

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    1. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription so you don't wake up one morning to make the horrifying discovery that you are out of java. They send you freshly roasted single-origin beans or grounds every two or four weeks, ensuring you're always properly caffeinated.

    @atlascoffeeclub / Via instagram.com

    My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague Bek O'Connell said:

    "The coffee itself was phenomenal! The amazing smell hits you as soon as you open the box. My roommates and I have varying levels of snobbery when it comes to coffee. For example, I'm cool with some Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, but one of my roommates only buys his coffee from a fancy beanery in Williamsburg. Despite our different palates, we all loved and raved about Atlas's coffee. We used an electric grinder and tried making it with both a normal coffee maker and a French press. The Colombian coffee was very smooth and chocolatey, with an almost creamy texture even when taken black. The Peruvian coffee was more bitter and fruity, but also exceptional."

    Read the rest of her Atlas Coffee Club review here.

    Get a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club for $9+ (available in a half bag, single bag, or double bag and shipments every two or four weeks).

    2. Fenty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, a long-lasting foundation that'll keep your oiliness in check all day so you're not whipping out the blotting sheets by the early afternoon.

    Ignacia Fulcher / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My wedding day was extremely hot and humid, so I was sweating when we took pictures outside for hours. I’m amazed that this foundation did not let me get oily or make me look sweaty for a second. It made my skin look flawless and glowing until the moment I took it off. So happy with it!!! Full coverage but also natural." —THEWINGS

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $35 (available in 50 shades).

    Check out my colleague's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation review here for more deets!

    3. A smudge-resistant mascara to keep your lashes looking long and luscious, even through any unexpected tears.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "Apart from making your eyelashes POP, it is 100% tears-proof. I was surprised that it lasted all day, even after ugly crying during my therapy session. 100% would recommend to v emotional girls like me." —Sarah C.

    Get it from Glossier for $16.

    4. A TubShroom for snagging all the hairs you shed before they collect in the pipes. Say hello to relaxing showers and goodbye to standing in a puddle of water for 15 minutes because the drain is clogged...again.

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    Promising review: "Great idea and great product. We have had a different style of drain hair catcher for a while now but our biggest complaint was that it dramatically reduced the water flowing out of the drain while water is running. With this style, the water flows great while still catching the hair from going down the drain. Very cost effective way to keep your drains free of developing hair clogs. Just an FYI, it is designed to stand up out of the drain about a half an inch so don’t think it doesn’t fit if it is not sitting flush. Sometimes it is the littlest things that have the greater impact on daily living. Worth every penny just to not have to clean the P trap or stand in water due to a clogged drain." —DoggieDaddy

    Get it from Target for $14.99, The Grommet for $12.95 (available in two colors), or The Home Depot for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    5. An automatic jar opener because you shouldn't have to delay dinner because you can't get the jar off the pasta sauce. Just sit it on top of your jar and press the green button. The robot arms will tighten around the mouth and twist until the lid pops off. *Chandler Bing voice* Could it *be* any easier?

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    Promising review: "I am 75 years old. I go to the gym regularly so I'm not a wimp!! I told my grown children someday they might find me on the floor, demised, because I could not open jars of food to eat. Opening jar experiences from: running under hot water, using rubber gloves, 'jar openers,' rubber pads, etc. do NOT always work. I took a leap of faith with this gadget. (Great, another gadget to clutter the drawers/shelves.) Let me shout this to the world — this WORKS. I opened three jars this week: wide artichoke jar, slender neck salsa jar, and a medium-size apple butter jar. BINGO. Happy dance! I pressed the green button and left it alone. It slowly rotates then engages when the side clamps fits the jar. I love the sound of the lid popping open." —Carol

    Get it from Ace Hardware for $19.99, Hammacher Schlemmer for $29.95, or Wayfair for $34.99.

    6. A FURminator brush if you want to avoid seeing fur bunnies roll through your house. Your pet will love the brushing and you'll love not having to lint roll your pants every time you get up from the couch.

    fantasmeg / Chewy

    Promising review: "I live in Arizona and the heat is not kind to my fluffy cat. As soon as we moved here from up north, she started shedding like crazy in response to the heat! I had taken her to groomers for various de-shedding treatments because she hated being brushed but it quickly got too expensive. I found this (at a much more reasonable price then in stores BTW) and figured it couldn't hurt to try, even if it says its 'for dogs.' Now as soon as I pull this out of the drawer my cat hops up in my lap and purrs like a machine; she loves being brushed with the FURminator!! It lightens her crazy thick undercoat and allows me a little break from vacuuming almost every day! I tell anyone with cats or dogs that have thick hair to pick one up immediately!!" —Lauren

    Get it from Chewy for $29.95 (available in two sizes and two styles).

    7. A mug warmer so your coffee, tea, or hot cocoa doesn't even have a chance to get cold. Repeat after me: There's nothing worse than room-temp coffee. There's nothing worse than room-temp coffee. There's nothing worse...

    Target

    Promising review: "I've read a lot of reviews about this and other mug warmers. The top complaint is that they don't keep beverages warm enough, so I decided to go about this scientifically. I brought my thermometer to work and here are the results. Out of the coffee machine: 180 degrees. After walking back to my desk: 160 degrees. After 20 minutes on warmer: 150 degrees. So there you have it — it lost more heat walking back to my desk than sitting on the warmer for 20 minutes untouched. If 150 degrees is warm enough for you then this product is great." —BlackCat

    Get it from Target for $9.89 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $10.99.

    8. Or an Ember Mug2, a smart mug that'll stay at exactly the temperature you set it at via your phone or smart watch. Your old mug could never!

    @ember / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "The Ember Mug2 will spoil you. It keeps my tea warm for over an hour while roaming around — no lid or base required. Recharges in a couple of hours on the base plate with wall plug. Not cheap but so worth it if you like hot beverages. I will never drink tepid tea again!" —NancyTX

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

    9. A hanger organizer to make laundry day a breeze. No more toting a pile of clean clothes to your closet and then spending forever untangling your hangers.

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "This is the second hanger organizer that I have bought; I got one for the laundry room and one for upstairs. They are great because they hold a lot of hangers, and the unit is easy to use and to transport. I used to have a tangle of hangers in a basket — no more!" —javaqyeeny

    Get it from The Container Store for $29.99.

    10. A pack of plant food spikes for gardeners with black thumbs or a forgetful mind. These sticks provide up to two months of continuous feeding so it's OK if you forget to check on your plants...for a month.

    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "Even for someone like me with NO green thumbs, house plants can look glorious with these spikes! In my new job, I was in charge of also caring for the office plants, and I visibly cringed. I had never been able to keep alive any house plants, and I'd bought MANY in 50 years. The Miracle-Gro display in a store caught my eye and I decided to try the spikes. Well, seven years later, I am still not used to people commenting on our lovely office greenery! I always tell them my 'secret' and even show them the package I keep in my desk drawer at work. I know the product has been around a long time; I am just sorry it took me so long to find out why!" —grannio

    Get them from Ace Hardware for $2.99, Lowe's for $2.78, or The Home Depot for $2.98.

    11. The Wand, a mini handheld filter because they're designed to help reduce your wine-induced headaches. This lil' guy should remove the histamines and sulfites in alcohol that may trigger headaches and hangovers. It's also supposed to revive oxidized wine so you don't have to toss an open bottle.

    Ace Hardware

    Promising review: "I had read reviews of The Wand online and decided to try it. I have used three of them and I haven't had a headache yet! They really work." —anonymous

    Get a pack of four from Ace Hardware for $11.99 or Cost Plus World Market for $12.99.

    12. An interactive cat toy if your kitty could use some entertainment. This'll keep them ~feline~ playful for hours on end so you don't have to deal with your needy cat crying for attention while you're trying to get some work done.

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    Promising review: "This simple little toy captures my cat's curiosity for hours on end. She begs me to play with her using this toy. Most cat toys get ignored after one or two days...this one has been a constant form of entertainment for my cat for months now. The best part is that I don't really have to move. I just hold the wire, my cat bats it, it bounces around, the cat goes nuts trying to catch it again. It's like magic. I can watch TV and do my own thing while my cat has a blast." —Jodiealoha

    Get it from Petco for $2.09.

    13. A set of cactus dryer balls so you don't have to wait hours for your laundry to dry. They help aerate the dryer so it finishes 50% faster while also reducing static cling and wrinkles. As a true adult, you recognize how absolutely wonderful warm laundry is and now realize how silly you were to toss the dryer balls your parents gifted you forever ago.

    Cost Plus World Market

    Promising review: "Usually, it takes me two or three cycles to dry two or more towels. After tossing these two in with two towels, one robe and one light jacket, I was able to dry ALL of them under ONE cycle. So happy with the results that I later purchased two more sets for a total of six. These will save you money on your electric bill in the long run, especially on those heavier loads." —asterizkoz

    Get two from The Container Store for $7.99 or from Cost Plus World Market for $8.99.

    14. A bottle of OLLY sleep gummies that'll help encourage your body to rest. Their blend of L-Theanine, chamomile, and lemon balm may help boost relaxation and increase your sleep quality.

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    Promising review: "I have purchased these vitamins twice now and I will continue to do so. I have also recommended them to my mother who has suffered with severe sleep issues. These works SO well. When I am ready for bed, I take the recommended two gummies and I am out like a light. I sleep all the way through the night and wake up feeling rested and not groggy at all. I have two small children so I don't like taking strong sleep aids because I want to be able to be awake if they need me in the night. Both of my children have awakened during the night when I have taken these and I have had no issue waking up and tending to their needs and then going back to sleep. I was never given payment by this company and I was not given a free sample in exchange for writing this review. This is just my honest opinion and I hope it helps others." —bekho

    Get a bottle of 50 gummies from Target for $12.89.

    15. A veggie dicer to save you lots of time (and probably some tears) when you're cooking. Or, you could have fun chopping peppers and onions by hand for the next hour — your choice!

    Target

    Promising review: "Great, simple, easy to use, easy to clean — worth the $" —Skippy LaShae

    Get it from Target for $12.99.

    16. A set of gel memory foam pillows for helping you drift off to the best sleep of your life. Neck pain? I don't know her!

    Overstock

    Promising review: "These are the best pillows I've ever slept on! I have back and neck problems and I wake up with much less pain than before! Thank you!!" —Sharon E

    Get two from Overstock for $30.99.

    Psst! You can save up to 70% on thousands of items and earn free shipping with every purchase during Overstock's spring blowout sale!

    17. The Big Activity Book For Anxious People, because sometimes a good laugh is enough to distract you from your anxieties and save you from spiraling. This activity book mixes fun and humor with educational tips for coping with your anxiety so you feel a little less alone about your worries.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.71.

    18. A Mighty Handle if you hate the long walk from the store to your house (of even from your car to the front door). This lil' gadget can help you carry multiple bags at once without straining your hands.

    Target

    Promising review: "Amazing product! I have already brought a total of six handles for my coworkers and their moms. This is an amazing little handle to own for last minute unplanned shopping. My hands are already thanking me because I developed calluses for carrying heavy bags over the years. I can’t say enough about this neat little product. Every household should own one or two or three :)" —Missy

    Get it from Target for $3.89.

    19. A set of oven liners so you can prevent future messes and catch crumbs before they burn and get baked on. We both know the chances of you actually cleaning the oven are, well, slim, so the least you can do is get yourself a pack of these and save yourself the mess.

    Target

    Promising review: "This oven liner is literally one of my favorite products. Who wants to spend hours cleaning their oven or smelling disgusting oven cleaners? I love that you can just pop this into your oven (even cut it down to size if need be), and then shake off any drips. We've moved multiple times over the years and this has saved us many ours of cleaning time and/or cleaning fees from places we've rented." —WC

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    20. A box of rinse pods for your Keurig that'll get rid of residue in your machine, prevent flavors from transferring, and save you a heck of a lot of time descaling.

    Best Buy

    Promising review: "I found these completely by accident and am so thankful to have found them at all. These things are awesome. I hate how time-consuming descaling the Keurig is but these things more than cut the time in half." —EvilSidekick

    Get a box of 10 pods from Best Buy for $7.99.

    21. A produce storage container you'll love ~berry~ much because they'll save you money by extending the shelf life of your fruits and veg. Here's to actually cooking with the produce in your fridge in 2020.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "10/10 would DEFINITELY recommend this product! I love berries (especially raspberries) and if you know anything about raspberries, you know they go bad FAST. These little containers have kept them fresh for over a week! I am able to cut WAY back on my produce waste thanks to these guys!" —chelsea

    Get it from Target for $7.89 (also available in a two-pack).

    Read my colleague's in-depth review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers to see why she loves them.

    22. A pack of sound-dampening door bumpers if you love your family but they're also monsters who seem to enjoy shutting doors and closing cabinets as loud as possible when you're trying to sleep.

    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "I love these things. I use them on everything because my wife is a slammer. When she gets mad or upset she closes doors cabinets and everything else really hard — drives me crazy. So I put them on the front of my knobs so there is a cushion when it bumps the wall — no holes. Also on the bottom of things so that they don't slip. This is a lame review but I just wanted to give you my two cents." —keds1027

    Get a sheet of 16 on The Home Depot for $3.45.

    23. A robot vacuum to clean your home in chunks during the week so you're not spending five hours with your handheld vac sucking up dirt, dust, and pet hair each weekend.

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    Promising review: "I've tried BOB Sweep and Roomba; the Ecovacs DEEBOT is by far the best robotic vacuum. It navigates well, cleans, and does not ram into furniture and walls. It also has no problem getting onto my black area rug and does not drop down stairs. The other robotic vacuum had problems with the black rug and when I put the blinder stickers on, I had to block the stairs. The Ecovacs DEEBOT also is the most reasonably priced — a double plus." —EW

    Get it from Target for $179.99 (originally $279.99).

    24. A bottle of peel-off cuticle tape for giving yourself mess-free ombré nails...because we all know that going back in with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover is going to result in you accidentally ruining your freshly painted color.

    EllisonsOrganics / Etsy

    Promising review: "Cannot wait to do my next mani! I painted a little on my finger to test it and it peeled off so easy! *Italian chef kiss*" —Mallory Cases

    Get it from EllisonsOrganics on Etsy for $6.95.

    25. An anti-fog suction mirror because how else are you supposed to make sure you didn't miss a hair? Steamy showers don't have to make shaving nearly impossible!

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Suction cup works well, stays put. The anti-fog is good; I enjoy using it in the shower." —Duaine

    Get it from Wayfair for $36.99.

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