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    Sep 17, 2019

    27 Useful Products For People Who Live Alone

    🎶All by myself....🎶

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    1. A jar opener so nothing can separate you from a crunchy pickle or a spoonful of Nutella.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing has been a lifesaver!!! With carpal tunnel and arthritis, I had got to where opening anything was nearly impossible. And I live alone, so I don't have anyone to go whining to when I needed something opened. I would either work on it until I got it opened (and was in a lot of pain) or gave up on whatever it was I was opening. But with this, I can open ANYTHING!!! Great product!! Thanks!!" —Crystal A.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    2. A set of 16 sheet masks for pampering your skin. Living alone = no one gets scared when you walk into the living room looking like Michael Myers.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I use these masks once a week to moisturize my skin and focus on a little self-care. I am sensitive to some facial products, but I have had no issues with these masks. They are great for moisturizing, and I can see a visible difference in brightness under my eyes/on my forehead after use." —Millie Simmons

    Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $10.99.

    Check out our full review of Dermal collagen essence sheet masks.

    3. A fake rock to hide your spare key so you can let yourself in after leaving your keys at home...for the third time this week.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a combination padlock on my front door but when I leave the house I seem to have a nagging feeling that I might get locked out! Since I live alone, this added security fake rock gives me that added relief that all is well when I step out the door. And the rock truly seems to disappear when I put in its place. Great buy." —Darlene

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A single serve coffee maker that'll brew you a mug in 90 seconds (or fill your 14-ounce travel mug in two-and-a-half minutes). No more wasting coffee or spending $6 on fancy bean water at a cafe! You wallet will thank you a ~latte~.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I like this coffee maker a lot. I live alone and enjoy having a fresh cup of coffee when I want and not wasting or microwaving a pot, so the single cup is perfect. On days when I need to make more I have the full pot option. The coffee is hot and tastes great." —SuzieQ

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    5. A Cuisinart one top induction cooktop so you don't have to dirty the stove while cooking for one. It's great for sous vide (because living alone is the best excuse to host fancy dinner parties) as its temperature tracking feature allows you to hold the water temperature to within a degree.

    Macy's

    Promising review: "The cooktop is great but add in all of the features and it is extraordinary. An induction cooktop does require a specific kind of cookware but it is easy to take a magnet and if it sticks to the bottom you’re all set. I already own a stove with an induction cooktop but since receiving this portable cooktop it’s all I use because of the features. You can download an app and connect to the cooktop via Bluetooth. The app includes instructions on how to operate several different cooking modes. You can use basic cooking, or chose a recipe on your phone and follow the prompts to cook. There is also a sour vide mode which is something I always wanted to try but never had the equipment before. Also included is temperature probe so you can maintain a steady temperature. Clean up is a breeze. Wipe off the cooktop with a cloth or sponge and mild soap. Last but not least is the portability of the cooktop. Pick it up and off you go to work, a party or a picnic. Remember water boils in about 90 seconds so what is not to love. The cooktop is worth way more than what they are charging. Buy one you won’t regret it." —Debbear

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection at Macy's for $149.99 (originally $214.99).

    6. A mini pot that's deep enough for cooking ramen *and* is also nonstick so you can make a fried eggie with it. Multi-use cookware for the win!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Cooks just what I need and fast. I live alone so it is just more convenient. I don’t need a stove at all; this cooks everything — even enough for two or three persons if needed." —Skiets

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    7. A microwave veggie steamer for one so you don't have to boil a gigantic pot of water to steam like five broccoli florets.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Perfect size for steaming a single helping and works for two as well. Really like." —ZS SoCAL

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A set of produce storage containers that'll keep your fruits and veggies fresh longer. No more buying a carton of strawbs only to watch them brown after like two days, because, I'm sorry, I cannot eat that many strawberries all at once, OK?

    Natalie Brown/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I live alone and therefore have a lot of trouble getting fresh vegetables to last long enough for me to eat them up. I was throwing away a lot. I had to quit eating salads at home. But these containers have saved the day. They really work to keep veggies such as spinach and baby kale much longer. I've had cherry tomatoes sitting on my counter in the smaller container for about two weeks and they are just fine! I've been eating them slowly and they are almost gone but still fresh looking." —Shakti

    Get a set of four containers from Amazon for $26.99.

    Check out our in-depth review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks produce savers.

    9. A sandwich bag holder for when you could really use another hand. No more spilling half the pasta sauce on the counter in a clumsy attempt to get it in the bag. We recommend these reusable silicone bags if you're trying to reduce your plastic use.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This makes filling bags so easy. If you live alone, for sure, get one of these. So simple, so effective, so clever." —Cynthia S. Morrison

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $13.57.

    10. A set of silicone food huggers to keep your cut fruit from browning, especially that avocado half you were planning on using for tomorrow's avo toast.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It is a great product. I live alone and most of the time I don't use a whole onion, tomato, or cucumber. This keeps them fresh for more days." —Wilson Chaves

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.26.

    11. A Zipuller so you don't have to contort your body to zip up your dress or try to finagle it with a paperclip or ribbon.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but for this item, I had to share. Why did it take so long to find this tool? Back zippers were driving me insane and I almost was ready to give up a lot of dresses. I tried rigging up a paper clip and even bought another device which cost almost twice as much and really didn’t work. Living alone for the first time in my life, I needed help and would occasionally run to work with my zipper half undone! Never again with this lifesaving device. Now I need to get another one so I will always have one with me wherever I am! No more contortions, yay! I highly recommend" —Joana H. Magno

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

    12. A Mighty Handle to do the heavy lifting after your weekly trip to the grocery store. The best part: no more trekking back and forth between your car and your apartment.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you carry in your groceries alone or have to go up stairs, these are an ESSENTIAL. Now that I've used them I don't think I could ever go back. They're small and lightweight, fit easily in my glovebox or purse, and enable me to carry my entire grocery run up 30+ stairs without losing circulation in my hands. I'd recommend them to anyone and have started giving them as gifts." —bbbrittish

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. A jewelry helper so you can clip your bracelets without needing a third hand.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought three of these bracelet tools. One for my sister, my niece, and one for me. Everyone was tickled pink. It's like growing another hand. Very handy for getting those hard to close bracelets on when you're home alone. Get one, you won't be sorry." —JoGro

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    14. A 39-piece tool kit that'll help you with repairs around the house — so you can stop calling your dad and asking him to do it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live alone, and this fits all my little fix-it needs whenever they occur. I now no longer have to use my shoe as a makeshift hammer and it’s amazing. I’ve successfully put together a table, two chairs, and a bookcase and feel very proud. It would have taken so much longer without these little things. Definitely recommend if you need just the bare basics around the house." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A smart light switch for anyone who hates walking into a dark house. You can control it from your phone and schedule the lights to turn on or off at specific times. This'll also come in clutch if you're the forgetful type that accidentally leaves the lights on in the mornings.

    instagram.com / Via @tplinkus, Amazon

    Promising review: "This switch is easy to install and links with Alexa easily! You can set schedules and control from your phone when you are not home. I always forget to turn off our outside lights during the day so I installed this controlling the outside lights on a schedule and it has worked great since the install! Will be buying more!" —Zenovia Betros

    Get it from Amazon for $24.08.

    16. An alarm system that'll give you peace of mind when you're away from home. You'll get 24/7 monitoring so you always feel safe, especially if you live alone. It's compatible with Alexa so you can arm and disarm it with a simple voice command.

    Amazon

    The five-piece kit comes with a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender.

    Promising review: "I got mine today, and had it setup in 10 minutes. It’s so easy! It works great and makes me feel much better about living alone. I can control the system from my phone. I arm it as soon as I step out of my front door from the app!" —Sara Wyatt

    Get a five-piece kit from Amazon for $199.

    17. A portable door lock for added security or for doors that don't have locks. It jams the door so it's impossible for an intruder to force themselves in using the door handle.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm traveling alone a lot, lately, and want to have my hotel door be very secure. My son tested it with me at home and this works! It's impossible to open the door from either side once the door lock is in place. It was easy to install, too. Just put the silver part in the door jam, shut the door, then hook the red part on. Simple!" —Lorelei Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A pack of motion sensor night lights that'll illuminate your house just enough that you're not bumping into things on your way to the kitchen for a midnight snack. And also, the dark is scary for some people, especially if your first thought when you hear a noise is that it's a serial killer. These will give you a little comfort and convince you that no one's waiting in your living room to get you.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My wife hates being in the dark alone so I got these. They don't give up too much light but are great for not leaving you completely in the dark. Super helpful if you just want them to go to the bathroom or kitchen in the night too." —JR Garcia

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A bug catcher vacuum to show those creepy-crawlies who's boss (spoiler: it's you). The BugZooka sucks up bugs with the press of a button, and it's a heck of a lot lighter than your bulky vacuum. This is key if you're attacking a fly boy who can hide before you even plug in your vacuum.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I live alone and am really frightened of spiders. We get big (about two inches) black, scary-looking ones, and I've been brought to tears trying to get them before. I've had the Bugzooka for two years (ordered a second for a friend) and it's a wonderful product. It works on a bellows system — air pressure and you suck the bug into a three-inch 'cartridge' that you can either take the top off of and take the bug back outside (which I do if they're small enough) or you can slip the cartridge off and put it into the freezer and then dump it out later. The tube is 3 feet long, so if you can't get the angle right to suck the spider up before it starts to run away, you can just use the Bugzooka to smash it and then suck it up into the cartridge. No more tissues or mess. I am not longer brought to tears over them and feel very empowered knowing the Bugzooka is there for me. That sounds really corny in writing — but those that share my fear of spiders will understand what I mean." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.44.

    20. A folding step ladder so you can take advantage of the top shelves, even if you're only 5 feet tall.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The stool is sturdy, with nice details: comfort grip handled, the steps lock into place with ease, and there is rubber on all corners so you don't scuff up your floors and the stool stays in place when you need it. I moved into a new place with these great tall cabinets which are perfect for storage and very attractive, but being 5'6" and living alone I needed a little help getting to the top shelves. The stool folds and slips into the spot between the counter and my refrigerator when not in use." —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $27.82+ (available in three colors as well as a three-step version).

    21. A back scratcher to reach all your itches instead of twisting yourself into a pretzel.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great for those living alone, or those who don't want to bother their significant other to scratch that part of their back they can't reach. Two sides: one with more pointed spines and one with slightly rounded spines." —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    22. An automatic pet feeder so your fur babies don't starve while you're out living your life. Sometimes you just want to stay out late with your friends eating garbage food, and that's OK.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this feeder for my kitty because sometimes I have to leave him alone at home for two to three days. I don’t want to leave two bowls of food for him since he is very picky and he always likes fresh added food. It is very easy to program the time and the amount of the food to follow a very healthy meal schedule. The best part is, you can record your voice to the machine and it will play it at the meal time! It works so fantastically for my cat and my voice definitely draws his attention to the feeder. I am so glad I pick the right thing!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $89.95.

    23. A weighted drink holder to stabilize your bevvy and prevent spills. You don't live with your parents anymore, which means you can have drinks on the couch.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this thing. I was skeptical and actually thought maybe it could be a gimmicky kind of thing but man was I wrong. I'm so glad I took the chance. We have a sectional and there's no room for end tables or anything to set my morning coffee on. This is the perfect solution! It is very solid and sturdy and it also works great. I love that it will hold a regular glass as well as my coffee mug." —Schride

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four colors).

    24. A Guzzle Buddy, which is basically an attachment for wine bottles that'll transform it into your own cup. This is good news because your regular cups won't hold a full bottle. Your Friday night in is about to get real fun.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "As an avid wine drinker, I must say this is my favorite thing ever.... I finally was done cleaning all the dishes one night and I didn't want to dirty another glass. I had a bottle opened and I figured 'hey let me give this guzzle-buddy a try!' It seems like it aerates the wine before it hits your mouth and it tastes MUCH better when drinking it from this glass than right from the bottle. It's also a great gag-gift for wino friends! I overall enjoyed my purchase!" —Shelby Bassetti

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    25. A ripped boyfriend pillow if cuddling with your cat just isn't cutting it anymore.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "LOVEEE THIS brought it for my lonely friend. She LOVESSSSS IT and named it Chad after our math teacher!! Boys are cancelled!!!!!!!! 17/10 hotter than most boys I know." —kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three shades).

    26. A C-shaped body pillow to support your head, legs, neck, back, and broken heart.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Not even pregnant, and I love it. It's helping me through a terrible breakup and learning to sleep alone again. It's like a cushiony hug." —Kae

    Get it from Amazon for $38.50.

    27. A first aid kit so you're fully stocked in case of an accident. Living alone means Mom isn't here to buy you bandages. Tragic, we know. 😢

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just had to write this review because I bought it a while ago and finally looked through it today. This thing has: all different kinds of bandages (butterfly, adhesive, fabric, larger fabric, and small ones for cuts); mini medical scissors; gauze; antibiotic cream; ibuprofen; aspirin; acetaminophen; an aluminum reflective blanket; cotton swabs; an ace bandage; burn gel; anti-inch wipe; an eye pad/patch; and more. Not to sound dumb, but as someone who watches a lot of survivor shows, I'd 100% recommend buying this. It's not expensive and has A LOT to offer. I am pleasantly impressed." —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $15.87.

    Living alone = a millennial's true goal

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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