Skip To Content

    30 Products That’ll Work On The Very First Try

    Stop scrolling through reviews, and find the perfect product for you right here.

    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. A three-pack of activated charcoal toothpaste because you deserve a smile as bright as the sun. It's formulated to gently remove stains and restore your teeth.

    reviewer image of the black tom's of maine activated charcoal toothpaste on a toothbrush
    amazon.com

    Promising review: I had whiter teeth after my first use. It took a few days to get used to the odd flavor, but it doesn't bother me so much now. My teeth and breath feel very fresh for a few hours after brushing, so I have no complaints at all. My teeth are looking whiter every day." —Nagini

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79+ (also available without fluoride).

    2. A scalp-reviving dry shampoo formulated with charcoal, biotin, and witch hazel to remove oil buildup, refresh roots, and restore hair health.

    Briogeo

    Briogeo is a Black woman-owned beauty brand offering high-performance hair care collection that is naturally based and performance-driven to provide visible results for all hair types.

    Promising review: "I would buy this again. I only tried it for the first time today and it's that good. I've used other brand name dry shampoos but so far this is the best. It instantly works to minimize the lanky oily shine on both hair and scalp. My hair lasted all day and it also gave my hair a lift at the roots." —meanie

    Get it from Briogeo for $24.

    3. A pack of Magic Eraser sheets that'll easily scrub oil off a stove or soap scum off a shower wall in between deep cleans. We know it takes a while to restore enough elbow grease to do that kind of cleaning again.

    reviewer image of a sink; left is clean and right side is dark and dirty
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was my first time buying these, and they are unbelievable. I am moving and have to clean baseboards, cabinets, and such. I can’t tell you how much easier these guys have made cleanup. Make sure you buy a lot, because you’re going to find a lot to wipe down." —KelliRih

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.49.

    4. An ice roller to help freeze muscle pains right in their tracks! Just pop it in the freezer then roll it over your eyelids, neck, and back for some body ache (or heat) relief.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The first time I used it, I felt my sinuses drain and my face felt fresh and invigorated. This is the first thing I reach for almost every morning. I gently glide it over my face and neck and then put it back in the freezer for the next day." —Sandra K Lipsky

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

    5. Sun Bun Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel — this hypoallergenic and vitamin-rich formula can help relieve your skin from and burn pains while also preventing peeling. And if you're worried about losing your tan, this gel will also work to preserve and maintain that sun-kissed glow.

    The Sun Bum aloe vera gel
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Since having to be home with this lockdown, I've been spending a lot of time outside in the sun, working in my garden and landscaping. I burn very easily and did so yesterday. I applied this to the sunburn, and it immediately went to work and helped soothe the sunburn. And my skin did NOT feel sticky or dried out as lots of other sun products have done." —Lisa Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A bug bite suction tool for mosquito bite relief if you're excited for tank tops and short shorts but not the fact that you'll be exposed to some nasty bloodsuckers. It pretty much sucks the irritant out from under your skin so you can live an itch-free life.

    reviewer before and after images; in the before image a big mosquito bite bulges from the skin and in the after image, the bite is gone
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times, so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived Monday and Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm, so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) and immediately after use, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    7. A deep tissue massage gun whose 20 levels of intensity will melt any knots you've acquired in your neck, shoulders, and back from your bike rides, long walks, and swimming sessions. It even comes with six massage heads that'll target different muscles and promote recovery and flexibility.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This massage gun was just what the doctor ordered. My wife and I went axe-throwing with some of our friends and the next day my wife was complaining about having a sore back. We saw this massager on Amazon and decided to order it. It arrived two days later and we charged it for about 30 min before trying it out. She was very happy with the relief that she received from the massage. So we feel like it paid for itself on the first day! And we are expecting to get much more use out of it since our kids are active in sports as well. I definitely recommend it!" —Adam Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $115.99.

    8. An anti-fog spray to help prevent your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask. Just spray, rub, and rinse for steady sight!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've got to say, this is an amazing product. I first tested it out using the shower steam test. I applied the product as instructed on my glasses lenses, took a really steamy shower, then put on the glasses after in the bathroom (I live in Chicago so my bathroom is small and turns into a sauna after a shower). I could see through the glasses clear as day despite how humid it had gotten in my bathroom and from the heat radiating from my face. So this product gets the 5-star rating." —Jay S Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $8.55+ (available in three sizes).

    9. A heated Shiatsu massager with three speeds and eight deep-kneading massage nodes so aching and sore muscles will be a thing of your past.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just got this in today. I suffer from a bunch of migraines caused by a stressful job. My first impression: this dude is way sturdier and bigger than I figured it would’ve been. I used it to help ease up some of the knots and tension I carry in my shoulders and neck. As someone who loves deep tissue massages, I’m very impressed. I think for about forty bucks it’s well worth the shot. I think this thing will save me money and help my tension headaches. Treat yo self." —Emily Johns

    Get it from Amazon for $42.49 (available in two colors).

    10. A toilet bowl ring remover— scrub away any rust or lime buildup on your porcelain throne.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The house I recently moved into had a hard water line in the toilet and it was no big deal for the first couple of months. I never really paid much attention to it. That is, until my mom said she would be coming over for a visit. Suddenly, the hard water line in the toilet was glaring at me, making me feel like a disgusting human being living in filth. I had to get rid of it. A kitchen sponge and a dish cloth were both ruined in my attempts. Finally, after countless hours of research and many sleepless nights, I had my answer: The Pumie. As soon as it arrived I was on my hands and knees scrubbin' that bowl. After it was done I was stood over my toilet with the same posture as a successful climber reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. I had defeated the hard water line with The Pumie. The satisfaction I had by accomplishing this otherwise mundane task made me realize I had truly entered adulthood. But, I did not stop there. Hard water marks around the bathroom sink drain? Gone. Hard water lines around the kitchen faucet? GTFO. The Pumie is truly a marvel to behold and I will be eternally grateful for it's help in vanquishing the hard water lines that would have made my mother disown me." —Cory Heslington

    Get it from Amazon for $11.81 (or Subscribe and Save for $11.22/month).

    11. An unscented probiotic deodorant that both prevents odor and nourishes your underarms. It's got coconut and jojoba oil for soft and smooth application.

    a tube of the hug me deodorant
    Blume

    Co-founded by two sisters, Blume is a BIPOC, woman-owned skincare company creating natural products to help promote healthy skin for people who experience periods.

    Promising review: "I fully anticipated this to not work but was really desperate to find an alternative to regular aluminum antiperspirants. This worked soooo well! First time on, I didn't apply a lot, as it has a softer texture to it, and then packed it with me to apply later in the day. When I first bought it, the girl said that it was progressive and that over time, I wouldn't need to use it as much. Well, that first day I only applied one more time but only because I thought I should. Not because I needed to.

    After that, I have only applied once a day and even forget to apply it before the gym, and I still have no odor and hardly sweat! I LOVE this so much. I have not even come close to emptying it but immediately bought four more to give to my mom and to have on hand. It really is progressive. I never smell anymore and it lasts way longer than my old sticks ever did. Love Love Love HUG ME and I have been telling everyone about it." —Leah C

    Get it from Blume for $14.

    12. A hydrating hair mask to replenish and condition dull and damaged hair. It'll also help you detangle those locks for a more manageable mane.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Simply put: this is the best conditioner I have ever used. My hair was getting really dry for the first time in my life, and I think I made it worse by obsessing over it. I tried a bunch of different shampoos and conditioners, and I eventually found this product. The first time I used it, I left it on my hair for 45 minutes, and when I washed it out, my hair was silky smooth. It felt wonderful. When my hair dried, it was perfect; it was back to the way it used to be before it got dried out. I can't tell you how many compliments I have gotten on my hair since using this product. I got my hair and makeup done for my friend's wedding, and all the makeup artists were marveling at my hair. I should also add that this conditioner smells incredible :)" —Ladyx

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    13. A pack of hydrocolloid acne patches you simply place on top of any pimples you have at night, so that you wake up to fewer whiteheads.

    A customer's before and after shots side by side; on the left a patch covers a pimple and on the right the same pimple has opened into the patch
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am almost 30, and have struggled with adult acne for over 10 years. I have used every single product ever created. I see a dermatologist for prescription grade products and STILL have acne. These little patches have FINALLY given me relief to my stubborn pimples. You can literally SEE all the junk it pulls out the pimple.

    The first night I put a patch on one, it decreased to half its original size! By the second or third night it was completely gone!!! I have learned the trick to fully getting everything out is to run a hand towel under HOT water, then hold on the pimple for at least a minute to open up the pore. Then place the patch over the area, and by morning it pulls everything out! I also tried a cheaper brand of these with more in the pack, and that was a total waste of money. You most definitely get what you pay for." —Shelby

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    14. A bottle of Poo-Pourri toilet spray so when you go to do your business, it stays *your* business. Just spray a few times into the bowl before you go, and leave the bathroom smelling like a spa since Poo-Pourri is actually made of essential oils!

    Bottle of Poo-Pouri in original citrus scent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! To be honest, I didn't think that it was going to work at first. When I got it, I put it to the test the same day. To my surprise, my doubts evaporated into thin air (much like the smell of my poo). My husband came upstairs and instead of asking me why I didn't shut the bathroom door, he said 'wow. You're doing an amazing job of cleaning up here. It smells amazing.' I couldn't help but to giggle." —Zumba Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78+ (available in two sizes and 19 scents).

    15. A faucet filtration system because easy access to clean and great-tasting water is essential. With tool-free installation, superior contaminant removal, and a two-year warranty, you'll be happy and hydrated in no time.

    A model washes blueberries under water running through the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System
    Target

    Promising review: "This installed effortlessly with no tools. The filter slotted in with no issue. The differences in taste and smell were immediate. In light of our aging and crumbling infrastructure, I would definitely advocate purchasing a PUR filtration system." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    16. An aromatherapy migraine roll-on stick consisting of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender to help provide a cooling relief to your temples, neck, and forehead.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I suffer from migraines, and nothing helps. When I first came across this stick, I was a bit hesitant but decided to give it a try and I couldn't be happier that I did! No over-the-counter pills could do what this stick did virtually in 20 minutes. I rolled it generously over my temples, the back of my neck and around my nostrils, and in less than half an hour, my migraine was gone. It has a very sharp (but pleasant) smell, and you can actually feel your blood vessels open up as it works its magic. Now, it's my go-to medicine whenever I get a headache. It's much more natural than swallowing pills and it actually works. Highly recommended!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A Squatty Potty made of natural bamboo that can adjust to two different heights, making potty time a breeze (instead of a squeeze)!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got this up and running in less than five minutes. If you haven't tried elevating your feet when using the bathroom, PLEASE do yourself a favor and try it out. As my boyfriend said after using this for the first time, "Everything just falls right out of you." No straining, pushing, or waiting for things to move. This helps you to position yourself so your colon straightens out and there's no effort required when using the bathroom." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    18. A lime and soap scum remover – it'll easily return your sink, tub, or tile back to its former pristine glory.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I truly can't get over how well this works! I had never used Lime-A-Way before. I always used a bleach bathroom spray, which would clean, but I still had discoloration in the tub, making it look dirty. I chalked it up to the tub being old, since the discoloration had been there since I bought the house. Well, Lime-A-Way proved me wrong. The tub was, in fact, dirty. At first I thought I was just imagining that the tub was turning whiter, but I kept spraying. It's unbelievable. After spraying, wiping with paper towels, and rinsing a few times, YEARS of buildup was gone. I've owned this house for three years, and since the day I moved in I've tried almost everything; soaking, scrubbing, scouring, bleach, abrasive cleaners. Now the tub looks brand-new!" —Megan V

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19.

    19. A power washer to help blast away any unwanted stains, oil, and gunk caked onto your prized possessions. With an extendable pressure hose, you can even reach those hard-to-get-clean areas!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review:"I started out washing a concrete patio that was solid black because it hadn't been pressure-washed in over 20 years. I was pleasantly shocked after the first few passes; bright white concrete revealed itself with each pass of the wand. It was so powerful that I really didn't notice any difference between this and my friend's 3,000 PSI gas pressure washer. This thing has some serious muscle! It was very easy to put together and there were no leaks at either end. The fact that it is probably 75% quieter than a gas unit makes it much less fatiguing and of course there are no exhaust fumes to breathe in either. I was very surprised at the build quality and didn't have any problems throughout the afternoon." —E Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    20. An upright vacuum cleaner with an anti-allergen seal that works on both carpets and hardwood floors because you shouldn't need to grab another appliance to clean your living room. With a lift-away handheld filter, you can even get in those hard-to-reach areas!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "For 30 years, vacuuming has been my least favorite chore. I have waist-length hair so I would either have to prep the floor before vacuuming by cleaning strands of hair off the floor. I would use a squeegee or pet hair tape. I watched a few review videos on YouTube, where long hair was vacuumed with no fear using the Navigator.

    This has been the vacuum I've been waiting for all my life. The first time I used the Navigator I could see a layer of hair get caught in the brush roll (eww) — covering nearly a quarter of the roll with dark hair. I didn't panic, followed the directions and kept vacuuming. By the time I was done with the room, only one or two strands of hair were left on the roll. Those were gone by the time I finished the next room. The dust cup is easy to empty into a trash can. I'm not choking in dust, so I guess that means the HEPA filter works great too. I now have been vacuuming every day since I got the Navigator. It is that good." —Nyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    21. A bag of all-natural cheesy treats yummy enough to please your picky pups at first bite. And they're soft enough for your (g)olden retrievers, too. And because these organic treats contain no corn, wheat, or soy, they'll be easier for your pets to digest.

    several cheeze pleeze bites against a light blue background
    Ava's Pet Palace

    Founded by a then 8-year-old (and her mom), Ava's Pet Palace is a Black-owned small biz making organic and all-natural dog and cat treats.

    Promising review: "I just received my first order of Cheeze Pleeze Bites, and my dogs Maggie and Vivian loved them! I especially like the fact that the treats aren’t too hard or thick, and they're very easy to break into smaller pieces— all good things for older pups who don’t have the best teeth and aren’t able to easily handle a lot of the biscuits out there." —Heidi B

    Get it from Ava's Pet Palace for $6.

    22. A set of silicone ice pop molds because you're an adult and popsicles are fun. Each set comes with its own base, funnels, and cleaning brush making setup and wipe-down child's play.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these ice pop molds! They arrived yesterday, and I immediately started experimenting with making different kinds of popsicles using fruit juices, coconut milk, chai concentrate, cocoa powder, etc. They were easy to assemble and fit perfectly into the stand so I did not worry about them falling over in my freezer. I ate my first one last night and I was very happy with the results. It was easy to take out of the stand without disturbing the others. I ran it under hot water for a few seconds and it easily slid out of the cover. The handle catches all the drips so you can take your time eating it. I would definitely recommend these to a friend." —Janice Palumbo

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in five colors).

    23. A set of temperature-regulating bed sheets made of naturally hypoallergenic fibers so you can get the cozy and cool sleep you deserve. They've got moisture-wicking properties because night sweats shouldn't be, like, a thing.

    the white arctic aire sheet set on a wooden bed
    Sheex

    Sheex was created by Michelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius, two former basketball coaches who wanted to make bedding that matched the high-performance of their sports gear. So they made durable, cooling, moisture-wicking bedding!

    Promising review: "After sleeping on my Sheex the first time, I was unable to sleep well on regular sheets so these will be my only choice from now on! Love how the fitted sheets fit and the texture is amazing!" —Rose

    Get it from Sheex for $179.99+ (available in sizes twin-Cal king and in eight colors).

    24. A flexible drain snake that'll descend into the pits of your drain and pull out the monstrous blobs of hair and gunk that have ruined too many showers.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This pack contains a reusable handle and five single-use heads that you just remove and dispose of after handling your clogged pipes.

    Promising review: "Wow. Best thing ever. Seriously. I have had tweezers and sticks and plumbers and chemicals trying to get my master sink to drain. Plumber even said I need an entirely new faucet to get the drain plug part because they don't sell those separately. Well, I have two sinks, a tub, and shower that all match so that was not a valid solution. Doubt I can find the same model. So I bought this thing, stuffed it down, and pulled up hair and black muck. Did it about eight times quickly, ran the water, went right down the drain. Seriously. This is the best tool ever and the best $18 I have ever spent. Everyone with a sink needs this tool. Seriously." —juliejules

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $17.95.

    25. A luxurious spa bidet from Tushy to not only help you save the planet (no TP = no trees = less pollution), but also save your bum from rough tee pee. And you can adjust the water temperature for optimal tush comfort.

    the tushy spa 3.0 attached to a toilet
    Tushy

    Promising review: "Just installed (so easy) my Tushy Spa and it is a life changer! That first shot at the ol’ b-hole was a wild experience, but I will never go back to the old ways! I look forward to it everyday. What a simple but fantastic product. I wish this came out years ago." —Kyle K

    Get it from Tushy for $119 (originally $149; available in three colors with five knob colors).

    26. Fanola purple toning shampoo— brighten your hair without spending $$$ on a trip to the salon. It tones down any pesky yellow hues so your hair's color is more even.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have dark brown hair that was balayaged with bits of blonde so my stylist recommended I start using a purple shampoo. After a bit of research I settled on giving this one a shot, and I love it! When I first opened the bottle and squirted the shampoo out I was shocked by how purple it was, but you have to remember that this is technically a toner so it's quite vibrant. I worked a quarter-sized amount into my hair and let it settle for about five minutes, and then I rinsed it out and followed with a conditioner mask. This stuff really works! After the first wash, I noticed it took a lot of the brassiness out of my hair. And now after washing my hair a few more times, I can really see a difference in the color. This is a life saver for anyone looking to extend the life of their hair between trips to the salon." —Mandy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.72+ (available in three sizes).

    Check out our deep dive on Fanola No Yellow Shampoo for amazing before-and-afters!

    27. A battery-operated fabric shaver if you refuse to toss the fuzz and lint-covered sweater you "borrowed" from a former beau. Shave everything from clothes to couches knowing that its detachable lint catcher will make for easy cleanup.

    A split reviewer image of a pilled sweater with text that reads "Before" on top, and the same sweater without visible pilling with text that reads "After" on the bottom
    amazon.com

    Read why BuzzFeed writer Danielle is a fan:

    "It kills me inside when I see a favorite sweater start to pill, so I bought this exact shaver to spruce up some of my older knits. It's great and weirdly relaxing. When I first got it I was de-pilling everything, from the intended sweaters to the throw pillows on our couch. It's a little loud so your roommates may or may not come out of their rooms to see what you're doing...but it's totally worth it to make any pilled fabric look years younger." —Danielle

    Also, be sure to pick up two AA batteries! They're not included.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. A heavy-duty steam cleaner for chemical-free cleaning that'll leave you *and* your carpets, tiles, and sealed wood floors beaming!

    reviewer image of a tile floor where half of it has been steam cleaned and the other half is dark and dirty
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My steam cleaner, which I have since nicknamed Love Bug, arrived yesterday, so I picked up a gallon of distilled water on my way home.

    First things first, I tackled my oven. We had baked on crud at the bottom, plus the usual greasy marks on the inside of the oven door, shelving rails, and crud in between the layers of glass in the door of the oven. I used the small nylon brush attachment, and in less than 20 minutes my oven and stove looked incredible. It got every bit of baked on, stuck on gunk off and it almost looks like new!

    I hadn't used all the water in the tank, so I went ahead and steam-cleaned the kitchen sink, the microwave, the handles of the fridge and freezer, and the outside of the washer and dryer (who knew the seams of the washer could hold so much dust?!?). I switched out the attachment to the scrubbie, and went around the house, cleaning the baseboards as I went, using the extensions, so I didn't have to do it on my hands and knees. Dust and weird marks? GONE!

    There was still water in the tank, and even though I was cleaning house, I was having so much fun I just kept going! Next stop bathroom! The soap scum just melted off the shower walls. I also used it on the mirror! I did the toilet, and vanity, then swept and steam mopped the floor.

    There was still water in the tank! I am currently getting over a cold, so I went around and sanitized all the door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. Then I switched to the triangle brush, and steam-cleaned the loveseat. I <3 Love Bug." —Teresa M White

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    29. A three-stage filtration Blueair Blue Pure 211+ air purifier whose activated carbon filter will help rid your home of allergens, dander, odor, and dust, so you can breathe easier.

    Beagle lying next to a black and white air purifier
    amazon.com

    This purifier filters viruses, pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, bacteria, and more.

    Promising review: "Hands down the best purchase we may have made this year. While on vacation earlier last year we came down with the flu. It settled in our lungs and as we developed the dreaded dry honking cough. So why should you dish out this much money right now? We were sick for a month, but after letting this guy run for a full 24 hours, we were no longer sick or coughing whatsoever. The house felt like, clean, and I could breathe again.

    I can't believe I never had one of these before. I feel gross for not having one before. I feel like a full grown adult who just found out that not washing their hands leads to the spread of germs and makes people sick. If anyone in your house has allergies, asthma, pets, or is currently sick or coughing, then buy this right now. Like right this very moment! Everyone else, please just buy it as a courtesy to those who have to enter your home at some point. Or don't buy it and live a short disease ridden filthy life, you pig. its up to you." —Kate Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99+ (three options available).

    30. A stainless-steel electric ice cream maker that'll effortlessly make you smooth, consistent, and tasty ice cream while you busy yourself with housework (aka Netflix binges).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just finished making (and eating!) two batches of ice cream. Excellent flavor and consistency! I bought an extra freezer/container and, after the first batch was done within 25 minutes, I placed the next freezer bowl in the mixer and added the second set of ingredients. One gallon of delicious ice cream in approximately one hour! Loved not having to buy ice, rock salt, etc. Your ice cream will be slightly creamy (not rock hard), but quickly can be "cured" and made harder by placing in your freezer for a while. I also loved how much more quiet this machine is compared with our regular ice cream maker. As far as durability, it seems well made, but time will tell how it holds up. When we finished transferring the ice cream to plastic containers, we immediately cleaned the freeze bowls (soap and warm water), dried them, and placed them back in the freezer ready to make another batch. Love this machine." —MICHAEL R. LOVERIDGE

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

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form