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    Mar 26, 2020

    24 Helpful Products That’ll Lend You A Hand

    Like a reliable friend, these products won't leave you hanging.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A wall-mount blow dryer holder your arms will be glad you bought, especially if you have thick hair that takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to dry (and air drying really isn't an option, because somehow it'll still be damp by evening).

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I have neurological issues in my hands and arms which make it difficult and exhausting to dry my own hair. With this blow-dryer holder, I can do my own hair again. It has been a real blessing! It looks sleek on the wall, maneuvers well, and allows me to work the brush without having to hold up that heavy dryer." —Mary

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.95.

    2. A tube of Glossier Boy Brow for getting that my-brows-but-better look in just a few swipes — it's so much easier to use than a pencil or powder and is perfect for days you don't feel like wearing a lot of makeup (which, as of lately, is every day).


    Also, this product is alcohol-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I have quite thin eyebrows and I really hate having to pencil them in daily. When on the hunt for the perfect no-fuss alternative, I came across Boy Brow. Once I tried it, I was hooked! It instantly makes my brows look fuller in a very natural way. I use this every day, even when I'm not wearing other makeup. It's so satisfying to put it on and see the difference." —Mkoogs

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

    3. A power scrubber that'll help you clean off stains and grime with minimal elbow grease. You can use it on pots, pans, dishes, stove tops, sinks, tiles, and other kitchen appliances. Plus, it's fully submersible so you can even dunk it in water.


    Promising review: "I bought my scrubber years ago and it still works great. It scrubs pots and pans with ease. Really a time-saver." —Missnell

    Get it from Wayfair for $36.99.

    4. A jewelry fastener so you can easily close a bracelet on the first try, even if there's no one around to lend you a hand.


    Get it from TDSONLINESTORE on Etsy for $8.79.

    5. An Eufy robot vacuum to suck up all the pet hairs and dirt around the house so *you* don't have to. You can just spend quality time with your furry friend and let this lil' guy handle the cleanup.


    This robot vacuum comes with a charging base, a remote control, a power adapter, two AAA batteries, four side brushes, a replacement sponge foam and high performance filters, cable ties, an owner's manual, a quick-start guide, and warranty info. It's Wi-Fi enabled and compatible with both Alexa and Google Home.

    Promising review: "How does someone live without one of these? I have two Persian longhair cats that leave hair every single day. I didn't clean the floor and the carpet for a few days as I was waiting to test this little piece of heaven. I wasn't disappointed. In one day, it picked up stuff I didn't even think was possible. You won't go wrong with this brand." —Adriian

    Get it from Walmart for $149.

    6. A pack of skin-safe makeup tape for helping you achieve sharp and symmetrical eyeliner wings on days you *do* feel like putting in a bit more effort (aka conference call days). The results will look like the work of a makeup artist, but it was all you, boo.

    elf cosmetics

    Promising review: "Loved these! They have the perfect stickiness — enough to stay on and do its job, not so much that it pulls off base makeup around the eye area. They stay pretty well on my hooded monolids. I also cut these in half to get more out of each sheet." —mizzchristine

    Get it from e.l.f. cosmetics for $3.

    7. A jar opener (with a nonslip base pad) that'll make twisting off the cap to that jar of pickles So. Much. Easier.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "I don’t have the strength in my hands. Love this gadget for water bottles, jars, any thing that opens with a twist. I have given them as gifts to my friends!" —JB Bowl

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $11.99.

    8. An adjustable neck smartphone mount so you can walk around and have both hands free to prepare a snack while your show continues to play.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I bought it because I was getting chest surgery and I have a bad habit of holding my phone and dropping it on my chest — needless to say this would’ve been terrible considering the surgery I had. I used it my fifth day post-op and laying down using it has been a huge life-saver, I’m so grateful. I’m gonna continue to use it regardless but you should buy it." —teen109

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    9. A pot clip (with a flexible opening) to hold up your sauce-covered spoon so you don't have to rest it on the counter.


    Promising review: "Love the Pot Clip! I have already used it several times and it is convenient to use. As advertised, any food on the spoon just drips back into the pot. If any food splatters on it, just wipe it off with a sponge or paper tower. Saves washing a separate spoon holder." —Linnie 47

    Get it from Crate&Barrel for $7.99.

    10. A trigger point massager for tackling those unreachable sore spots on your back. Just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean your muscles have to suffer in silence!


    Promising review: "I get stress-induced back shoulder/back knots (right near the shoulder blade) and always wanted to try one of these cane-type trigger point things, but the other brands feel too weak and flimsy. This one is rugged and strong, and with the two big handle balls it's easy to apply a lot of pressure. Couldn't look over my right should on Monday and after a few sessions with this, it's 98% gone by Wednesday. Highly recommended." —BXVBro

    Get it from REI for $19.95.

    11. An LED headlamp that'll come in handy in a variety of situations: rummaging through a dark, under-sink cabinet, running at 6 a.m., or even during emergencies when the lights go out. You'll be able to see without having to hold onto a flashlight.


    Promising review: "I was concerned this most basic model would not be bright enough, but it works great! I had to do urgent trimming of tree branches after bad wind storm and over three hours in the dark, it did not fade at all. Very happy with product." —Ckayak

    Get it from REI for $19.95 (available in five colors).

    12. A wearable nail polish bottle holder so you can work on your manicure anywhere (in the bed, on the couch, on the floor...), even if there's no table within reach.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Like a third hand! Especially helpful on the dominant hand being painted by the hand you don’t use as often! I think it will help eliminate the times I’ve knocked over the bottle!" —Jo

    Get it from The Grommet for $10 (available in two colors).

    13. An automatic pan stirrer, because you decided to try your hand at a long and complicated recipe that calls for continuous stirring. Now you can take a break and let this handy gadget do all the work for you.


    It has a built-in timer and runs on four AA batteries.

    Promising review: "Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!" —Luvdvm

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    14. A grabbing tool for helping you reach that can of tomato sauce on the top shelf. No need to pull up a chair or strain your arm.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    It even has magnetized pinchers to make gripping things easier.

    Promising review: "I needed something to reach high-up places in my home, and so far this is fitting the bill. It is sturdy and easy to use. Even my sister who has arthritis in her hands and is short in height finds this to be easy to use." —Blossom4761

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

    15. A wooden massage bar that might offer some relief for your tired ol' feet. You don't need a masseuse — just plop this baby down in front of the couch and get rolling.

    World Market

    Promising review: "I have plantar fasciitis and this helps so much to loosen up my foot and relieve a little of the pain. Great price for it as well." —anonymous

    Get it from World Market for $3.99.

    16. An adjustable plastic bag rack to hold storage bags open while you scoop food into them (which means less spillage on the counter and the floor). Meal prepping just got a little less messy.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "This thing really works for packing sauces for freezing or making granola bags. Never falls over or collapses! Wish I would have thought of it!" —Janie

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.99.

    17. A KitchenAid stand mixer 100% worth the ~dough~, because you're spending 80% of your free time baking these days (and the other 20% is spent watching The Great British Bake Off). This kitchen helper will do all the mixing and beating for you so whipping up large batches of sweet treats won't feel so tiring.


    This stand mixer comes with a stainless-steel 5-quart mixing bowl, a dough hook, flat beaters, and a whisk.

    Promising review: "Why did I wait so long to upgrade? This machine is amazing. NO EFFORT involved! I can't wait to start my Christmas cookies and homemade icing. Buy it! You will love it!" —champagnerose

    Get it from Target for $229.99 (available in five colors).

    18. A weighted drink holder for keeping your La Croix right next to you on the armrest. You won't have to reach over to the coffee table to take a sip.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I love this. It stays securely on my leather recliner and is easy for reaching my drink. I thought it might slide because my recliner was leather, but it doesn't. When I don't have a bottle in it, I put my phone or remote there." —Patricia

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.95.

    19. A bidet attachment that'll literally wash your butt for you and help you save on toilet paper.


    Promising review: "I regret buying this product a month ago — I wish I would have purchased it 10 years ago. It is great! Pretty easy to install, very simple to use, adjustable nozzle, adjustable speeds, and it is very hygienic. You save SO MUCH on toilet paper of course. I'm going to install it in the third restroom, too. Get it, get it now!" —vikram

    Get it from Lowe's for $39.98.

    20. A handy gadget so you can halve a bunch of cherry tomatoes (or olives) at once instead of painstakingly slicing them one by one.

    The Grommet,

    Promising review: "It seemed like a completely frivolous purchase and another thing for the overflowing kitchen gadget drawer. But I LOVE this thing! Use it all the time. Works on tomatoes, grapes... Love it!" —kalina

    Get it from The Grommet for $12.95.

    21. A sturdy nylon carrier strap to bring all your grocery bags home in one go and save the plastic handles from cutting off the circulation in your fingers. This is especially useful when you're making less frequent trips to the stores and buying more items at once.

    Promising review: "Let's face it, groceries are heavy. Milk, seltzer, tonic, sports drinks weigh us down. Often while shopping I'd forgo certain items due to the accumulated weight. Not anymore! I live in a fourth floor condo. Most residents use grocery carts to bring their groceries up the elevator to their unit. The hands-free bag carrier allows me to load up all my bags, throw it over my shoulder, and truck upstairs. This thing is awesome!" —Michael

    Get it from The Grommet for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    22. An electric peeler for anyone who consumes a lot of potatoes on a daily basis. It'll make preparing french fries, mashed potatoes, hash browns, and other time-consuming potato-based dishes a breeze. Bonus: it peels other types of fruit and veggies as well.

    Promising review: "Being alone and with advanced arthritis, just peeling a potato can be a chore. I wasn't looking for anything gourmet, just something that worked. After [peeling] 10 potatoes in less than four minutes (enough for about six freezer meals) I was more than all I need is a potato slicer to go with it!" —Awesomewriter

    Get it from Walmart for $17.81.

    23. A Nest Hub with Google Assistant that'll do so many things on voice command — turn smart appliances on/off, play music, make video calls, display photos, pull up recipes, and more. It'll be like having your very own virtual assistant.

    Best Buy

    Promising review: "I’m absolutely in love with the product. I keep it on my desk. It’s small enough to not be in the way and makes a handy digital clock when I need a quick glance at the current time. I love that I can add reminders and appointments to the calendar. I can also have it play YouTube videos just for music listening or to watch a tutorial. This would be great in a kitchen too for following recipes or in a craft room for DIY videos. I love being able to check the weather. Also great if you need an answer for something or need homework help since you can ask questions, too. Looking forward to syncing to other devices in the home so I can control everything from the dashboard. So many uses with this to help enhance your daily life. It’s so easy to use. A definite must-have for every home or office." —lolligloss

    Get it from Target for $129 or Best Buy for $129.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A tube of Glossier Skywash — a liquid-to-powder matte eyeshadow that only takes one hand to apply. It's also designed to be long-wearing, meaning if you apply it before breakfast, it'll still look gorgeous when dinner time rolls around.


    The shades are inspired by dreamy Southwest landscapes.

    Promising review: "I got Skywash in Valley and Terra (the two red/orange peachy shades), and I absolutely love them! The fact that they have no shimmer or glitter makes them really easy to wear for a more casual look. I like the Valley for a more neutral look and Terra for a more colorful look. You definitely have a lot of control over the saturation of the color, though. It is very easy to apply and has pretty good staying power. Can’t wait to try out more colors!" —Amanda

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in seven shades).

    If these products could talk:


    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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