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    29 Practical Products From Walmart You’ll Wish You’d Bought Sooner

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    1. An ultra-compact portable charger with more than enough juice to revive your dying phone. Plus, it can fit in the smallest purse you own or even in your pockets.


    This lil' charger can add at least one complete charge for any phone.

    Price: $19.99

    2. A ceramic hair straightening brush so you can style your 'do with minimal time and effort.

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    Read our review of the InStyler hair straightening brush (#2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I'm a hair stylist and bought this for fun on clearance, thinking I'd return it if it didn't work well. I was so shocked that it will straighten any type of hair instantly. I use only professional styling tools and this is now what I use to straighten especially when I'm rushed on time. It really is amazing and your hair will feel smooth and straight in a fraction of the time!" —isnojomom

    Price: $54.99

    3. Oven rack edge guards for anyone who's been burned one too many times while reaching for the cookies.


    These work with gas, electric, and larger toaster ovens. They're heat-resistant up to 400°F and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "These are a must have for every oven!! I am a part-time at-home baker, and it wasn't until two professional chefs saw my forearms (the little burns from the racks) and said, 'Oh, you must bake!' that I realized how common these burns are from the racks. I was fortunate enough to receive these guards as a gift from my mother-in-law. These are great even if you are just a regular cook — they will save you or your children from the pain of a burn and a potentially bigger mess from a dropped pan or dish." —Sand6244

    Price: two-pack for $9.72

    4. Lavender-scented pre-poop toilet spray — it'll make sharing one bathroom with your S.O. a lot easier.


    Promising review: "You will never need to use vent fan if you spritz the bowl before you go. Works great as we tested it during the holidays and nothing to smell but lavender!!! LOVE IT!!!" —BargainHunterMom

    Price: $5.97

    5. Non-stick oven liners to catch any drips, spills, or crumbs and prevent them from becoming burnt blobs that won't budge no matter how hard you scrub.


    These are heat-resistant up to 500°F and can easily be rinsed off when dirty. They can also be trimmed to fit ovens of any size.

    Promising review: "Never tried or knew the magic of oven liners until I ran into these suckers. I'm a baking fanatic, but at the same time, I get frustrated about all the messes that I leave after each baking session. These are my lifesaver as I never ever have to deal with the nightmare of repetitive, rigorous cleaning after baking each time. The quality is spectacular considering its price and durability after being in and out of the oven many times. Just one more problem removed from my list of headaches. Way to go!!!" —MasterBaker

    Price: two-pack for $13.99

    6. A Tubshroom so you never have to worry about a hairball clogging up the drain again. And don't worry — it won't block the flow of water.


    Promising review: "AMAZING. This is the best drain protector I have ever used. I only wash my hair two to three times a week and have to clean it out afterward, but that is great because it means it is catching the many hairs I shed each time. It is so easy to clean, too. I use a clump of toilet paper, pull off the hair and give it a quick rinse — less than a minute and it is done. I have an older house, and it always made me nervous that so much hair went down the drain (my boyfriend has a big beard), and this makes me feel much better. It is far better than the traps I've used in the past." —Stealth

    Price: $12.95

    7. A memory foam mattress topper infused with temperature-controlling gel that can transform the most uncomfortable of beds into a cloud of comfort.


    Promising review: "I found this topper to be every bit as nice and comfortable as the more expensive models I looked at before purchasing. My mattress is new but a bit firmer than I prefer, and this topper is truly icing on the cake. It does not hold heat like traditional memory foam, and I feel like I'm sleeping on a marshmallow. I highly recommend this budget-friendly luxury item!" —Jaybee

    Price: $69.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king)

    8. A do-it-all Instant Pot for a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table after a long day.


    It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance. Check out our review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "I have used this every day since purchasing. I hardly use my oven or stove anymore at all and put my slow cooker in the storage cabinet in the garage. My sister has used hers to make gourmet meals while camping. It's great if you need to throw a meal together in a hurry. Many healthy recipes are available online. We all sound like infomercials when we talk about our Instant Pots!" —Grandma

    Price: six-quart size for $89.99

    9. A splatter guard to keep grease from flying EVERYWHERE.


    It's heat-resistant up to 450°F and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Frywall is perfect for sautéing on my stove. I used to cover my stove with tin foil to help clean-up time. I liked it so much I purchased two more as hostess gifts for friends." —Taterlvr

    Price: $17.95+ (available in three sizes and four colors)

    10. A KitchenAid stand mixer so you don't have to whip, knead, and beat ingredients painstakingly by hand. Plus, it'll last forever.


    This 10-speed mixer has a 4.5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl. It comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip.

    Promising review: "Growing up, my family had a KitchenAid mixer. It lasted through all of the cakes, pizzas, and cookies we whipped up. Now that I'm out of the house, I knew I had to get a KitchenAid mixer for myself. The motor on this machine seems even better than ever before; I can easily mix for hours! It is a beautiful mixer, the color is bold and it looks great on my counter. This mixer is staying on my counter forever." —Henry

    Price: $279

    11. A handheld steamer that'll straighten out wrinkly clothing in a matter of minutes — no need to pull out an ironing board either.


    Promising review: "I don't think I will go back to an iron again. It takes a little longer than I would like for it to heat up but it still heats up as fast as an iron (if not faster). It works on any material because it's just steam. It's great for when you're running late in the morning. You also do not have to go over the area more than once. It gets the wrinkles and creases out on the first try. It works great on the low heat setting for 100% cotton material items." —LoveGadgets10

    Price: $29.44

    12. A pack of microfiber cloths for wiping off all your makeup before bed — they won't leave a residue and can be washed/reused.


    Promising review: "I used to have to use a face wipe and eye makeup remover to get my mascara and eyeliner off — and it still would leave some on. Now I just wash my face with warm water and these cloths, and my skin looks great and it gets all my makeup off! I was skeptical but I'm glad I followed the suggestion of a friend. Love the product AND the price." —LRM2014

    Price: three-pack for $2.97

    13. A pack of cleaning tablets to get rid of that musty odor in your washing machine.


    These work in both top load, front load, and HE washers.

    Promising review: "After having terrible problems with mold build up and difficulty with my HE washer stopping at various times, I bought Affresh. I needed to follow the recommended procedure when there was a lot of build up... using a tablet in three consecutive cycles. Now I am using it once a month. My washer is now like new." —eye2mnot

    Price: five-pack for $9.98

    14. An electric kettle so you won't have to fire up the stove just to brew some tea.


    Promising review: "I don't know why I waited so long to buy one. I bought it to use with my French press. It's much safer than boiling water on the stove in a pot and then trying to pour scalding hot water into my French press coffee maker. Plus, I discovered all the other things I can use this for. It works great to pour over those instant noodles, or frozen vegetables, and of course, teas and other instant meals. So much easier than microwaving, or boiling on a stove that can make a mess. This is mess-free and safe. The glass is thick and nice and because it's glass, it won't make the water taste different." —STCar

    Price: $19.99

    15. A foam seat cushion that'll make sitting down for hours and hours a comfier experience.


    Promising review: "I bought an office chair two years ago, and the cushioning had collapsed. This seat cushion I purchased has made that once $100 chair feel like a $200 chair, it's so comfortable. I don't even bother getting out of it anymore except to go to the kitchen." —malextwo

    Price: $17.95

    16. A LifeStraw water bottle with a built-in two-stage filter for getting clean, drinkable H2O everywhere you go.


    The two-stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste. It removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without chemicals, iodine, or batteries. And the bottle is BPA-free.

    Promising review: "I bought this for traveling, and I'm SO glad I did. I spent a week between airports, hostels, and bus stations, and I could fill up my LifeStraw in any bathroom sink without seeking out decent quality water to purchase. Now I've settled into my Istanbul apartment but my LifeStraw still clips to my bag and goes everywhere with me." —janamr

    Price: $36.84

    17. A rechargeable sonic electric toothbrush to take your oral hygiene to new heights.


    Promising review: "My teeth feel very clean after using it. This is the second one I have; the previous one lasted for years. I will always have one just like this. Many people tell me how white my teeth are; I say it's my toothbrush." —WhiteTeeth

    Price: $24.95

    Or, check out our picks for the best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. A set of leakproof lunch containers you can toss into your bag without worrying about spills.

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    This set set contains two 1.3-cup containers, two 3.2-cup containers, one 9.6-cup container, and lids. They are dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe. Read our review of the Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers!

    Promising review: "These are great food storage containers. They don't hold any odors or stains. I would recommend these containers over the less-expensive plastic containers. Although these are not glass, they look really nice and when storing your food, it stays fresh. These are pricey yet well worth it because you won't have to replace them as frequently as other brands." —SMARTMF

    Price: 10-piece set for $22.98

    19. An in-drawer bamboo knife organizer that'll protect the blades from getting damaged and your hands from getting cut.


    It can hold up to 15 knives.

    Promising review: "This knife organizer is a great alternative to knife blocks. It fits in a drawer and holds 15 knives — small ones toward the front and large ones toward the back. I love it because I can put various knives in the block without displaying odd knives on the countertop. It also protects the hands when digging the knives out of a drawer. The knife organizer is high quality — should last forever!" —MEPRE

    Price: $18.14

    20. A desktop dry-erase board for jotting down to-dos, meeting times, etc. You'll be able to see everything at a glance.


    I keep one of these on my desk and write down everything I want to remember for the day. It's super helpful, especially if you have a bad memory like me. It's a serious upgrade from tacking a bunch of sticky notes on my computer monitor. There's a pull-out drawer on the side that you can stash pens in, and it comes with one dry-erase marker.

    Promising review: "I work in a fast paced environment with an overwhelming amount of to-dos. My to-do list used to get lost every time I turned the page in my notebook or ran out of room on my sticky note. I can add and remove stuff all day long and it's right in my line of vision to keep me focused. I have been so much more productive this year than in previous years." —Corporate Desk Drone

    Price: $22.88

    21. A pair of cute rainboots to keep your feet dry during April showers.

    Price: $41.56+ (available in sizes 6–11 and 10 colors)

    22. An ice cube tray with a flexible silicone lid so you don't have to play freezer Tetris every time you refill it. Plus, it'll prevent the ice from tasting stale!


    Price: $9.48

    23. A Ninja Coffee Bar that'll even excel at making ~fancy~ drinks so you don't have to rely on Starbucks for a latte fix.


    This coffee maker comes with a glass carafe and lets you choose from the following sizes for brewing: a cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe. It can make regular coffee, iced coffee (richer brew for pouring over ice), and espresso-like brew for specialty drinks like cappuccinos and lattes.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect next level up from the Keurig I'd been using for years. The coffee is perfect every time, and it comes with great recipes for specialty coffee. No K-cups means tons of savings on coffee. I love that I can keep this nice looking machine on the counter and never have to slide it out from under the cabinets to access the water reservoir or add coffee. Very easy to operate and clean." —Kimberly

    Price: $114.99

    24. A Wi-Fi range extender for anyone who gets spotty coverage in certain parts of the house. No more!


    Promising review: "Our garage is easily 40 yards away and this little baby has no problem with the distance. It works both upstairs and down and will be a great asset for company coming to visit. Great job!" —LabGirl

    Price: $24.99

    25. A set of mesh laundry bags (in assorted sizes) to protect your delicate garments from getting damaged in the wash.


    Promising review: "The material is very sturdy and durable, they're perfect for protecting your fragile clothing in the washer and dryer. I would definitely recommend these to everyone who cares about keeping their clothes in great condition." —Shon

    Price: set of six for $7.39

    26. A cup warmer because reheating your coffee five times a day can get old.


    Price: $9.99

    27. A cuff bracelet for an attractive way to stop hair ties from cutting off your circulation.


    Price: $25

    28. A shower curtain with pockets to create some extra storage space in small bathrooms.


    Read our review of this mesh-pocket shower curtain (#2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I bought my first of this exact shower curtain back in 2012 and I have had no problems with it at all. It is very handy and durable. When it gets kinda dirty or scummy, I simply put it in the washing machine and it's great for months again. I bought a few more to have as spares, but there is nothing wrong with mine from 2012 yet. Very tough and durable." —Hdbw

    Price: $11.84

    29. A pair of cut-resistant gloves that'll help protect your hands from mandolines, graters, and knives.


    Promising review: "These are amazing! My mandolin slicer has a little plastic safety 'holder' to put the vegetable in that you are slicing, which is pretty terrible as it only works with perfectly round things (e.g. onions) and fails to hold on to the vegetable when you get more than halfway through. Now that I have these gloves, I have thrown the holder away as I can just hold the vegetable in my hand and feel safe knowing I will not slice my fingers." —rmedhurst

    Price: $8.97+ (available in three sizes)

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