I'm a sucker for practical inventions that make your life easier. This is primarily because I am the result of a techie father and an organization-obsessed mother. If something is technologically impressive and does the job of three products (therefore taking up significantly less space), I'm pretty much biologically helpless to resist it.
That being said, the internet took over where my parents left off. It, too, has made me a massive fan of practicality, because it's pretty much the sole reason we're able to go about our daily lives in a constant state of instant satisfaction.
Take Amazon, for example — 15 years ago, you had to go from store to store hoping they had the item you were looking for. If you were lucky enough to find it, they probably only had one model, color, or design in stock. Now, you can instantly search thousands of products, choose the best one for the best price, and have it shipped straight to your door.
Combine the convenience of Amazon with some of the brilliantly practical products I was talking about earlier, and you've got hours of entertainment alongside time saving, space saving, and just downright practical items that could seriously improve your life on a day to day basis.
1Two Totally Cordless Vacuums In One
My least favorite part of vacuuming is having to unplug and replug the thing in whenever I move to another room. This Severin 2-in-1 vacuum is lightweight, has a 180-degree swivel joint, and is totally cordless because it’s rechargeable. It works great on hardwood as well as carpets, and features a removable handheld vacuum that fits right in the design.
2This Alarm Clock That Will Get You Out Of Bed
3Chop, Strain, And Pour All With One Tool
Instead of dirtying a cutting board and a colander, the Joseph Joseph cutting board combines both of them. It lays flat so you can chop, then folds down the middle so you can rinse your vegetables and pour them straight into the pot or bowl. It's also durable, flexible, and dishwasher-safe.
5This Mini Tabletop Vacuum To Clean Small Messes Quick
Powered by two AA batteries, this handheld tabletop crumb sweeper uses a centrifugal fan to give you sucking power for crumbs, eraser shavings, and dirt. It’s great for small messes when you don’t want to lug out the vacuum, and you can use it at your work desk or to clean the table after dinner.
6No BBQ? No Problem. This Tabletop Gadget Lets You Grill Anywhere
Whether you're grilling your back yard or at the park, this portable BBQ grill is the perfect low-maintenance machine for grill masters of all skill levels. It's powered by charcoal for superior tasting meat and vegetables and the non-stick iron cast plate heats up in five minutes. The smoke reduction fan is powered by batteries, and when you remove the battery the whole grill can be submerged in water for easy clean up.
7Never Again Stub Your Toe Getting Out Of Bed At Night
This two pack of HonestEast bed lights is a great way to ensure safety or add a classy touch to any space. They come in strip form and light up whenever someone approaches, so you can use them when you get out of bed at night, as a cool accent under shelves, or underneath cabinets in the bathroom.
8Not Your Average Umbrella
The NewSight Umbrella isn't your average rain apparatus. It has two durable layers so it won't turn inside out, a hands-free C-shaped handle that allows you to text and hold your coffee, and a teepee design that stands on its own when closed. Best of all, it won't track water everywhere once it's been closed because it folds inside out.
9Drain Your Dishes Over The Sink To Save Space
Whether you're short on counter space or just tired of dish drains that don't actually drain, the Surpahs over the sink rack is an insanely cool kitchen gadget. It's made of sturdy stainless steel that unrolls and sits over just about any size sink, so you can dry dishes, wash vegetables, or even use it as a hot plate. Once you're done, roll it up and store it in a cabinet to preserve space.
10This High Tech Notebook So You Never Have To Waste Paper Again
For the person who loves to doodle but hates to waste paper, there's the Rocketbook Wave Smart notebook. Even though it uses your standard pen and paper, it instantly sends your notes to Google Docs or Dropbox using an app on your phone. Once you're done, you microwave the notebook to erase the pages so you can start over.
11This Simple Way To Organize All Your Keys
12This Strange Gadget That Lets You Cook Like A Pro In The Microwave
Grill everything from meat to vegetables in your microwave using the Range Mate Pro 5-in-1 microwave set. It converts microwaves into far infrared heat, just like a professional infrared grill. It’s even got a top that keeps all the microwaves out, and since everything’s non-stick and super easy to clean, this thing is a breeze — just set the cook time and set the table. You can even use it to make eggs or bake a cake.
13Freshen Up Your Clothes On The Go With These Hypoallergenic Wipes
These awesome wipes are called Reviver Freshening Swipe, and they were first seen on the show Shark Tank. You can use them anytime your clothes need a little freshening up because they remove odors like sweat and smoke, so they’re great for after the gym or bar. They’re also totally non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Each pack comes with ten wipes, and they’re dry and reusable for your convenience.
14This Lunch Box That Heats Up Your Food For You
15This Car Charger That Also Locates Your Vehicle In Parking Lots
Not only does the nonda car locator have two USB ports that plug into your cigarette lighter to charge your devices in no time, but it's also got a built-in tracking device that syncs up to your phone. You can then use the map to find your car in crowded mall parking lots, sports events, and concerts.
16Organize Your Life While Improving Your Headspace
The Simple Elephant planner uses special prompts and organized sections to help you conceptualize your goals, express gratitude for what you have, and increase your happiness as well as your productivity. "Best planner I have ever used," raves one reviewer. "Great layout, opens flat, great headings, room for everything to be put in the month and week — but small enough to carry everywhere with me."
17Shave Your Clothes And Fabrics So They Look Like New Again
This bizarre little tool is actually saving people a ton of time and effort. The Conair Fabric Defuzzer is pretty much an electric razor for your clothing, and it uses batteries to remove lint, pills, and fuzz from all your favorite clothing. Then it catches all the lint in its easy-to-remove container, so you can get that old sweater looking like new without any of the mess. Reviewers even use it on old chairs and bedding.
18This Inflatable Disk That Improves Posture, Balance, And Core Stability
Basically an exercise ball for your chair, the FitBall Seating Disc is an inflatable air cushion that mimics what it would be like to balance on a ball. It helps work your muscles for core stability, promote better posture, and improve your balance. It’s also easy to deflate, so you can bring it anywhere with you. “Three weeks of using the disc at work have done more to eliminate the pain than 5 years of steroids, physical therapy and yoga,” says one reviewer.
19Get In Your Daily Workout While Answering Emails
If you're one of the many people who gets antsy sitting at their desk all day, the DeskCycle is a great a way to be active while you're answering emails. This bike pedal exerciser is specifically designed to fit under desks as low as 27 inches, and it has display functions, eight resistance speeds, and a quiet pedal motion that won't irritate your coworkers.
20This Travel-Friendly Blanket Anytime You Need One
A practical person is always prepared, and because the Sand Escape outdoor blanket fits compactly in its own easy-to-carry bag, you'll never again be without seating options when you're outdoors. It spans over 60 square feet, has five fillable pockets to keep it rooted, and won't trap any sand. It's amazing for beach days, picnics, concerts, or impromptu barbecues.
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