From Star Trek to Star Wars to the kind of people who know every
secret combo on the In-N-Out menu, I’m always tempted to try out things with a cult following. This includes the lesser known products on Amazon with thousands of reviews. Unless you spend day in and day out lurking around everyone’s favorite online retailer, you probably didn’t know some of these products have such a rabid fan base of reviewers — yet people are buying them left and right, and there’s a damn good reason for it, too.
These are the products that walk the line between “that’s kind of weird,” and “but I’m strangely intrigued.” Sure, they’re bizarre, but the real reason so many people are purchasing them is because of how well they work. You might not think you need a mat with tons of pointy spikes that dig into your neck and back, but when thousands of people rave about their pain-free muscles and insomnia-free nights, you’ll start to reconsider.
However, aside from the slight head-tilting confusion, there’s another common thread throughout these products: They’re all undeniably useful, and add a bit of practicality to your life in ways you never even knew you needed.
1 This Odd Massage Tool That Hits All The Right Spots Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Massage Tool, $30, Amazon
Body Back Buddy looks a little bit like a deformed neon tree branch, but reviewers swear that "it hits any spot you need it to" so you can "watch the knots melt like ice cream." It's extremely durable because it's made from high-density materials, and it uses leverage from your own body and 11 accurately placed therapy knobs to help relieve with pain in any area. 2 This Bizarre Yet Highly Entertaining Strategy Card Game Exploding Kittens Card Game, $20, Amazon
From the makers of the webcomic
The Oatmeal comes Exploding Kittens — a bizarre yet oddly intriguing card game that features kittens, explosions, laser beams, and sometimes goats. Not only does it come with back of more than 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon, it was also the most backed and most funded Kickstarter in history. 3 This Planner Organizes Your Schedule While Boosting Happiness, Gratitude, And Productivity Panda Planner, $27, Amazon
In addition to providing space for you to organize your dates and daily priorities, the
Panda Planner also utilizes scientific strategies that improve productivity, boost happiness levels, and help you cultivate a feeling of gratitude. The reviews section is loaded with people who are raving about how useful and uplifting it is, and it even comes with seven free e-books and a video mini-course to help you reach all your goals. 4 This Toilet Spray That Erases All Traces Of Your #2s Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, $9, Amazon
This humble toilet spray has garnered nearly 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon. Made with a natural mix of essential oils, this adorably (and aptly) named
Poo-Pourri toilet spray coats the water in the bowl with an invisible layer to traps smells under the surface so it gets flushed down with the rest of the evidence. 5 This Hygienic Silk Pillowcase That’s Way Better For Your Hair And Skin Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase, $21, Amazon
Alaska Bear natural silk pillowcase is affordable, made from 100 percent mulberry silk, and has more than 2,500 reviews raving about how comfortable, cooling, and effective it is. It’s dyed without harsh chemicals, it fits most standard pillows, and it’s even great for soft hair and skin because it helps to evenly distribute natural oils. Best of all, it comes in six different sizes (including toddler) and 36 colors and designs to match any room. 6 This Tub Of Clay With 12000 Reviews And Dozens Of Uses Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $9, Amazon
This jar of
Aztec Secret Indian healing clay has a whopping 12,000 plus reviews, and that's because it's versatile and effective. It contains nothing but natural calcium bentonite clay which can unclog pore, treat blackheads, heal blemishes, improve acne, soothe insect bites, moisturize feet, and even nourish hair. 7 Soak Your Feet With These Booties And Watch The Dead Skin Melt Away Grace & Stella Dr. Pedicure Foot Exfoliation Mask, $13, Amazon
Grace & Stella Dr. Pedicure foot exfoliation mask uses 17 natural plant extracts to get rid of the dead, coarse skin on your feet -- in fact, it literally peels off within a few days. Put on the included booties, soak your feet, and then rinse them. Then watch as the old skin peels away to reveal new, baby-soft skin underneath. “The process was so easy, pain-free and honestly, amazing to witness,” says one reviewer. 8 This Awesome Roller For Self-Care Foot Massages Anywhere TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller, $18, Amazon
Improve blood circulation and refresh tired, sore feet with the
TheraFlow dual foot massager roller. It uses multiple textures carved out of Theaceae wood to stimulate pressure points in the feet, giving you a spa-like massage without the help of anyone else. “Over years of working on my feet, I have developed chronic foot pain,” says one reviewer. “After using approximately half a hour daily for a month, pain almost completely gone.” 9 The Singer-Serve Coffee Maker That Caffeine-Addicts Swear By 10 This Mini Elliptical So You Can Get A Workout Anywhere Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper, $46, Amazon
Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper is basically a tiny elliptical that takes up minimal space in your home. It’s got built-in resistance training, a twist action to tone your legs and buttocks, and retractable bands that work your chest, shoulders, and arms. Keep track of your workout with the LCD display that shows total time, calories burned, and rep count. “Small enough to use while watching tv or store under desk at work and use while talking on phone or using elevated desk,” says one reviewer. 11 This 3-In-1 Tool For Cult Followers Of The Avocado 12 This Weird Spiked Mat That Works Wonders Zensufu Acupressure Massage Mat And Neck Pillow Set, $35, Amazon
massage mat uses thousands of stimulation points that press into your skin to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, release endorphins, and promote a soothing sense of calm and relaxation. Reviewers use it for everything from headaches and back pain to insomnia and meditation, and it comes with a flat mat and a neck roll. One reviewer writes: "I absolutely love the product. It is relaxing, stress-relieving, and made me sleep like a baby the first time I used it and every time since." 13 This Eye Gel That Plumps, Hydrates, And Brightens Under Eyes Baebody Eye Gel, $24, Amazon
Baebody eye gel uses plant stem cells and hyaluronic acid to brighten, plump, and hydrate the sensitive skin around your eyes, and thousands of reviewers say it does just that. It's also lightweight, provides protection from the sun, and absorbs easily into the skin for use under makeup. 14 A Miracle Serum That Helps Your Lashes Grow 15 This Odd Pillow That 7000+ People Are Obsessed With Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, $6, Amazon
This odd C-shaped bunch of fluff is called the
Leachco Snoogle total body pillow, and its target demographic is pregnant ladies. However, avid cuddlers and temperamental side-sleepers also swear by it. It cradles your head, back, and knees without the extra heat, and it's even got a removable machine-washable cover. "It took 5 pillows to accomplish what this does," says one reviewer. "I've never had a bad night of sleep after purchasing this bad boy." 16 This One Hanger That Holds Up To Eight Strappy Pieces Of Clothing Strappy Closet Organizer Hangers, $10, Amazon
For those with limited closet space, this
strappy organizer combines eight hangers in the place of one. It’s great for camis, bras, dresses, or bathing suits. It’s made from durable and rust resistant black powder coated steel, and it’s also great for air drying delicate items. 17 This Heated Massage Pillow With 6000+ Reviews Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager, $40, Amazon
Equipped with soothing heat, 3-D deep kneading Shiatsu knobs, and multi-directional movement, people are flipping over the
Zyllion Shiatsu pillow massager. It's wonderful for necks, backs, and even wrists, and it's got a strap that attaches easily to your car's headrest or office chair. "The mobile car masseuse - Better than a message therapist!" says one of 6000 plus reviews. 18 This Is Not Your Average Travel Mug Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug, $17, Amazon
At first glance, this
Contigo autoseal travel mug looks like your average coffee tumbler. It's not. It's made with a brilliant vacuum-seal technology that's both spill-proof and leak-proof, and even automatically closes between sips. The whole thing is dishwasher safe, and has a mechanism that twists open so you can clean the interior of the lid. It also keeps your beverage hot for up to five hours, and cold for up to 12. "This is the best coffee mug I have ever owned. bottom line: lives up to its promise," says one reviewer. "I actually forgot this mug in my office before a meeting and when I came back for it six hours later the coffee was still STEAMING." 19 This Natural Deodorant That Actually Works 20 This Must-Have Emergency Charger For Your Phone Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Charger, $17, Amazon
Powerful, fast, and the size of a tube of lipstick, the
Anker PowerCore+ portable charger has more than 25,000(!) reviews. It provides up to 14 hours of extra talk time on one charge, comes in your choice of five sleek colors, and even has its own travel case. "I have one in my purse and one in my backpack ALWAYS," wrote one reviewer. "These little chargers are a life saver, especially while traveling!" 21 This Weird Bubbly Mask That People Are Obsessing Over Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $9, Amazon
There's nothing but pronounceable ingredients in this
Elizavecca Milky Piggy carbonated bubble clay mask, and yet it foams up in like crazy to deep clean and exfoliate your skin. It's especially great for sensitive skin, and leaves your complexion soft and glowing. " I have been diagnosed with skin allergy / eczema, which makes it difficult for me to just jump in to any product," wrote one reviewer. "If I only had ten thumbs, I would give it ten thumbs up." Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.