40 Weird AF Products On Amazon That Are Actually Shockingly Useful


You're really missing out if you only shop Amazon for the basics: Did you know that Amazon also has an eclectic side, stocked with weird AF products that are actually shockingly useful?

That's right, of course you know Amazon is a terrific source for books. Same for electronics, paper goods, food, and beauty supplies. And I'm sure you're aware that they've recently gotten into the fashion game themselves, with a baker's dozen of private label brands. However, if you never venture away from these — let's face it — pretty basic neighborhoods of the retail powerhouse, you'll miss the really quirky side of Amazon, and that's where it really shines.

Seriously, you'd be surprised to see some of the exciting stuff Amazon recommends for me, because believe me, I am. Once you click on one of these items — say, for example, the SLOTDOG mentioned in this rundown — you can literally kill hours (and hundreds of dollars) with other fascinating items you would never have known you needed, things like the Hot Dog Spiralizer, the Hot Dog Roller, Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, Can Opener With A Fork (exactly what it sounds like), and more.

Pretty soon you'll realize: the fun on Amazon starts when things start getting real weird.

1. This Shampoo Bar Works Everywhere From Head To Toe

Ethique Tip To Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar, $16, Amazon

People buy a million plastic bottles a minute, and this solid shampoo and shaving bar is one of a line that aims to fight that trend and keep plastic out of our oceans. Crafted with a blend of clay, cocoa butter, glycerine, and orange butter, this formula is 100 percent natural and features a zesty, clean scent. This product is a money-saver, too — lasting between two to five times as long as its liquid competitors.


2. A Rice Paddle That's Totally Weird Looking But Works Like A Charm

Uxcell Squirrel Non-Stick Rice Paddle, $3, Amazon

You know this squirrel-shaped rice paddle is a must-have for your kitchen. First off, it's non-stick, so even notoriously difficult sushi rice won't cling to his ample tail. Secondly, how adorable is this little guy? It's also dishwasher-safe, plus the little feet keep the paddle off of your counter for safety and hygiene.


3. This Odd-Looking Stand Gives You Your Hands Back While Working With Plastic Bags

YAMAKAZI Home Plastic Bag Holder, $17, Amazon

If you use zip-to-seal plastic bags for storage, this stand with its four prongs will free up your hands so that you can ladle in sauces, stews, soups, vegetables — whatever you're prepping for storage — without worrying about the bag slumping over and spilling its contents all over your countertops. With the non-slip silicone tips on both the top and the bottom of each prong, this rack is also useful for drying bottles, glasses, vases, and other tall, narrow items. Engineered from powder-coated rust-resistant steel, it will remain in pristine condition for years of use.


4. These Things Look Like Weird Plastic Flowers, But They're For Your Ketchup

Home-X Condiment Bottle Holders, $13 (Set of 2), Amazon

If you're tired of shaking near-empty bottles of ketchup or mustard when all you wanted was a quick meal, these condiment racks — though super odd looking — will eliminate that problem. Compatible with all your condiments from ketchup to mayonnaise, they fit conveniently into any fridge door or shelf for use whenever you need them. Their weighted base ensures stability to hold your condiments securely in upside down position. Let gravity do the work for you.


5. This Bubbling Mask Is The Type You're Suddenly Seeing Everywhere

Ebanel Carbonated Bubble Mask, $12 (10 Sheets), Amazon

I don't know what happened, but all of the sudden, bubbling masks like this oxygenating one are all over my Insta feed. Though you might look as though you're molting instead of masking, the effects of this synergistic blend of volcanic ash, bentonite clay, vitamin C, peptides, and plant-derived stem cell extracts include hydration and oil control. Suitable for all skin types, this mask is free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and alcohol — and it's hypoallergenic and completely cruelty-free. It'll also help to rejuvenate tired skin, and yes, it fizzles up.


6. This Floss Uses Activated Charcoal To Soothe Your Gums

Lucky Teeth Organic Charcoal Floss, $9, Amazon

Crafted from organic bamboo fiber with one of health care's hottest of-the-moment ingredients — activated charcoal — this floss soothes your gums by eliminating bacteria and fungus at the source. The charcoal is enriched with organic tea tree oil, which naturally kills the fungus and bacteria that cause gum disease. The organic peppermint oil is included for its analgesic, cooling, and anti-inflammatory properties, and to help eliminate the hazardous germs that can be found on your gums.


7. A Gadget That Turns Your Phone Into A Nightlight

Fred & Friends TraveLamp Light Diffuser, $15, Amazon

Turn your phone's flashlight into a soft glowing nightlight with this diffuser. Crafted from durable silicone, it slips over your smartphone with its expandable band and permits your phone's light to shine through with a pleasant, warm light that's both functional and oddly fun. It's compatible with most small- to mid-sized smartphones, and can help you read at night without turning on too many lights.


8. A Device That Looks Like Something From The Tardis, But It Goes In Your Car

HumanFriendly 2-In-1 Ionic Car Air Purifier, $21, Amazon

While this device looks like something Dr. Who might plug into the Tardis, it's actually an ionic air purifier that uses ozone technology to make your car's air cleaner and thus fresher smelling. This device quickly destroys persistent car interior odors and kills bacteria, viruses, and allergens by generating safe levels of ozone, leaving no residual smell. Plus, it provides dual USB charging ports with two-channel technology.


9. These Gloves Look Like Horror Movie Props, But Make Your Pet Feel Delightful

Pat Your Pet Grooming Gloves, $25 (1 Pair), Amazon

Are you getting a little bit of a Freddy Kruger vibe from these gloves? Despite their somewhat off-putting appearance, I know my dog would roll over and show her belly for a rubdown with these relaxing scrubbing nubs. The rubber tips also remove hair while giving them a relaxing massage, and it even removes tangles. With this purchase, you get a pair, so you can use both hands while grooming your furry friend.


10. A Roller That Makes Teeny, Tiny Holes In Your Skin So The Vitamins Can Get In

jasclair Micro Needle Roller Kit, $18, Amazon

Dermarolling may sound prickly, but it's definitely the hot new thing, and this set is a great budget-friendly choice to try the trend out. The roller features durable minimally-invasive, super-safe 540 titanium alloy tipped pins that smoothly and painlessly facilitate exfoliation to refine, freshen and revive its appearance. Once you've completed that step, apply the proprietary facial serum, which combines vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate, plump, and rejuvenate skin. One reviewer offers a helpful tip: "I started to see best results when I would perform the procedure at night, this way I avoid applying makeup soon after and let the serum do its thing. Micro needles on the roller feel like a great size; you can feel the massaging motion rather than a poking feeling."


11. A Device That Will Get That Grilled Flavor Deeper Into Your Dogs

SLOTDOG, $18, Amazon

If you love both hot dogs and that charcoal grilled flavor, then this zany tool is definitely for you. The steel blades of this handy kitchen gadget cut slots into your frankfurter which expand as it roasts, allowing that delicious smoke and grill flavor to penetrate deeper. Instead of rolling right off of your dog, the juices sink back into the crevices and caramelize in the heat, while the edges crisp up perfectly. Then, when you're ready to serve, the slots form the perfect receptacle for your toppings. You'll be left with just one question: How did I ever function before the SLOTDOG?


12. This Tray Solves The "I Forgot To Get Dinner Out Of The Freezer" Dilemma

MN Majestic Defrosting Tray, $23, Amazon

You have 20 minutes to get dinner on the table, and — surprise — your chicken is still in the freezer: No worries with this genius tray. Simply set your frozen foods on the tray and it will draw heat from both the air and the underlying surface to defrost your items safely and up to twice as fast as without this unique device. Its non-stick surface makes it suitable for all types of food, and it's dishwasher-safe for easy clean up.


13. An Odd But Ingenious Item That Keeps Your Drains Clear Of Hair

Allstar Innovations DrainWig, $10 (2 Pack), Amazon

It's easy to see why this hair snare impressed the team on Shark Tank. Simply slip the chain with its tiny whiskers down the drain, leaving the daisy-shaped cap on top to anchor the device. The whiskers catch hair as it slips down the drain, preventing it from forming a clog. You periodically monitor the amount of hair collecting on the DrainWig by simply lifting the chain up (using the daisy) until you see hair appear below the drain cover. Once it's loaded down with hair, pull the chain up out of the drain, throw the whole assembly away, and insert a new DrainWig. No plumber required!


14. A Trigger-Point Massager That Gets Rid Of Every Ache And Pain

The Pressure Positive Company Back Knobber, $27, Amazon

Relieve the tension in your back and shoulders and more with this device that's shaped like a giant letter S. Constructed from durable, fiberglass reinforced nylon, you use it by hooking one of its curves around your body and using its leverage to apply pressure to your liking wherever the knots are bothering you the most. It's perfect for travel, too — just break it down and stow it in your luggage.


15. A Tool To Save Your Beauty Products That Are Good To The Last Drop

Beautility BEAUTISCOOP, $11, Amazon

Get the most use possible out of your expensive moisturizers and other pricey beauty balms with this innovative scoop. The secret is in its patented concave scoop design, which collapses to fit into tight openings, clings to the inside of the your container, then captures the product and cradles without spills. One side of the tool has a tiny tip for small containers, one side has a slightly larger paddle, and the handle is 8 inches in length, so you'll be able to get down to the bottom of just about any product you have on hand.


16. This Comb Is For When You're Serious About Your Lashes

Tatu Premium Eyelash Comb, $8, Amazon

When you're serious about your eyelashes, this comb can help. First, apply your mascara, then comb through with this tool. The metal teeth — much better than plastic — are optimally-spaced to separate your lashes to leave them looking naturally thick and full, separating any stickiness left behind. They're great for travel, too, as the teeth of the comb are fully protected when folded back into the handle.


17. These Cheerful Molds Eliminate The Mess When You're Poaching Eggs

Kitzini Egg Poaching Cups, $10 (Set of 4), Amazon

Colorful and cheerful, these egg poaching cups are more than just pleasing to the eye: They eliminate all that stringy, watery mess that's left behind when you poach an egg, all while making it the easiest to remove from the water without breaking. Crafted from high-quality, BPA-free silicone, they create perfectly round poached eggs, and can be used in a pot of boiling water as is traditional, in the microwave, or in an Instant Pot. Since they're dishwasher-safe, clean up is easy, too.


18. A Fun Mold To Create So Many Drinks And Desserts

Wilton Silicone Shot Glass Mold, $9, Amazon

Anyone who loves entertaining will love this shot glass mold, perfect for creating endless exciting cocktails and desserts. Since it's made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone, you can not only freeze water, juices, and other liquids in this mold — but also form chocolates, candies, and all sorts of other fun treats in it. Soft and bendable non-stick silicone makes it easy to 'pop' perfectly-shaped treats right out of the mold. It's also dishwasher-safe.


19. This Gadget Is Literally A Poultry Timer.

Norpro Poultry Timer, $10, Amazon

Yes, it's super cute, but this timer really works: The little turkey's little legs spring up into the vertical position when the meat is between 160 and 165 degrees (basically, when it's safe to consume). The device is crafted from steel with the bird rendered in heat-resistant silicone, so it's reusable over 300 times, and you can clean between uses simply by hand washing in warm soapy water and air drying.


20. This Tool Is All You Need For The Perfect Tex-Mex Cerveza

Fred & Friends CITRUSAW Bottle Opener And Fruit Slicer, $8, Amazon

With this fun tool on hand, you have everything you need for a delicious beer with a lime — just add beer and lime, of course. Billed as a "cutting edge" bar accessory (ha), the hard plastic teeth of the saw will bite right through any citrus fruit you're looking to slice up, while the opener in the handle conveniently flips the top right off of your bottles.


21. These Chemical Peel Pads Have A Secret Ingredient We All Love...Wine

NEOGEN DERMALOGY Wine Gauze Peeling Pads, $19, Amazon

Delivered via patented three-layer 100 percent cotton gauze, the wine serum in these pads deliver smoother, improved skin texture. Formulated by hot K-beauty brand NEOGEN, the serum contains resveratrol for a gentle peel that removes dead skin cells, cleanses and purifies, firms the skin, and refines its texture. The pads and the serum are hypoallergenic, and the pad also offers a gentle manual dermabrasion while applying.


22. These Rubber Bands Are Ultra Versatile

Quirky Rubber Bandits, $7 (10 Pack), Amazon

Here's how the folks at Quirky describe these versatile accessories: "Bandits are rubber bands, with hooks. Yup, it's really that simple." Their genius lies in the wide variety of uses you'll find for them all over your house. Use them to fasten together a bundle of pens in your desk. Bind cords together when they're trailing down your shelves. Hang a baby bottle from your stroller, or suspend your sunglasses from the rearview mirror in your car. You'll wonder how you survived without them.


23. These Toe Separators Keep Your Feet Healthy And Happy

The Original YogaToes, $37, Amazon

Restore, revive and relax your feet with the patented design of these toe stretchers, engineered to give you relief from bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, chronic foot pain, and just plain old fatigue. We all depend on our toes for endurance, balance, and mobility — this will give them a needed break. Crafted from hypoallergenic, BPA-free, medical grade gel, YogaToes soothe aching feet and strengthen neglected, weak toes — fixing foot problems naturally.


24. A Pouch That's Perfect For Travelers Or Anyone Who Hates Using A Purse

Pacsafe Coversafe Anti-Theft Bra Pouch, $14, Amazon

Considering what you might need to keep your currency safe for travel — or perhaps you just want a night out without worrying about where your purse is all night. This pouch that stealthily suspends from your bra strap via an adjustable elastic strap should do the trick. Made from lingerie fabric, it's soft to the touch, so it feels terrific next to your skin.


25. This Certified Organic Goop Is Good For Whatever Ails You

Elemental Herbs All Good Goop, $14, Amazon

From your dry, chapped lips to blisters, sunburns, and everything in between, this goop can tackle it all. Formulated with olive oil and organic herbs including lavender and hand-harvested calendula from the manufacturer's farm, it's handcrafted in a solar-powered kitchen with intentions for healing. It's certified organic and totally chemical-free (also gluten- and GMO-free). One reviewer writes: "This stuff is the most amazing stuff I've ever used. It heals up my eczema, any dry spots, cracked hands, diaper rashes, everything. It smells wonderful and is simply the best."


26. An Essential Oil Diffuser You Actually Breathe In

MONQ Portable Essential Oil Diffuser, $20, Amazon

With a light blend of essential oils and zero nicotine or tobacco, this personal essential oil diffuser may look like a vape pen, but it's actually healthy and meant to rejuvenate you. The Ocean blend in this inhaler features eucalyptus, lime, and tangerine oils, in a combination designed to ease respiratory problems, restore concentration and fatigue, restore tired muscles, and improve metabolic function. It's, of course, tobacco-free, and made with pure essential oils and coconut-derived vegetable glycerin that turns water into vapor.


27. This White Noise Machine Is Tiny Enough To Travel With

LectroFan Micro Wireless Sound Machine, $27, Amazon

With 10 unique sounds for sleep and relaxation, including five fan sounds, four white noise variations, and a soothing ocean sound, this tiny sound machine punches way above its weight — making it perfect for frequent travelers. Plus, after your restful night's sleep, you can use it as a speaker for your conference call the next day: It features wireless Bluetooth audio with a built-in microphone and a compact swivel design to project the sound where you want it. The built-in rechargeable battery also provides up to 16 hours of ambient sounds, or six hours of streaming audio between charges.


28. A Little Appliance Cooks Up Your Breakfast All At Once

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $25, Amazon

Craft homemade, less expensive versions of those delicious fast food breakfast sandwiches at home with this appliance. Just choose your bread and layer on the fixings — breakfast meats, veggies, cheeses, eggs — and the different sections of this handy device will cook everything to your liking in just five minutes while you're getting your coffee ready. The surfaces are covered with durable, non-stick coating, and all the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.


29. This Dental Health Kit Is Based On The Science Of...Oil Pulling

Dr. Ginger's Coconut Oil Pulling Dental Health Kit, $18, Amazon

Oil pulling is a holistic health technique wherein you swish oil through your mouth and teeth for 20 minutes daily, and that's the foundation of this dental health kit. Both the floss and the toothpaste are formulated from coconut oil (a popular oil pulling substance) and xylitol, which together have shown a marked impact in the organic cleansing of the mouth and in-between teeth. The floss expands between your teeth to clean more efficiently, while the paste tastes great and reduces acidity in the mouth — all while preventing bacteria growth.


30. A Loud AF Alarm Clock That's The Perfect Gift For The Heavy Sleeper In Your Life

Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock, $30, Amazon

In the interest of full disclosure, let me just tell you that I am chortling with glee as I write this, having purchased this alarm clock for my recalcitrant teenager as he heads back to school. I simply cannot wait until the first day it goes off, with its adjustable extra-loud alarm, built-in pulsating alert lights, and — bonus — vibrating bed shaker. This thing is a cult-favorite for a reason: lots of reviewers swear it works.


31. A Fridge That's Perfect For Those Times When You Just Can't Walk To The Kitchen

Gourmia Mini Cooler and Warmer, $40, Amazon

If you seriously just can't get up and walk to the kitchen or the breakroom for a soda, luckily there's this mini fridge. Big enough for six cans, it's also a warmer, so if you want to save that desk lunch or cup of coffee for later, go for it. Eco-friendly, this unit was engineered with thermoelectric technology and uses advanced semiconductors that are free of CFC's and refrigerants. Plus, it includes a power cord for your wall outlet and one for the outlet in your car, so you can use it on-the-go, too.


32. This Slimy Serum Will Keep Your Face And Body Moisturized

Organic Doctor Organic Snail Gel, $23, Amazon

Snail mucin: It may sound icky, but it's been a hot skin treatment since ancient times, and treatments like this gel have become uber-hot when it comes to cell regeneration and hydration. Formulated with helix aspersa muller, the unique secretion the snail uses to regenerate its own skin and shell, this serum contains a special balance of proteins, collagen, elastin, glycolic acid, and vitamins that enables it to revitalize skin. Vegetarian, organic, and cruelty-free, it smooths, softens, and hydrates to improve skin texture.


33. This Brick Will Make Your Sweaters Look Good As New

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Sweater Saver, $5, Amazon

You may not need a fancy battery-powered shaver to de-pill your sweaters — it could be that all you need is this brick. Palm-sized and practically weightless, all you need to do is rub this device — basically a pumice stone — over your pilled garments, and the dreaded bumps go right away. One reviewer notes that it's also good for removing fly-away dog hair from your puppy's back, and several say it's the best tool they've ever purchased.


34. This Looks Like A Wreath, But It's For Roasting Foods

Prepara Flexible Roasting Rack, $13, Amazon

Crafted from durable, BPA-free silicone that's heat-resistant up to 500 degrees, this wreath-shaped accessory keeps your food out of the grease in your roasting pan and promotes even cooking. Unlike metal racks, it's bendable to the shape of your food, and won't scratch or damage your pots and pans. This device helps foods brown evenly while eliminating sticking, too.


35. This Is Not A Kitchen Accessory, It's For Your Feet

TheraFlow Foot Massager, $10, Amazon

Designed to target trigger points in the arch and heels, this foot roller features nubs and grooves to knead, stimulate, and relax the soft tissue of your feet to relieve aches and soreness in the foot arch due to plantar fasciitis, tired feet, and other ailments. Foot massage improves circulation to the rest of your body, too, and this unit is compact enough to take on long trips when you are sitting on a plane or train all day.


36. This Little Man Will Be Your Headset Cord Supervisor

Nite Ize Curvyman, $5, Amazon

Put this little guy on your earbuds, and he'll make sure your cords don't end up the same snarled mess that you're used to — whether they're stashed in your bag or clipped to your zipper. Just pop one end of your cord through the hole at the base, wrap it up around his little waist, and clip the other end of the cord through the second slit at the top — it's simple. He's made from lightweight plastic, but also durable enough to stand up to constant unwinding and rewinding as needed.


37. These Wipes Are Practically Large Enough To Wear As A Minidress

Epic Wipes, $25 (10 Pack), Amazon

I'm just going to say that if one of these wipes isn't big enough to clean up your mess, you may need to just go ahead and call in a HAZMAT team. Designed as a "shower substitute," they're nearly 20 by 32 inches when unfolded, and give you the opportunity to clean up from, say, a strenuous hike, without needing to rinse off. They're biodegradable, naturally safe and gentle on your body, and made from renewable bamboo, too.


38. This Light Saves You From Nasty Surprises When Fumbling In Your Purse

Wasserstein Purse Light, $12, Amazon

Let me just tell you, this device is a potential lifesaver: I don't know anyone who's managed to avoid the experience of getting a yucky surprise when trying to locate something in their purse, and nobody can ever find what they're looking for. This light is motion-activated, and automatically turns off after a few seconds. It's really handy to have around.


39. This Space-Age Looking Clamp Lets You Use Your Hands When You're Watching Your Device

Clamp Champion Pro, $22, Amazon

Super versatile, this clamp holds big and small devices and can attach just about anywhere — a chair arm, the side of a kitchen cabinet, your car visor — to provide you with a hands-free viewing experience when you're using your smartphone or your tablet. Equipped with a leg mount, it also comes with a quick release so you can use the upper clamp separately in stand-alone position. You can use it with hardback books, too.


40. This Pillow Looks Like A Giant Tortoise's Neck, Hence The Name

Trtl Pillow, $30, Amazon

It's a travel pillow that comes with its own built-in support and makes you look like the human relative of those super-cool current-riding sea turtles from Finding Nemo — what more could you possibly want? Seriously, this pillow has been scientifically proven to hold your head in a more ergonomic position while resting during long-haul travel, all for more comfortable sleep. Plus, it's half the size of a travel pillow and weighs only a little more than 5 ounces — and easily attaches to your luggage, so it's a great traveling companion.

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