You might think that after two years of writing articles about genius things on Amazon, I would have seen it all by now. But it's quite the contrary. Amazon is a seemingly endless supply of trending products, recent listings, and epic but low-key items just waiting for someone to find them. With a selection of over 400 million products (and that number is only growing year by year), Amazon always has something new and intriguing to offer — which, if you're as practical as I am, might not be enough to hit the buy button. Of course, once you hear how functional they are, you'll be glad you did.
Even the most practical amongst us know the products worth spending some money for. They're secret little gems that make life easier, won't just collect dust on your shelf, and will decrease your spending in the long run. From a clip that saves you trips to the hair salon to a set of towels that will cut down on your paper towel use, these aren't just unique purchases — they're smart ones.
Consequently, every week, I'm still finding hidden gems on Amazon that will change your life, especially if you're a sensible shopper. Check out some of the best new finds here.
1. These Cleaning Towels That Work Using Nothing But Water
Because they're made from a proven breakthrough cloth technology, Nano Towels thoroughly clean virtually any surface using nothing but water. It works on glass, mirrors, tile, wood, stainless steel, chrome, metal, granite, and porcelain to remove anything from dust to serious dirt, and because they're totally free of harmful chemicals, they're a lot safer for children and pets. One reviewer writes: "Got my nano towels today and I've been a cleaning fool. The damn thing really works."
2. A Wrinkle-Removing Spray That Won’t Damage Fabrics
You’ll never be late again thanks to this spray that immediately releases wrinkles with just a quick spritz — no iron necessary. Its formula makes wrinkles disappear without damaging fabric by relaxing the fibers so that they return to their initial shape. While it might sound too good to be true, it has a four-star rating and plenty of rave reviews to back up its claims.
3. These Foot Pads That Promote Relaxation And Miraculously Improve Sleep
FDA-certified to relieve stress and improve sleep, these foot pads are ideal for anyone looking for all-natural techniques to get a better night’s rest. Made with all natural ingredients including pure bamboo vinegar extract, this product promotes relaxation, energy, and stress relief. And with 30 pairs in this pack, it’s a great overall deal as well.
4. This Long Shower Scrubber So You Can Reach Your Back By Yourself
This double-sided back scrubber has a long, strap-like shape and handles on both ends, so you can clean hard-to-reach areas like your back and neck. One side is made from a soft massaging microfiber while the other feels like a loofah for easy exfoliation. It's also machine washable and designed to repel moisture, so it'll stay fresh in your shower.
5. A Reusable, Microwavable Heating Pad For Muscle Relief
Pop this heating pad in the microwave for a few seconds and position it around your neck and shoulders for instant achy muscle and injury relief. This extra-large soft wrap has a removable fleece cover and is designed to sit so perfectly over your neck that you’ll forget you have it on. The interior is filled with non-scented natural clay micro-beads that retain heat better to give you a longer lasting DIY physical therapy session. And you don’t have to limit your usage to heat or to your neck and shoulders. Store it in the freezer for a few minutes and this pad can be used for cold therapy on any area of your body that needs it.
6. A Strong Resistance Exercise Band With Plenty of Stretch
If you’ve never heard of this seven ring resistance exercise band, you are seriously missing out. Made from TPE rubber for maximum elasticity, this band is the perfect complement to any muscle- or strength-building workout. Available in three different resistances (light, medium, and strong), you’ll be able to find the perfect one for your workout style and fitness goals. And fans of this band rave, “I LOVE THESE BANDS… Everyone must try them!!!”
7. This Travel Organizer That Keeps All Of Your Electronic Accessories Carefully Organized And Protected Against Damage
There’s nothing practical about throwing a wad of cords in your carry-on, but we all seem to do it. Not anymore thanks to this nylon travel organizer. The padded exterior unclips to reveal a carefully segmented case designed to hold cords, SD card, flash drives, and more. Inside you’ll discover a large zippered pocket, five cord slots, two mesh pockets, and four elastic holders. It measures just under 10 inches by 6 inches and comes in four colors to match the rest of your luggage.
8. This Durable Hand Towel That Multitasks As A Lid Grip, Pot Holder, and Tool Caddy
While most kitchen tools feel like unnecessary gimmicks, reviews rave that the Cooking Buddy is an actual “must-have for the kitchen.” Part hand towel meets pot holder, the buddy is made from a long cotton body with silicone inserts attached at both ends. The terry acts like a barrier between the skin and a trivet for hot dishes, while the silicone ends are heat resistant up to 500 degrees. Best of all it’s completely machine washable and can hang over your oven door when not in use. You can even pick from 15 colors to match your decor.
9. A Handheld Vegetable Slicer And Spiralizer That Makes Healthy Veggie Noodles
This two-bladed handheld vegetable slicer and spiralizer has a flat blade that makes ribbons and accordion cuts and a julienne slicer for strands and noodles. Turn any vegetable side dish into a far more exciting affair using this simple tool that sits in your hand for more precise cutting and slicing. It’s made from BPA-free plastic and is dishwasher friendly and compact enough to not take up space in your kitchen cabinet.
10. This Handy Flossing Device That Uses Water Pressure To Clean Your Teeth
Face it; flossing your teeth is a pain — but it doesn’t have to be with this genius portable cordless water flosser, which sprays water at your gums to remove plaque and stray pieces of food. Cordless, rechargeable, and lightweight, you’ll be able to use this water flosser wherever you go. It even has four modes so that you can set the pressure to a level that is comfortable for you. This is one practical buy that will make your next dental checkup way more pleasant.
11. This Powerful Shoe Protectant That Works Like A Charm On Any Shoe Material
If you want your favorite pair of shoes to stay fresh and clean, you should have a good shoe protectant in your life. This stain-repellent spray from Kiwi provides the protection you need to go about your day-to-day without worrying that your shoes will get scuffed or destroyed when you’re not looking. And this protectant goes beyond just shoes. Reviewers say this product works wonders on everything from leather car seats, to velvet ballet flats, to a classic pair of white high-top sneakers. One fan of the shoe protectant goes as far as to say it’s so valuable it is “worth its weight in gold!” We’ll let you be the judge.
12. A Wallet & Passport Holder Designed With Tech That Keeps Your Identity Safe
Protect your most vital personal information, including your banking cards, passport, and driver’s license info, with this RFID-blocking wallet, which is designed to keep electronic pickpockets from scanning your info. The wallet itself is also lightweight and perfect for travel, but also spacious with enough slots for two to three passports, credit cards, ID cards, money and coins, keys, a cell phone pouch, and a pen holder. It comes in 19 colors and is extremely soft and durable.
13. A Three-In-One Odor Eliminator, Ionizer, And Phone Charger For Your Car
This Pure 3in1 Car Air Purifier has dual USB ports and a built-in HEPA Filter and Ionizer, which eliminate odors and allergens, while purifying and ionizing. The USB 3.0 model ensures your device charges quickly and plugged in to your car’s adapter this purifier not only ensures your car air smells better, but is cleaner!
14. This Travel Mug That Doubles As A French Press Coffee Maker
This isn't your average travel mug. The Bodum tumbler keeps your drink hot for hours and spill-free with a stainless steel insulation and locking lid — but it also allows you to make French press coffee right in the cup. It comes with a built-in plunger, so all you have to do is add coffee grounds and water for a fresh-brewed cup anywhere. One reviewer calls it "the best travel mug out there."
15. This Motorized Cleaner Washes And Dries Makeup Brushes In Seconds
This wireless makeup brush cleaner runs on batteries and thoroughly washes and dries all your brushes quickly. It comes with various rubber holders that fit any handle size, and reviewers are raving: "I've never been so impressed with a product... After cleaning, my brushes looked new again."
16. These Durable Waterproof Bags That Will Protect Your Favorite Shoes No Matter Where You Go
Boasting a near-perfect 4.8-star rating on Amazon, these travel shoe bags are a favorite purchase of practical people everywhere. With four bags for just $12, this set is a serious deal that will make it easier for you to travel everywhere, whether you’re planning a trip overseas or just to the gym. These bags will lock moisture (and smell) in so that you can transport your shoes wherever you go. And with the ability to fit up to a size 10, these shoes will work for almost everyone. One reviewer praises them saying, “These bags are the best! Simple. Functional. Durable. You can’t go wrong.”
17. These Heat-Resistant Oven Mitts That’ll Keep Your Hands And Arms Protected Every Step Of The Way
Using the grill can add an extra burst of flavor and satisfaction to your meals, but it can also be risky unless you’ve got a reliable pair of BBQ mitts like these. Built to be flame-resistant up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit and made with the same material that firefighters use for thermal protection, these ultra-strong mitts were designed to withstand pretty much anything. They’re also great to use even for everyday cooking and baking, and can keep your fingers, hands, and sensitive skin safe even when you’re just handling hot pots or cookie sheets.
18. This Sturdy Clip So You Can Hang Your Bag Virtually Anywhere
Never again put your bag on a dirty public floor. The Clipa 2 stores on your strap and opens when you need it, so you can hang your pocketbook over bathroom stalls, on bars, on the edges of tables, and around car headrests. It comes in five colors and is made from triple-plated high-strength alloy, so it supports even the heaviest of purses.
19. These Brilliant Adjustable Clips For Blanket Bandits And Sliding Sheets
Whether you're plagued by runaway elastic sheets or a partner who won't quit stealing the covers, there's Bed Bands — easy-to-install adjustable clips that keep your bedding right where you want it. The cordlock button allows you to control the tension, and the clips stay put on just about any fabric. The Amazon page has over 4,000 reviewers who now can't live without them.
20. This 3-In-1 Tool For The Avocado Lover
Whether you make a lot of guacamole or think any salad is improved with avocado (duh), there's this three-in-one tool. It comes with a stainless steel pitter that's super resilient and is designed to cut, de-pit, and slice safely and efficiently. Another perk? It's also dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
21. A Safe Place To Put Your Phone While It's Charging
Whether it's for your phone, electric toothbrush, Echo Dot, speaker, or Wifi hub, the ECHOGEAR outlet shelf is a genius storage solution. It installs just like any outlet cover, holds up to ten pounds, and provides a sturdy surface with a built-in cable management system. One reviewer writes that this is the "best invention since the toaster."
22. This Sleek Automatic Mug Warmer That Keeps Your Tea Or Coffee Hot All Day
Keep your drink at precisely 131 degrees all day with this Nicelucky mug warmer. It ensures that your tea and coffee (or mug of soup, or the office cheese dip) is hot no matter how long you leave it sitting, and it automatically shuts off when the mug is removed. Because it's waterproof, it's also really easy to clean and can withstand spills.
23. This Damage-Free Way To Hang Posters On Any Surface
We can all thank Shark Tank for yet another brilliant invention: GoodHangups. These magnetic stickers won't damage your walls, but they will allow you to hang posters, notes, and pictures on any surface. They can be removed and reused, and come with eight tiny magnets to match the receptive stickers.
24. This Super Soft, Hypoallergenic, Adjustable Pillow Made With Memory Foam
Made with a thicker bamboo cover, this memory foam pillow has literally everything you would want out of a pillow. Dust mite resistant and machine-washable, this pillow is a fan favorite for a reason. Its memory foam interior is supportive to your neck and shoulders while still remaining soft enough to help you “sleep like a baby,” as one reviewer notes. And because this pillow is hypoallergenic, it’s the perfect bedroom essential for anyone, regardless of allergies. With a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the reviews speak for themselves: one fan says this is the “best Amazon purchase I have ever made!”
25. A Pre-Diluted Essential Oil Roll-On For Stress That Does The Blending Work For You
Apply this essential oil blend to your wrists anytime you feel anxious or stressed out and breathe in deeply. A cocktail of soothing oils like lavender, ylang ylang, and marjoram work to relieve tension and flood your mind with positive vibes. But the real draw here is that this easy-to-apply essential oil roll-on is a mess-free solution, one that comes already diluted with coconut oil so that you don’t have to turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab. Reviewers say this is a high-quality oil that’s perfect for relaxation, helps them sleep better, and can be used in a diffuser, as well.
26. A Pack Of Seamless Hipster Underwear That Won’t Give You Panty Lines
You can wear these hipster panties under any type of clothing, including leggings and yoga pants, and they won’t show through. They’re made of a comfortable polyester and spandex blend that makes them extra stretchy, and since they’re totally seamless, they won’t give you any panty lines. They come in packs of three and are available in multiple color combinations, including a neutral set.
27. This Genius Pivoting Power Strip That Plugs Right Into Your Wall
This Belkin 6-Outlet Pivot-Plug Surge Protector plugs right into the wall. With 6 outlets not only are you saving space and increasing flexibility, but also protecting your electronics and small appliances from power surges with a 1090-Joule energy rating and 36,000A maximum spike amperage.
28. This Moisturizer, Foundation, And Sunscreen In One
People are losing it over bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, because it's a moisturizer, a sheer-to-medium foundation, and a 30 SPF sunscreen all in one. It's even great for sensitive skin, and reviewers say it's buildable and actually helps to improve complexion over time. Eight different skin tone colors are available for purchase.
29. This Wire-Free Bra That Lifts And Supports As Well As One With Underwire
The older I get, the more I realize that there's nothing more practical than a wireless bra. Warner's Easy Does It doesn't have any underwire. Instead, it uses seamless all-over stretch fabric and molded cups to shape, lift, cover, and support. It's also designed to look smooth under clothing and comes in a bunch of cute colors.
30. An Innovative Kitchen Tool Set That Stacks Together To Save Space
When it comes to your kitchen, can you ever have enough space? With this innovative kitchen tool set, you’ll have access to everything you need to cook up a storm: a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon and solid spoon ladle, all housed in one space-saving storage stand. You can easily tuck this stackable set in the corner of your kitchen to make room for your pots, pans and cutting board, and then pull it out when you need it. Fans of this product are quick to praise how useful it is: “these are so handy, literally they are in my hand every day.”
31. A Shower Towel That Stays In Place Around Your Body
This shower wrap is ideal for dorm bathrooms, gym showers, and other group scenarios, though it’s plush and comfy enough that you might just want to wear it all-day around your home. It wraps around your body with snug elastic that won’t pinch, so you’ll have peace of mind that it won’t fall. Made of absorbent microfiber, it’s super lightweight and soft to the touch. It’s available in a ton of colors and cute patterns, too.
32. A Portable Blender That Makes Smoothies Or Protein Shakes
Very quiet, completely versatile, and totally portable, this blender is strong enough to pulverize ice, fruits, vegetables, and seeds. It's great for protein shakes, juices, smoothies, sauces, marinades, and salad dressings. It even comes with an ice cube tray, and works in as little as 20 seconds. It's easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
33. A Set Of Reusable High Heel Pads That Prevent Aches And Blisters
These high heel pads can prevent serious aches during a day or night out. The soft, spongy inserts prevent shoes from rubbing against your feet, and while they're great for high heels, they're also suitable for most types of shoes. They're also easy to reuse, with reliable adhesive that keeps them in place.
34. These Packing Cubes That Squeeze The Air Out So You Can Fit More
Save space in your suitcase and keep everything organized with these compression packing cubes. The expandable nylon bags have mesh panels that squeeze all the air out, so you can fit way more, and they've got handles for easy carrying. They come in tons of different colors and set options, and even comes with a laundry bag.
35. No-Show Nylon Socks That Provide Amazing Arch Support And Go With Every Outfit
Not only do these no-show nylon socks provide arch support, but they’re pretty much invisible so you can wear them with pretty much any shoe. These even-lower-than-ankle socks are made with 3-D sponge cushion — yes, actual cushions on your poor, tired feet — and have arch support and a breathable nylon layer to keep feet cool. There’s even an anti-odor invisible silicone patch for heels. Wear these under high heels, loafers, ballet flats, and even ballet slippers — they’re that easy to conceal.
36. This Sponge And Cloth Set Will Make It Easy To Clean Virtually Everything
Don’t let stains or other stubborn caked-on grime wreak havoc around your home. This three-piece scrubber set is made from durable, germ-resistant silicone, so each one removes bacteria and caked-on food without scratching your dishes — and without falling apart. They can be sterilized in hot water, and each set even comes with a bonus microfiber cloth for drying and cleaning.
37. A Game-Changing Makeup Remover Pen You Can Carry In Your Purse For On-The-Go Touch Ups
Mistakes are a normal part of makeup application, and fixing them can be a pain. But this makeup remover pen from Elf is the secret to touching up on the go, and is a super practical purchase you can carry in your purse at all times. You won’t have to worry about smeared mascara ruining an otherwise flawless makeup look. Just pull out this pen and make any touch-ups you need. Infused with vitamin E, cucumber, and chamomile, it’s also truly good for your skin. I could go on, but this is a no-brainer, no?
38. These No-Spill Silicone Lids That Create An Airtight Seal
Quit searching endlessly for storage containers and their matching covers. These silicone lids create an airtight seal with their suction cup-like design, and they prevent spills in your refrigerator or while traveling. They come in six sizes, so they fit everything from pots to glasses, and they're BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and heat resistant up to 450 degrees.
39. This Fantastically Convenient Collapsible Salad Bowl Keeps Lettuce Fresh
The hard part about bringing green salad to the office for lunch is that the veggies start making the lettuce soggy and wilted. Enter this genius portable salad bowl that stores toppings in handy separate compartments above the lettuce so you can wait to toss them in until you’re ready to eat. There’s also a special container for the dressing, along with a plastic spork that goes under the lid. Best of all, when you’re done eating you can rinse it off and collapse the bowl down into a small compact space to throw into your work bag.
40. An Activated Charcoal And Bamboo Carbon Bag That Eliminates Odors Without Fragrance
Instead of trying to cover up odors with with a heavy fragrance, try this natural air freshener that attacks odors using activated charcoal and bamboo carbon, both of which are completely natural, effective at absorbing odors, and don’t contain sweet sickly smells of their own. Simply place this non-toxic bag where you need it — it lasts up to 2 years.
41. This 10-In-1 Multi-Tool You Can Attach To Your Key That Will Make You A Bonafide Handyman
This is one practical purchase you won’t even realize you need until you start using it. Because, this 10-in-1 key tool serves as a bottle opener, screwdriver, cord cutter, box opener, scoring tool, ruler, and so much more, all in one handy keychain you can carry with you everywhere. For just $12, not only is this keychain a steal, it will literally make you better equipped for so many things you need to do on a daily basis. One fan says, “What a useful, practical tool. I can honestly say that every feature on the tool with be used daily.”
42. This Magic Towel Has Special Microfibers That Makes Your Hair Dry Extra Fast
If you’re the practical type that appreciates efficiency, you will be obsessed with this miracle hair towel that reduces the amount of time it takes you blow dry your hair by a whopping 50 percent. This astonishing feat is accomplished via specially designed microfibers that absorb moisture, cutting down on how much time you spend pointing the hairdryer at it. The result is much faster mornings where you’re out the door quicker, on top of reduced heat damage to your hair.
43. These Extra-Large Acne Patches That Sooth And Minimize Acne Overnight
There is no telling when or why a pimple will pop up on your face, so keeping these extra-large acne patches handy is always a good idea. Infused with tea tree oil and calendula, these gentle patches are hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types. And because they’re made in an extra-large size, these are perfect no matter what size pimple you’re dealing with (or cluster of pimples for that matter). And after using this brand plenty of reviewers agree: they’ll never need to try another brand again.
44. A Phenomenally Useful Strainer Attaches Directly Onto To Your Boiling Pot
Pouring your pasta into a strainer in the sink, letting it drain, waiting for it to cool, pouring it back into the pot, washing the strainer, and finally washing the pot is anything but practical. This brilliant clip-on strainer reduces that process down to one easy move, allowing you to strain your noodles and veggies directly from the main pot. The portable strainer cuts down on steam burns and other hazards that can arise from transferring food while also mitigating splashing and taking up less space in the cupboard.
45. These Ingenious Gardening Gloves Have Built-In Raking Claws
At last, a pair of gloves and gardening tools all in one. These genius rubber gloves have built-in claws on four of the fingers on one hand, leaving the other free to do picking and pruning. The finger claws are made with an ultra-durable ABS plastic that makes them perfect for digging, planting, raking, and other gardening tasks. The gloves are super breathable with non-slip construction and a puncture-resistant design.
46. This Bathtub Drainer Is Shockingly Simple To Clean
Cleaning out the tub drainer is pretty much the grossest job on the planet; however, this genius gadget makes the task infinitely more bearable. Due to the drainer’s mushroom shape, water can flow around it, funneling hair around a lip on the bottom where it’s completely out of view. That means no more wadding up tissue paper and wiping soggy messes up from the bottom of the tub. As a bonus, the device will prevent clogged drains too.
47. This Innovative Hair Clip Lets You Cut Your Locks At Home With Perfection
Since the average cost for a haircut at a salon these days hovers around a gajillion dollars, this hair clip will save you money while also making your bangs look boss. The clever rotating level switches at every 22 degrees, creating meticulous, even cuts from side to side. The kit comes with two sizes — a small straight one for basic trims and a large curved one for softer styling — both of which have easy-to-follow edges to use as a guide.
48. A Curling Iron That Also Detangles And Can Straighten Your Hair
You can brush, curl, and even straighten your hair with this curling iron brush that has nylon bristles. It can heat up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit, so the iron brush can tame even the thickest, waviest hair. Ultimately, using this tool instead of both a brush and a curling iron minimizes heat damage and breakage over time. Plus, it has a long, cool tip to prevent you from burning yourself.
49. A Chemical-Free Hair Clog Remover For Drains
Long hair, don’t care — except for when all of that hair clogs your drain and could damage your pipes. This simple-to-use drain snake has a long 18-inch design and a "hook and loop" technology that makes it practically effortless to clear out your drain. Insert it into your drain and keep going (and going) until it retrieves every clump of hair. Use the FlexiSnake in kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and shower stalls.
50. A Cuticle Oil Pen That Makes It A Snap To Soften And Hydrate Nails
Keeping your cuticles moisturized, soft, and healthy is 100 times easier when you know in advance it won’t involve messy oil spills. This cuticle pen is rich in vitamins A and E and is vegan and free of chemicals. It comes in a click pen applicator that delivers oil directly onto your cuticle and nail, preventing cuticles from peeling and splitting, eliminating hangnails, and strengthening brittle nails. Keep this pen in your purse and whip it out anytime your rough cuticles start to get on your last nerve.
51. An Emergency Car Escape Tool That Can Cut Seat Belts Or Break Windows
Almost 2,000 reviewers have given this escape tool five stars with buyers calling it a “necessity for any keychain.” The compact tool, which can attach to any keyring or rearview mirror, doubles as both a seat belt cutter and a window breaker in case of emergencies. An actual life-saving tool, it was initially created for first responded. Now available for the public, it not only works for submerged cards, but children trapped in hot cars or car fires.
52. A Noise-Cancelling Earplug Set That Will Protect Your Hearing And Ears
The world is a loud, loud place. And, too often, when you most need earplugs, none seem to be around. With a practical carrying case you can take with you wherever you go, these reusable earplugs are a fantastic purchase. Easily store them in their carrying case and clip it to your bag or purse so that you always know where to find them. This set comes with everything you need, including two pairs of earplugs: a noise-canceling earplug for total silence, and a more mild, filtered earplug that muffles noise. Your ears will thank you for these.
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