These 33 Clever Gadgets On Amazon Are The Best Things Since Sliced Bread

If you're reading this, there's a good chance you weren't born when sliced bread made a big splash on grocery store shelves, thus eliminating the imperfect and time-consuming task of, well, slicing bread. So yes, most people probably take for granted the modern-day convenience of making avocado toast with ready-sliced bread. But, if you're old enough to remember a time pre-smartphone, then you know what it's like to wonder how we ever got by without them. And these clever gadgets on Amazon just might give you the same feeling. How did you ever get by without this iced coffee maker or acupressure pillow?

And while there's something to be said for old school bread slicing (I mean, you still can't buy pre-sliced ciabatta) and analog phones (sometimes you just want to disconnect), there's definitely something to be said for innovations that truly make life easier. For example, when it comes to chopping onions, you can count me out. It's a mess of mascara running down my face. But if there's a gadget that chops onions for me? Count me in. So if you're looking for ingenious gadgets that will save you time (and maybe even tears), here are a few favorites.

1. The Handy Gadget That Manually Chops Your Food

Brieftons Quick Pull Food Chopper, $18, Amazon

Perfect for anyone trying to make salsa or prep an omelet — and doesn't want to fuss with an outlet — this food chopper is guaranteed to make your time in the kitchen safer and more efficient. It has a 4-cup capacity, and can cut up and blend just about anything: like veggies, fruits, herbs, nuts, and even ice. Plus, it's quiet, dishwasher-safe, and ideal for those of us who are prone to tears when chopping onions.


2. A Little Tool That Makes Facial Hair Removal A Breeze

Finishing Touch Flawless Women's Painless Hair Remover, $18, Amazon

From peach fuzz to longer hairs, this battery-powered tool removes facial hair with just a few small, circular motions. Designed to eliminate the risk of razor nicks for anyone who choose to shave, wax or otherwise remove hair, this hair remover can save you big bucks on waxing at the salon. It's gentle and hypoallergenic, so it's a great option if you have sensitive skin. And did I mention it's plated in 18-karat gold? Rose gold? Because it is.


3. A Self-Massager That Targets Your Trigger Points

Gideon Therapeutic Dual Trigger Point Self-Massage Tool, $14, Amazon

If you struggle with muscle aches, pains, and stiffness, this neck and shoulder massager is for you. Outfitted with two firm golf-like balls that specifically target trigger points, it's actually designed to mimic a massage therapist's hands. With ergonomic handles, this self-massage tool gives you control, so you can direct the pace and force of the massage as you work those knots out. This is a great alternative to electronic massagers, which don't always get the intensity just right.


4. These Earplugs That Are Completely Invisible

EarDial Earplugs, $28, Amazon

Earplugs are essential for any fan of live music — because they can lower the potential of any irreversible hearing loss. But if you're not keen on those brightly-colored foam earplugs, check out these transparent, reusable silicone earplugs that blend in with any skin tone. Not only are they invisible, they're highly protective while still allowing you to hear all frequencies of the music. The best part? The earplugs come with a companion app that measures the decibel level of your environment, so you can be sure you're listening with optimum safety awareness.


5. A Pivoting Surge Protector That Anyone Could Really Use

ECHOGEAR On-Wall Surge Protector, $15, Amazon

This surge protector is the ultimate when it comes to convenience and protecting your devices from power surges. It plugs into any existing outlet and transforms it into six separate outlets that pivot so you can plug electronics in from any direction. It also helps boost clean power signals, which translates into a longer life for your devices — and that translates to saving money in the long run.


6. This Curling Iron That Takes The Mystery Out of Hairstyling

Kiss Products Ceramic Instawave Automatic Hair Curler, $45, Amazon

It can be surprisingly tricky to manipulate a curling iron, and some of us (me) walk away with hair that loses its curl or is only half-styled. This ceramic automatic hair curler takes the mystery out of the process by wrapping your hair around the iron with the touch of a button — no work for you at all, just a consistent and effortless style. Depending on the look you're going for, you can opt for curls or waves and you can adjust the heat setting to fit your hair type. One reviewer says, "I can do it with one hand tied behind my back and my whole head is done in under 5 minutes!"


7. This Portable Oven That Goes With You Anywhere

HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven, $40, Amazon

This personal portable oven can go with you anywhere: the office, long road trips, and — if you have something to plug it into —camping. Weighing in at only 1 pound, this lightweight container can cook and reheat food, or simply act as an insulated lunchbox that keeps your baked ziti warm for hours. One reviewer writes: "I prep some of my meals during the week and this little thing keeps food hot and ready to eat within 60 to 90 minutes depends on how cold your food is!"


8. The Wireless Headphones That Are All About That Bass

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones, $20, Amazon

These wireless Bluetooth headphones are designed to give you a richer audio experience by tuning the bass, a feature that's often missing with traditional earbuds. You can also adjust all levels of the audio, for a fuller sound that suits you. These headphones come with three sizes of memory foam ear tips, so you can get the most comfortable fit possible. Best of all? They're sweat-resistant and cord-free, so you don't have to worry about damage or tangles if you take them for a spin on a mid-day jog.


9. This Magnetic Massage Pillow

ZenGuru Acupressure Massage U-Shaped Neck Pillow, $30, Amazon

This acupressure neck pillow isn't just for supporting your bobbing head on red-eye flights. (Although you can certainly use it for that.) It's actually outfitted with magnets that create magnetostatic fields to target and relieve pressure point pain. And if you haven't hopped on the magnetic therapy train, now's the time. Besides relieving muscle soreness, the magnets are also meant to promote overall relaxation, boost endorphins, and encourage a good night's sleep.


10. A Travel Mug That Gives You Instant Iced Coffee

Zoku Teal Iced Coffee Maker, $33, Amazon

Looking for a caffeine boost without the heat? This is for you. All you have to do is take your pre-chilled Zoku mug directly from the freezer, pour in your coffee and cover with the insulated sleeve to keep things icy. It works with drip coffee, pour over, or single-cup machines. The stainless steel mug can hold up to 11 ounces and comes with a matching straw that keeps spills to a minimum. Oh, and, there's actually no ice involved.


11. This Compact Mirror That Doubles As A Phone Charger

Shinngo Handheld Power Bank Mirror, $21, Amazon

This two-in-one handheld power bank mirror is great for those moments when you need to perfect your look and charge your phone before snapping a selfie. The compact contains a normal mirror and a magnified mirror, so you can get up close and personal. There's also an LED light, which is helpful for applying lipstick in dark environments. It's surprisingly small and lightweight and can charge iPhones, iPads, and Androids.


12. A Footstool That Makes Going Easier

Squatty Potty Original Bathroom Toilet Stool, $25, Amazon

Yep. This is a thing that exists. The Squatty Potty is a small stool that's meant to mimic the stance humans were originally meant to take when it comes to number two for an easier time in the bathroom. Reviewers swear by it: "I don't know what to do with all the extra time I save now that I poop faster. I think I may take up cross-stitching." The stool sits conveniently at the base of your toilet and you can choose from two sizes depending on the height of your toilet and, well, your flexibility when it comes to squatting.


13. This Combo Mandoline / Slicer / Chopper

Round Mandoline Slicer and Grater, $25, Amazon

This combination mandoline slicer and grater is a must if you spend any time in the kitchen at all. It includes three interchangeable drum blades so you can grate, shred, and slice with a simple turn of the handle. A suction on the bottom grips to the counter, so there's no risk of slipping, and you can use it on just about anything. Try it on cheese, nuts, chocolate, fruit, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, and cucumbers — this thing does it all. It's also stainless steel, BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and doesn't even require the use of electricity.


14. A Headache Hat That Provides Migraine Relief

The Original Headache Hat Wearable Ice Pack, $40, Amazon

This wearable ice pack provides instant cooling therapy for headaches and migraines. Made from cotton, Lycra, and microfleece, the hat contains individually wrapped ice cubes that target multiple pain points on your head. The cubes can even be adjusted so you get the greatest comfort and relief possible, and you can wear it multiple ways: on the side, on the back of your head, or over your eyes — which is especially helpful when you're trying to block out as much light as possible.


15. This Air Freshener That Gets Rid of Airborne Germs

Germ Guardian Air Sanitizer, $35, Amazon

Germaphobes, rejoice. The Germ Guardian Air Sanitizer uses light wavelength technology to sanitize the air and fend off airborne bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. It's also great for freshening the air and neutralizing odors from cooking, pets, smoke, and laundry — and all you have to do is plug it in to get it to work. Use it during cold and flu season, or really, anytime: reviewers swear by this genius little gadget.


16. A Magnetized Dish That Keeps Your Bobby Pins Organized

HairpinPal Bobby Pin and Magnetic Clip Holder, $14, Amazon

Constantly finding bobby pins littered all over your apartment? This magnetic hair pin holder keeps them all in one place. The magnets are strong enough that you can just toss them in and they'll stick. Or you can simply sweep them over a pile of hair clips, and it'll pick them right up. Plus it keeps them lined up neatly in the dish — no more fumbling for a hair clip with one hand while you're trying to hold your hair up with the other.


17. A Pocket-Sized Tool That Does It All

Tactica M100 Multitool, $40, Amazon

It might look unassuming, but this small, lightweight multitool actually contains 18 tools, including a box cutter, a bottle opener, wrenches, rulers, and both Philips and flat head screwdrivers. It's made out of hardened stainless steel and it's non-scratch — meaning it won't damage any digital devices it may rub up against in your pocket or purse. Keep it on hand for any issues that might come up when you're biking or snowboarding, or just keep it on hand to help out your mechanically-challenged friends in a pinch.


18. A Reusable Notebook That's Tech And Environmentally-Conscious

Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook, $32, Amazon

Do you prefer a pen and experience, but hate wasting resources? Check out the magical Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook. It includes 36 reusable pages that wipe clean with a damp cloth — just use the accompanying Pilot FriXion pen to make notes and allow 15 seconds for the ink to dry and bond to the page. Here's something else that's magical: you can use the Rocketbook app to transfer your notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud and email.


19. A Facial Brush That Smooths Your Skin

MS.DEAR Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, $15, Amazon

This electric vibrating facial brush is a wonder for keeping skin smooth and free of dirt or traces of makeup. It cleanses and softly massages the skin, while also exfoliating and stimulating microcirculation and collagen production. It's made from medical-grade silicone and the bristles are designed so that you use different parts of the brush on specific parts of the face and get the most effective clean possible. Plug it in for a quick charge, and then massage gently over the face to prevent clogged pores and acne breakouts.


20. A Knife That Makes Spreading Butter A Cinch

Easy Butter Spreader, $14, Amazon

The thin blade on this butter spreader makes hacking away at hard butter (and hopelessly trying to spread it on your toast) a thing of the past. You can also use it to cut bread, scoop butter, and — if you're feeling fancy — to make butter curls. The spreader is made of dishwasher-safe, durable stainless steel, and it's ergonomically designed with safety in mind, so no need to worry about cuts or nicks.


21. This Genius Machine That Cooks Eggs

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, $27, Amazon

This egg cooker is incredibly fun and versatile. All you have to do is plug it in and push a button and — voilà! You have eggs any way you like them. You can choose from hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, scrambled, or individual omelets. There's space for six eggs and it'll shut off automatically to prevent overcooking. It's dishwasher-safe and small enough that you won't have to worry about it taking up too much counter space, too.


22. The Robot That Does The Vacuuming For You

Deik Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $160, Amazon

Robot vacuums will never not seem futuristic and I am totally on board. The Deik Robot Vacuum operates on five cleaning modes: auto, spot-cleaning, wall-following, and turbo boost cleaning. It has a navigation sensor that automatically adjusts depending on whether it's on carpet, tile, hardwood, or laminate. It's also guaranteed not to bump into anything or fall off stairs. The vacuum runs for up to 60 minutes, then returns to its charging dock for more battery power. So go ahead — make this robot your own personal Cinderella.


23. A Rolling Gadget That Chops Garlic

Chef'n Garlic Zoom Garlic Chopper, $9, Amazon

Forget the knife and cutting board. With this garlic chopper, all you need to do is place a garlic clove into the chamber and roll the gadget across a smooth surface. The interior blades will mince or coarsely chop the clove, depending on how much you roll the chopper. And one reviewer says it works great with chilis and fresh herbs as well, so ahead and experiment.


24. A Light-Up Wand That Gets Rid Of Acne

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $17, Amazon

This is so much better than putting toothpaste on your pimples. The Neutrogena Light Therapy Spot Treatment uses two types of light to spot-treat acne breakouts. The blue light penetrates beneath the surface of the skin to eliminate pimple-causing bacteria, while the red light works to reduce inflammation. It's powerful enough to speed up the healing process, but gentle enough to work without causing flaking or itching. All you have to do is apply the wand directly to clean skin for two minutes, three times a day.


25. A Breakfast Sandwich Maker That Makes Mornings Delicious

Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $35, Amazon

Breakfast sandwiches are often relegated to the realm of hungover Saturdays and breakfasts out. The toaster and use of multiple pans just gets a little complicated, especially for those mornings when you're rushing off to work. But this breakfast sandwich maker is a no-fuss way to up your pre-work breakfast game. Just load up the maker with your fave ingredients: eggs, cheese, pre-cooked bacon, sausage, veggies, and a bagel or English muffin — and then it's ready in five minutes.


26. A Squeezer So You Don't Waste A Bit Of Toothpaste

Simon Stelz Toothpaste Tube Squeezer, $4 (5 Pack), Amazon

This toothpaste tube squeezer saves up to 30 percent of what's usually wasted in toothpaste tubes. Say what? It's a real money-saver and will keep you from making unnecessary trips to the drug store. And it's not just for toothpaste. You can clamp one of these on moisturizers, ointments, foundations, creams, and — if you're the artistic type — paints. In other words, use this on any type of tube to get the most bang for your buck.


27. A Tool That Makes Cutting Hair A Breeze

CreaClip Professional Hair Cutting Tool Set, $25, Amazon

This hair cutting tool set takes the bravery out of cutting your own hair (or your friend's). You simply clip the tool into your hair and it keeps everything locked in place as you trim. There's a built-in level that adjusts every 22 degrees, so you get a balanced and precise cut. It works for all types of hair textures, including curly hair. The set comes with a small straight tool for bangs and shorter hair, as well as a larger curved tool for softer, layered styles.


28. An LED Light That Makes Teeth Whiter

Dental Duty Teeth Whitening Accelerator Light, $17, Amazon

A little LED light technology goes a long way when it comes to getting brighter teeth. This whitening accelerator works in combination with whitening gel or whitening strips to remove set-in stains beneath the enamel. You'll get more dramatic results (and you'll get them faster) than using white strips or gel alone. All you do is place the tray in your mouth and let the blue light do its work. One reviewer writes: "I use it with my gel from the dentist. I drink coffee and diet soda all day so this has really helped remove those surface stains."


29. The Clamp That Mounts Your Tablet Or Phone To Your Computer

Mountie by Ten One Design, $25, Amazon

Want to scroll through Yelp while you FaceTime? Looking to catch the game while you write that report? This tablet and phone mount has you covered. You can simply mount your tablet or phone to your computer screen and reap the benefits of multi-screens and multi-tasking. The design ensures that there's no screen overlap and that all screens are eye level. It also comes with five different rubberized grips to fit all kinds of devices.


30. A Wall Accessory That Tracks Energy Consumption

Elgato Eve Energy Switch & Power Meter, $45, Amazon

This switch and power meter plugs into a socket and uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your iPhone or iPad. The meter gathers data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and energy consumption. The results are shown on graphs, which can help you track energy consumption by day, month, or year. You can also use it to switch your devices on and off with your phone — like lamps, fans, and humidifiers.


31. This Activity And Sleep Tracker That Looks Like A Minimalist Bracelet

Amazfit Equator Activity + Sleep Tracker, $45, Amazon

This hypoallergenic, water-resistant activity and sleep tracker is great if you don't want it to be super obvious you're wearing a tracker. It's lightweight, slim, and minimalist in design. The ceramic core tracks distance traveled and steps taken — but it works for sleep too, so you know how long and how well you slept. You can also set it up to alert you to alarms and incoming calls with a low-key, noiseless vibration.


32. An LED Light That Makes Your Toilet Glow

16-Color Motion Activated Toilet Light, $11, Amazon

Maybe you have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night often. Or maybe you're just looking to add some disco decadence to your life. Either way, this motion-activated toilet light is a winner. The bowl-illuminating light turns on when it senses movement within 15 feet of the toilet, and it rotates between 16 colors. You can also choose just one solid color, if that's more your style. There are five brightness settings, and don't worry, it's splash-proof and easy to clean.


33. This Mug That Keeps Your Drinks Hot All Day

Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $80, Amazon

Growing up, my best friend's mom would sip on a cup of coffee all day. I bet she would've loved this temperature control ceramic mug. The mug keeps the temperature of hot drinks completely stable for an hour. And if you use the charger/coaster, you can maintain a steady temperature throughout the day. With the help of an app, you can remotely adjust the mug to your ideal temperature, personalize LED color, and choose and save temperature presets for various drinks.

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