One of my favorite ways to decide which products to invest in is getting recommendations from my friends. Brands say all kinds of things in their marketing, but if I know someone who's actually bought the item and tested it out, then I know I can trust what they say. Of course sometimes I'm checking out a product and I don't have any person recs to rely on. What to do then?
Lucky for me (and you), the 22 Words community has a huge crew of readers who let us know when they love a product so that we can tell you all about it. Here are the top 37 products that our readers recommend.
We hope you find these products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: We are a participant in the Amazon affiliate program, and may receive a share of sales from links on this page. Prices on Amazon fluctuate so anything mentioned below might change as soon we publish it!
Soothe Dry Eyes With This Heated Eye Maskvia Amazon
This Heated Eye Mask is here to soothe your dry, tired eyes. Filled with flax seeds, the mask provides a moist heat that's wonderfully soothing. Unlike regular compresses that only stay hot a minute or two, the built-in heating element gives three levels of warmth that lasts as long as you need it. Includes a USB charging cord and wall plug for easy use.
Stop Dripping Everywhere -- Get These Hair Drying Scrunchiesvia Amazon
You've heard of microfiber hair drying turbans, but how about packing that technology into a humble hair tie? That's the idea behind this two-pack of ultra-soft hair drying scrunchies. The thick white fabric has a delightful spa vibe and is gentle on wet hair. As a sweet bonus, you'll feel good knowing you're supporting a self-financed, woman-owned company based in Los Angeles.
Deep Clean Your Skin Without The Heavy Price Tag With This Skin Scrubbervia Amazon
I recently became somewhat of a skincare addict. The older I get, the less I want to look like I'm getting older. And that all starts with a good skincare routine. So, I am a bit of a sucker for new products that deliver crazy results–like this skin scrubber. It deeply cleans the skin through high-frequency vibration, stimulates collagen regeneration, and eliminates whiteheads and blackheads.
This Storage Ottoman Keeps Things Neatvia Amazon
I love these little ottomans! They're great for storing blankets in, and they can also be used as foot rest or stool. As a bonus for me, they fit between the back of my couch and the window in my oddly shaped living room. They come in a bunch of colors that go with any decor, so they're super versatile in any room. This reviewer pic shows how much you can fit in there: and it's a LOT!
You Can Do So, So Much With This Marble Contact Papervia Amazon
I've used this marble contact paper for so many DIY projects that I always keep a spare roll around. When I moved into an ugly apartment, I used it to cover up laminate countertops, and I've even used it to spice up a boring desk — think of it like a big sticker that you can use to hide ugly stuff. The best part about it? I've even safely used it around sinks, as it's made from water-resistant vinyl that won't bubble when damp.
This Foot Spa Massager for Ultimate Relaxation and Feet Rejuvenationvia Amazon
Treating your feet to a spa massage rejuvenates the whole body and boosts circulation, which is why I love this foot spa massager.
There is temperature control to optimize the spa to your perfect setting, and the massage rollers at the bottom are removable. No wonder it's a best seller on Amazon.
This Step Tracker That Works For Kids And Adultsvia Amazon
Need a simple step tracker that will keep up with all of your outdoor activities? This tracker logs your activity, calories, and even monitors your sleep. It's technically made for kids and teens, but the band can fit some adults as well. You're never too young or too old to live a healthy lifestyle, and this one will keep going whether you're hiking through the mountains or playing in the backyard.
The Tool That Cleans Your Windows On Both Sidesvia Amazon
My apartment building is too cheap to hire a company to clean our windows, so I decided to try out this little gadget. Shockingly, it works really well — just get the scrubber pads on the inside wet with soap and water, then pop both halves onto either side of any dirty window. The built-in magnets will keep them connected as you move it around, while the squeegee bar helps prevent streaks.
This Wi-Fi Range Extender Really Works, According To Over 54k Reviewersvia Amazon
If your Wi-Fi signal is weak in certain areas of your home, it can be super annoying when you're trying to connect. Pick up with Wi-Fi signal extender to fix that problem and get a great connection anywhere. A happy reviewer even used it to improve the signal to his Ring doorbell so he could control it from anywhere in the house!
Play With Color and Sparkle With This Gorgeous Eyeshadow Palettevia Amazon
From nude pink to soft brown to berry shades, this palette has a beautiful array of color choices. There are 11 velvety mattes, four reflective shimmers, two copper glitters, and one satin pearl. Plus the array of colors means that you can opt for a more subtle, natural look, or go big and bold. Smooth and creamy, these shadows can be yours for under $10!
These Waterproof Phone Cases That Keep Your Belongings High And Dryvia Amazon
Even though they're advertised as phone cases, these pouches are large enough that you can fit your phone, ID, keys, cards, cash, and more inside. I use mine whenever I'm going to the pool, or if I want to take my phone with me as I wade into the ocean. Unlike other waterproof pouches, these ones are also touch-sensitive so that you don't have to take your phone out in order for it to register your thumb strokes. It's amazingly cool and practical.
Go On, Get Your Glow On
Hi, I am a recovering tanning bed-aholic. In fairness, sunless tanners used to be simply awful. They were streaky and spotty and smelled horrid. Today's sunless tanners are miles ahead of their counterparts from the 1990s, including this bronzing mousse from St. Tropez. Achieve a sunkissed look with no harmful UV exposure and, best yet, no streaky finish or musty smell.
You'll Be Glad to Have This Nifty Little Ring Sizervia Amazon
Ordering jewelry online just got easier, thanks to this affordable little Ring Sizer. It's earning solid ratings on Amazon, with one customer writing, "Very easy to use! Able to order a ring online much cheaper than at jewelry store and not need to worry with any re-sizing cost/time." I didn't know I needed this until I saw it, but it's so handy.
Stay With Me: Bio-Oil, But In Gel Formvia Amazon
I've been a big fan of Bio-Oil for a long time so imagine my surprise when I discovered Bio-Oil also comes in a dry skin gel. I'm serious; this is not a joke. This product comes in a little pot and contains a mix of Bio-Oils to improve dry skin quickly. Beyond that, Bio-Oil is designed to protect skin's natural moisture barrier and soothe flaky skin, cracks, and dry spots.
These Makeup Brushes Are Soft And Shed-Freevia Amazon
Even the biggest beauty snobs are obsessed with this makeup brush set, which has over 44,000 positive reviews and counting. The shed-free design keeps them looking and performing like new year after year. Plus, the 16-piece set comes with everything your makeup guru will need for a flawless look.
Tired Of The Cold? Get This Space Heatervia Amazon
I'm fortunate enough to live in the desert, so my winters are never too brutal. But I know that in most places in the world, this isn't the case. And who wants crazy expensive electric bills because of the heater? I know I don't. This space heater will not only keep your space feeling warm and cozy, but it's also super aesthetically pleasing, so you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort.
Say Goodbye To Dark Circles With The Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Creamvia Amazon
Our eyes are one of the most overlooked parts of the body, and yet they are the area that begins to show aging the fastest. Because the skin is so thin, it dries out quickly and is one of the first areas to show signs of wrinkling. The Cetaphil hydrating eye cream helps moisturize this delicate skin and keep you looking youthful. Start using it now so you'll have healthy, happy skin for years.
These Measuring Spoons That Won't Go Missingvia AmazonEverybody's had a visit from The Measuring Spoon Fairy, who quietly steals one random measuring spoon the night before you're going to use it — so grab these magnetic spoons instead. They won't go missing like your other spoons since they stick together, and they're shaped so that they'll fit into narrow jars and containers. And if you're worried about them being flimsy, fear not — each one is made from food-safe stainless steel.
Revitalize Your Hair With Caffeinated Shampoovia Amazon
Caffeine in my cup? Yes, please! Caffeine in my hair? Hold up a second! I'd never honestly given a thought to caffeinated shampoo until I saw this biotin shampoo and conditioner set from Paisle. Apparently, caffeine assists with hair growth. Who knew? The accompanying thickening conditioner is the perfect end to a wash, both gentle and lightweight. Reviewers rave about this product, from its scent to how well it works.
Keep your hands busy and build strength at the same time with this workout kitvia AmazonIf you're looking for a fidget toy to use during Zoom calls, why not go for one that improves your strength and agility? These aren't exactly toys, but they're pretty fun to use, and will serve the same purpose as fidget spinners, but with added benefits. This set comes with a grip strengthener, a finger exerciser, a finger stretcher resistance band, a hand strengthener grip ring and a stress relief grip ball.
These Reusable Pouches Are Genius For Kidsvia Amazon
When my kids were little, we'd go through tons of food pouches a week, and at over a dollar each, the cost really started to add up. I really wish I'd had these refillable ones a few years ago! You can fill them up with smoothies, pureed fruit, and veggie mixes, applesauce, yogurt, whatever your kids love to eat, but that's way too messy to take on the go. These keep the mess contained and offer the perfect snack kids can enjoy anytime, anywhere.
This Heritage Copper Fan Adds A Touch of Old-Fashioned Romance to The Roomvia Amazon
Vintage glamor doesn't have to cost a fortune, as this brushed copper fan proves. Copper adds a bit of romance to any room, so snagging one of these fans means you don't have to have an unsightly plastic number cluttering up your space. But beauty doesn't mean impractical: they're high-quality for those hot summer nights.
This Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin Is an Amazon Buyer Favevia Amazon
Micellar water is an all-natural way to remove makeup and clean skin without soap or water. You can even use it safely on your eyes. This one from Bioderma is an Amazon bestseller, rating 4.7 stars on more than 20,000 purchases. I love how straightforward and simple this product is: it gets the job done with no extra fluff.
Hair Colors Limited Only By Your Imaginationvia Amazon
I've lost count, but I think I'm on hair color No. 5 over the past year or so. I've been blonde, brown, purple, lavender, deep red, and now pink. (Oops, that's six.) Anyway, none of that would have been possible — safely — without the help of Keracolor's color + clenditioner. Available in 19 colors, it deposits color while cleaning and conditioning and washes out after roughly 10 to 15 washes. I'm headed back soon for the teal or maybe the emerald.
A Scrub Made With 100% Pure Shea Buttervia AmazonDo you ever look at your skin and think to yourself "Man, I could use a scrub?" Then grab this one. I like that it's formulated with 100% natural shea butter as well as mango puree — and it just smells good too. It also contains zero parabens, and each tub is made right here in the United States.
Rice, Rice, Babyvia Amazon
Rice is deceptive, isn't it? It seems so simple, yet so many people struggle with cooking it properly. Cook it too long, and it's gummy; too short, and it's still crunchy. This four-piece rice cooker will eliminate all your grain-cooking problems. You can make up to six cups of rice, quinoa, or even oats with this bad boy, which includes everything pictured: The bowl, locking lid, measuring cup, and rice paddle.
This Travelpro Luggagevia AmazonNeed more packing room but still want a carry-on? Try this Travelpro 21-inch suitcase on spinner wheels that'll fit in the overhead compartment easily but lets you pack for at least a week. It has over 2,200 rave reviews for being lightweight but sturdy enough to handle being knocked around. And that dusty rose color!
This Is the Best Surge Protector Power Strip I've Ever Boughtvia Amazon
Not to get all nerdy on you, but this surge protector power strip is amazing! It's so smartly designed, with three-prong outlets widely spaced and facing in three different directions. This makes it super easy to fit all your plugs in comfortably. And it's got three smart USB ports for charging your phone, tablet, and other devices. Buyers rate this baby 4.8 stars!
This Eyeglass Cleaning Kit Has It All!via AmazonI have many pairs of eyeglasses that need cleaning on the regular. This cleaner was rated so highly on Amazon (4.6 on more than 5,000 ratings) that I had to give it a try. Now I’m a convert! With the travel kit, I got two 2oz spray bottles, two microfiber cloths, a super cute travel case and a repair screwdriver.
Cure Dry Skin In An Instant With This Neutrogena Hydro Boost Winter Setvia Amazon
I've suffered from dry skin my entire life. It doesn't help that I live in the desert either. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost set is ideal for anyone that suffers from the same problem. It includes a hydrating cleansing gel, a water gel with hyaluronic acid, and a hand gel cream, so your entire body will be moisturized AF.
Wake Up With Pillowy Soft Lips With This Overnight Lip Maskvia Amazon
My lips are insanely dry, which is one of the most uncomfortable experiences in life. So of course I had to include a lip mask on this list. Put a generous amount on before bed and wake up with pillowy-soft lips in the morning thanks to its Muru Muru butter, plum blossom extract, and AHA.
These Fridge Liners Keep Your Groceries Freshvia Amazon
Every single year, my new year's resolution is to eat more fruits and vegetables. And every year, on the 1st of January, I go to the grocery store and load up my cart in the produce section until it's overflowing. That's all well and good until a week goes by and my crisper drawers are filled with rotting apples, berries, and cucumbers. These Dualplex Fruit & Veggie Life Extender Liners are the key to helping me stick to my resolutions.
If you're a long-time embroiderer or cross-stitcher, there's one name that you have to know in the floss game: DMC. DMC is the powerhouse of embroidery floss. If you've ever looked at a pattern and seen the colors numbered for your convenience, they're using the DMC numbers. This pack of 36 colors is a great starting option for new stitchers who want to build up their collection of floss. And as someone with over 200 flosses currently in their possession, you absolutely want to start building up your collection.
These Moss Poles Help Climbing Plants Grow Up Tall and Strongvia Amazon
If you have a container plant (indoors or out) that needs support, these Moss Poles can help! Plants cling easily to the natural fiber made from coconut husks. It's earning solid ratings from Amazon customers, with one 5-star review saying, "Sturdy. This post was exactly what I needed for a potted pothos ivy that hangs to the floor."
Poach Eggs With Pizzazzvia Amazon
This eggcellent addition to your kitchen gadgetry will create perfectly poached eggs in your microwave in no more than 90 seconds. Add water with the included measuring cup, crack your eggs and add them, then cover the container with the lid. You can easily remove the eggs once finished, thanks to the insert design. Now you have no excuse for eating cold pizza for breakfast ever again.
This Compact Power Strip Is Handy for Travel
With three outlets and three USB ports, this Compact Power Strip is a must-have for travel. It's made by Anker, a well-respected brand known for high-value, low-cost peripherals. I love that the placement of the ports means large chargers don't run into each other, so you get access to every port no matter what.
This Zink Polaroid Camera Has A Built-In Photo Printer
It can be a drag to have to upload pics to print them from your instant Polaroid camera, but not with this one! It has a built-in ink-free printer that creates full-color, smudge-proof 2x3 photos to hang up all over their rooms or to create fun art collages. It comes in seven fun colors and has a selfie mode or timer for group shots! Simply fill it with photo paper and get snapping! This is a great gift for a bridal party or even a family with a new baby.