Are you a fan of nifty gadgets and holy grail products but don't really find the research of browsing the endless pages of Amazon.com enjoyable? I find I get fed up and lose interest because there is so much choice. How do you know if these gadgets are any good? Which ones will you use always and which ones actually give you bang for your dollar? There is no magical filter on Amazon.com so unfortunately you need to rely on using it yourself or find a comprehensive list so you can get right to the good stuff. Luckily for you, we've got you covered. We've written about hundred (and hundreds...) of products over the years and we have taken all the positive reviews from our readers' and made our own list of the items on Amazon that we think are the best and most popular products based on performance and functionality. This list contains the 37 of the most popular products we've ever featured, and trust me on this, they do not disappoint. From nifty gadgets that make your life easier to beauty product with over 10,000 positive reviews, these are the holy grail products that you need to know about.
These Flexible Ice Molds Are Not Your Average Ice Trayvia Amazon
I know what you're thinking: "Hey, these are just ice cube trays." Well, yes and no. They are indeed ice cube trays, but the uses here are endless, thanks to the silicone bottom that allows you to pop one out at a time. You can use these to save coffee, freeze herbs or store homemade baby food. When it's time to clean them, simply pop them in the dishwasher.
This Gadget Means No More Mess on Surfaces
A utensil rest is a lifesaver if you do a lot of cooking. This silicone utensil rest has enough room for all your utensils and prevents messy benches after you have finished your masterpiece. It's available in two shades of gray, red, and turquoise so it comes in a range of colors to suit your decor.
This Seat Cushion and Lumbar Pillow Set for Back Relief While Working
Whether you sit in an office chair for long periods of the day or drive a lot, this comfortable memory foam seat cushion and lumbar pillow combo is a must-have. It molds to your body to support the butt, legs, and back, all while creating a luxuriously comfortable sitting position. Your posture and comfort levels will dramatically improve; trust me!
These Cold Therapy Packs Give a Dose of Cute Comfort for Fevers and Teething
When my kids were little, I always kept a stack of these cute ice therapy packs in the freezer for everything from fevers, to toothaches to bumps and bruises. This set of four ice packs can be wiped clean and used over and over for cool relief.
Perfect Your Own Homemade Cold Brew with this Coffee Maker
Everyone knows that if you forgo the expensive store bought coffees then you save money. You need to invest in the right equipment to make sure it will last and this cold brew maker is just the best buy. Making coffee at home has never been easier. It produces a week's worth of cold brew that you can keep in your fridge and enjoy for a few days. Doesn't get much easier than that.
Go Hands-Free at Your Next Picnic or Beach Day with this Bamboo Tablevia Amazon
When enjoying a picnic at the park or beach, the last thing you want to worry about is trying to balance your food and drinks. Especially if sand is involved. This bamboo table offers two glass holders for a spill-free outing, while the small table section can double as a cutting board or serve as a table for your cheese and crackers.
This Ultra Sharp Tenderizing Tool that Reduces Cooking Time by 40%
Hammering away at your steak will tenderize it, but it'll also flatten it out — so use this needle tenderizer instead. The 48-needles are made from sharp stainless steel, while the handle is made from tough ABS plastic. And since it's dishwasher-safe, cleaning up is almost too easy.
If You Like Mashed Potatoes, You Need This Potato Ricer
I personally think mashed potatoes are the best potato dish. And they are even better if you're making 'em real good with a potato ricer like this one. What's the difference? The ricer grinds your spuds into small, rice-sized bits so that your mashed potatoes have a creamy texture that's lump-free. And with three interchangeable ricing discs, you can also use it to make cauliflower, pierogies, shepherd's pie, and more.
This Microwave Shelf Heats More Dishes and Prevents Scalded Hands
Who gets to go first in the microwave? Whoever gets there first? Whoever is hungriest? This plate stacker means no more fighting over microwave time or space since it can accommodate two full-sized dinner plates at the same time. Now you can actually eat dinner together instead of one person eating so their food doesn't get cold while the other is still heating up their meal. Also, it's great for holding hot plates so you don't scald your hands.
This Neck Massager for the Best Deep Tissue Massage You Will Ever Havevia Amazon
I love treating myself to a neck massage, and with this electric deep tissue massager, I treat myself every day! It really gets into your muscles and has not only aided my deep tissue but also relieved my mental stress. No wonder it's been ranked an Amazon's Choice product!
This Whole-Meal Microwave Cooker Prepares Your Meal in Minutesvia Amazon
This whole-meal microwave cooker is the perfect prepping solution for meals on-the-run. It quickly and fully cooks, steams, roasts, or poaches rice, chicken, steak, eggs, bacon, veggies, pasta, and more in one convenient and compact gadget. No matter what you're cooking, you can do it quickly and conveniently by pulling out just one tool from your kitchen cabinets.
Organize Your Medication and Never Miss A Dose When You Are On The Runvia Amazon
I've graduated to that state of adulthood that requires multiple pills at various times of the day. A weekly pill organizer like this one has been a huge time-saver for me because everything is in one place, and I can grab the day's medications, throw them in my bag and go. Separate compartments for morning and evening make it even easier to keep everything straight.
These Individual Cupcake Containers for Bake Sales and Giftsvia Amazon
I'm ordering these individual cupcake containers, so I'll be ready the next time my kids' school asks for baked goods! They're earning top marks from Amazon customers; one reviewer wrote, "I purchased these to use for the cupcakes I made for my son's drive-by graduation party. We received lots of compliments from our friends and family on how nice they looked. They appreciated the individual containers, and nearly all of them assumed we purchased them from a bakery."
These Waterproof Bandages Come in a Variety of Cool Prints for Kids
My kids seem to get scrapes and cuts on the areas that get frequent washing, like their hands, so it's near impossible to keep bandages on. Until I found these "bravery badges"! These stay on so well and are actually waterproof, so they protect the wound from moisture wonderfully.
This Organic Hyaluronic Acid Lip Serum is Soothing and Packed With Moisturevia Amazon
There are a lot of lip products out there on the market. I know it, you know it, everyone from L'Oreal on down knows it. That doesn't stop new products from popping up all the time, though, and even the little guys like Leovard get into it with their lip luster lip serum. This product is great because it's natural and organic and the magic ingredient is hyaluronic acid which plumps the lips and provides a ton of moisture to keep your lips soft.
These Cutting Boards are Color Coded to Prevent Contamination in Your Kitchenvia Amazon
I read it's safer to have different cutting boards for meat, veggies, etc, so I got this set of four flexible ones that are color-coded. Simply assign a color to a certain food - for example, yellow is for chicken, green for veggies. These are so easy to clean, too, and they take up virtually no storage room, unlike their bulky, unwieldy cousins.
This Portable Blender for Smoothies and Protein Shakes on the Govia Amazon
I love my Vitamix, but it's not like I can take it with me on vacations or work. For blending and juicing on the go, there's nothing better than this Portable Blender, which charges via USB cord. Customers appreciate the handy accessories and the low price!
These Sheet Savers Ensure Even Dryingvia Amazon
It's so annoying when laundry gets tangled up in wet sheets and neither of them dries well. These bedsheet savers help combat exactly that by making it harder for clothing to get trapped inside the sheets and helps everything dry completely up to 75% faster. They'll also reduce wrinkles in your sheets if having a smooth bed is something you crave.
This Double Insulated S'well Mug Keeps Drinks Hot for 16 Hours
Sure, their water bottles are amazing, but did you know S'well also makes super-insulated mugs that'll keep your beverage hot for ages? "Man oh man, my drink stays hot for hours! It is easy to clean and has a nice profile. I especially like how the lid is so comfy on my mouth! I like how it feels in my hand. Another thing I really like is that no matter how hot your drink is in the inside, the outside remains at room temperature." - cc
These Granite Whiskey Stones Will Chill Your Cocktails but Won't Dilute Them
You don't have to like whiskey to appreciate these whiskey stones. They'll keep any cocktail cold without watering them down like ice will — and each one is made from solid granite. Plus, one reviewer wrote about how they accidentally dropped one without any breakage.
You'll Pop, and You Won't Stopvia Amazon
I live for popcorn. It is quite literally one of my favorite foods and, while I enjoy it most at the movie theater, I'm not opposed to a good popcorn night at home. This popcorn popper heats evenly after you've added your kernels, butter or oil and desired seasonings so you don't end up with a bunch of unpopped kernels at the bottom of your bowl. Now ... what's on Netflix?
This Fitbit Smartwatch with Alexa Built-In
I'm constantly tracking my vitals, whether I'm working out or even sleeping, and this is my go-to Fitbit smartwatch for the job. The great thing about this watch is that Amazon Alexa is built into it, so you can also get your news, weather and control your smart home devices all through the gadget.
This Steamer Basket is a Universal Fit and is the Healthiest Way to Cookvia Amazon
If you've never tried steaming your food, I highly suggest this steamer basket. Not only is it made from rustproof stainless steel, but it also expands to fit any pan up to nine inches. And if you love dumplings as much as I do, but can never seem to get them to fry correctly in a pan — yeah, this basket is definitely worth a closer look.
You Mil-do Need this Gel Mold and Mildew Cleanervia Amazon
I loathe the dirt and grime that clings to grout and sealants in places like your shower and around your sinks. That stuff never wants to come off. Enter this mold and mildew gel cleaner. All you have to do is apply it and walk away. No, seriously. Go put your feet up or read a book. After three to five hours, you can return to the scene of the crime, wipe the cleaner away and enjoy clean grout and sealant again.
These Knee Pads are Little Pillows for Your Knees
Your next yard project can get a whole lot easier with this set of Knee Pads. They feature a soft gel core and foam padding, along with sturdy straps to provide ergonomic support for long stretches of kneeling on the ground.
This Electric Can Opener Does the Work for You
All you gotta do is pop this can opener onto your can, then press the big green button on top — it'll start working its way around the lid without any twisting or turning needed from you. It's perfect for anyone with arthritis, and the built-in magnet keeps the lid in place once separated.
Need a "Perc" Up in a Hurry... This Microwave Drink Percolator
Do you like to kick it old-school with your beverages? Maybe you don't have enough counter space for a coffee maker. Either way, this microwave percolator will let you brew a cup of coffee or tea in a space-saving design. Add your water, grounds (in a filter, duh), and then nuke your way to a cup of liquid courage.
For Those Days You Need an Extra Hand Whilst You are Cooking
Have you ever wished for an extra set of hands in the kitchen? Or, even an extra set of hands in the morning? This automatic stirrer gives you just that. Now, you can start oatmeal or hot chocolate in the mornings and walk off to finish getting the kids ready without worrying about your mixtures bubbling over or burning on the bottom. This stirrer has three-speed options and is battery-operated.
Promote Nose Breathing with these Sleep Strips for a Sounder Night's Sleepvia Amazon
There's a lot of research on the importance of nose breathing. If you want to improve sleep, reduce snoring, and train your body to breathe only through the nose, then Sleep Strips are going to help! Here's one 5-star review: "Life-changing. Not only do I no longer annoy my husband with snoring, it's brought such awareness to my breathing during the day. Good quality breathing is so important to good health!"
This Multi-Use Spatula Set is Heat Resistant Up to 600 Degrees Fahrenheit
After throwing out yet another melted spatula, I went searching on Amazon for a better solution. These spatulas, sold in a set of four, are heat-resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. I love the bright colors, too!
A Pack of No-Rinse Bathing Wipes for the Gym, Camping and Childrenvia Amazon
These Bathing Wipes are kinda brilliant. Add a splash of water to the dry wipe, and it produces a lightly-scented lather you can use to wash up. Best of all, no rinsing needed! It leaves skin clean and refreshed, with no residue.
This Sinus Steam Inhaler Relieves Congestion and Pressurevia Amazon
Breathe better with this Sinus Steam Inhaler, which provides non-medicated warm steam to encourage sinus drainage and clearer breathing. Uses tap water and can be used with menthol pads. Here's one 5-star review: "I have recently developed sinus issues and I bought this as a last-ditch effort to sleep and breathe during the day. And let me tell you this thing worked wonders! It seemed to break up the mucus and make it kinda run out after use."
Craft Amazing Cocktails and Drinks with this Lewis Ice Bag and Malletvia Amazon
I thought all crushed ice was the same until my mixologist friend told me about this Ice Bag. You put ice inside the canvas bag and use the wooden mallet to pound the ice. The cloth soaks up excess moisture, so the crushed ice has a wonderfully crisp texture that won't water down drinks. Here's one 5-star review: "I bought this to make crushed ice for tiki drinks. This is a dead solid, reliable way of making crushed ice, without using anything electric or hand crank."
These Paper Sandwich Bags Reduce Single-Use Plasticvia Amazon
These Paper Sandwich Bags are not only a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags, but they're also really cute! They're made of recyclable, sealable, grease-resistant paper, and even have a spot for writing a note. They've earned an amazing 4.8 out of 5-star average rating on Amazon! Here's one 5-star review: "I want to move away from all plastic bags if I can and these are a great start. I also tried the competition and the sticky strips for closure are much handier than the stickers the others come with."
This Herb Stripper Makes It So, So Much Easier To Chop Greensvia Amazon
Ever sit down to pull all the leaves off cilantro or parsley? It takes forever — so grab this herb stripper instead. The holes along the side fit everything from thyme to kale, and the edge even works great as a skin-safe chopper.
Streamline Your Spice Rackvia Amazon
Spices could easily take over my entire kitchen. You know why? Because you need this one spice for this one recipe and another specialty spice for a different recipe. The next thing you know you have 172 spices and no room to cook. I love these spice shakers, which feature six "bottles" and a tray with a slider-open design. This eliminates various sizes of bottles and is just kind of fun to look at besides.
This Picture Hanging Kit Has Everything You Need
Hanging pictures can be tough, especially when they're not straight and then bother you every time you glance over at them. Just me? Thank goodness for this picture hanging kit that includes everything you need to get picture-perfect, straight frames every time, with multiple levels and all the hardware you could need to hang mirrors, canvases, photos, and more. Not all gadgets need to be super high tech to be super useful.