I buy a LOT of stuff on Amazon. In fact, some (my husband) might say too much. But I like to think it’s made me an Amazon connoisseur. Sure, I’ve bought some things that ended up being BIG mistakes (like that robot vacuum that caught on fire and almost burned my house down), but over the years I’ve found some real gems that I love bragging to all my friends and family about.
So, without further ado, here are the 30 BEST things I’ve ever bought on Amazon. These all-star items are perfect combo of high quality, handiness, and a big ol’ dash of fun thrown in. You might want to get out your credit card now, just to be safe.
This Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber That Shows Dirt Who’s Boss
Why I love this: Try not to judge me for this, but my house is pretty gross most of the time. There are so many nooks and crannies that are in places I can barely reach, so I just don’t clean them. Or, rather, I used to not clean them. This wonder tool cleans things that have definitely never been cleaned before. Also, the spinning head is a GAME-CHANGER.
This Trtl Pillow That Lets You Nap Anywhere
Why I love this: Before I bought this, the thought of sleeping on a plane was laughable. My husband and I are avid travelers, and I’m constantly trying to figure out how I’ll survive those 14-hour long flights without going completely nuts. But now I have no trouble dozing off on an airplane (or a train, or a car, or the city bus), and I never travel without it.
This DuraComfort Essentials Hair Towel That Cuts Drying Time in Half
Why I love this: I’m EXTREMELY lazy with my beauty routine, and would rather just throw my wet hair into a messy ponytail than take the time to dry it. And while I think that look comes off as an effortless just-rolled-out-of-bed look, it’s more “homeless” than “hot”. But this insanely absorbent towel cuts down drying time and combats frizz, so your hair looks amazing with minimal effort.
This Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag by Hikenture That Keeps Your Travel Essentials Organized
Why I love this: Remember how I said I travel a lot? I’m also pretty unorganized. When I pack it tends to be the day before I leave and everything is haphazardly crammed into my suitcase without any rhyme or reasons. But with this brilliant and compact toiletry bag, all my makeup and skincare items are perfectly contained and easily accessible. What’s not to love?
This Hand Held Fabric Steamer That Keeps Your Clothes Lookin Fresh
Why I love this: This high-powered and portable fabric steamer is yet ANOTHER product that I really don’t know how I lived without while traveling! Traveling is a huge drag. Everyone knows it. So why do it when you can harness the power of steam instead? This product means I never have to iron again but also don’t have to look completely disheveled in public.
This SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack Organizer That Clears Up Cabinet Space
Why I love this: I recently moved into an attic apartment that has a cramped kitchen with minimal cabinet space. I like to cook, and finding enough space for all my jars, cans and boxes has been a challenge. This can rack organizer frees up my cabinet space so I have more room for staples, like pasta and sauce and essentials, like Cheetos and Oreos.
These YIHONG Stainless Steel Metal Straws That Reduce Plastic Waste
Why I love this: In my humble opinion, straws just make any beverage taste a million times better. There’s something about sucking a small amount of concentrated liquid into your mouth verses taking a big gulp that makes a HUGE difference. This six pack means I always have a straw on hand and I’m not adding more plastic to landfills. Plus, the metal construction keeps your drink icy cold. Win-win!
This Joseph Joseph Nesting Bowls Set That’s Pretty and Practical
Why I love this: To be honest, I initially bought this because it looked so freaking cool. Just look at it! Couldn’t you imagine seeing it at a modern art museum next to a blank painting and a headless mannequin? But I actually use it constantly. The stacking bowels all offer a different feature, like a colander, two sizes of mixing bowls, measuring spoons, and a sieve.
This ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion That Keeps Your Butt Comfy All Day
Why I love this: As a freelance writer, I sit ALL.DAY.LONG. Don’t get me wrong; I love to sit. It’s one of my favorite hobbies. But it can also take a toll on your body, and my back has been killing me lately. But a friend told me about this beauty, and I must say, I can’t picture my work day without it. This seat cushion is soft AF and keeps my bod from aching after pulling an all-nighter.
These Moso Natural Mini Shoe Deodorizers That Takes Your Shoes From Funky to Fresh
Why I love this: I have a lot of shoes that I refuse to wear with socks, and, shockingly, they tend to smell pretty bad at the end of the day. In fact, they smell so bad that my husband used to insist that I keep my shoes in the closet on the far side of the house so he wouldn’t be subjected to their stench. But with these babies, I could walk three miles in the blistering heat and they would still smell as fresh as daisies.
This Glass Nail File That Buffs Like a Pro
Why I love this: Who has the time or money to go to the nail salon to get a manicure every few weeks? I certainly don’t, and unless you’re Oprah, you probably don’t either. (Although I’m guessing Oprah’s schedule is a bit more loaded than mine is.) My nails look like I’ve come straight from the salon every time I use this thing, and the glass construction means there’s no tearing or jagged edges.
This Excelity® Drain Protector That Saves You a Call to the Plumber
Why I love this: I just moved into a new place that doesn’t have a garbage disposal, and for the first three months my drain was constantly clogged. Sure, you can try to grab all the little bits of food before it goes down the drain, but that’s much easier said than done. This cheap and effective little drain cover was just what I needed to keep my drain clear and avoid a big plumber bill.
These TravelWise Packing Cubes That Are a MUST For Travelers
Why I love this: Packing can sometimes feel like a game of Tetris that you just know you’re going to fail. Every time my husband and I try to share a suitcase for a trip it ends up NOT going well. That is, until I got these. Now, we can easily separate our stuff, keep them perfectly organized, and still only have to pay for one checked bag. It’s genius!
This Ikee Design Acrylic Makeup Storage Display That’ll Make You Feel Fancy AF
Why I love this: I work from home, so it’s a rarity that I wake up and actually put makeup on in the morning. Why put on mascara and eyeliner when I’m just going to be in my pajamas all day? But when I do put on makeup, I like to feel as fancy as possible. This makeup storage case is right out of a YouTuber’s dream, and the acrylic design makes it super durable.
This Anker PowerCore Power Bank That Keeps You Charged On-The-Go
Why I love this: I’m not great about charging my phone. The other day I had my phone connected to a charger that wasn’t even plugged in. For 6 hours. It was pretty annoying. Luckily, it wasn’t a problem, since I had this life-saver of a product. I never have to worry about my phone dying at an inopportune time again, and the under-$30 price tag is totally worth it.
This Potato Express Microwave Potato Cooker That’s The Answer To Your Baked Potato Prayers
Why I love this: Any time I can cook something in the microwave instead of the oven makes me SO happy. Using the oven just takes so much longer, and I’m not one to have a lot of patience when it comes to eating delicious food. This awesome product is a dinner staple in our house, and I honestly can’t imagine my life (or my potatoes) without it.
This Conair Fabric Defuzzer That Gives Your Clothes New Life
Why I love this: I refuse to throw out my most beloved pieces of clothing, which means I used to walk around wearing some pretty shabby stuff. The inevitable pills that develop after years of wear tend to take a sweater from cute to crummy pretty darn quick, but this fabric defuzzer restores all your favorites to their former glory. Plus, it’s really fun to use. Trust me on this one.
This OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer That Upgrades Your Guac Game
Why I love this: ONE WORD: GUACAMOLE.
Okay, so here are a few more words: This product is for die-hard guac fans only. I happen to be one of them, and I use this thing all the time. It has a blade to cut the avocado in half, a gadget that pulls out the pit, and a slotted portion that mashes the avocado into the creamy, dreamy, guacamole you’ve always wished you could make.
This Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel That Cuts Your ‘Za Perfectly
Why I love this: Pizza is my favorite food. I can say this with zero hesitation. Even the worst pizza is still kind of good, and it can be a greasy late-night snack or a fine dining experience. As someone who prides herself on her pizza knowledge, listen to me when I tell you this! GET THIS PIZZA CUTTER. The revolutionary design is unlike any pizza cutter you’ve ever used, and it glides through pie so beautifully that it just might bring a tear to your eye.
This ORBLUE Silicone Stretch Lids That Keeps Your Leftovers Tasting Delish
Why I love this: What’s the point of making a four-course dinner with all the fixins’ if the leftovers are just going to completely go to waste afterwards? These stretchy lids fit just about any bowl or cup so your leftovers taste just as delicious and fresh as the day you made them. They save you from having to buy plastic wrap, and they’re microwave-safe.
This MAYTEX Quick Dry Mesh Pockets That Stows Your Shower Essentials
Why I love this: Ya know what’s really fun? When you get into a steamy hot and relaxing shower, start doing your routine, and then out of nowhere you knock off every single bottle of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shaving cream. This shower curtain with built-in storage means all my soaps and shampoos are right at arm’s reach but I can’t possible knock them over.
This Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay That’s a Beauty Game-Changer
Why I love this: I’m guessing you’ve heard about this product before, because it’s a cult favorite of beauty gurus everywhere. It’s one of those products that, once you try it once you’re most likely hooked for life. It’s basically like a high-powered Dirt Devil for your pores. The before and after results are incredible, and you pretty much just have to try it for yourself to see what I’m talking about.
This Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Detangle Hairbrush That Tackles The Most Intense Tangles
Why I love this: I’m a natural redhead, and my hair means a lot to me. I’ve finally started to embrace it after being teased mercilessly as a child, an I do what I can to keep it lookin’ fresh. This brush glides through my insanely thick and tangled locks like a hot knife through butter. Plus, it gives me an amazing scalp massage at the same time.
This Onion Chopper Pro Vegetable Chopper That Does The Dirty Work For You
Why I love this: Okay, so remember when I said I like to cook? When I say that, I really mean “I like putting ingredients together and eating something that tastes good”, not “I love chopping onions into tiny slivers while crying as snot runs out of my nose.” With this ingenious gadget I don’t have to chop onions EVER. AGAIN. And now you won’t either! You’re welcome.
These Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons That Keep Your Drawers Clutter-Free
Why I love this: These are yet another set of products that are a must for my infuriatingly tiny kitchen and lack of drawer space. The collapsible design eliminates that annoying feeling when you try to open your kitchen drawers but they’re blocked by bulky measuring cups. Plus, the different colors help you remember which one holds which amount. These are crucial for anyone who values form and function.
This SUMO Ice Cream Scoop That Says “Buh-Bye” To Thaw Time
Why I love this: Let me run a scenario by you. You just got home from a horribly long day, kick off your shoes, and collapse on the couch. Suddenly, you realize there’s an unopened pint of your favorite ice cream in the freezer, and your whole day turns around. But, to your dismay, it’s too frozen solid to get a regular ice cream scoop through. That’s where this life-changing product comes in. The heated design means even the most frozen-solid pints are no match.
These Wool Dryer Balls That Combat Static Cling
Why I love this: It seems like there’s an endless list of stuff to get for the house every time I go to the store. Paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher pods, dryer sheets…the list goes on and on. But these wool dryer balls helped me cross one of those things off my list permanently. The reusable design means I’ve stopped wasting money on box after box of dryer sheets. Plus, they make my clothes crazy soft!
This Tomorrow’s Kitchen Silicone Utensil Rest That Keeps Counters Drip-Free
Why I love this: Cleaning up after dinner is the task that my husband and I probably argue about the most. Nobody likes doing it. You’re just had a big, delicious meal, and all you want to do is relax. Since you have to do it anyway, why not make less of a mess so there’s less to clean up afterwards? Plus, the sturdy silicone constriction keeps securely it in place.
This PopSocket That You’ll Use Constantly
Why I love this: We’ve all done it: You’re in bed browsing the internet before drifting off to sleep, scrolling with one hand and awkwardly holding your phone with the other, and suddenly, you lose your grip and BOOM! You drop your phone on your face. Hard. It hurts, and it’s embarrassing. But with this handy dandy PopSocket, I’ve stopped doing that. I can’t recommend it enough.
This Earthwise Insulated Grocery Bag That Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
Why I love this: I think a lot about how I should try to do more to reduce my carbon footprint, but it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily for me, there’s an easy place to start. Taking a few of these to the grocery store makes me feel like I’ve done something nice for the planet and keeps my food chilled until I can pop it in the fridge.