Amazon is like a virtual Ikea that pulls you in with one necessity before transfixing you with deals on stuff you didn’t know were necessities. But what’s the good stuff? For every excellent product, there are at least a dozen knock-offs, so how do you fill your cart with top-shelf goods?
With this handy guide, of course! We found the best, cult favorite products on Amazon that are bonafide winners. Rest easy, and shop happy.
This Powerful Little Humidifier
From dry climates to the dehumidifying effects of heaters and air conditioners, several factors can make a humidifier an essential part of your life. This misting humidifier doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it holds 1.5 liters of distilled water to help it last about 16 hours. As an added bonus, you can move the misting spout to direct the vapor towards a certain area or away from fragile items like electronics or wallpaper.
The Famous Squatty Potty
Look, the less time we all spend on the toilet, the better. This society-improving invention provides a simple solution to a universal issue by simply improving your posture. The Squatty Potty fits neatly around toilet bases so it’s not in the way and helps your body have smoother bowel movements.
This Compact Set of Soft Brushes
If you want cruelty-free makeup brushes without the obvious synthetic feel, it can seem like you’re asking an impossible question. Luckily, André Lorent makes incredibly soft synthetic brushes. This five-piece set comes with a cute carrying case and includes the essential brushes for an everyday makeup look.
This Impressive, Tinted Eyebrow Gel
The collective glow-up of the past decade is in no small part due to increased awareness of how to get our brows to be well-mannered sisters. Wunder2’s Wunderbrow is at the forefront of this wave of beautiful brows with its waterproof gel. The cruelty-free, vegan formula features hair-like fibers that help your brows look fuller without the obvious painted on effect. Look, Ma, no smudges!
This Tub Drain Protector Launched My Wig Collection
I could make a wig out of the amount of hair I lose in the shower. No matter how much I try to stick it to the wall and collect it at the end, some strands sneak their way into the drain and clog it! Not every drain is built for my hair, so I use this tub drain protector that has over 108,000 raving reviews! Yes, those are 3 zeros. If that wasn’t enough to switch you over to the TubShroom side, they have a stainless steel bundle and a bathroom sink drain protector too.
This Tear-Saving Onion Chopper
It’s no secret that this kitchen gadget is a personal favorite. For less tears while chopping onions or just saving time cutting up other produce this tool is a must-have. This vegetable chopper is easier to clean by hand than it looks and it’s also completely dishwasher safe.
This Relaxing, Fragrant Bath Bomb Set
In this day and age, if your bath didn’t include a bath bomb, did it even really happen? This set of bath bombs features eight different scents to explore. The mix of essential oils and moisturizing shea butter will have you feeling silky smooth and de-stressed in no time. You can treat yourself or order it as a present since it’s packaging is already so gift-friendly.
A Safe Nose Hair Trimmer
Long nose hairs know no gender or age boundaries, but they sure know how to make an entrance at a party. Plucking can lead to infections and waxing removes your natural defenses against dust and pollen. Your best solution is to trim your nose hairs and this electric trimmer does an excellent job. This water-resistant trimmer is easy to use in the shower and a built-in LED light helps you get all the culprits.
This Brilliant, Odor-Halting Spray
Poo-Pourri has crept into more and more bathrooms over the years as people have converted to its preventative approach to toilet odors. Simply spray the inside of the bowl beforehand and no odors shall infiltrate the rest of the bathroom! This miracle spray comes in different scents and sizes to suit your home’s needs.
This Life-Changing, Skin-Altering Soap
If you haven’t heard of African black soap, you need to revisit everything you know about skincare. The raw soap combines the benefits of charcoal and shea butter (along with other clarifying and moisturizing oils) for clearer skin. Many soaps claim this title, but this is the real deal if you want to combat acne or minimize the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Think of it as another step to your routine, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s a very powerful, natural product, so cleansing after using the soap will yield the best results.
The Last Ice Cream Scooper You’ll Ever Buy
Sure, your scooper probably works fine, but you could be living a better dessert life. Sumo’s scooper cuts through the most frozen ice cream to deliver picture-perfect scoops every time. The stainless steel scoop and BPA-free rubber handle are easy to handle and dishwasher safe.
This All Natural Stain Remover
Spills happen. From kids to pets to your own butterfingers to literal Butterfingers, stains are an inevitable part of life that are usually treated with harsh chemicals. A group of doctors set out to change that created an enzyme-based, natural spray that knocks out stains and odors. Puracy is their success story and many claim it works better than harsher products!
A Perfect Spiralizer for Perfect Zoodles
Spiralizers are a staple in any fitness guru’s kitchen cupboards. For years, the diet conscious have turned to spiralizers to create vegetable versions of noodles to mimic anything from spaghetti to udon. This SpiraLife spiralizer is the original way to minimize the carbs in your diet and it leaves the least amount of waste.
A Silk Pillowcase for a Healthy Night’s Sleep
This hypoallergenic silk pillowcase from Alaska Bear is as popular as it is soft and luxurious — thanks to its 600 thread count. Silk pillowcases have always been popular in the Black community because they help our fragile coils retain moisture and minimize breakage. In recent years, silk pillowcases have found a larger fan base because they also keep your face from drying out overnight which helps prevent wrinkles.
This Reusable Dish Cloth
Another personal choice, these dish cloths are a great alternative to gross sponges. The fabric is abrasive enough to take on caked on food and gentle enough to use on fine china and glasses. Instead of plowing through new sponges, you can easily toss one of these cloths into the dishwasher or laundry and it’s ready to clean some more!
This Natural Way to Get Whiter Teeth
In the age of the selfie, there are more pictures of us than ever so a sparkling smile is even more desirable. Instead of intense chemicals, why not try activated charcoal to get a whiter smile? This powder uses activated charcoal and bentonite to get you a naturally brighter, whiter smile. You might want to get a dedicated toothbrush for it though.
This Multi-Faceted Egg Cooker
Egg cookers tend to be reserved for “boiling” eggs, but this beauty from Dash doesn’t stop there. The included accessories can help you whip up omelets as well as scrambled and poached eggs. The cooker holds up to six eggs and has a handy auto-off feature so nothing overcooks while you’re in the shower.
This Beloved Flat Iron for Salon Sleek Hair
Over 30,000 people are raving about this flat iron on Amazon. For less than $40, you get a snag-less experience from a flat iron that heats up quickly. The wide heat range makes it a great option for various hair types and the cord swivels to avoid the otherwise inevitable tangles.
A Unisex Moisturizing Shampoo
So many shampoos have moisture-stripping sulfates that keep your hair from living its best life. Argan oil is a popular conditioner and leave-in treatment, but this shampoo puts the oil to use in a clarifying capacity without any harmful sulfates. You’ll also get the added benefits of a myriad of oils like avocado and proteins like keratin. Don’t worry though, all that oil will only make your hair and scalp softer and healthier.
This Transformative Retinol Serum
Complex Korean skincare regimens are all the rage, but they can be a killer on your wallet. This affordable serum, however, doesn’t skimp on quality while providing brighter, clearer skin. Retinol can make things a little worse before they get better, but long term users swear by this tiny tincture.
A Luxurious Leave-in Conditioner for Your Beard
Beards have been back in a big way (literally) for some time now. Unfortunately, many of these beards become scraggly messes as the grow farther from the face’s natural oils. To soften these wayward beards, this leave-in conditioner uses a blend of plant-based oils to moisturize each strand. The all natural balm will transform your beard hair and help prevent dandruff.
This Futuristic Way to Keep Tabs on Your Stuff
We’ve come a long way from those keychains that beeped if you clapped nearby. Tile Mate is a sleek little square that can go on your keys or in your bag so you can make it ring or track your valuables from an app. Misplace your phone? You can use a Tile Mate to force your phone to ring, even if it’s on silent.
This Drain Protector Prevents Hair Clogs
Snaking drains doesn’t have to be a regular part of your life. The TubShroom pops into your shower drain and catches all the hair you shed. This simple gadget is great for larger households, especially if you’re dealing with thick hair, and can be cleaned in seconds.
A Cozy Heating Pad for Fast Pain Relief
From arthritis to sports injuries to period cramps, there are so many reasons your body can benefit from a heating pad. This SunBeam model is one of the largest out there and it has a soft, washable cover. Unlike other heating pads, this one has a long power cord so you have more freedom of choice when it comes to lounging.
This Commuter-Friendly Travel Mug
When you need to take your coffee on-the-go, travel mugs typically do an okay job, but are prone to leaks. People love this Contigo mug because it has not one, but two locking mechanisms! The top screws on securely with a well-placed button that opens the spout as you drink it. Need to toss the mug in a bag? A switch on the top locks the spout in the closed position so it won’t spill if the button gets accidentally pressed.
A Little Power Bank with a Big Charge
Smartphone batteries are getting better every day, but you still need some extra juice if you’re a heavy user who’s often away from outlets. Anker makes a whole line of portable chargers, but this small tube has won many hearts. On average, it holds one full charge and can easily squeeze into a purse or a pocket.
This Accurate Meat Thermometer
If you cook a lot of meat, especially larger cuts, you know the value of knowing when your food is done. Stop eyeballing the Butterball and make sure your meat is always safe to eat with this handy, affordable thermometer. The long probe almost instantly reads the temperature on an easy-to-read screen. Thousands of carnivores love the reliability and ease of use of this thermometer.
This Mop Set Is a Rare Classic
A few years ago, at peak Swiffer Wet, it was almost impossible to find a residential mop that had a wringing bucket. Luckily, O-Cedar stepped in with their updated microfiber mop and added a foot-pumped wringer. Though many have jumped on the bandwagon, the mopping experience O-Cedar provides is still unparalleled.
This Colorful Kitchen Knife Set
Most of us aren’t going to be in a cooking competition show any time soon, so the expensive knife sets are far from necessary. Cuisinart is looking out for the little guy with this sharp set. The six, non-stick knives come with protective covers and with help you cut through everything from small peppers to fresh loaves of bread.
The Best Way to Break into an Avocado
Cut the avocado, not your hand with this little OXO gadget. The avocado slicer features a safer blade to open up the fruit and the center easily removes the pit. A scooper blade can then cut seven slices of avocado with one flick of the wrist. If you love avocados, this tool will bring you closer to your green dreams.
This Accessory Organizer for Your Closet
Bags, scarves, and belts can all call this nifty hanger home. This vertical hanger allows you to store these kinds of accessories without taking up too much space. Some users particularly enjoy using this organizer to see all their tank tops and camis. Your only limit is your imagination!
This Comprehensive Sheet Face Mask Set
Whatever skin issues you’re having, there’s probably a sheet mask for that. Explore this 16-piece set that refines, brightens, and moisturizes your face. These Korean masks use collagen and vitamin E, along with other natural ingredients, to rejuvenate your face.
A Burger Press for All Your Cheese-Stuffing Needs
Another Cuisinart entry, this burger press allows you stuff ingredients like cheese and well, cheese into the meat. The base shapes the raw beef while one press creates a small bowl-like indentation for your fillings. Just add more beef on top and use the flat press to create a perfect patty.
This Multi-Use Exercise Bar for Your Home Gym
From pull-ups to tricep dips, this simple bar can help you round out your home workouts. The bar fits snugly into most door frames, but you can also place it on the floor for different exercises. The bar won’t damage your doors and it’s also easy on the hands thanks to some foam padding.
A Knife Sharpener for Longer Lasting Knives
This popular knife sharpener beats out the competition with its two settings. A rougher setting takes care of truly dull and damaged knives while a finer setting gives sharp knives a little extra edge. The base also has grips to keep the sharpener from sliding around which is the last thing you want with your newly sharp knives!
This Essential Oil Set for Aromatherapy
Essential oils and wellness go hand-in-hand no matter how you use them. This pack of eight works well in oil diffusers, massage oils, and even homemade cleaning products. All of the essential oil heavy hitters are in this lineup from Radha, from tea tree to eucalyptus.
A Lasting Styling Product for Short Hair
American Crew Fiber is a cult hit because it provides a significant amount of hold with making your hair look crunchy or shiny. It gives the hair added texture and volume while also keeping it easy to touch so loved ones don’t have a handful of product if they touch it. Shorter hair works best with this product because it can be too thick to distribute through longer tresses.