There are the good kind of gadgets and the bad kind, and I’m here to help you sort them out. The bad kind are what we want to avoid, those ones that look cool and make big promises but ultimately just end up in your junk drawer because they’re too hard to use or don’t do what they claimed. The good kind? That’s what we’re all about here, those gadgets that are little life-changers that you’ll use every dang day. The best news is these goodies are all under $25, so you’ll be able to stock up and simplify annoying everyday chores or tasks with ease.
We don’t want you wasting your money on inferior goods, so we’ve read through all the reviews to make sure you’re getting a quality product that’ll stand up to daily use. From the best knife sharpener to the secret to barista-level coffee at home, we’ve got you covered with 37 gadgets under $25 you’ll use everyday.
This Metal Soap Removes Food Odors
I love cooking, but I hate smelling whatever I’ve cooked on my hands for the rest of the day (hello, fish!). This stainless steel soap takes care of that problem – it removes all food odors with just water and a quick swipe over your hands! I don’t know how it works, witchcraft maybe, but I do know that it does work (and so do over 11,000 happy reviewers!)
This Wine Opener Does The Hard Work For You
I’m terrible at opening a bottle of wine – I just can’t seem to get the corkscrew in the right way, then end up either breaking the cork or pushing it into the bottle. Good thing this rechargeable electric wine opener does the dirty work for me – all I do is put this over the neck of the wine bottle then press a button and voila, instant cork removal done cleanly and efficiently.
This Knife Sharpener Is Worth Its Weight In Gold
My husband abhors dull knives, which is why I catch him using this knife sharpener pretty much on the daily. We personally love it, but if you need more proof it has over 48,000 glowing reviews for ease of use, quality, and magically bringing old blades back to life. It’ll save you money in the long run too, since you won’t have to buy new knives when yours get too dull.
This Butter Knife Works On Cold Butter
We don’t have a fancy butterbell, so I don’t have warm, spreadable butter on hand at any given time. But it’s a real pain to try to spread cold butter on bread, it rips and tears and clumps up like nobody’s business. Enter this little gadget – this knife works by making straight-outta-the-fridge butter easily spreadable since it slices it into tiny strips. Genius!
This Phone Holder Lets You Go Hands-Free
I love video chatting with my friends via phone, but I hate having to stay in one position and my hand gets tired holding the phone up for 45 minutes or however long we’re talking. This phone holder eliminates that problem, just put it around your neck and you’ve got a stable spot to rest your phone whether you’re video calling, taking selfies or catching up on your video queue.
This Angry Mama Cleans Your Microwave
Sure, she might look mad, but the only thing fierce about this Angry Mama is how well she’ll clean your microwave. Simply fill her with hot water or maybe a little vinegar and zap her for a few minutes. Your microwave’s never been easier to clean since the steam loosens every bit of food up so you can just wipe it clean.
This Egg Separator Is Adorable
One of my kids won’t eat egg yolks, which makes cooking omelets for her slightly difficult. Good thing I found this egg separator that removes egg whites from the yolks, making my job a million times easier without fiddling with passing the yolk back and forth between the two shell halves, hoping not to spill. All you do is crack an egg into the chicken head then pour the white out its mouth. Kinda weird, totally awesome.
This Beard Bib Catches Your Mess
Whenever my husband shaves, I find a bunch of tiny hairs in the sink that eventually end up clogging it. To avoid calling the plumber whenever it backs up, I got him this beard bib that catches all the “trimmings” before they end up all over the bathroom. So far it’s totally working – no hairy bathroom and no sink clogs makes this lady very happy.
This Apple Slicer Is So Convenient
If your kids eat apples as rabidly as mine, you’re going to want this apple slicer. I use mine multiple times a day every day, whether making snacks or lunches or quelling the before-bedtime munchies. All you do is center it over the apple core then press down and you’ve got instant, equal slices ready for hungry mouths!
This Water Pump Is So Compact
If you buy big jugs of bottled water and you don’t want one of those huge storage stands taking up room in your house, try this handy water pump instead. It’s battery operated and has a hose that goes all the way to the bottom of the 5-gallon jug, so you’ll be able to get every last drop. And it’s portable, so you can take it camping with you, too!
This Kitchen Timer Is So Cute
Sometimes just the stove timer isn’t enough when you’ve got multiple things cooking that’ll be done at different times. I love this adorable kitchen timer for just that situation. I’d even use it to time things like how long my kids have to read or do homework, or finish their dinner since they eat at a glacial pace.
These Measuring Cups Are Usefully Cute
I love when products are as cute as they are useful. These Matyroshka doll measuring cups couldn’t be more adorable, they’re pretty enough to display on your counter when you’re not using them, too. But you will be reaching for them daily whether you’re cooking or baking since they’re going to be one of your kitchen’s MVPs.
This Dash Mount Is So Handy
I’ve fiddled around with those phone mounts that clip into your car vents, but they always fall at the most inconvenient times. This dash mount is a much safer solution when you need to reference a map while driving, or take a hands-free call. It simply attaches right onto your car’s dashboard and provides a stable, secure place to clip your phone into so you don’t have to worry about fishing it out from under your feet since it won’t fall!
This Clothing Folder Makes Perfect Stacks
Whenever I go into a clothing store, I’m so impressed by how neatly everything is folded and always compare it to my messy drawers and closet at home. But now I can get the same neat stacks of tees and shirts easily with this clothing folding board that’s easy as pie to use. My closet’s going to look like a high-end boutique and I’ll be able to fit a lot more in there, too. Time to go shopping!
This Mug Warmer Keeps Your Beverages Toasty
If you’re like me, you pour your cup of warm, caffeinated beverage then something distracts you, whether it’s the kids needing help with remote schooling or the puppy needing to go out, then by the time you get back to your drink it’s ice cold. That’s why we need this mug warmer that keeps things toasty until we actually, you know, have a chance to sit down and enjoy our coffee, tea or cocoa. It couldn’t be easier to use either, just plug it into your computer’s USB and push the “On” button”.
This Milk Frother Is Like A Home Barista
We’re all missing our favorite coffee shop these days, but this handheld milk frother is the next best thing. You can make your own lattes and fancy coffee drinks at home with the push of a button. I also use this to make warm foamy milk for my kids (babyccinos!) and they think it’s the best thing ever.
This Multitool Couldn’t Be Handier
Trust me, you’re not going to want to be without this snowflake multitool in your pocket at all times! This 19-in-1 tool has a handful of screwdriver heads, a box cutter, bottle opener and more. It’s as useful for putting together toys as it is for bike fixes on the go, so you’ll want it nearby for all kinds of jobs.
This Spoon Rest Keeps Stovetops Clean
Whenever I’m cooking, I never know where to put my spoon in between stirring. If I place it on the edge of the pot, there’s a good chance it’ll fall over the side and splash onto the stove. Now I have a clean place to store the spoon that won’t mess up my stove or counter, and it’s big enough to hold two with this spoon holder.
This Webcam Cover Protects Your Privacy
My husband works for an intelligence agency and made sure we have a webcam cover for all of our devices based on what he’s seen through his work. These ones come in a pack of six, three white and three black, so you’ll have one for all your tablets, laptops and desktops. They’re easy to operate too, so you won’t have to fiddle around with them when you want to actually use your camera.
This Garlic Press Couldn’t Be Simpler
This garlic press is so easy to use – we have the one where you load in the cloves then push it out through a handheld device and it’s incredibly hard to clean. With this one, you just rock the gadget over the garlic and get perfectly crushed cloves that are easy to access while the device is super simple to rinse clean. It gets rave reviews for how easy it is to use and how well it works!
This Jar Opener Is Great For Arthritis
If you have any problems with your hands or wrists like arthritis, it can be so hard to open tough jars on your own. That’s why I love this jar opener gadget that lets you take back control of your cooking – you don’t need to ask anyone for help opening sticky or tightly sealed lids! Even if you don’t have arthritis, it’s great for when you need a little extra oomph to open jars. It can open four sizes of lids thanks to the clever design, so it should cover all your kitchen needs.
This Cargo Net Keeps Your Trunk Organized
Whenever I go on a grocery run, my bags roll all over the back of the car so I have to do an annoying clean up before I can even unload. This cargo net keeps things where you put them, whether you’re storing groceries, sports equipment, car stuff like jump kits or emergency kits. It couldn’t be easier to install, either, just use the included mounting screws to attach it to your trunk.
This Toilet Light Lets You Find Your Way
If you’ve ever gotten up on a midnight toilet run, you know how hazardous it can be to actually find your way in the dark. Our solution has been to leave the bathroom light on all night, but that’s incredibly wasteful energy-wise. A better solution is this LED toilet light, that’s motion activated so it gives you brightness the minute you need it to find your way to the loo. And it shines in a bunch of different colors, so it’s like a party in your bathroom.
This Phone Stand Is So Sleek
I have and love this phone stand – it’s great for my desk so I can easily access my podcasts or music while I’m working, and I love it on my bedside table so I can see what time it is and slap the snooze button when my alarm goes off. It comes in eight colors to match your decor, including a bunch of cool metallic tones. And it’s got a perfect 5-star rating right now!
You’ll Find A Million Uses For These Cable Ties
These magnetic cable ties are so useful – you’ll find a million uses for them around the house and in your purse. You can use them to of course, manage your cables, but you can also use them to corral keys, as a bookmark, on your earphones and more. And they come in an assortment of cheerful colors that are easy to locate wherever you’re using them!
This Magnetic Wristband Is A Game Changer
I gifted this magnetic tool wristband to my dad for the holidays and honestly wish I bought another one for myself. It’s so useful whether you’re making DIY repairs around the house or working on your car – whatever wrenches, screwdriver heads, nails or screws are literally right at your fingertips.
This Kitchen Strainer Will Soon Be Your Favorite Tool
Every time I cook pasta (or Kraft dinner), which is multiple times a week, I have to go looking for the giant colander to strain the pasta water out which is inconvenient and takes up a lot of storage room. This clip on strainer is a much better invention – it simply attaches to whatever pot you’re using and easily strains the water for you! The best part is the pasta stays in the pot, so you don’t have to do a messy transfer when you want to mix in the sauce.
This Meat Chopper Works So Well
I recently gifted this meat chopper to my husband (so romantic, I know) and he absolutely loves it. We cook ground meat often around here since the kids love it, so we use it all the time. You can also use it to mix up tuna or egg salads, chop up strawberries for sauce and tons of other uses.
This Veggie Slicer Saved My Fingers
I’m a klutz in the kitchen, and especially dangerous when handling sharp knives. This veggie slicer is a godsend for keeping my digits attached – it holds whatever food you’re slicing in place and even acts as a guide for where to slice so you get even cuts. It’s not just for veggies, either, use it on lemons or limes for the perfect garnish or slice for water!
This Dish Rack Rolls Up
Dish racks take up so much room on the counter, it’s insane. Plus, they tend to be bulky and ugly plastic monstrosities. I was super surprised to find this one that works just as well as the big ones but is a slim, attractive design that rolls up for storage when you don’t need it. Simply unroll it over your sink to create a space to dry produce and dishes.
These Pan Scrapers Are Made For Cast Iron
My husband is a cast iron fanatic and swears by these pan scrapers to take good care of his babies. They remove food debris easily so you can go on to clean the pan with whatever magic that does not involve soap, water and a scrub brush, as I learned the hard way. They come in a pack of two so you’ll always have one on hand, too.
This Scrubber Attachment Makes It Easy To Deep Clean
My kids overuse toothpaste, which means my sinks are canvases for hardened on toothpaste residue. Besides taking a hammer and chisel to it, it’s basically impossible to remove. Until I found this scrubber that attaches right onto your drill, creating a super cleaning tool for everything from grout to kitchen sinks to outdoor furniture.
This Pasta Measurer Ensures Perfect Serving Sizes
It’s so hard to eyeball the right amount of pasta for a serving size, whether you’re cooking for the family or just yourself. I love this pasta measuring gadget that gives you exactly the amount you need for one to four servings. Now you won’t have to deal with the frustration of making too much or too little pasta, you’ll always get exactly what you need.
This Tub Shroom Saves Your Drains
With two little girls with long hair, our shower drains were getting clogged every few weeks. We didn’t think the problem of shedding was that bad – that is, until we got one of these Tub Shrooms. When you see the amount of hair that goes down the drain it’s really eye-opening! And this little gadget works so well, we haven’t had a clog since popping it in the drain.
This Food Thermometer Prevents Food Poisoning
Once you’ve given yourself food poisoning, it takes a long time to trust in your cooking abilities again. That’s why we got this food thermometer, which we use every time we cook meat to ensure no one’s going to get sick. It couldn’t be simpler to use, just stick it in the food and press a button, then the temperature quickly pops up on the digital display letting you know when the food’s done cooking.
These Bag Clips Keep Things Fresh
It can be a pain trying to keep things like coffee or bags of candy fresh, but these bag clips do an amazing job of it! They attach right onto the top of the bag to seal it, then you use the pouring spout to cleanly access just the amount you need. We use ours on a bag of pancake mix, and it’s so easy to use even the kids can do it without making a mess.
This Avocado Slicer Makes Quick Work Of Your Favorite Fruit
If you love avocados, you need this tool which makes it so easy to break down the fruit so you can get to the good stuff. Use the serrated edge to cut the avocado in half, then the pitting tool takes out the pit, then finally use the other side to create the perfect slices for avocado toast! It’s also super helpful for whipping up a quick batch of guacamole.