Buying online is super convenient and we don’t always have time to go get what you need. There are a few hacks that can help you out on Amazon, so be sure to check these out!
Amazon has changed the world in many ways. It’s become so commonplace to buy anything on Amazon that when you’re in a rush, it can be hard to choose what item is best for your needs. We’ve sifted through all of their products and come up with our top 5 picks guaranteed to make your life easier
The “products that make life easier 2021” is a list of the best Amazon products that will make your life much easier. These products are not only useful, but they’re also affordable, so you can buy them without breaking the bank.
When it comes to shopping for new things, Amazon can often seem like the Wild West, whether you’re searching for something to address an issue around the house or something that will make your life simpler or better in some way. With such a large number of alternatives and often conflicting assessments, it might seem like a giant guessing game.
As a consequence, we’ve compiled a list of some of our team’s favorite Amazon finds, many of which are modest but have yielded tremendous returns in different ways. Plus, they’re all under $50 (with prices starting at $5).
Ultra Edition of TubShroom
Although the rubberized TubShroom is well-known, I suggest opting for the stainless steel TubShroom Ultra Edition. This TubShroom, like its more common predecessor, is great for capturing hair and avoiding blockages, but it’s considerably better when it comes to cleanliness in my view.
The traditional TubShroom may be difficult to sterilize since lint, hair, and mildew can get stuck in the holes, necessitating a thorough scrub. This is not the case with the Ultra Edition. For an extra dollar or two, I’ve discovered that detritus doesn’t attach to it, making it even simpler (and less nasty) to rinse off. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
Exfoliating Shower Towel by Goshi
I knew I’d never go back to using a loofah after using this exfoliating shower towel. Because of the material and thread arrangement, it can lather up soap like a loofah while yet providing a thorough, exfoliating clean. It feels hard at first, but in the greatest manner conceivable. The Goshi has completely transformed my showering experience, and I have no plans to stop using it anytime soon. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt
Slicer that cuts quickly
I have an odd obsession with cherry tomatoes; a salad isn’t complete without them! But chopping them all up so they’re simpler to stab with a fork is something I despise. I’m saving a lot of time and energy now that I’m using this helpful kitchen device instead of slicing. Simply sandwich your tomatoes (or grapes, or olives, or any other tiny round item) between the two pieces and cut through the gap with your knife to batch-slice quickly. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
2-Pack of Goo Gone Pro-Power Adhesive Remover
In a word, this thing is remarkable. Have you ever moved into a new property only to discover that the previous inhabitants enjoyed slapping stickers all over the place (for example, on the mirror of a bathroom that was labeled as a toddlers’ bathroom in my case)? Gone to the rescue, Goo! This solution is fantastic for removing all sorts of residue left behind by stickers and tape, as well as chewing gum, wax, and other substances, without hurting surfaces. You won’t be sorry to have this on hand for a variety of purposes around the house. Deputy editor Emmy Favilla
Ceramic Blade Safety Cutter for Slicing
I haven’t opened a box with anything else since purchasing this basic, helpful little tool. It features a small little blade that cuts through boxes and wrapping tape precisely and efficiently while remaining safe to handle, so no more scissor or knife mishaps. It also has a built-in magnet, which makes it simple to discover and grab off my fridge as I race to open my latest 3 a.m. impulsive purchase, and it’s perfect for crafts projects as a safer, less expensive alternative to an X-Acto knife. — Copy editor Daniel Toy
Mini Security Camera Blink
This past Prime Day, I made an impulsive purchase of the Blink Mini camera, which I currently use on a daily basis. This little security camera allows me to keep an eye on my dog from a distance, which is very useful now that I’m out and about more. It’s inexpensive to begin with at $34.99, and it often goes on sale – keep an eye out for a Black Friday offer. — Senior tech writer Michael Andronico
Collapsible Stojo Bottle
My holy grail water bottle — the 40-ounce Hydro Flask — is just too large and thick to fit in any of my “errand” bags. In addition, my 2021 resolve was (and continues to be!) to stop purchasing single-use water bottles, therefore the Stojo water bottle, which is composed of recyclable materials, is the ideal replacement. It has a sleek design and is leak-proof, so I never have to be concerned about spills. The bottle is also collapsible, so after I’m done guzzling my H20, I can quickly fold it and stash it away, or even connect the little handle to my backpack strap to make extra room. — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.
Vitamin C Showerhead Filter by PureAction
This showerhead has made a significant difference in my life. To put things in perspective, the bathroom is one of my sanctuaries, and I need to be able to enjoy my regular self-care routines there! Due to pollen and harsh city water, I suffer from severe eczema outbreaks, which may leave my skin feeling very dry and itchy when my skin is at its most sensitive. Other filters have worked in the past, but only for a short time until the water pressure was dropped to a trickle. Until I came upon this Vitamin C filter, that is. OMG! I immediately noticed a change in the water quality; it was much softer, and the chemical/chlorine odor that I associate with city water was gone. Most significantly, after washing, my inflamed skin did not itch or feel dry. Replacement filters and vitamin C blocks are included with the shower filter, ensuring that you have enough for at least four months. (Of course, I purchased extra since I don’t believe I’ll be able to live without it.) It’s brought back the delight in my regular self-care routines! — Photo editor Natasha Hatendi
Original Ultra-Rich Cream from Weleda
I’ve been using Weleda Skin Food for dry winter skin since a colleague suggested it three years ago. I like it in every way – the aroma is light and refreshing, and the cream itself feels luxury and costly without being too pricey. I use it as a hand cream every night before bed, and in the cold, I even put it on my face. — Hayley Saltzman, social media manager
Lightning Cable, Anker Powerline II, 6-Foot
Yes, I appreciate Apple’s continued inclusion of a Lightning cable in the package, but it’s a little short. Anker’s super-durable and lengthy Lightning to USB-A cable is also available for $13.99. You can choose from a variety of interesting colors, and it’s ideal for charging in bed, cable management at a desk, and a variety of other uses. — Jacob Krol, editor of technology and electronics
PowerCore Slim 10000 Power Bank by Anker
My phone is usually in low battery mode and at less than 20%, so having a portable charger from Anker is a godsend. I use it all the time, whether I’m in the vehicle, camping, or simply too lazy to get out of bed when there’s no available outlet. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt
Bamboo Smiley Rice Paddle by Time Concept
Grossy Pelosi is one of my favorite food bloggers, and I follow him on Instagram because of his positive spirit and wonderful food images. After following him for a few months, I was highly persuaded to buy these cheerful spoons, and they’re one of the finest purchases I’ve ever made! They bring me such joy, and they’re also excellent quality wooden cooking spoons. I like a useful thing with a playful or uplifting spin. You can’t go wrong with this. — Hayley Saltzman, social media director
Indoor Insect Trap Katchy
When my flat was suddenly inundated with fruit flies during the summer, I discovered this bug trap on Amazon, and it was a game changer. (I know, it’s gross.) But I needed a means to get rid of them quickly and securely, and this was my under-$50 answer! All I had to do was plug it in and let it do the job for me; the UV light lures the insect to the trap, then the fan pulls it in and catches it on the sticky pad…for good. Thankfully, I haven’t had to use my Katchy since, but I’m certain that I’m ready for the next (and very unlucky) time annoying fruit flies strike. — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
Ice Roller by Esarora
Maybe you’ve heard about the ice roller that Amazon consumers can’t seem to get enough of. I’m here to tell you that it’s well worth the money. I put this little guy in my freezer and take it out when I’m suffering from a headache or need a fast energy boost. It may also be used to treat minor body pains or to apply a face mask. Bonus: It’s handy to have on hand if you’re suffering from a hangover and need to depuff your skin. Deputy editor Emmy Favilla
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Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin, 2-Pack
During this period of upheaval, I’ve made it a point to pamper myself as much as humanly (and monetarily) feasible. That has necessitated a significant upgrade to my bed, where I spend more time than ever before. I’ve been seeking for silk-like pillowcases for a long, and they are just what I’ve been looking for. They have a luxurious air to them, yet a set of two costs less than $10. It doesn’t get much better than that. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz
Anyone who needs to carry dirty clothes up or down stairs or to the laundromat will appreciate this backpack hamper. Its built-in backpack straps free up your hands so you can easily open doors, and the drawstring closure guarantees nothing falls out while you’re walking with it. The front pocket, which is excellent for keeping soap, bleach, dryer sheets, quarters, or virtually anything else you’ll need to do your laundry, is my favorite feature (apart from the fact that it makes transporting my clothing around so much simpler). This device has made my least favorite task a bit less painful. — Copy editor Daniel Toy
St. Tropez Luxe Velvet Applicator Mitt, Double-Sided
I honestly can’t believe I ever used to apply self-tanner with my bare hands. (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee But, sadly, when I purchased my first bottle of St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse on Amazon, I came upon this $7.50 Prime-eligible mitt. This super-soft glove, which comes in the brand’s characteristic blue hue, not only helps to integrate the cream into my skin and achieve a perfect finish, but it also keeps my hands from becoming orange and streaky! (*Insert emoji of praise*) — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
Tooletries Holder for Henry Essentials
Put this silicone accessories holder on your mirror or wall if you’re short on bathroom storage. I use mine in the shower to store my razor and hair comb, but it also doubles as a toothbrush holder and saves counter space. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
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Aerolatte Milk Frother
You may surely use an ultra-expensive espresso machine to reproduce your favorite foamy latte at home. The Aerolatte Milk Frother, on the other hand, makes creamy, dreamy lattes on a budget. There is no learning curve since there is no steam. Simply heat some milk, place this bad boy in the cup for a few seconds, add a shot of espresso, and you’ve got yourself a caffeine punch that you’d believe you payed for at your neighborhood coffee shop. Deputy editor Scott Simone
The Organizer for Batteries
When your devices run out of charge, do you find yourself rummaging the bottom of your trash drawer for spare batteries? Is it just me? You’ll need a battery organizer in either case. This one accommodates a variety of battery sizes and keeps them from rolling about and becoming tangled. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
Custom Wet Brush Style Brush with a round head
For my long hair, wet brushes are usually my first choice after a shower. The round Wet brush, on the other hand, has been a game changer for me. This brush glides through wet hair like a pro, detangling and styling your blowout at the same time. You can get a round Wet brush for for $12 that will give you a flawless, salon-quality blow out at home. Deputy editor Rosanne Salvatore
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Qimh Collapsible Colander
I scooped this small kitchen gadget up as soon as I heard about it. Not only is it inexpensive, but the handles adapt to fit the size of your sink, making draining spaghetti and washing veggies much simpler. You won’t have to worry about your colander touching the filthy bottom of your sink, and you won’t have to wash the dishes in your sink to use it. The best thing is that when you’re finished, it folds, saving you room. — Associate editor Kristin Magaldi
Magnetic Dry-Erase Whiteboard Sheet for the Kitchen Fridge in a Cinch
One of my greatest concerns has been keeping my family’s grocery shopping and meal planning organized while working from home with two small sons – until I purchased this magnetic whiteboard. Now, on the weekend, I prepare the week’s menu and post it on the bulletin board, including snacks, so that everyone (even me!) knows what we’re eating on which day. I also note down items we need to purchase with the next load of food on the bottom. More than anything else I’ve purchased throughout the epidemic, this has preserved my sanity. Dana Holmes is a writer.
Dish Brush with Redecker Stiff Bristles
One of the first items I purchased when I began attempting to reduce single-use plastic waste was this wooden dish brush. Sponges discharge microplastics into the water, and I’ve always found them to be unappealing, thus this brush was a no-brainer for me. The strong bristles clean stubborn messes well, and the long handle helps you to keep at least one hand clean and out of the filthy sink. Furthermore, the brush heads are removable, and all of the components may be recycled or composted when the product is no longer needed. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt
Folding Step Stool by Acko
In my apartment, this step stool has been a lifesaver. Reaching higher shelves in our house might be difficult for my roommate and myself since we are both between 5’1″ and 5’2″. It’s collapsible, convenient to store, and provides just enough leverage to get to those hard-to-reach areas. Sarai Thompson, editorial assistant
Window Bed for Cats by PetPawJoy
My newfound “treat yourself” mentality has extended to my cat, with whom I spend more time now than anybody else. This window bed has quickly become her favorite item, and I believe it also offers delight to everybody who walks by my window. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz
Wall-Mount Grocery Bag Dispenser by Simplehuman
Despite our best efforts to utilize reusable bags for regular activities, most families nevertheless accumulate a large number of plastic bags. This dispenser is necessary if you want to keep your hoard in a more orderly and stylish manner than just throwing them into another plastic bag beneath your kitchen sink or loading a drawer with them. It’s hung over my cats’ litter boxes so I can easily grab one when I need to clean it out. It has a basic and stylish appearance and can hold up to 30 shopping bags. Deputy editor Emmy Favilla
Fidget Cube Pilpoc TheFube
I love my fidget cube because I have a lot of fidgety energy and have found that using it beneath my desk while I’m in meetings, particularly since working remotely, is a great way to release it. Simone Nili, commerce product director
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LiBa Back and Neck Massager
Before this miraculous, massaging miracle gadget entered my life, I honestly don’t know how I managed to get through my usual shoulder stress spasms. The outcomes after only a few minutes of usage are significantly more astounding than its simple form may suggest. Its ergonomic form and pressure-point design make it excellent for any difficult-to-reach knot or region of pain throughout your body, while I generally use it for persistent soreness in the back of my shoulder. I’ve already given five of them as gifts to relatives and friends, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon! — Associate manager of business development, Hayley Kinne
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Because I enjoy loose-leaf tea, I have a large collection of lovely tea infusers – but this infuser is the only one that really works! It prevents leaves from falling out and into my tea. It’s not so little that the water can’t naturally flow through the leaves while steeping, and it’s simple to throw into the trash can and then into the dishwasher. Dana Holmes is a writer.
Toy for dogs by West Paw Zogoflex Qwizl
Even though my boyfriend and I both work from home, we still feel awful for our dog, who gets bored when we’re both working for long periods of time. That’s why we’ve been getting her a lot of enrichment toys, and her absolute favorite is this West Paw puzzle reward toy. We load various goodies or a bully stick inside, and she’s flinging it about in an attempt to get the food out within minutes. The good news is that getting the goodies out is fairly difficult, so she can keep herself occupied for hours. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt
I’ve always lived in tiny city apartments with little storage, so finding a utensil holder that fit exactly within my tight drawers was a challenge – until I came across this device on Amazon. It not only holds a lot of silverware, but it’s also composed of highly robust, high-quality materials and is relatively inexpensive. There are also rubber stickers on the bottom to assist it stay in place. — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
Holder for Joyora Scrunchies
Scrunchies have covered practically every surface in my house since the ’90s came back in vogue; stray scrunchies have been seen floating in random drawers, amid my cat’s toys, and atop nightstands and bathroom counters. My collection is now all in one place and on full show thanks to this Joyora Scrunchie Holder. The holder is constructed of transparent acrylic and is thin enough not to stretch out your scrunchies. When my dresser isn’t crammed with scrunchies, it blends in well. It also saves room due to its vertical shape. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
GE’s C LED Strip Lights in Full Color
My little kitchen has just one overhead light and isn’t near any natural light in my apartment, so as you can guess, it’s really gloomy at all times of the day. However, the area has drastically changed since I acquired these LED strip lights for $24.99 on Amazon. My kitchen is considerably brighter now, and it makes cooking and cleaning lot simpler since I can see what I’m doing and what I’ve overlooked. I can’t believe I didn’t have them before! — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
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Working Hands Hand Cream, 2-Pack by O’Keeffe
For the most of my life, I’ve had severely dry skin on my hands. In the winter, my hands crack and become quite painful as a result of the severe New York wind and cold. Even in the heat, I use hand lotion on a regular basis to keep my hands moisturized. So I was interested when I saw the dozens of positive reviews for this lotion that has developed a cult following (I suggest checking at the customer before-and-after photos – you will be too!).
It turns out that the rumor is true. This product WORKS, and you just need a little bit to keep your skin moisturized. I use it all year and won’t leave the house without it once the weather cools down. If you prefer a tube, it’s also available in a tube, and I’ve heard fantastic things about the foot cream. Deputy editor Emmy Favilla
Disposable Dog Potty with Real Grass Fresh Patch
When I was searching for alternatives to the pee pad, I came across Amazon’s Fresh Patch; I live in an apartment with a private patio, so taking my dog to the toilet inside was not an option. In addition, I didn’t want to cope with residual odors or recurrent mishaps. This little stretch of grass made it a snap to teach our three-month-old puppy. He now knows where to go to the potty, and the sod pad absorbs liquids and aromas, ensuring that our outside area remains clean and odor-free. It’s readily disposable, and my boyfriend and I both signed up for a subscription, so we get a new patch every month. This is a must-have for all pet owners! — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.
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Bencmate Protective Inflatable Collar for Dogs and Cats
Teddy, my 10-month-old puppy, was neutered a few months ago, and I confess that I would not have made it through the two-week recuperation period if it hadn’t been for this inflatable collar, which I bought on Amazon for little under $15. The soft material was far more pleasant than his vet’s sharp-edged cone, and it also enabled him to walk about more freely while yet preventing him from reaching his wound. Small holes were also included in the collar to make putting Teddy’s collar on a breeze. And, in the event that I need to use this item again in the future, I like how simple it is to deflate it and store it flat for safekeeping without taking up too much room. — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.
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Sumaju 2-in-1 Candle Dipper and Trimmer Set
You should use both a wick dipper and a trimmer to properly care for your candles (prevent tunneling, black smoke around the rim, and so on). This kit will preserve your candles in tip-top form, and you’ll never have to deal with that bothersome black smoke again. — Hayley Saltzman, social media director
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Elago W3 Stand for Apple Watch
I enjoy the Apple Watch’s bedside mode, and even though sleep monitoring is coming this autumn, I still want a nice stand for it. The Apple Watch looks great on this Elago W3 stand, which is modeled like the first Macintosh computer. It’s made of tough rubber and is perfectly weighted, and the Apple Watch fits securely within. — Jacob Krol, editor of technology and electronics
Water Bottle by Giotto
This leakproof 32-ounce water bottle has made a significant difference in my ability to stay hydrated throughout the day. I drink a lot more water now that I have this big bottle on my desk instead of merely filling a cup in the morning and forgetting to refill it halfway through the day. It also includes a cover for the pop-up straw, which makes it seem cleaner than some of the other water bottles I’ve tested. — Hayley Saltzman, social media manager
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Cleancult Liquid Hand Soap Refill, 3-Pack
We’ve been using a lot of hand soap lately – like, a LOT. I didn’t want to waste money by purchasing a new pump every time one was used up, so I was excited to see Cleancult’s recyclable paper packaging and clean ingredient list. I’ve been using the lavender smell to refill my soap pumps (with a funnel) for a few months and have been really pleased. Dana Holmes is a writer.
Instrument Tuner Snark
I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without one as a guitarist. Snark’s clip-on tuner attaches to the head of your guitar, bass, or violin and tunes your instrument using vibrations, which is a lot faster and easier option than the plug-in tuner I had been using for years. This tiny device has been incredibly vital in keeping me in tune with little trouble now that I’m playing and recording music more often. Unfortunately, my exact model is presently unavailable, however this popular SN-8 Super Tight version is currently available for a bargain. — Senior tech writer Michael Andronico
3-Pack Cocofloss Dental Floss
If you’ve never used dental floss before, you should know that it’s much superior than anything else you’ve tried. Flossing is made more enjoyable by the bright colors and packaging, and the unique tastes make it seem even more luxury. I feel that this floss cleans my teeth better than other kinds, and it doesn’t shred like some others do. — Head of social media, Hayley Saltzman
8.5×11 Picture Frame Set by Upsimples
Over the last year or two, I’ve been collecting a lot of art and have acquired a few of these inexpensive picture frame sets so that I may proudly show my geeky paintings on my wall. For the price, they seem really durable, and I particularly like the spinning paddles in the rear, which make it simple to remove the back panel and replace it with fresh art. — Senior tech writer Michael Andronico
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