Amazon’s customer review ratings are typically pretty reliable—not to mention hilarious—but occasionally, we’ll stumble onto a hyped-up product that doesn’t quite deliver. High expectations, low payoff—that’s the worst. You might be thinking about the Snuggie.
You know what’s the best, though? Finding products that live up to their 5-star (or nearly 5-star) billings. They’re practical, chic, and fill a need in your life and then some. You—not you, but you—might be thinking about the Snuggie.
We sifted through some of the highest-rated items that Amazon has to offer. Here’s the gold we found.
1. Stream music through any system with a headphone or aux jack.
This ultra-portable Bluetooth receiver connects to most modern smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Hook the little guy up through your car’s aux input or your stereo’s line-in jack to stream audio wirelessly.
With 15 hours of playback per charge, this is one of the more efficient Bluetooth receivers on Amazon. It’s also cute, which counts for something.
2. Clean your filthy, dirty, human hands.
Look at your hands right now. Look at them. What are those, mustard stains? Filthy.
This pocket-sized sanitizer lets you instantly clean your hands wherever you are. The antibacterial spray quickly eliminates bacteria while leaving behind a light fragrance.
You can tuck one of these into your pocket, leave one in your glove compartment, or stash one in your purse—now, the next time you eat sloppy joes with your bare hands, you’ll at least be prepared.
3. Tidy up your closet with this mesh organizer.
If you’re running out of closet space, this durable organizer should help out. It has eight large mesh pockets on one side and seven on the other, perfect for tucking away your scarves, underwear, old t-shirts, and just about anything else that would otherwise get buried on the floor.
The metal hanger is removable, and you can roll up the fabric to take it with you on trips (or to just show it off at the office, if you’re particularly weird).
4. Get rid of pests with a state-of-the-art screeching robot.
This pest repeller uses ultrasonic and electromagnetic technologies to get rid of rats, roaches, mosquitoes, ants, and other annoyances. The product description notes that “none are immune to the sound,” which sounds oddly ominous. In most cases, it works within 2-3 weeks, depending on the level of the infestation.
It shouldn’t annoy pets, and it’s completely inaudible to the human ear. Babigo offers a lifetime guarantee, so if this doesn’t manage to drive pests out of your home, you can always return it to get your money back.
5. Pop yourself some popcorn with this collapsible bowl.
Why spend money on boxed microwaveable popcorn? Add the real stuff to the Salbree microwave popper, and you’ll enjoy a healthier snack at a fraction of the price.
Available in a variety of colors, it’s made from BPA-free materials, and it’s completely dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The bowl is collapsible, so it’s an ideal choice for college dorms and other small spaces.
6. Start eating more avocados with this three-in-one slicer.
It splits, pits, and slices your avocados, instantly upgrading your sandwich-making abilities. Made with BPA-free, FDA-approved silicone, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, and the comfort-grip handle ensures that you’ll keep those avocados right where you want them.
Per the product details, this pitter is “designed enough for medium-larger avocados,” so if you prefer small, puny avocados, look elsewhere.
7. Save space with these smart slack hangers.
If you hang your pants on a typical clothes hanger, you’ll waste quite a bit of space—and, inevitably, your clothes will end up falling to the floor of your closet. You’ve got the MISSLO Hanging Closet Organizer, of course, but what about the stuff that needs to stay wrinkle-free?
These hangers will help. A non-slippery foam pad keeps your slacks securely in place without creating a crease—or taking up space. Store up to five pairs of pants per hanger for up to 10 total (since this is a two-pack).
8. Say goodbye to excessive humidity.
Perfect for a small home or a shared space, this compact dehumidifier can extract about nine ounces of moisture per day. It’s extremely quiet, so it’s ideal for offices and dorm rooms, and it shuts off automatically when its tank is full.
For the price, this is a great little unit, and it’s rated for rooms up to 150 square feet. Take it with you on your next trip to make those humid hotel rooms much more tolerable.
9. Treat your nails to a professional manicure.
This grooming kit contains everything you need to keep your nails in order. With 18 dedicated tools for your feet, hands, and face (yes, there’s a pair of nose hair scissors), it’s hard to think of any basic grooming task that you won’t be able to handle.
Each tool is made with high-quality, easy-to-clean steel, and the attractive carrying case makes this a great choice for traveling.
10. Get your filthy clothes—and your hamper—off the floor.
If we’d had one of these in high school, our mother would still be talking to us.
Hang this laundry nook on the back of any door via included stainless steel hooks, and it stores your dirty laundry without taking up valuable floor space. It’s sized for an average load of laundry, so once it’s full, it’s time to head to the laundry room.
A backside zipper lets you easily dump your laundry into your washing machine, and the cotton material is machine washable (of course). Great for dorms and small bathrooms.
11. Seal gaps around your kitchen appliances with this discreet cover.
Ever accidentally spill liquid down the side of your oven—only to realize that you have to pull the oven completely away from the wall in order to clean it?
This gap filler solves that problem by…well, filling the gap. Made with flexible silicone, it’s available in 21-inch and 25-inch sizes to fit most standard ovens. Choose from three colors to match your appliances, then say goodbye to those time-consuming spills.
12. Protect your credit cards from scammers, government agents, and space aliens.
RFID theft is real, and if you’re not taking steps to protect yourself, you’re taking an unnecessary risk. These RFID-blocking sleeves give you peace of mind without adding much weight to your wallet.
Built to the United States government’s Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 requirements (basically the government’s requirements for federal employees’ identity safety), they’re lined with a shield that blocks scanners. The material’s water-resistant, and the color coding helps you grab the right card every time.
13. Clean your water bottles in seconds.
If you’ve ever tried to force a standard dish sponge into a water bottle to clean out dried protein powder, you get the appeal of this bottle-cleaning set.
The long bottle brush does most of the heavy lifting, while a straw-cleaning brush targets grime on the inside of sports bottle straws. A detail cleaner lets you get into the crevices of caps. All three tools have heavy-duty nylon bristles for years of dependable cleaning.
14. Get tough headwear that works for pretty much anything.
Sure, it’s one hat, but it’s also, like, so many hats. You can wear it as a headband, a neck warmer, a bandana, a balaclava, a beanie, a face mask, a hood, a scrunchie, a…you get the idea. While it’s officially sold as “12-in-1,” that might be selling it short.
In any form, it’s good-looking headwear, tough enough to take on the trail, but stylish enough to wear on your way to work. The premium microfiber material wicks away moisture, keeping your head warm, dry, and ready for the next adventure.
15. Organize your silverware with this moso bamboo drawer insert.
This insert is made from fully matured bamboo, which is strong, light, durable, and attractive. Eight compartments hold your utensils and cutlery, maximizing your storage space while keeping the clutter at bay.
Each compartment is generously sized, and we love the classy look of the sustainable materials. While it’s intended for cutlery, it’s also a great organizer for craft drawers.
16. Never tie your shoes again. Seriously.
How much time do you think you’ve spent tying your shoes over the course of your entire life? Hours? Days? Weeks? Apparently, we don’t have to lose another second to shoe-tying. Replace your old laces with Xpand No-Tie Shoelaces to transform any shoe into a reliable slip-on.
Even running shoes and other athletic footwear works great with Xpand. Pull these laces as tight as you like, and they’ll stay that way. Stretch them out to slip your shoes on and go.
These are available in lots of colors. We think we’ll go with “Glow-in-the-Dark.”
17. These Lodge skillets prove that, sometimes, they actually do make them like they used to.
The old ways are the best ways, at least in the kitchen. This 10.25-inch cast iron skillet from Lodge is a must-have for anyone who cooks, well, pretty much anything.
That’s because cast iron holds heat evenly for a predictable sear. It’s also naturally nonstick and works great in the oven. You can even take cast iron skillets camping and cook over the open fire. Lodge goes a step further than many cast-iron cookware manufacturers. They pre-season this pan, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. Happy cooking!
18. Keep your keys exactly where you want them with this magnetic organizer.
It’s a brilliant idea, but for some reason, nobody thought of it until now: magnets.
Oh, sorry—we’re being told that magnets are fairly popular. Still, this is a novel way to use them. Simply peel off the backing tape, place the magnet on your wall, and you’ve got a discreet key organizer. Each magnet can hold up to three pounds but isn’t powerful enough to damage your key fob.
These cute little magnets can also help you keep smartphone cables organized, although we’d keep them away from computer monitors, laptops, and other sensitive equipment.
19. Upgrade your baking skills with these silicone sheet mats.
Silicone bakeware evenly distributes temperatures up to 450 degrees, providing an even bake for cookies, cakes, roasted vegetables, and pretty much anything else that you’d want to stick into your oven. The BPA-free material is incredibly easy to clean and doesn’t stick to food.
Essentially, these mats replace parchment paper—but they’re endlessly reusable, so they’ll save you money over time. The manufacturer offers a money-back guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied for any reason, ship them back.
20. Enjoy naturally soft laundry with these wool dryer balls.
Made with 100-percent pure New Zealand wool, these adorable dryer balls are reusable for about 1,000 loads (and that’s per ball, by the way). They reduce static cling and stop clothes from wrinkling, and because they don’t contain synthetic chemicals of any kind, they’re ideal for people with sensitive skin.
Plus, they’re shaped like little sheep. How cute is that? We’d order them even if they didn’t actually do anything.
21. Watch movies on your tablet or phone with this magnetic mount.
The GoWith works with all smartphones and tablets, and because it uses a magnetic mount, it’s durable, sturdy, and reliable. The base fits under mattresses or car headrests for easy viewing, and the gooseneck can rotate to keep your screen at a comfortable angle.
When disassembled, this holder is small enough to tuck into your pocket. The manufacturer notes that you can even mount it “on your car or bicycle steering wheel,” but we’d recommend against that—sure, the mount will stay in place, but that…just seems like a bad idea.
22. Transform that power outlet into a shelf (that’s also still a power outlet).
If we had to pick the two most important rooms in the house, we’d probably go with the kitchen and the bathroom (though not necessarily in that order). Both of these rooms, however, never seem to have enough power outlets or shelves.
The Ultimate Outlet Shelf lets you keep your outlets fully functioning while throwing in an extra shelf, sized just for the sorts of electronics you’d use in the home. Set your electric toothbrushes on this ledge, and keep them charging just below. Replace “electric toothbrushes” with whatever small devices you own and the sentence still works. That must be what they mean by “ultimate.”
23. Save space with a colander built for today’s kitchens.
Every kitchen needs a colander. How else do you expect to rinse veggies or drain pasta? As well as old-fashioned metal colander works, they also tend to take up a lot of cabinet space. And can you imagine traveling with one?
Well, here’s a collapsible kitchen colander that does its job without hogging space. Its heat-resistant construction ensures dependable use, even when you’re dealing with boiling water. Easy-grip handles pull out to straddle the sink, then slide back in for a tiny footprint. While small, this strainer actually boasts a six-quart capacity!
24. Get rid of tough stains just like Grandma used to do.
Some stains don’t go down easy. We’re talking about the real tough ones, things like blood, oil, and ink. If only Grandma were here with a folksy, old-timey remedy…
When Grandma’s not around (or when she just doesn’t have a secret recipe for an all-powerful stain remover), reach for Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover. We can’t tell you what’s in it, just that it’s remarkably effective. Thanks, Grandma, wherever you are.
25. Just when we thought we couldn’t love olives and pickles any more…
We have two favorite party foods: pickles and olives. Unfortunately, people tend to think it’s kind of rude when you reach right into the brine and pull out a winner. Forks are no solution; you may as well go bobbing for bearings. Spoons scoop up too much liquid.
A brand called Joseph Joseph saw the problem and stepped in with a solution. This Scoop & Pick two-piece retrieval set is perfect for accessing hard-to-reach morsels without spilling brine everywhere. It includes a little two-pronged fork, perfect for spearing cornichons. That spear sits inside the handle of a spoon that’s perfectly sized for olives and complete with drainage holes.
Take your set everywhere. You never know when you might encounter a jar of olives.
26. Get the light you need, when you need it. Not when you don’t.
Night lights can make the difference between a safe nighttime trip to the bathroom and disaster. However, there’s no need to burn the energy when everyone’s slumbering peacefully.
Motion-activated LED nightlights, like this one from AmerTac, provide the perfect solution. They plug into any wall outlet, remaining dormant until they detect movement up to 25 feet away. Then they light up with a gentle glow that will guide sleepy walkers through the dark without blinding them with a bright flash.
Use them in the bathroom and in the hallway leading to the bathroom. Shoot, use them everywhere.
27. Pack this organizer and your clothes are already put away.
At home, you’ve got your chest of drawers. When you travel, you have to rummage through your suitcase—unless, that is, you have the foresight to use this backpack organizer.
It hangs easily from doorways and closet posts for easy access. Unzip its three lower “drawers” to access totally organized contents. According to the manufacturers, this thing holds more than four typical packing cubes, and it folds right up to pop into your backpack or carry-on luggage.
When you arrive at your destination, hang it up, and there you go: Your very own chest of drawers away from home.
28. Win at the game of Tetris that is your luggage.
Packing for vacation is a lot like Tetris. You have to fit odd shapes into solid lines. But what if you could make every Tetris shape the square? Metaphorically speaking?
Shacke Pak packing cubes do just that, but for clothes, not video games. Squish your rolled or folded clothes into one of the four packing cubes in this set. Zip it shut. You’ll have a much easier time fitting these packages into your suitcase or backpack than you would lose clothes. Just remember to hum the theme to Tetris while you pack.
29. There’s a better way to whisk.
If you’re the sort of cook who beats batter by hand, you know the value of your tools. Kitchenware producer Tovolo brings us the Better Batter Tool, which combines the best of a whisk and a spatula to make stirring batter, gravy, and sauces even easier.
Instead of wire loops, the stirring end of this 12.5-inch wand terminates in silicone fins. That makes it easier to scrape the sides while stirring. Forget grabbing the spatula every few minutes. This is a one-stop solution for the kind of batter that makes great baked goods.
30. This gadget contains multitudes.
What do you get the technical, handy type who already has every tool in the hardware store? How about every tool hidden within a single, pencil-like package?
The EdgeWorks MultiTool Pen isn’t kidding about the “multi” part. It lets you haul six useful devices around in your shirt pocket (pocket protector not included). It’s a functional ballpoint pen, but it also includes a ruler in inches and centimeters, a bubble level, a screwdriver (with both flathead and Phillips bits), and a stylus for your favorite flat-screen device.
If you have a tinkerer in your life, this gift was built for them. If you are the tinkerer, well, go ahead and treat yourself.
31. Why carry around a few makeup bags when just one works great?
It’s not easy to haul around the necessary beauty supplies. Your lipsticks don’t fit with your powders. Your brushes won’t share space with creams. There’s nothing to do but throw a handful of makeup bags into an even bigger bag…
Or you could get this makeup bag. It’s got a clever set of dividers to keep all your beauty essentials in place without getting in each other’s’ way. There’s even a mirror built in so you can put your face on anywhere you go.
This case carries a 92-percent 5-star rating on Amazon, so it must be doing something right.
32. Bowl technology just took a great leap forward.
There’s not a lot you can do to improve bowls. They hold your cereal; what else do you want? At least, that’s what we thought before we discovered this two-bowl set from Home and Above. An inner bowl is fitted with strainer holes, while the outer bowl flares at the edges to provide access even when cradling the first.
This unique design lets you easily wash and strain fruits and vegetables, then set the inner bowl into the outer for immediate serving. The larger bowl is a great place for guests to throw their fruit rinds, stems, seeds, and nutshells.
Use them as a unit or separately. They look great either way. We thought bowls were pretty much done evolving, but this set made us eat our words (along with some delicious strawberries).
33. Don’t get burned. Wear your oven mitts.
Traditional cloth oven mitts don’t always keep the heat out. If they get wet, they’re downright dangerous. That’s why we prefer silicone heat protection. To be specific, we like these extra-long oven mitts from HOMWE.
Textured silicone keeps items from slipping in your grip and keeps heat safely away from your skin. Fold down the forearm extensions before you reach into the oven. As any baker can tell you, forearm burns are no joke.
These gloves work up to 450 degrees, which is enough for most cooking tasks. The manufacturer even offers a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. So much for picking up hot pans with old dish towels.
34. Enjoy perfect eggs, no matter how you like them cooked.
They say it’s hard to poach an egg. “They” must not own a Maxi-Matic Egg Cooker. This thing does it all. It cooks eggs in the shell based on your specifications, whether you prefer a soft, medium, or hard boil. Meanwhile, a separate poaching tray provides the perfect centerpiece to your next plate of eggs benedict.
There’s even an omelet tray for when you’re in the mood. Really, there’s no easier way to cook eggs so consistently. This cooker holds seven eggs, so call up a few friends and enjoy.
35. Keep your phone powered up with a tiny, powerful portable charger.
As much as we depend on our cell phones, losing power at a crucial moment can be serious. But who wants to haul around one of those bulky portable chargers? RavPower’s Luster Mini charger packs a lot of power in a slim, pen-like case. It will keep you connected without weighing you down.
The trademarked iSmart technology recognizes devices and optimizes current for each, charging each one as quickly as possible without overheating. Tuck it into your pocket and say goodbye to phone-battery anxiety forever.
36. This is a flashlight you can trust. Not like those other flashlights.
How many times have you reached for your flashlight, only to find that the batteries have gone dead or that the thing is just mysteriously broken? Now imagine that happening in an emergency. It’s a scary proposition.
That’s why everyone should invest in a great tactical torch like the GearLight S1000. This flashlight uses powerful LED lighting that won’t drain its three AAA batteries. The body is made from military-grade aluminum, so it’s virtually indestructible. Light settings include high, medium, low, flash, and emergency.
You can depend on this flashlight when disaster strikes. It makes a great gift, so it’s nice that this pack comes with two.
37. Style your hair with gentle heat.
The MiroPure Hair Straightener does a whole lot more than straighten hair. Essentially, it combines the benefits of a high-quality flat iron with those of a nano-comb brush. It’s a one-piece solution for your home hairstyling challenges.
This electric heating brush features two temperature levels to match any type of hair. It melts away the frizz, static, and flyaways that make styling your hair such a headache. Anti-scald design ensures that you get the look you crave without having to suffer for beauty. Oh, and if it feels a bit hot in your hand, don’t worry: This set comes with a heat-resistant glove for comfort while you work.
38. They’ve finally perfected the humble ice cube tray.
Ice cube tray technology went a pretty long time without solving its key problems. First, there’s the issue of the sticking cube. Then you’ve got freezer-stink; that’s a bad one. Finally, water spills were always a bummer.
This pack of three easy-release ice cube trays from Adoric Life fixes all that, producing what may be the world’s first perfect ice-making tool. Fitted lids prevent spilling and keep freezer odors from finding their way into your ice cubes.
When the water freezes, simply invert the tray and push out perfect cubes through the soft silicone base. Now, if Adoric Life could only do something about all those stuck jar lids…
39. Soothe your eyes with a desk lamp that gives you more control.
Get ready for a long night of work or study—without the eye fatigue that usually comes from harsh lighting. This LED desk lamp from TaoTronics features five distinct color modes in a variety of brightness levels.
Cycle through the options until you find the perfect blend of intensity and warmth. It sure beats studying with a headache-inducing fluorescent or squinting through the dim glow of a candle, Abe Lincoln-style. We’re pretty sure this is what ol’ Honest Abe would have read by if it existed in his time.