These 50 Weird But Genius Things On Amazon Have Been Incredibly Popular For Years — & Understandably So

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by Madison Barber
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There’s lots of weird products out there, and our favorite retailer Amazon is a treasure trove of them all. Luckily, most of these weird things actually prove to be extremely helpful in our day-to-day lives, whether they assist with organization, our beauty routines, or with helping us become more eco-conscious.

When you realize how useful so many of these products are, they become less “weird” and more “genius,” quickly becoming things we simply cannot live without.

For example, at first glance, it’s tricky to tell what this beverage chiller actually does. But when you see how quickly it can turn your fresh, hot coffee to a perfectly-chilled iced coffee in the morning, you’ll suddenly be hooked. Or, when you look at these nail clips, you’re probably thinking: “WTF are those?!” But after just five minutes, when they remove all of the gel nail polish from your fingernails, you’ll be simply amazed and wonder how you ever settled for using foil before.

Thanks to Amazon, it’s easy to discover all of the weird-but-helpful products out there. Check out 50 on the best options being offered right now — it’ll be impossible not to add a few of these to your cart.

An Outlet Extender With A Clever Shelf To Hold Your Devices

This outlet extender shelf is a true two-in-one product: it adds much-needed outlets to your home and can hold devices with short cords while they charge, keeping your phone, portable charger, and electric toothbrush from awkwardly dangling against the wall. With six traditional outlet faces, two USB ports, and one USC port, this outlet extender can comfortably and safely (thanks to the surge protector) charge tons of devices and store them on the shelf right above it — no 10-foot chargers needed.

A Single Measuring Spoon That Can Replace An Entire Set

There’s no need to have multiple measuring spoons when you can have this singular tablespoon with adjustable measurements. This spoon ranges from 1/2 teaspoon to 1 full tablespoon, and is ideal for both wet and dry ingredients while cooking or baking. It even comes in a sleek Champagne-colored finish that adds an aesthetically-pleasing element to your food-prepping routine, all while saving tons of space in your drawer.

These Squeezy Travel Bottles That Are TSA-Approved

Travel bottles are a no-brainer when it comes to bringing your shampoos, cleansers, and other toiletries through security. These silicone, leakproof bottles come in a colorful six-pack and all have TSA-approved capacities (only 3 ounces) that make your traveling experience worry-free.

This Exfoliating Brush With An Ergonomic Handle

If exfoliating isn’t already part of your shower routine, this exfoliating brush makes it easy to incorporate it. With an ergonomic handle and gentle, flexible bristles, this brush can help exfoliate your entire body and prevent ingrown hairs or clogged pores — without any chemicals. Use it before shaving, a spray tan, or simply when you want a full-body massage.

A Set Of Spa Headbands With An Easy Velcro Closure

You never really think you need a headband with a velcro-like attachment until you have to wash a face mask off your face and can’t protect your hairline without getting stuff all over your pullover headband. These terry cloth headbands are perfect for those scenarios, as well as for makeup application, executing your skincare routine, and more. Not to mention the soft material is ultra-absorbent, adjustable, and non-slip.

A Portable Water Bottle With A Removable Infuser For Fruit

Give your daily hydration a little extra something-something with a water bottle that comes with a built-in fruit infuser. Whether you want a touch of lemon or the delicious taste of strawberry, this infuser makes it easy to give your water an improved, fresh taste. It even has a flip-top lid and fits into standard car cupholders to make portability of your infused water seamless.

A Set Of Silicone Measuring Cups For Easy Pouring

These measuring cups from OXO Good Grips can help you get accurate measurements for cooking and baking and are flexible enough to make pouring your liquids a breeze. This three-piece set comes with a 1/2-cup, 1-cup, and 2-cup sizes, all of which are made from bendy, dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and BPA-free silicone. The honeycomb pattern inside makes these especially useful for warming up ingredients, as it helps to spread out the heat.

A Minimal Ingredient Balm That Removes All Of Your Makeup

Move over makeup wipes and micellar water — there’s a new makeup removal method in town. This cleansing balm requires nothing but the balm itself to remove stubborn makeup and SPF, all without leaving an icky residue behind. Plus, it has an extremely minimal ingredient list with just 10 things, so you can understand exactly what is in this balm.

A Reusable Face Roller That Works Better Than Blotting Papers

Chances are you have a pack of disposable blotting papers in your bag for those extra-hot, oily face days. This volcanic roller does the job of all of those blotting papers, all without messing up your makeup. It’s reusable, washable, portable, and gets the oil-eliminating job done in just a few seconds, which is why it has over 25,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

This Simple Strainer That Attaches To Your Pasta Pot

If you previously thought it impossible to create a kitchen tool more genius than a strainer, you’ll be happy to know that an even easier model exists. This one is half the size of a traditional colander, but clips onto the edges of your pasta-cooking pot to keep the noodles inside the entire time they’re being strained, no more wishing you had a third arm. You’ll never use a normal colander again after one use of this.

This Box That Hides & Organizes Unsavory Cables & Cords

Very few people want to look at all the cables and cords around entertainment systems, computers, and so on, which is why this cable management box is such a godsend. Just place your power strip inside the box and let your various cords run through the specific notches on each side for a cleaner, more aesthetically-pleasing look.

The Makeup Sponges That Works Just As Well As Pricey Ones

Deemed as the perfect dupes for high-end makeup sponges on the market, this set of sponges will help you to perfectly apply and blend out your coverage products. With flat bottoms, pointed tips, and soft, rounded sides, these sponges can help create a more seamless makeup look all across your face with any liquid, creme, or powder products.

A Drawer Divider Made For Your Top-Drawer Intimates

It doesn’t take much to get your top drawer super messy, especially after spending the morning digging through it to find a matching pair of socks. These drawer dividers are perfect for keeping your intimates drawer organized with their designated compartments for bras, undies, socks, and undershirts. Choose between seven different colors for your organizer when you order.

A Beverage Cooler That Makes Hot Drinks Cold In 1 Minute

Sometimes, you just crave a perfectly-chilled beverage. This instant beverage cooler gives you that satisfaction of a nice, cold drink in seconds, making it the perfect thing to have around the house on a hot day. Use it for iced coffee in the morning, chilled wine at night, or any beverage in between throughout the day. It’ll turn any hot or room temperature beverage into a cold drink in under one minute.

These Shoe Organizers That You Can Store Under Your Bed

Shoes are difficult to store, especially if your small closet or entryway prohibits keeping more than one or two pairs out. This under-bed shoe storage makes storing your favorite sneakers, sandals, and flats easy with its separate compartments that fit up to 12 pairs and transparent design that lets you see what’s inside. If you have a large collection, the two storage bags that come in your order should help keep them all organized and out of the way.

A Satin Pillowcase With An Ultra-Luxe Feel

Not only will this satin pillowcase make your bed look ultra-luxe, but it might even be gentler on your hair and skin while you sleep too. This soft and sheen pillowcase, which comes in 25 colors and four different sizes, may help reduce frizz and skin irritation while you snooze, unlike traditional cotton pillowcases that are a little too rough on your hair and face, especially if you’re constantly tossing and turning.

A Kitchen Scale That Gives You The Most Precise Measurements

Having this precise kitchen scale on your counter while you’re cooking or baking will be such a game changer, you’ll wonder how you went so long without it. With a weight range of 0.04 ounces to 11 pounds, this scale will help accurately measure out any of your ingredients while whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, and even automatically subtracts the weight of any bowl your stuff is sitting in on top of the scale.

These Spiral Hair Ties That Are Gentle On Your Strands

These spiral hair ties are superior options to traditional hair ties, thanks to their gentleness on your locks that prevent breakage and creasing. The phone cord-line design also is gentler on your wrist than normal hair ties and prevent that weird post-ponytail bump when you take your hair down.

These Containers That Keep Your Produce Fresh For Longer

Wilted greens, soft squash, and squishy berries seem inevitable, but actually can be remedied easily with these produce saver containers. Each in this three pack of containers comes with a water drain plate that filters moisture into a separate area of the container, keeping your produce dry inside. Plus, these containers are stackable for easy refrigerator storage and organization.

A Dish Drying Rack That Even Works With Small Kitchens

Whether you have a cramped kitchen or just don’t want to take up your precious counter space with a bulky dish drying rack, this over-the-sink rack is perfect for you. This stainless steel rack rolls up when you don’t need it and rolls out again over your sink basin, giving you a space to dry your dishes that doesn’t overwhelm your kitchen. And — best of all — any water drips right into your sink, so you don’t have to worry about tiny puddles on your counter.

A Stainless Steel Coffee Canister With A Handy Date Tracker

Whether you prefer to buy ground coffee or coffee beans, this stainless steel container will keep them fresh for much longer than keeping them in the bag. This container, which will look sleek on any kitchen counter, comes with an airtight lid to preserve your coffee and a convenient date tracker on the top where you can put in your purchase date to keep track of exactly when you need to buy new coffee.

These Nail Wraps That Help Remove Your Gel Polish In A Flash

If you get gel manicures, you know how tricky it is to get the polish off at home, which is why these soak off nail polish clips are so genius. This 10-piece reusable set eliminates the need for foil — just soak some gel polish remover on a pad, place the pad inside the clip, and clip it onto your nails for a removed mani in minutes.

These Reusable Grocery Bags With A 4.8-Star Rating

Make plastic grocery bags a thing of the past with these reusable grocery bags that come in multi-packs of amazing color combinations. These sturdy bags are made with reinforced stitching for extra durability and can hold up to 50 pounds each, making them ideal for large grocery hauls. They’re even machine washable and can be rolled up very tightly to toss in your purse on your way to the store.

A Plunger That’s Tough On Extra-Stubborn Clogs

Got a seriously stubborn clog that regular plungers can’t handle? Try using this heavy-duty option to clear it out. It’s designed to fit most toilets, as the narrow end points down into the basin so that a firm seal isn’t necessary for it to be effective. “This plunger has worked every time, with very little effort,” wrote one reviewer. “Very much worth the money.”

A Chic Jewelry Box That’s Perfect For Traveling

A chic jewelry box is the perfect way to make traveling with your favorite jewelry way less of a hassle, and this particular is made with a pretty velvet finish. With compartments for your necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings, this box will keep your pieces secure, and at less than 4 inches wide, you can toss it even in the smallest carry-on or bag.

A Juicer That’s Almost Too Easy To Use

With no moving parts, batteries, or needles to deal with, this juicer makes it incredibly easy to extract fresh juice from citrus fruits of any shape or size. Simply press your fruit down, and the strainer slits around the base will allow juice to flow into the container below — all without letting any seeds or pulp leak through.

This Glittery Lip Gloss With A Hilarious Name

For those looking for a little extra oomph from their gloss, this Unicorn Snot glitter gloss is what you need. Made with cosmetic grade glitter and without any gross, sticky residue, this cotton-candy scented gloss will be your new go-to lippie for a day or night out. It comes in some seriously playful colors, like aqua, purple, and gold.

A Silverware Organizer That Fits Perfectly Into Your Kitchen Drawer

It doesn’t take a lot for a silverware drawer to get disorganized, which is why separate compartments for each type of flatware is a must in any kitchen. This bamboo organizer fits right into your kitchen drawer and can expand from 13 to 20 inches, depending on how many compartments you need. The waterproof bamboo is also an ideal material that’ll fit into any kitchen’s decor.

A Pizza Stone That Won’t Smoke At High Temperatures

Some pizza stones start smoking when exposed to high temperatures — but not this one. Unlike some pizza stones, it’s made from glazed cordierite stone that’s scratch-resistant, easy to clean, and heats up quickly. Plus, the non-stick glaze helps keep your pizza from sticking. Choose from two shapes: square or round.

These Stemless Wine Glasses That Are Impossible To Break

As an incredibly clumsy person myself, I know these stainless steel wine glasses are an essential for wine nights or outdoor picnics. These unbreakable portable tumblers come in packs of four and are available in 15 different colors. Unlike classic glasses, these keep your wine super chilled, and can even be put in the dishwasher for an easy clean without worrying about them shattering.

A Convenient Tray That Sticks Right Onto Your Sofa Arm

Not every sitting room has space for a coffee or side table, which is why this sofa arm tray table is such a genius addition to any room needing a place to rest a coffee mug or the remote control. Made from aesthetically-pleasing bamboo and a slip-resistant surface, this “table” attaches to the arm of your couch and detaches easily when not in use.

The Splatter Screen That Won’t Turn Food Soggy

Putting a lid on the pan while you’re frying food will keep you safe from hot oil pops, but it can also turn your fried food soggy. Instead, opt for this splatter screen. It allows steam to escape so that your food remains deliciously crispy, yet keeps you protected anytime the oil pops. Plus, the stainless steel metal is resistant to rust.

A Cold Brew Maker That’s Dishwasher-Safe

It’s not especially financially feasible to spend a fortune on cold brews every morning. It is, however, reasonable to spend under $20 on this cold brew coffee maker. Just add your favorite coffee grounds to the filter, pour cold water over them, and let the pitcher sit in your fridge overnight to brew. With a 6-cup capacity, this makes enough cold brew to jumpstart your day every day of the week.

A Gua Sha Tool For Sculpting & De-Puffing Your Face

This gua sha tool has been trending for years for a reason — it’s the perfect no-fuss tool for sculpting and de-puffing the face as well as promoting lymphatic drainage in your face, neck, and décolletage. Made from genuine rose quartz and the perfect companion to any facial oil or hydrating mask or serum, this tool will be your go-to for looking refreshed in the morning.

These Core Sliders That Help You Get Toned At Home

Don’t have time to hit the gym? You can still get in a good sweat at home using these core sliders. They’re designed to slide on most floors, ranging from hard tile to rubbery gym floors. Choose from five colors: yellow, grey, green, pink, or purple.

A Double Oven Mitt That’s Heat-Resistant Up To 480 Degrees Fahrenheit

Not only is this double oven mitt incredibly resistant to heat, but silicone stripes along the palms also help you keep a firm grip when handling hot cookware. The added length works to protect you from the long side of pans — all while a soft terrycloth lining lets your skin breathe.

The Ring Light That Has A Built-In Phone Holder

Whether you’re recording a TikTok video or FaceTiming with friends, turning on this ring light is an easy way to make sure that you’re cast in the most flattering light possible. Multiple holders give you options when deciding how to angle your phone — and the brightness is even adjustable up to 10 levels.

This Lighter That You Can Recharge & Reuse

Always having to buy new lighters can be a bit of a pain, so why not save yourself some money and grab this rechargeable one? It only takes an hour to fully charge, yet lasts for days before you need to plug it in again. Plus, the angled head makes it easier to light candles.

These Food Storage Bags That You Can Use Again & Again

Kiss all of your single-use plastic snack bags goodbye and switch over to these reusable food storage bags instead. Made from food-grade PEVA and 100% leakproof, these bags will make packing your lunch for the office or bringing snacks along to a picnic seamless, all while preventing excess plastic waste. There are two gallon bags, four sandwich bags, and four snack bags included in your 10-pack — all of which can be hand washed and used endlessly.

A Set Of Reusable Cotton Pads For Your Skincare Needs

Cotton rounds are useful for tons of things, mainly in your beauty routines. However, these reusable cotton rounds are even better than the single-use ones, thanks to their ability to reduce disposable waste. These soft rounds come in a pack of 20 that will be essential for makeup removing and toner application — just throw them in the wash (in their little mesh bag!) when you’re done.

These Reusable Dish Cloths That Will Save You Tons At The Store

When you stop buying single-use paper towels and switch your home over to these reusable Swedish dish cloths, you’ll save tons of cash, reduce paper waste, and have an easy tool around the house for quick clean ups. These super absorbent, colorful cloths can absorb 10 times their weight in liquids, making them great for efficiently drying dishes, wiping up spills, or cleaning.

A Scalp Brush To Amp Up Your Hair Washing Routine

Using this scalp massage brush not only gives you the most relaxing hair-washing experience ever, but it can also help eliminate dirt, oil, dry shampoo, SPF, and more from your head. With soft silicone bristles and an ergonomic handle, this brush will become your new go-to tool in your haircare routine — just like it has for the 89,000 five-star reviewers on Amazon.

These Rug Grippers That Prevent Curling Corners

Nothing’s more frustrating than buying a chic area rug, only for it to have curled corners after a little while. These rug grippers eliminate that problem before it can start, attaching to the corners of the bottom of your rug and to the floor underneath it to create a smooth look. Choose between an eight, 12, 16, or 24-pack of adhesives when you order, depending on how many rugs you have in your home.

An Easy-To-Use Steamer That Quickly Removes Wrinkles

Creases and wrinkles in your clothes is a classic fashion faux pas, which is why everyone needs a great handheld steamer at home to make their ‘fit look seamless. This steamer has everything you’ll need to enjoy using it again and again: a long, ergonomic handle, a compact, portable size, an easy-fill water tank, and a 10-minute continuous steam run time.

These Foot Peels That Help Soften Dry, Cracked Feet

Dry, cracked feet are no match for these foot peels. Let your feet soak for about an hour — over the next two weeks, that outer layer of skin will begin to peel away, revealing ultra-soft feet from heel to toe. Plus, the universal fit is designed to accommodate feet up to a men’s size 11.

This Derma Roller That Can Help You Save Money

A professional microdermabrasion session can be expensive, whereas this derma roller is available for less than $15. Hundreds of tiny needles work to exfoliate away dead skin as it rolls across your face, helping stimulate blood flow so that your complexion is left glowing — and many reviewers even wrote about how they were able to “see a difference” after using it.

A Microfiber Hair Wrap That Won’t Create Frizzy Strands

If you’re still using rough cotton towels to wrap your wet hair up while it dries, it may be time to consider a microfiber hair wrap instead. These microfiber hair towels are gentler on your wet locks, which is actually when the state your hair is the most fragile, so these lead to less breakage. Plus, these easy-to-wear wraps are way more absorbent than traditional bath towels.

A Heat Protectant Spray That Helps Prevent Split Ends

Give you hair a few spritzes with this heat protectant before using any hot tools, and it’ll help prevent split ends, reduce frizz, and infuse some shine into your strands. Coconut works to help moisturize any dry areas, while its advanced color protectant system helps lock in color to prevent fading. “I've noticed my hair looks shinier, takes to heat better and even seems longer,” wrote one reviewer. “Also, my split ends are half gone [...]”

A Set Of Handle Covers To Keep Your Stainless Steel Fingerprint-Free

While stainless steel fridges, stoves, and so on tend to look super sleek, fingerprints on the handles ruin their look. These subtle door handle covers are perfect for preventing these aesthetic nuisances, and slip onto your handles easily with their velcro closures. They’re even machine washable to keep your kitchen as crisp as possible.

A Tiny Portable Charger For Your Go-To Apple Devices

Portable chargers are a must during long trips or days when you’re out of the house, but they can be really bulky. This mini portable charger is the same size as a lipstick, making it ideal for throwing in your purse or backpack without taking up much space or adding weight to your bag. You can even charge your phone while you charge the charger itself, ensuring that you’ll always have a juiced up phone and power bank when you’re out and about.

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