Reviewers Swear By These Super Helpful Products On Amazon That Are All Under $30
In my youth, my online shopping baskets were always full of fun, superfluous items that only a teenager can spend money on without experiencing an overwhelming sense of buyer's remorse. Am I proud that I own the entire JAWS quadrilogy on Blu-ray? Sort of — but if I had the chance to take that $100 back and spend it on several affordable but useful products on Amazon, you can bet that my older and wiser self would hop on that opportunity.
Take a lesson from me now that I've learned to differentiate between necessary and needless: Instead of spending money on junk, opt for some genius life-hack products that are total game-changers — especially since every single one on this list comes in at under $30. From a portable door lock that gives you added security while you travel, to a laptop desk with built-in ventilation so your computer doesn't overheat, there are tons of affordable products on Amazon that can easily change your life for the better.
So what are you waiting for? Decide against a shark-related movie and instead invest in a product you're likely to use day in and day out — whether that's to streamline your chores, organize your clutter, or keep your coffee hot for hours after it's been brewed.
1. This Water Bottle With A Built-In Storage Compartment
The Contigo kangaroo water bottle has a hidden storage compartment that you can use stash your money at the beach, your key at the gym, or your kids' snacks during a long car ride. The water bottle itself is leak-proof so that you won't have to worry about it making a mess in transit, plus the patented lid controls liquid flow for easy drinking. Get it in purple or blue.
2. A Set Of Mesh Bags so You Can Safely Wash Delicates
Perfect for delicates, lingerie, knits, and gym clothes, GOGOODA laundry bags make it easy to keep your laundry organized so that there's hardly any need to sort it all out once it's finished washing. These bags also help prevent your laundry from getting tangled and damaged as it tumbles around your dryer, and they're made from durable nylon that won't fray under pressure. Each order comes with seven bags: two large, two medium, and three small ones.
3. These Cute Reusable Grocery Bags That Can Hold Up To 50 Pounds
Unlike competing options that can tear under heavy loads, these BeeGreen reusable grocery bags can hold up to 50 pounds of bulky groceries thanks to the durable, rip-stop fabric. The cute prints mean you can also use them as casual tote bags at the beach or while shopping, though they come in solid colors, too. Getting them wet isn't a problem since they're waterproof, and they fold down into a compact size so they're easy to store when you're not using them.
4. A Clothes Hamper That Fits Perfectly Into The Corner Of The Room
Whereas your current hamper probably takes up an awkward amount of space in your bedroom or closet, the Honey-Can-Do clothes hamper is designed to fit neatly into any corner so that it takes up minimal space. It's made with a durable steel frame that can handle extensive use, and the natural wicker weave is breathable so that your clothes don't become musty while they're waiting to be washed.
5. A Can Opener That Does All The Work For You
Traditional can openers require you to twist a handle in order to open the can, but the Kitchen Mama electric can opener does all the work for you. For that reason, it's great for anyone with arthritis or limited mobility in their hands. This can opener also will not leave your cans with a sharp, unsafe edge, and the one-button operation means it's incredibly simple to use.
6. A Hanging Organizer For Your Gift Wrap And Bags
Virtually every house has that one closet that's overflowing with gift wrap, tissue paper, and bows, so why not get it all organized with the Regal Bazaar hanging gift wrap organizer? This organizer features 10 pockets of varying sizes so that you can easily store all your gift-wrapping accessories, and the vinyl material is extra-thick so you won't have to worry about it tearing over time. You can also use this organizer to store art supplies and other large items, plus the built-in hanger fits any standard closet rod.
7. This Meal Kit That Collapses Down For Easy Storage
Lugging an empty food container from work is a hassle, but luckily, the Smart Planet meal kit is made with a durable silicone base that collapses down to save you space — and it comes with a plastic spoon and fork. Since silicone rinses clean and is resistant to bacteria, you won't have to worry about mold and grime latching onto it, and the entire kit is completely BPA-free.
8. A Top-Rated Cream To Brighten Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
It's hard to ignore 4,700 rave reviews and a 4.3-star rating. Reviewers say the LilyAna Naturals eye cream "really works" when it comes to easing puffiness and brightening undereye circles. It utilizes nourishing vitamins C and E instead of artificial colors, fragrances, or parabens, and the added rosehip seed oil and hibiscus flower extract are great for giving your skin a smooth and radiant appearance.
9. The Stretchers That Expand Your Shoes In Multiple Directions
Whereas competing stretchers only make your shoes wider, the Eachway shoe stretcher works to expand your shoes lengthwise as well as widthwise. As a result, they're great for breaking in new shoes so you don't have to. The premium steel shaft won't warp inside of extra-tight shoes, and it's ergonomically designed to imitate the shape of a real foot. While they're not compatible with tall boots, you can still use them on flats, pumps, wedges, loafers, sneakers, and more.
10. A Spray That Makes Virtually Anything Water-Repellent
Spray it on your purse when it's raining, your furniture to protect against stains, and your shoes to keep them looking like new. Apple Brand water-repellent spray won't impact the color of your fabrics, and it also works to keep them safe from salt stains, body oils, grease, coffee, and wine. One Amazon reviewer raved, "I have several high end purses and was struggling with dye transfer from my jeans. Now, each time I buy a purse I treat it with this first, and I have no more troubles with my purses turning blue!"
11. This Electronic Foot File That Works In The Shower
Yes, the powerful motor removes dead layers of skin within minutes, but the MicroPure electric foot file is especially revolutionary because it's entirely waterproof for use in the shower. This unit features a refillable diamond-crystal roller head that spins 360 degrees to effortlessly buff away dead skin, and the rechargeable battery can run continuously for up to 80 minutes when fully charged.
12. A Set Of Packing Cubes For Organized, Compressed Luggage
My suitcase turns into a jumbled mess the minute I open it at my destination, but Gonex compression packing cubes keep everything neat and organized the whole trip. These cubes are made with durable nylon fabric that's resistant to tearing, and the added mesh allows your clothes to breathe so that they don't become musty — plus you can see what's inside each one. They're great for cutting down on the space in your suitcase because they automatically compress fabrics, and each order comes with a bonus laundry bag so you can keep your dirty clothes separate from your clean.
13. The Device That Keeps Your Beverages Warm All Day Long
If you take hours to drink your morning beverage — or it cools off way more quickly than you would prefer — keep your coffee or tea warm all day with the COSORI mug warmer. This handy device heats your drink up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperature indicator lets you keep track of how hot it is. The stainless steel design is resistant to rust, and it's sleek and compact to take up minimal room on your desk.
14. A $30 Fitness Tracker That Lets You See How Well You've Slept
Most fitness trackers keep a record of your steps and heart rate, but can they monitor your sleeping patterns for $30? The LETSCOM fitness tracker not only records your sleep patterns and duration, but it also comes pre-programmed with 14 exercise modes so that it can accurately keep track of how many calories you've burned. It also syncs with your smartphone, shows you when you've received a call or text, and lasts for up to seven days on a single charge.
15. The Handheld Massager You Can Use All Over Your Body
Thanks to its interchangeable heads and powerful motor, the VIKTOR JURGEN handheld massager is versatile enough that it can be used all over. The double-head design comes with three sets of removable massage heads so that you can pick which ones feel best for you, and the customizable speed settings let you adjust the strength of your massage. Most importantly, it has a 4.4-star rating and reviewers rave, "It sends me to muscle heaven."
16. This Washer Set That Flushes Wax Out Of Your Ears
If you're tired of digging around in your ears to try and get rid of the excess wax, the Doctor Easy ear washing system has been called "a game changer." Simply fill the bottle with an ear-cleaning solution; then squeeze the trigger to spray it into your ear. Each order comes with three disposable tips that can be trimmed to suit your ear canal, and many Amazon reviewers said, "I can't believe the amount of grossness that comes out."
17. The Slow Cooker With A Heating Pan That's Safe To Put Into The Oven
Not only does the decorative siding make it a cute addition to any dinner party, but the Crock-Pot mini slow cooker also comes with a removable stoneware pot that's safe to put into the oven. The lid locks into place when you're transporting your food so you're less likely to spill anything, plus the various heat settings allow you to cook at different speeds or simply keep dinner warm.
18. This Double-Sided Tape That Keeps Your Clothes In Place
This double-sided tape has prevented me from mortifying fashion faux pas, but it's also great for securing low-cut tops, ensuring that backless clothes drape correctly, and stopping straps from sliding. The adhesive is safe on your skin, and unlike regular sewing pins, this tape won't damage your clothing — even if it gets sent through the wash. It's designed to hold up to movement, plus it won't leave any sticky residue once you remove it.
19. The Mattress Protector That Helps Extend The Life Of Your Bed
With the SafeRest queen mattress protector, you can guard your bed against moisture and stains — but it also acts as a barrier against bacteria, dust mites, and allergens. This protector is hypoallergenic, waterproof, noiseless, and breathable so you won't grow sweaty in your sleep, and it's available in six sizes with 18-inch pockets.
20. A Comb That Painlessly Detangles Knotted Hair
The Mason Pearson detangling comb is specifically designed to gently separate knots without pain. The smooth, tapered edge allows it to glide effortlessly through your strands, and the rounded teeth won't scrape your scalp while you brush. One Amazon reviewer raved, "I'm glad to say that this comb is worth every penny ... It's extremely well made and smooth all over, so there's no possibility of snagging."
21. A Portable Lock That Adds Extra Security To Any Door
If you're searching for a way to add some extra security to your dorm room or Airbnb, then look no further than the Rishon Enterprises Inc. portable door lock. This handy lock installs within seconds without any tools, and it's compatible with practically any type of knob-equipped door. Even if someone has a key to the deadbolt, this lock will still prevent them from entering!
22. An Immersion Blender Made From Durable Stainless Steel
Pulling out a whole blender just creates a whole lot of extra mess, whereas the Mueller Austria immersion blender can be inserted directly into your pot or bowl. The stainless steel design is incredibly durable as well as resistant to rust, and the ergonomic grip is non-slip so that it stays firm and secure in your hands. It's great for smoothies, milk shakes, sauces, baby food, and soups, plus each order also comes with a bonus whisk attachment.
23. A Brilliant Notebook To Record All Your Login Information
While it may be the easiest route, using the same password for everything isn't always the safest — so keep track of all that sensitive information with the Peter Pauper Press password log book. This notebook has 144 pages where you can record your usernames, passwords, URLs, and additional notes, plus there's even room for your specific router and LAN information. The spiral binding makes it durable, while the removable label makes it discrete.
24. A Cream That Helps Your Nails Grow Stronger And Healthier
If you find that your nails keep breaking or that your cuticles are dry and cracked, the Onyx Professional nail strengthening cream can help nourish, condition, and promote growth. Reviewers report that the formula helps to prevent splits, chips, peels, and cracks, plus the added vitamins and jojoba oil are great for leaving your fingers feeling soft and hydrated. Last but not least, the coconut scent is light and refreshing.
25. The Combination Safe That Disguises Itself As A Book
Reviewers love the classy exterior, but even more so than that, they love that this large book doubles as a secret safe where they can store their valuables in plain sight. The inside is large enough for stacks of money, jewelry, and passports, while the combination lock is much easier than keys — but should you forget it, you can e-mail the support team for a quick solution. Get it in five different designs.
26. An Adjustable Desk With Built-In Ventilation For Your Computer
Not only is it made from eco-friendly bamboo that looks great paired with any type of decor, but the Homfa laptop desk also has cut-outs on the top that help prevent your laptop from overheating. The legs are adjustable so you can always find the ideal height while on your bed, couch, or arm chair, plus there's even a drawer where you can store small accessories like phone chargers, pens, and paper clips.
27. An Organizer That Minimizes Clutter In The Back Seat Of Your Car
Whether it's toys, emergency essentials, reading material, or clothes, minimize all that clutter in the back seat by using the Lusso Gear car organizer. There are eight different compartments, including a zippered pocket for important items, as well as four built-in cup holders — plus the handles are ergonomically designed so that it's easy to transfer it from the car to your home.
28. A Foot Scrubber That Attaches To The Floor Of Your Shower
With multiple suction cups built into the bottom, it's incredibly easy to secure the Vive foot scrubber brush to the floor of your shower or tub. That way, you never again have to bend over to clean your feet. This scrubber features two types of bristles: stiff ones on the outer rim that help smooth rough skin, and softer ones on the inside that gently cleanse away dirt and grime.
29. The Gadget That Makes Easy Work Of Peeling Boiled Eggs
Getting sharp egg-shell fragments stuck underneath your nails while you peel boiled eggs is no one's idea of fun. Thankfully, the Negg boiled egg peeler completely eliminates that risk. All you have to do is fill it with water, drop your egg inside, and shake it so that the egg rubs against the top and bottom. The shell will begin to crack and fall away, leaving you with nothing but delicious egg.
30. A Rubber-Bristled Broom That Lifts Away Pet Hair
The Evriholder pet hair broom sets itself apart from the competition by featuring a 100-percent rubber broom head, which attract pet hair like a magnet. The handle can extend so that you can easily use this broom to grab grime at a distance, plus cleaning it is as easy as wiping the bristles with soapy water.
31. A Four-Utensil Rest Made From Antibacterial Silicone
Not only is it heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, but since the Tomorrow's Kitchen utensil rest is also made from silicone, it's easy to rinse clean so you won't have to worry about germs, mildew, or stains. Unlike other utensil rests, this one is able to hold up to four tools at once, plus the raised edges prevent any spills or drips from making their way onto your countertops.
32. A Pack Of Wet Wipes That Are Completely Biodegradable
Unlike traditional wet wipes that won't break down when thrown away, the Surviveware wet wipes are completely biodegradable, which also makes them perfect for camping. They're extra-large so that you can use them as a quick way to "shower" at a festival, while hiking, or after the gym, and each wipe is thick and durable for full-body use. Best of all, they're unscented and work well on sensitive skin.
33. This Laundry Basket That Collapses To Help Save You Space
Most laundry baskets are bulky and take up a lot of room in your home, but the SAMMART laundry basket is designed to collapse down so that it's compact and portable in between loads. The comfort-grip handles make it easy to carry this basket from room to room, and you can also use it as a temporary tub for cold beverages, pet baths, or toy storage.
34. A Pack Of Produce Bags That Keep Your Vegetables Fresher For Longer
If you're tired of your fruits and vegetables going bad before you have a chance to eat them, these Keep It Fresh produce bags are a brilliant investment. They absorb the gasses that cause your fruits to rot, allowing them to stay fresh for up to 10 times longer. Each bag is completely BPA-free, and they even help reduce vitamin loss by up to 50 percent so every meal is as nutritious as it can be.
35. This Hair Dryer That Uses Infrared Technology To Reduce Frizz
Most standard dryers utilize heat and airflow, but this one from Revlon dries hair from the inside-out using infrared light and locks in the style with negative ions. This not only helps to reduce frizz and infuse your hair with shine, but it also minimizes damage. There are two heat and speed settings to choose from depending on what type of hair you have, and it comes with a free diffuser and hair-separating clips.
36. A Pan That Lets You Cook Three Different Things At The Same Time
Thanks to the three separate compartments, you can use the Chicago Metallic trio pan to make multiple types of cakes, lasagna, brownies, or even casseroles at the same time. It's made from heavy, durable aluminized steel that ensures your food cooks thoroughly and evenly, plus the non-stick coating prevents your finished meal from becoming glued to the tray. Many Amazon reviewers noted how it's easy to clean, and one even wrote that it's great for meal prepping.
37. This Pillowcase Made From Natural Mulberry Silk
The ALASKA BEAR mulberry silk pillowcase is great for helping to reduce frizz while you sleep, but it's also incredibly breathable and cooling for hot sleepers. This pillow is hypoallergenic as it's made from natural mulberry silk fibers, plus the hidden zipper prevents your pillow from working its way outside of the case.
38. A Space-Saving Dish Rack That Rolls Out Over Your Sink
Dish racks can take up a ton of countertop space in your kitchen, whereas the Sorbus dish drying rack is designed to roll out over any sink, allowing you to utilize that precious square-footage. This rack won't scratch your surfaces because the rods are coated in soft silicone, and it can be used as a trivet for hot pots and pans since it's also heat-resistant.
39. A Facial Steamer To Open Pores — And An Extraction Kit To Clear Them
It's significantly easier to remove impurities from your pores if you open them up beforehand, which is why the Amconsure facial steamer is so great. Not only does it help cleanse your skin and open pores, but it also aims to improve your blood circulation and hydrate your complexion. Each order comes with a five-piece surgical-grade stainless steel extraction kit that you can use for those extra-stubborn blackheads, plus it's compact so you can easily take it with you while you travel.
40. This Blackhead Remover That Sucks Gunk Out Of Pores
Most blackhead removers rely on harsh ingredients that can irritate your skin, but the LONOVE blackhead vacuum only relies on suction. There are five different levels to choose from depending on how sensitive your complexion is, and you can also use it to exfoliate away dead skin. Each order comes with four replaceable suction heads, plus the battery lasts for up to 3.5 hours when fully charged.
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