I once purchased a cheap kitchen tool out of mild curiosity, thinking it — like so many other clever ideas — would land in a drawer where I would promptly forget it. I used that tool yesterday, as I do every day, and realized that it is so necessary that I would have paid much more for it, though I’m glad I didn’t. So I started looking around my house and realized that it’s full of inexpensive and super useful items that I spent, in aggregate, less than I did on that leather armchair I never sit on. So, in honor of the hardworking tools that power our homes, here are 50 cheap things on Amazon you'll get a sh*t ton of use out of every day.
Take this wireless charging pad that will power up to three phones at once while looking like a stylish desk accessory. That will likely get daily use from several people in most homes and look good at the same time. Or consider this powerful handheld vacuum that will clean everything from the couch to the car to the stairs with no wires or expensive replacement bags. And last of all is this bidet attachment that’s probably the best life upgrade you will find for less than $30. You will use it often, sing its praises, and wonder how you ever lived without it.
There are more. So many more. So read on and find the ones you want and need.
1. This remote control for everything you lose
If you have ever wished there was a remote control for more things than the TV, check out this kit that lets you point a remote to locate your keys, wallet, phone, or cat in order to find them. Just attach the four fobs to the items you are most likely to lose, and when you can’t find them, press the key on the remote that corresponds to the missing item. It will beep so you can track it down.
2. A stainless steel touchless soap dispenser
Fill this soap dispenser with your own liquid soap, add some batteries, and set it down next to the sink and you have the sort of touchless soap dispenser system you encounter in public bathrooms. You never have to touch a pump with dirty hands or wonder who else’s germ-covered hands have touched this. It’s easy to fill and you can set how much soap it drops when the infrared sensor sees a hand.
3. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker with lights
This little waterproof speaker comes in a form factor that’s perfect for carrying with you and it delivers loud high-end, low-end, and mid-range sound from its tiny body. You can buy two of them and pair them for stereo sound and it comes in four terrific colors.
4. This adapter that connects 2 garden hoses to one spigot
When your garden is asking for water in more than one direction but you only have one spigot to work with, the answer is as simple as screwing in the two-way garden adapter and connecting two hoses to that spigot. It’s as easy to install as a garden hose but now you can turn a dial to deliver water two one or both hoses. The grips are plastic but the connectors are copper plated.
5. The multitool of charging cables that fits on your keychain
This clever little device manages to fit every charging cable you will need into one key-sized EDC you can attach to your keyring and always have with you. It folds in half and the ends snap together magnetically for carrying. Open it up and USB-C, micro-USB, and Lightning cables emerge from the heads.
6. These glass food storage containers for all your lunches
Prep a week’s worth of meals so you can just grab and go all week with these high-quality glass meal-prep containers. They fit a full meal; the lids lock closed so the contents won’t spill in your travel bag; and they can go into the oven, freezer, fridge, and microwave to accommodate all your prep, storage, and warming-up solutions.
7. This car trash can that keeps your ride looking great
Receipts, wrappers, and uneaten fries can add up fast in your car — but this trash can keeps your vehicle looking neat and clean. The 2-gallon can can be secured to a headrest or the center console, and it comes with 20 liners, so you can start chucking garbage in ASAP. It’s veratile too — you can empty this out, clean it, and use it as a cooler to keep drinks cold on road trips.
8. The bug zapper that turns fly hunting into a sport
When there is a fly, mosquito, or other flying nuisance — or an invasion of them — in the house, pull out this rechargeable bug zapper and get in a game of bug-zapping tennis. The bugs will come to fear your backhand because this racket is armed with a 4,000-volt grid that gets them with a jolt as soon as you make contact.
9. This organizer with space for up to 93 batteries
This organizer is an elegant solution to that jumbled drawer of batteries you’ve probably got somewhere in your home. There’s space for up to 93 batteries, ranging from slim AAAs to chunky Ds — and the clear cover makes it easy to see where everything is stored. Plus, each order also includes a battery tester so that you can throw out any batteries that have lost their charge.
10. An elegant desk lamp that does so many cool things
Though it takes up only a tiny footprint on your desk, this lamp does so much with that space. Touch the base to turn it on, change the light color (warm, neutral, or blue) or cycle through the three levels of brightness. Glance at the built-in clock and calendar, set an alarm, and stand your phone in the base. The light arm adjusts in many directions and the whole thing folds up for storage.
11. This phone mount that clips into the air vents
Every car has air vents in the dash and this universal phone mount takes advantage of that to mount your phone to those so it will work in your car, the rental, and whatever ride you frequent. It snaps onto a vent, grabs your phone securely, and rotates 360 degrees so you can view your phone the way you like it. Getting your phone in and out is easy with the push-button release and the silicone surface is grippy so it holds your phone securely.
12. A powerful handheld vacuum with a built-in light
This rechargeable handheld vacuum gets high marks from reviewers for its ability to get fur and dirt out of carpets, cars, and couches. It has a washable filter, a brush attachment for carpets and fabrics, a crevice attachment to get into small spaces, and a bright LED light that helps when lighting is poor.
13. The cookware set designed for camping
Make yourself a hot meal in the great outdoors with this camp cook set. It includes a stainless steel cooking/coffee pot, which has a ventilated lid so you can cook over camp stoves and grills, plus a space-saving foldable handle. There are also two insulated cups that nest inside the pot for compact portability.
14. A thumb drive that fits whatever phone you have
If you want to give someone a large amount of data — photos or all your whistleblower files, for example — that’s on your phone, this thumb drive will get it done. The clever plug adapts to fit whatever port is in your phone and theirs, a fingerprint sensor keeps your data safe, and it holds 1 TB of data.
15. This meat thermometer that makes sure your meat isn’t undercooked — or overdone
Cooking meat can truly be a nerve-wracking experience. Is the chicken undercooked? Is the barbeque meat overdone? This stressful guessing game has been solved by KIZEN’s digital meat thermometer that takes the temperature of meat as it cooks — and gives you a reading in a matter of seconds. Waterproof and with an easy-to-read, bright LED display, this thermometer can also be used for checking baked goods in the oven, beverages, frying oil and more.
16. A dish sponge that’s made from both cellulose and cotton
Most sponges are made from cellulose. And most dishcloths are made from cotton. But this Swedish dishcloth is a blend of both cotton and cellulose. The result is a sponge that’s as flexible, wringable, and washable as a dishcloth but also as absorbent, stiff when dry, and effective as a sponge. It’s exactly what every cleaning project wants and this 10 pack will last years because each cloth can be washed and reused indefinitely.
17. The toilet attachment for a better clean
This inexpensive bidet attachment requires very little plumbing to install onto your existing toilet seat — just tap into the toilet’s water supply line — and it’s a huge life upgrade. Just turn the dial for a butt shower that’s precisely the intensity you prefer, every time you go, and you will wonder what you ever saw in toilet paper.
18. This shower head that softens water & improves pressure
Screw in this showerhead and solve all your irritating, inadequate-shower problems at the same time. The beads in the arm filter the water so that even hard water comes out soft and gentle to your skin. And the micro nozzles speed up the water so that weak water pressure feels powerful. Dial in the style of shower you like — rainfall or massage — and enjoy.
19. A shoe organizer that can fit extra-large pairs
With extra-tall and wide cubbies that can accommodate larger pairs of shoes, this organizer makes it easy to keep your entryway or closet looking neat and tidy. Putting it together is simple, as it doesn’t require any tools — and you can even collapse it down flat for easy storage when you aren’t using it.
20. This cordless power screwdriver with all the bits
If you have to assemble something or are faced with any light chore where a bit of power would help, you’ll be glad you have this handy, rechargeable screwdriver in your tool kit. It hinges from straight to pistol style to handle lots of scenarios, comes with 11 bits, has an LED light so you can see what you are doing, and is lightweight.
21. The strainer that clips to your pan
Skip the scary and dangerous moment where you attempt to pour a pan of hot water into a colander in the sink. Snap this adjustable and flexible silicone strainer to the side of the pan instead and just tip the pan at a speed that’s easy to handle until the water is out and pasta remains in the pan. The side clips hold firmly to the pan, it’s flexible so it fits lots of pans, and it’s easy to store.
22. These candles you can light with a remote control
Not only will these candles never create a pool of wax on your table or set the house on fire, you can turn all of them on at once using a 10-key remote. You can even put them on a timer so they come on automatically and shut off after a while so you can fall asleep in candlelight.
23. These long-handled dusters that clean hard-to-reach places
Instead of getting out a ladder and standing on it precariously while you dust the ceiling fan, ceiling, and other hard to reach places in your house, pull out one of these long-handled dusters. The handle extends from 27 to 47 inches, the fluffy, feather-like dusters grab and hold dust, and you can wash the dusting heads so they will last for years.
24. A dry erase board you can stick to your fridge
Stick this magnetic dry erase whiteboard to your fridge, and you’ll instantly have a convenient place to jot down your grocery list whenever you run out of something. Unlike some whiteboard, this one features a stain-resistant face that’s less likely to latch onto ink if it isn’t wiped clean for an extended period of time — and each order even includes four markers to get you started.
25. This coffee warmer that looks cute on your desk
Set your hot coffee down on this decorative and super effective coffee warmer and your brew will stay warm to the last sip. Tap the power button to choose from three temperature settings so that every sip is exactly the temperature you like. It will shut off after four hours if you forget it’s on. There are five colors to choose from, and this pick is a much more stylish than similar products out there.
26. This iron that’s also a vertical steamer
If you covet a steamer that lets you get wrinkles out of clothes while they are still on the hanger, upgrade to this steam iron that not only delivers excellent steam but is also lightweight and compact for easy travel and storage. The high capacity water tank allows for up to 10 minutes of uninterrupted steaming.
27. This clip-on booklight for reading into the wee hours
When you find yourself deep into a page-turner and your bed partner wants to turn the lights out, pull out this clip-on booklight, snap it onto the pages of your book, and keep turning pages. It’s rechargeable via USB, has three levels of brightness, doubles as a bookmark, and is so small you can take it anywhere.
28. A desk that makes working from bed on a laptop better
Put this lap desk between your legs and your laptop to solve many of the problems of working in bed or on the couch. It insulates you from the heat emitted by the laptop so you don’t get burned, dissipates that heat so your laptop doesn’t fry, stops it from slipping around, and has a slide-out mouse pad so you don’t have to use the glide pad. It fits neatly in your bag with the laptop, too.
29. This silicone drying mat that’s heat-resistant
Featuring wavy ridges that provide airflow, this silicone mat is great for drying dishes on the countertop. It has a nonslip bottom to help it stay put, and it’s also heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can even use it under hot cookware. Choose from four sizes and 10 colors.
30. A 1-gallon water bottle for meeting your hydration goals
Meeting your hydration goals is as easy as filling up this 1-gallon water bottle in the morning and keeping it by your side all day. It has a heavy-duty carrying handle and time markings on the side, so you can stay on track by the hour. It comes with both a straw spout and a regular drinking spout, so you can sip or chug to your heart’s content. Choose from a variety of colors.
31. This charging stand that powers your Apple Watch wirelessly
Keep this charging stand next to your bed, and you’ll always have a convenient place to let your Apple Watch charge overnight. It’s compatible with nearly every version of the Apple Watch, and even features cable management cutouts in the back to help keep your wires looking tidy. Plus, you also have the choice of nine colors — from classic black to light mint.
32. A sleep therapy machine that’s travel-friendly
Unlike some sleep therapy machines, this one is lightweight and compact, making it easy to take with you when traveling. It also comes pre-loaded with six different soothing sounds: white noise, fan, ocean, rain, stream, and summer night. The best part? You have the choice of letting it run all night, or setting the built-in timer to 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
33. These lights that turn on automatically after dark
These smart night lights can be plugged into any outlet and will automatically turn on when it gets dark, and they’ll automatically adjust their brightness based on ambient light. Plus, the lights are energy-efficient and come in a six-pack, so you’ll have one for several rooms and hallways.
34. A stylus that works with all your screens
Sometimes writing on a touch screen with your finger is super awkward. For those moments — drawing, signing contracts, and choosing tiny drop-down menus — this stylus is there to make it better. It requires no Bluetooth connection, is USB-rechargeable with incredible battery life, and turns off automatically if you forget to hit the power button.
35. This cooling gel face mask for a calming facial at home
If you wake up puffy and overheated, take a few minutes with this cooling gel mask and calm your skin and coold down. Then give your face a relaxing and cooling face massage with the jade roller. Just keep it all in the fridge and it will be ready to calm irritation and redness. Or pop the mask in the microwave for a warm face compress.
36. An outlet shelf that’s the perfect spot for the Echo Dot
Need a handy place to set your Echo Dot, toothbrush charger, or other small electronics? How about right above the outlet on this outlet shelf that has a hidden compartment for the cord? Just replace the outlet cover with this shelf, curl the cord into it, plug it in, and you are all set. It comes in black or white.
37. This charging station that keeps cable clutter to a minimum
If your desk has devolved into a mess of cables and wires, this charging station is an easy way to help tidy the space up. Four slots give you tons of room for phones and tablets, while five shortened charging cables work to keep cable clutter to a minimum: two lightning, two micro-USB, and one type-C.
38. A cold brewer that looks great and makes terrific coffee
If the combination of a beautiful carafe and a delicious cup of cold-brew coffee sounds good, this stainless steel and borosilicate glass cold brewer with silicone seals (so nothing leaks) is for you. Making cold brew with it is easy. Just put the grounds into the inner sleeve and add water. Then put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning you’ll have a delicious pot of coffee. Pour it over ice and enjoy.
39. These organizers that fit into the gap between your car seats
Always losing stuff down into that gap between your car seats? Try stuffing one of these organizers into that open space. Not only do they help keep items from falling down, but they’re also great for keeping your phone, charging cables, and more conveniently within reach. “Easy to install, feels and looks quality, matches my existing leather and most importantly my wallet and phone fit perfectly so I don't have to use the cup holders,” wrote one happy reviewer.
40. The organizer that lets you put your vinyl records on display
Instead of stashing away your record collection in a cabinet or crate, why not put them on display using this organizer? It’s made from shatterproof, clear acrylic, making it easy to see your records without taking up too much space. Assembly takes less than one minute — and despite its compact size, you can still fit up to 50 records on it.
41. A colorful knife set that comes with a cutting board & sharpener
A good knife can be underrated, especially if you’re more of a casual at-home cook. But this knife set is likely to be a gamechanger with 12 knives to suit all your cooking needs, from an 8-inch chef’s knife to a 4-inch paring knife. The knives also come with a cutting board and sharpener — all in all, you can’t beat this rainbow-hued set for the price.
42. This toiletry bag that you can hang up for easy access
With a helpful built-in hook that lets you hang it up in the bathroom, this toiletry bag makes it easy to access all your serums, soaps, brushes, and more. It’s made from water-resistant polyester, so there’s no need to worry if it happens to get wet — all while multiple pockets give you tons of storage space for all your essentials.
43. A screen cleaner spray that’s super portable
Keep this slick bottle of screen cleaner on hand so your phone, tablet, and touch-screen laptop are not smeared in germs and fingerprints. Just spray the screen lightly and wipe it clean with the included microfiber cloth. It’s much more sustainable than disposable wipes and is about the size of a lipstick so you can keep it in a pocket.
44. The portable charger that your iPhone can wear anywhere
If your phone tends to lose power before you do at the end of the day, pocket this lipstick-sized charger to keep it powered to the bitter end. It’s compact, holds a full charge, and fits into the bottom of the phone like a tiny handle. It comes in five colors.
45. This hanging shoe organizer so you can find the pair you want
Hang this set of hanging shoe shelves right from the closet rod in your closet and give yourself easy-to-see storage for 10 pairs of shoes, bags, clutches, or any of the other small items that are hard to store in a closet. There are pockets on each side of the shelves, too, to keep more stuff. It comes in four colors and is just as useful in the bathroom or pantry for supplies and snacks.
46. These baking mats that let you skip the oil
Skip oil, butter, and cooking spray the next time you’re planning to stick something in the oven, and lay one of these silicone baking mats down on the pan instead. Suitable for everything from baking cookies to roasting vegetables, the mats also protect your pans from baked-on food. They’re easy to clean— just wash them by hand or stick them in the dishwasher.
47. The cute pen-sized lighter that uses no butane
This lighter is not just pretty, it’s a slick piece of technology that uses an arc of electricity to light candles and start fires. And because it’s electric, you never have to fill it with butane and it will never blow out. Plug it into a charger and wait for the four LEDs on the side to tell you it’s fully charged and light your candles. It comes in five colors.
48. A bottle that makes smooth protein powder drinks
If your protein powder beverages are lumpy, this electric mixing bottle is here to make smooth, creamy protein drinks quickly and easily. Just fill with water, add powder, press the button, and watch as the blades spin to blend it. It even lights up as it blends and you can drink right from the bottle.
49. The drying rack that fits over your door to save space
Not all clothes are suitable for the dryer, making this folding drying rack a smart alternative whenever you’re washing delicate items. It’s great for cramped homes, as two hooks on the top let you hang it over any standard-sized door to save space — and each tier is made from breathable mesh to help your clothes dry quickly.
50. An under-desk bike so you can work out while you work
Sitting all day at a desk makes it very difficult to get enough movement into your life. This under-desk bike lets you recapture some of that time by putting movement into your sedentary time. Just pedal while you work, watch TV, or do crafts. You can set the resistance and track your distance and calories spent on the LED display. Move it to a tabletop and use it for arm workouts, too.
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