Amazon 33 Affordable Things You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By
We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed
I started using this magical product (which is made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils) last year and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I’m actually close to running out. While it won’t kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it getting worse. It’s so great to help me get through my busy workdays and social activities, and I really wish I’d had it during high school and college to help me get through the day then! Read my full review here.
Promising review: “I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5.” — Katie B.
Pus-absorbing, pimple-eliminating patches over 2,500 reviewers rely on to zap their zips faster than they ever thought possible.
Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of these patches
Promising review: “Okay, what is this sorcery?? I can’t believe I never knew these existed. I seriously felt like a teenager again last weekend. Literally days after talking about how great my skin has been, this giant, painful, bulging zit was starting to form right in the middle of my chin. A week before my cousin’s wedding, naturally. It was like it wouldn’t stop growing, and spot treatment solution was doing absolutely nothing. It hurt so bad, and I couldn’t help trying to pop it, but it refused. Then I heard about these. I placed one on my chin the second they arrived in the mail. After a few hours, I saw the white forming and I was curious and peeled it off. Then I put a fresh one on before bed, and come the next morning…HOLY COW, the entire dot of the patch was now a giant white blob. This zit was no joke. It’s amazing how much fluid/pus had to get sucked out. Like I said, this is some magic. The zit completely went away within a day.” — Heather R. Weather
Price: $4.17 for a box of 36
A game-changing wine gadget that’s a stopper, pourer, aerator, filter, and re-corker all in one and a must-have addition for anyone who drinks wine. It’s only $6, so wine not?
Promising review: “Throw out the others, this is the one. I have a drawer full of wine pour spouts of varying designs. Some don’t fit all bottles, some leak while pouring, and some are so tall that storing upright in a refrigerator is difficult and none seal completely. This spout/stopper seals completely and lets you lay the bottle on its side. The aerator allows air to move back into the bottle while pouring to avoid the ‘glug glug’ effect of other pour spouts. The strainer may filter large cork pieces, but is not fine enough for sediment. The portion of the corker that fits inside the bottle has fit every bottle I’ve tried it in, from standard size bottles to the larger 1.5 liter bottles. It appears to be made from a flexible material that doesn’t add any unwanted taste to the wine. ” — Jack Dallas
A genius dish squeegee sure to make anyone who has ever done dishes, touched icky leftover food, or struggled to clean up a countertop spill say, “Where have you been all my life?!?!”
It’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe! Plus, one side is curved so it works on bowls as well as plates.
Promising review: “This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don’t have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn’t go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!” — Elizabeth
A pair of top-quality in-ear headphones that I personally love, but you don’t have to take my word for it. You can also take the word of over 48,000 people who’ve left positive reviews.
I actually bought a pair of these earlier this year and I love them! I don’t get excited about electronics and didn’t think I would see what all the fuss was about, but I do.
First of all, I love all the colors they come in (I got metallic purple) and the sound quality. And they are COMFY!!!! Yes, you do have to get used to figuring out which side goes in which ear because they are a little oddly shaped, but that’s what makes them feel great — they’ve got a flat part that lies on the flat part of your ear (very technical terms I know) so they feel like a perfect fit. Plus, they come with three different sets of ear pads in different sizes so you can make them just right for you.
Promising review: “Compared to MANY other earbuds that I’ve had that cost $75, $100, $150…these sound as good as any of them. I’m astounded! I use these for running. I figured for $8, I could afford to sweat up a few of these and replace them whenever I needed to. I’VE RUN 1,500 MILES WITH THESE in the last year and a half! I’ve gone through four pairs of New Balance shoes, two iPod Shuffles, three pairs of sunglasses, and I’m on the SAME set of earbuds! And THEY STILL SOUND GREAT! They stay in my ears, too!” — Gene Goodell
Price: $8.99+ (available in 14 colors and with or without a mic)
They’ve got over 1,900 positive reviews and are machine washable so you can use them again and again!
Promising review: “I was skeptical of these, but now I’m pretty sure they’re what Mulan’s outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they do a pretty impressive job of taking off all my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It’s nice not to burn through so many cotton pads.” — RachelM
Price: $7.49 for a set of five (available in three color combinations)
A ~sweet~ little clay bear who’s more than just a cute face. Add water to him, and he’ll soften brown sugar you’d thought had hardened past use.
This little dude absorbs moisture, so you can also keep him dry and pop him in a bag of chips to help them stay fresh!
Promising review: “Unbelievable! The brown sugar I had was in the original opened bag. It was so hard that I had to break it into pieces with a hammer in order to fit it into a new air-tight container I bought. According to the instructions, I soaked the Brown Sugar Bear in water and then put it on top of the rock-hard brown sugar chunks and closed the lid. It took a few days, but the brown sugar is now completely soft. I am truly amazed at how well this worked.” — KK Vegas
A convenient laundry detergent cup holder that rests neatly under the detergent jug to stop you from making your usual soapy mess. Because anything that makes laundry less of a pain in the butt is a HUGE win.
Promising review: “This product does a great job serving its purpose, especially for the price! I love how it stops the dripping of laundry fluids and stores the caps without having to rinse the cap excessively before storing it on a shelf. I’d definitely buy it again and I’ve already recommended it to friends. There are others out there at triple the price, but face it — they all do the same thing, so why not save some $ with this product.” — Amazon Customer
Promising review: “I am totally blown away by this product! I’ve been using Laura Mercier’s Translucent loose setting powder (which is $39) for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m., I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is about 13% of the cost. I can’t believe it. I’m never going back.” — AlexisJulian
Price: $4.49+ (available in six colors)
Quite possibly miraculous water bottle–cleaning tablets to give your sad, stained, go-everywhere mug a Mia Thermopolis-level makeover.
All you have to do is put one tablet and some warm water into your bottle and let it fizz all the ickiness away. The tablet will dissolve completely, so once you rinse it out, your bottle’s all set to be used again! That means no more scrubbing and no residual soapy taste.
Promising review: “Can I give Bottle Bright 10 stars? This is a MIRACLE product. I saw it on Shark Tank last week and was really surprised that Lori was the only one that made them an offer (the other Sharks must not use Contigo travel mugs). I immediately ordered it to try and save my Contigo mug that I thought was too far gone. One 10 minute go-round with this product in warm water cleaned the dark brown layer of crud off the bottom of the mug, revealing perfect, shiny, good-as-new stainless steel underneath! I’d tried everything to get that off, but the shape of the bottle made it nearly impossible to scrub. With this product, it rinsed right off like it was nothing. I decided to try one more tablet with hot water and leave it overnight to get the stains off the sides of the bottle. This morning when I rinsed it out, I was absolutely blown away by how perfect it looks. I almost didn’t want to put more coffee in it! Also, as the product was sitting and doing its thing in the water, there was no odor whatsoever, and there is absolutely no residual taste. I don’t know how they did it, but this incredible product is a MUST-HAVE if you have a mug that you find impossible to clean!” — Erica C.
Price: $8 for 12 tablets
The perfect, go-everywhere crossbody bag you’ve been searching for your entire purse-carrying life. Adjustable strap? Check. Room for all your crap? Check. Inside and outside pockets? Check. Cute design that’s not too bulky? You guessed it, check. No wonder it’s got over 3,000 positive reviews!
Amazingly real-looking clip-in hair extensions, which have gone to ~great lengths~ to earn over 4,000 positive reviews.
Promising review: “I CAN’T BELIEVE all the money I spent on natural hair extensions until I got these. OMG, I’m so amazed by how natural they look. They are super voluminous and soft. I bought two since my hair is really short and I like to use a huge amount of hair, but even with one you can rock lots of hairstyles. In the picture on the right I’m only wearing one and you can tell how good they are.” — JE
Price: $9.99 (available in four lengths and 31 colors)
A game-changing pair of no-tie shoelaces you can use to turn any pair of shoes into comfy, perfect-fitting slip-ons and banish gross, hazardous dangling shoelaces forever. Just ask the over 12,000 positive reviewers.
Some reviewers even recommend using them in place of drawstrings on pants!
Promising review: “In 10 years, this is only my second review. These have blown me away to the point that I had to share an unexpected benefit. After getting a new pair of boots, I was having issues with the ease of getting my feet in/out without drastically adjusting the entire boot’s lace tension each time. The Lock Laces looked like they could save me some time. Well, the results are better than I imagined. I can easily squeeze my feet in/out when needed, and I never have to adjust the tension. The Lock Laces are stretchy enough to both hold my feet snugly, AND have enough stretch to let my feet out when I try to get them off. Another added benefit is that they make walking and simply wearing my boots more comfortable. The original laces had no stretch at all, and gave the entire boot a rigid feel when tightened. The Lock Laces make the entire boot feel more comfortable, with good support all around, without the rigidity and pressure points.” — John C.
Price: $7.99 (available in 12 color)
A stainless steel tongue scraper, aka the oral hygiene gadget you never knew you needed. Over 2,900 reviewers swear by it for helping with bad breath, eliminating bad tastes in their mouths, and keeping their tongue looking clean. And yeah, it sounds silly, but I’m not being ~tongue-in-cheek~.
BuzzFeed’s full review of this weird and amazing little tool.
Promising review: “This is made of high-quality material and comes with a cute carrying/travel bag. I first got and used this tongue cleaner last week and!!!!! I have never seen such things coming off my tongue! All the white stuff (looks like lotion) that I have been trying to brush off since forever came off with a few good scrapes. After using this, my tongue was nice and pink and the back of my tongue felt CLEAN and mucus-free and my breath was FRESH. I cannot believe that this product is not as popular and widely used as toothbrushes and dental floss. This has changed my whole life! I was shocked to be honest. I’m happy I purchased it and I also bought some for my family members! It’s EASY to use and works like a charm.” — Amazon Customer
Clever double shower hooks that’ll allow you to hang and/or remove your curtain and liner separately. No wonder over 6,300 reviewers are hooked on them.
Promising review: “Where have these hooks been all my life?! They make removing the shower curtain liner for washing SO much easier. The quality is great, and they actually glide across the bar.” — CASEINPOINT
Price: $6.21+ for a set of 12 (available in three colors)
An argan oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera hair serum perfect for saving dry, frizzy hair.
It’s got over 2,400 positive reviews!
Promising review: “I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for people with frizzy hair and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the wringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I’m very impressed. Heads up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. It can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair, so working on my ends first then moving up to my roots works for me.” — Amazon Customer
Colorful fine-tipped pens that have got the write stuff to make any office supply nerd’s dreams come true.
They work for everything from color-coding to note-taking to journaling to coloring.
Promising review: “These really don’t bleed/show too badly through college-ruled or lined paper (or regular printer paper) and I LOVE them for schoolwork. They’ve made my life so much easier and prettier! They glide much more easily than regular pens. I also love that they seem to never dry out despite the fact that I’ve been using them for at least two weeks now and have left the most-used black marker open for several long periods already. I’ve come back to still find plenty of ink and no change in the writing ability. I think these are great quality pens and definitely worth the purchase.” — NATTYLIGHT
Price: $12.99 for a set of 18
The Cat Dancer, a super-simple wire toy that’s the under-$2 way to get your cat to perform the most hilarious antics of their nine lives.
Over 3,900 kitties (or, presumably, their humans who have opposable thumbs for writing reviews) love it!
Promising review: “I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It’s funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go wild. He plays with this until he’s panting like a dog and I’ve never seen him jump so high. I’m certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!” — Kwoo
Unicorn Gold toilet spray, which’ll make you feel like the toilet is an actual throne even when you’re doing some…not-so-regal things in there. It uses REAL GOLD PARTICLES to kill stink molecules in the air, plus essential oils to coat the water and trap odors in the toilet bowl.
Promising review: “I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I initially used it for a trip to London where I was sharing a tiny bathroom with my best friend and her husband in our Airbnb apartment. We all used it and NEVER had to put up with any poop smell at all!! I now use it in my house on the daily and I feel SO spoiled. I don’t even know what poop smells like anymore! My fiancé loved it too, and made me get the Squatty Potty stool to go along with it. Pooping has never been so pleasant!” — Leslie B
Price: $6.99+ (available in five scents and two sizes)
CND SolarOil, a low-key miraculous oil here to banish brittle nails and dry cuticles for good. Nailed it!
Promising review: “I had a problem with my cuticles getting so dry that they would split sometimes, and no matter how many times I put lotion on my hands they would never get moist enough to lay flat like they’re supposed to. My nails were dry and brittle, so I’d end up with one breaking and then have to cut them all back in order to have them the same length. This oil has ended all of that. Now I have to cut them back because they seem to be growing faster. I haven’t had a nail split since the day I started using this oil. It soaks into your cuticles and nails so well. I was really good at using it every day in the beginning, but in the last week I got busy and and only used it twice so I ended up with a split cuticle. That’ll help you remember, right?!?! I got back on track these last two days and the cuticle is healed already. That’s just how moisturizing this stuff is. I highly recommend it!” — mlasorensen
A natural shoe deodorizing spray made with lemongrass, mint, and tea tree essential oils that over 3,000 positive reviewers say can save even those shoes so stinky, you’d considered banishing them to a deep circle of Hell.
Promising review: “Even with the great reviews, I was convinced there was no way this would touch the stink in my son’s shoes. These shoes…while headed to town as a family we were struck with the stench, so we turned the car around, drove 10 minutes back to the house, chucked them into the yard, and went to buy new shoes (which also stunk after one wear). He lost the new shoes three days in, just in time for my order to arrive. I was forced to try this with the nasty yard shoes. O. M. G. One soak in this stuff and the smell was GONE! I sniffed hard to find that underlying stink that I was sure was there. Gone. He’s been wearing the newly revived demon shoes for a week at summer camp, spraying every day before he puts them on, and the smell is still GONE. Completely! It has a strong herbal/eucalyptus-type smell, but that fades and it smells clean anyways.” — Broncodriver
Promising review: “I ordered this wallet to replace one that I’ve had for close to eight years that just wasn’t able to hold the number of cards that I had anymore. I’m absolutely thrilled with it. It holds every single card that I have (20, some of which are stacked behind one another), my phone, and cash, all without feeling super bulky. It’s probably not large enough to hold something larger than a regular iPhone (I have a 6s), but for me it’s absolutely perfect. I’ll definitely be using this wallet for everything.” — Amanda Parmelee
Price: $14.99 (available in 45 colors)
Mike’s Hot Honey, a chili-infused honey that may make you realize you’ve been eating food wrong all your life — because pretty much anything is better with this stuff on it.
YES, INCLUDING ICE CREAM, APPARENTLY. Check out
BuzzFeed’s full review here.
Promising review: “This mixed-up honey is absolutely fabulous. I gave in and ordered three bottles more after my initial order, because it’s really good on everything. And I mean EVERYTHING: soft pretzels, toast, biscuits, waffles, cereal, yogurt, ice cream, and definitely pizza. It gives everything in your kitchen a small kick of sweet heat flavor without burning your mouth up. I’ve told many of my friends about this magical elixir and they all agree. This is the BEST specialty honey any of us have ever had.” — Jeff R. Clow
A battery-powered fabric defuzzer ready to swoop in like a superhero to rescue that beloved sweater you were sure was past saving.
Jessie Gaynor / BuzzFeed, amazon.com
It’s got 6,000+ positive reviews and three depth settings so you can get a just-right shave. And the lint-collecting compartment detaches so it’s super easy to empty! Get the required AA batteries
Promising review: “I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m de-pilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. I’m obsessed. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything de-pilled. Everyone needs to own this.” — Sydney Jensen
one BuzzFeeder’s rave review of this defuzzer.
Price: $12.99+ (available in five colors)
, a super creative book that allows you to do just that. Each page has instructions and space to do a different delightfully destructive thing — from spill your coffee on it to throw the journal in the air. Wreck This Journal
Promising review: “This book has exceeded all my expectations so far. I suffer from very bad anxiety and depression and have been using this book as an outlet and somewhat of a therapy tool. The pages all have different assignments or tasks on them that push you out of your comfort zone and create a wonderful feeling of freedom when they’re done. Page one said ‘crack the spine’ which I had a very hard time with, but with each speed bump of ripping out pages, folding, cutting, crinkling, messing, glueing, and sticking, I felt more and more free. I love this book that much more every time. Some prompts, like ‘color outside the lines,’ are very easy, while others push you to be weird like ‘collect dead bugs.’ It definitely forces you to think outside the box! I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a creative outlet or just wants to have a good bit of fun!” — Aly McMuffin
A Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaning kit to get one of the trickiest surfaces in your kitchen looking cleaner than ever before. It has everything you need to ensure that those stains on your smooth-top range will be ~cooked~.
It comes with a bottle of cleaner, a scraper, and a cleaning pad.
Promising review: “If you have a glass stovetop, do yourself a favor and purchase this. It took me about 10 minutes to clean the stovetop and it looks so much better now. I thought we would never find anything to get it looking like new and get the scratches off!” — Nicole
A keychain-friendly car escape tool that could actually save your life in an emergency. This tiny miracle has both a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker to get you to safety ASAP.
this review from an actual firefighter with tips on how to use this tool!
Promising review: “Just had to use one of these that I keep on my keychain. I was first on the scene of a nasty wrong-way crash. The driver and a passenger were stuck inside the vehicle. The doors could not be easily opened (on the driver side) so I pulled out my keys and used this tool to pop out the window. It instantly caused the tempered glass to shatter and I knocked the excess away with my flashlight before using a knife to cut away at the airbags. The woman survived and it was incredibly comforting for her to see me face to face and know that she had a way out and that she wasn’t stuck. We waited for a little and paramedics arrived and were able to give everyone the care they needed. This was a real-life scenario and this product worked. Would absolutely recommend.” — Madison
Price: $7.15+ (available in seven colors)
A colorblocked tee with a trendy faux-suede pocket, over 1,000 positive reviews, and a price tag that ensures you’ll be easily suede to buy it.
BuzzFeed/Taylor Miller, amazon.com
I actually got to try this baby on for a shoot we did at BuzzFeed — check out my coworkers and I modeling how versatile it is
Promising review: “This top is extremely comfortable. So much so you can forget you’re wearing it! I wore it traveling to Turks and Caicos and it looked fresh and felt fluid and soft at my destination. It’s not the dressiest of tops, but for casual wear it’s a good buy, and a jacket dresses it up sufficiently. This washes easily and DRIES QUICKLY. I used it as a pajama top in a pinch and it made a cool sleep top, too. I plan on buying more in various colors. The top falls at hip length, making it flattering and versatile for many body types. Love it.” — Tobermory ~
Price: $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors, plus in long-sleeved and sleeveless versions)
A $5 rust stain-removing spray that’ll give you serious bang (and OMG-worthy results) for your buck. T rust me.
Reviewers recommend using it in a well-ventilated place! Check out more
products that’ll give you mind-blowing before and after photos.
Promising review: “One year my AC began leaking and the overflow pipe was over my bathtub, and I was left with an extremely stained tub. For YEARS I tried everything and nothing worked at all. It took two days and six applications, but I was able to almost completely get rid of the stains with this. And with only one bottle!” — Amazon Customer
Adjustable bed sheet fasteners to stop your fitted sheet from coming loose and twisting all over the damn place, once and for all.
Promising review: “My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! They’re the kind of thing you’ll never know how you lived without before.” — LinseyB
Price: $8.99 for a set of four
NYX Epic Ink eyeliner, a waterproof formula that’ll make you wonder why you spent years dropping major $$$ on liquid liner.
Promising review: “I don’t usually write reviews, but I had to rave about this eyeliner because it’s amazing. My go-to eyeliner used to be the Kat Von D Tattoo liner, but this is my new favorite. I think the quality is even better overall, plus it’s at least $10 cheaper. It basically fits all of the requirements I would want in my perfect eyeliner. It’s affordable, extremely black, opaque, easy to use, and waterproof, it stays on for a long time, and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword. I also usually have to use makeup remover and concealer to clean up my lines, but I barely need to do any maintenance with this. My cat eyes have been turning out so clean and beautiful. It bleeds less than most eyeliners I’ve ever used.” — Cat
A long-sleeved T-shirt dress that seems basic, but is there anything basic about over 4,600 positive reviews? Didn’t think so.
Promising review: “This dress fits GREAT and is so versatile!! I was able to create at least 10 different outfits with this dress. The quality is so perfect! I also ordered it in three other colors: brown, green, and rose pink!” — Sequeena Thompson
Price: $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 29 colors and prints)
A tube of hair finishing cream to tame flyaways and get an updo so perfect that Audrey Hepburn herself would be shook.
Promising review: “This hair finishing stick is perfect for people who need to have their hair completely out of their face. I coach figure skating, and during competitions my students need a clean, every-hair-in-place look. I grabbed this gel to try it out on them and it’s great! It’s not sticky at all and the mascara-like brush does a fantastic job of grabbing all the little flyaway hairs and keeping them in place. I also liked that it didn’t leave a crunchy, gel-like look. And it smells so good! Very light scent but you can tell it’s there. It’s a product my students will now keep in their skating bags!” — Gwen Merecky
You getting ready to buy every single one of these and then tell your friends to do the same:
Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.
Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!