Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a cleaning must-have or something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, there’s no way it’s a dud. No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great; they’re a discerning bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage. Scroll down for our favorite Amazon cult-favorite finds.
The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is an easygoing little guy, with only an on/off switch and an indicator light telling you when your drink is hot — it takes less than two minutes to do its thing! I really appreciate its simplicity in this chaotic day and age. It has a nice long cord, easily wipes clean and is tiny enough to fit in a carry-on. Yes, I plan to bring it with me on vacation this summer. And yes that might sound a bit nuts but hey, call me crazy. I’m hooked.
“Keeps drinks warm for hours,” reported one of 31,000 five-star fans. “It is amazing (and sad) how quickly a hot drink cools. My husband loves this cup warmer as it allows his coffee (he is a slow drinker) to remain warm for hours. He liked it so much he gifted a few to the technicians and nurses at his dialysis center.”
If you’ve ever tried to close a drawer with a funnel in it, you totally understand why these collapsible, colorful cutes have over 13,000 five-star reviews. Not only do they help you fill bottles without making a mess, but they also fold down flat for easy storage.
“Love that these take up so little space, I remember my old plastic funnel that didn’t fit anywhere convenient,” shared a rave reviewer. “I use these funnels for filling my salt and pepper mills, adding fertilizer for my house plants to gallon jugs and refilling my spice jars. They clean up very well in the microwave and tuck inside my utensil drawer, nice and compact.”
If you’re doing the cooking for the holidays. your entire body will thank you for taking advantage of this deal. This anti-fatigue kitchen mat will give your feet so much cushion that your whole body will be at ease after taking the last casseroles and pies out of the oven.
“I am so happy I bought this,” wrote one of 3,000+ five-star fans. “I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. My feet get sore easily after working in retail for 15 years wearing awful shoes. Any comfort I can get at home doing something I love is well worth the investment. Super cushiony. I ordered a different brand and they did not come close to this one!”
INIU Portable Charger
This ultra-thin power bank holds enough supply to juice up most smartphones twice before recharging. Clip the on-page coupon for the full discount.
$16 at Amazon
We could all use a bit more power in our lives. For the person on your gift list who’s alway running low on juice for their phone, this mighty portable charger can keep them powered up for days. 43,000 Amazon shoppers give it two thumbs up, so you know it’s gotten people out of close calls.
“By far the best portable charger I have ever used!” shared a happy shopper. “Every other portable charger i’ve owned in the past would take too long to charge, over heat, doesn’t charge at all over night or takes forever to charge my phone but this charger actually does its job well, i’ve let others at my work place use it and they agree! I also really love the little paw that shows how much battery it has left.”
Have someone on your list who has trouble sleeping? This mask blocks light while letting you listen to comforting tunes to help you sleep. It’s already helped over 10,000 five-star fans get some zzzs.
“I usually listen to sleep meditations at night, but my husband doesn’t like them,” shared a happy sleeper. “I tried these out and I’m in love!! Sometimes I listen to rain too. It’s so relaxing! Great fit, very comfy, great battery life, great sound quality. Like it says in the description, they are NOT noise cancelling, but they are still great!!”
The Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker is designed to make your life easier by taking the guessing game out of when your eggs are ready. All you need to do is place your eggs on the tray, add the specified amount of water, then set your preference and the timer. Once your eggs are ready, a buzzer will let you know and the cooker will shut off automatically.
“This kitchen gadget is a game changer!,” wrote one of 87,000 five-star fans. “Once these puppies are cooked and cooled off, it is a breeze peeling and prepping. I used to hate making hard boiled eggs specifically because I’d have to peel them and lose a quarter of the egg with the shell; thankfully none of that is the case with this device. Definitely recommend getting this product, you will not regret it!”
Professional organizers will tell you that the key to a happy pantry is to swap out all those ugly cardboard boxes and polypropylene for clear containers so that you know exactly what you have. This seven-piece set, complete with reusable labels, does just that — plus their easy-lock lids ensure maximum freshness. Over 18,000 five-star reviewers rank them as perfection.
This happy reviewer gets it: “Great organizers to bring some calm to your chaos and not just for food! My pantry finally looks organized. The containers are heavy-duty and seal very well…I recommend these multi-purpose containers to anyone who wants to bring some calm to their chaos, whether it’s food, craft supplies or anything you need to securely store.”
For small spaces or people who just like to keep things tidy, this silicone strainer is a dream. Not only does it clip to just about every pan in the kitchen to effortlessly strain pasta or wash produce, it also folds up to make it small enough to fit in a cutlery drawer. More than 21,000 Amazon shoppers give it a perfect five-star rating.
“This worked so well for draining beef grease from my large 12″ fry pan,” shared a happy cook. “There was no leaking whatsoever like I was afraid of. It poured perfectly into a small cup. I also used it to drain hot water from boiling noodles for the same dinner! This is a lifesaver! I cannot wait to use it again!”
Not only is this lighter waterproof and windproof, it’s also flameless! For the adventurer in your life, that’s priceless. It also comes with 11,000 five-star reviews.
“Excellent lighter, with it’s cross-arc lighting!” gushed one excited five-star fan. “Wind resistant, comes with a lanyard to wear around your neck for camping! Easy to charge, I highly recommend! After making my first purchase, was so impressed that I purchased for several family members as well!”
You don’t have to be a gear-head to appreciate just how useful this telescoping tool is. It’s kind of like a flashlight with a long neck and a magnet on the end. That means you can pick up tiny items in hard to reach places. If any of the 13,000 five-star reviews say anything, it’s that this gadget makes an amazing gift.
“Wrapped this up as a last minute gift for my Father’s 92nd birthday,” shared a five-star fan. “He thought it was a clever tool. Dropping little odds and ends happens frequently with my aging parents. Getting that bright direct light in a tight area is very helpful. The magnetic end will is handy for those little screws that come out of their glasses. I recommend this product.”
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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