Amazon’s secret overstock section is packed with problem-solving products
We LOVE a good deal. Every week, we spend hours combing the internet for the very best products at the lowest prices to share with you. But there’s only one thing that makes a deal on a product even better: it solves a problem.
You probably already know that Amazon is loaded with items that meet both criteria. What you might not know is that Amazon has a secret section with awesome overstock items that you can get at a serious bargain. It’s packed with everything you need, but we’ve zeroed in on the items that can simplify, clear up or just make your life a little bit easier — all at a massive markdown.
We searched through hundreds of products — from vacation-saving gadgets to quirky items to make lounging more relaxing — and picked out our favorite items. Scroll down for hidden gems to help out around the house.
It doesn’t look like much, but just about every home cook who uses a stand mixer or food processor will appreciate the genius behind this contraption. You put it in a cabinet and store your heavy small appliance on top of it so you can slide it in and out of cabinets. Side note: Shoppers love it for their Ninja DualBrews.
“The space between my kitchen countertop and the bottom of the cabinets is 17.75 inches, which doesn’t leave enough clearance to open the top of my coffee maker (Ninja XL DualBrew) to insert a k-cup,” shared a happy shopper. “This tray makes sliding it out from under the cabinet effortless & weirdly satisfying. The minimal design also blends in nicely.”
We’ve seen over-the-door organizers for bathrooms and closets, but this one is made for the kitchen and it’s next-level.
“This is the only pantry storage I could find for my small pantry,” reported a five-star fan. “It fit perfectly and is extremely sturdy. All I had to do was put it together, put the provided adhesive strips on and squish it to the door. I’ve put potatoes, bulk dry items (bags of rice, quinoa, etc) in the bins and they haven’t budged or caused it to detach from the door and clank around andI can swing it open as hard as I want! I’m amazed.”
If you have a handy man in your life with lots of tools and just a little bit of space, this is the gift he didn’t know he needed. It’s a floating shelf to keep his gadgets up and out of the way until he needs them.
“Very impressed with the product and it came with the extension cord which I didn’t expect really,” reported a five-star fan. “I put it up after a few measurements and immediately added my drills and drill bits to the shelves.”
For the holiday host, this Kitchenaid stand mixer attachment is a true workhorse. It will shoulder the burden of slicing, shredding and mincing to make sure dinner lands on the table on time.
“Makes you want have the cheese shred straight into your mouth,” shared a very enthusiastic shopper. “Bought this on a whim because i saw some girl on tik tok shredding her cheese and it looked GLORIOUS. If you’ve ever had to shred cheese by hand you ALREADY know what a pain in the booty it is to shred a whole block. So you betcha i bought this.”
Stirring, scraping and spreading are so much easier with silicone kitchen tools. If you’re planning a big Thanksgiving after two low key celebrations in a row, this set will definitely come in handy. Just ask any of the more than 2,500 five-star fans.
“I recently joined a food subscription service so I’ve been cooking more than I usually did,” reported a rave reviewer. “I was using wooden utensils and they worked fine but when you scrape the pan it doesn’t get everything because it doesn’t lie flush against the pan and from me hitting the side of the pan with the wooden spoon the pan was started to chip. I love how you can scoop up everything and it mixes so well. The best part is that they clean really easily with soap and warm water.”
TEMOLA Meat Thermometer
This bestselling meat thermometer features a backlit, large digital display that auto-rotates for easy reading. A motion-sensing sleep/wake feature saves batteries, while a three-second response time lets you get results ASAP. Clip the on-page coupon for the full discount.
$11 at Amazon
A meat thermometer isn’t just for grilling. It takes the guess work out of heating up leftovers, baking bread or making your favorite, everyday chicken dish.
“So easy to use, quick read,” raved a five-star fan. “Was always fearful of underdone poultry, but since I purchased this I no longer have dry chicken breasts – Hallelujah! Wish I had purchased years ago. Stores easily on the side of the refrigerator within easy reach of the stove.”
This gadget takes a spoon rest to the next level. Designed as a place to put your messy utensils while you’re cooking, it has an extra large to catch all the drippings and there are four slots for all the wooden spoons and brushes you need to pull off dinner.
“Great for cooking big meals!” wrote a rave reviewer. “I have the single utensil holder that’s glass and looks cute, but when cooking big meals for friends and family I was laying down napkins and just dirtying the stove top without having a place for stirring items and scoopers and whatever else I’m using for cooking. This has been GREAT for getting rid of that problem! I will say, things like curry will stain it. But it also stains a lot of other plastic items so that’s on me for not thinking ahead. Otherwise, easy to clean, I can easily hold 4 utensils while cooking on 4 burners, and adds a pop of color to the kitchen! Hands down best thing in my kitchen to have.”
Perfect for small kitchens, this dish drying rack saves counter space by using the sink to catch dripping water. Bonus: it rolls up for easy storage.
“Ooooh, I scored big for Valentine’s Day this year!” wrote a doting husband. “My wife loves it. She likes order in her kitchen, and leaving things on the counter to dry is horrific. This little baby is easy to store and unroll for use, and enables one to keep all dishes/pots/pans over the sink. It can be a good space-saver by allowing you to use the area above your sink. Also works well as a cooling rack. So easy to use, and yet so enabling.”
FEWOO Food Jar
This food jar has a 27-ounce capacity and it’s stainless steel with a vacuum seal to keep your lunch the right temperature.
$33 at Amazon
If you’ve been looking for ways to bring a hot lunch with you when you’re on the go, this insulated food jar is perfect for toting soups and casseroles. It’s leak-proof and comes with a tote.
“Keeps food hot!!” shared a happy shopper. “Got this for my husband who works construction and had to usually eat cold food for lunch. He loves it, he can now eat hot food on cold winter days, this makes him so happy. I love the wide opening on the jar for adding food and easy cleaning.”
This little heater is just the right size for a tabletop or hiding under your desk to keep your tootsies warm all winter long.
“This little heater can put it out! I have one in my home office and I purchased this one for my adopted grandma when she was released from the hospital,” shared a happy shopper. “Love her so much and a wanted her to stay toasty on cool days. I really appreciate that if it were to tip, it automatically shuts off. So in addition to staying warm, she’s safe as well.”
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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