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Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether it's something to make dinner prep easier, your garden more presentable or even a cleaning hack or two, 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, it must be good, right?
No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great, and chances are, when hoards of them swear by something, it's the real deal.
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Scroll for 10 of our favorite Amazon cult-favorite finds.
An $8 gadget to make you a better chef — it's 60% off!
Whether you're a home cook or a pro chef, a food scale can be the difference between an okay dish and a Michelin-star-worthy plate. This scale has a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, and even has four units of measurement so you can accurately portion your ingredients.
Shares one thrilled shopper: "I bought this kitchen scale for my mom and she loves it. It's very thin and takes up almost no room at all in the cabinet, and the digital display is nice and clean. It appears to have an auto on and off feature, and it comes with a spare battery! For the money, this is a terrific little tool for cooking, weighing for mail postage, or even hobbies."
A powerhouse Bissell vac for just $34
If you’ve ever had to replace a vacuum, you know how expensive it can be. This vac does a remarkable job despite being just $34, and with a ton of colors to choose from, the ability to transform it into a handheld, and even more impressively, nearly 50,000 five-star reviews, this sucker is certainly nothing to scoff at.
“I’ve owned this vacuum a little under a year now and it’s got to be one of the best investments of my life,” says a shopper. “It’s lightweight and powerful. I use it on both carpet and hardwood and it will pick up anything, even liquids.... My dad always uses my vacuum, and his $400 Hoover is sitting in the corner collecting dust.”
A sleek way to hide your cords
The Sleek Socket Electrical Outlet Cover is a handy three-outlet power strip that stays out of sight while leading into one simple white outlet cover. The upshot? You can have up to three devices plugged in while also covering up the outlet powering them. And that cover ain't going anywhere: The Sleek Socket comes with an adhesive and clip kit to keep the cover secure and snug.
"Beautiful! Exactly what I expected," raved a five-star reviewer. "I use it to move my switch outlet to the corner for my lamp. It turned out so well! It's clean, neat and extremely easy to install."
A rip-proof shower curtain liner that makes over 137,000 shoppers sing
At first glance, this shower curtain liner might not look like much. Don't be fooled, though — the Liba liner is the creme de la creme of bathroom necessities. For starters, it's two and a half times thicker than other liners, plus it doesn't accumulate soap scum. It doesn't smell funky — unlike some other liners — and it's completely waterproof, so it dries instantly.
"This is the Cadillac of shower curtains!" one shopper shared of the No. 1 bestseller. "No smell, plus, we've got really hard water, and it's only been a couple of weeks of use, and I'm sure it will eventually spot, but so far so good. Nice oversized curtain as well, covers the corners well. The weight of it makes it hang well too."
The portable vac thousands of pet owners love
The Bissell Little Green machine is a monster when it comes to tackling deeply embedded accidents. The long power cord lets you get into all those nooks and crannies, and it's lightweight enough to move from room to room. You'll be amazed at how the powerful gadget eradicates dirty paw prints, messes and spills right before your eyes.
"My dog had a period of time where he was constantly peeing in the house," a shopper reported. "Luckily we broke him of it, but we had the stains that wouldn’t go away to show for it. We tried everything. I bought this little baby, and my nasty previously owned carpet actually looked clean. So worth it."
A cast iron Dutch oven on sale for a ridiculous $35
Who says you need to splurge on a pretty new cast iron pot? Amazon's in-house line of home essentials carries a cast iron Dutch Oven that's available in a ton of rich shades, plus it's exceptional for making stews, tender meats and incredible baked goods. Oh, and the over 26,000 five-star reviews don't hurt, either.
"I bought this Dutch oven in blue for my daughter," shared one five-star shopper. "We both liked it so much that I bought one for myself in red. Makes an EXCELLENT pot roast, stuffed cabbages or stew. I’m so glad I got one of my very own!!"
A truly revolutionary hair catcher, on sale for $13
Have you heard of the TubShroom and its mighty ability to catch all the hair in your shower drain before it even thinks of clogging? If not, you will be amazed by this mini gadget that fits snuggly inside your drain to catch hair. When it comes time to clean it out, just wipe it off, throw away the unwanted hair and place it back in your drain. Sorry plumbers of the world, but we no longer need your services.
This fan raves, "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. I tried others and they all failed miserably. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain."
A gardening tool that'll save your plants — on sale for $14
Whether you have a green or black thumb, you know that an important component to keeping your beloved (if finicky) plants alive is ensuring they have the proper soil to live in. This widget tests the moisture and sunshine levels as well as the pH of your soil, so you know how to best take care of your plants, flowers, veggies, cacti and more. Use it indoors and out.
"I love this product!" shared one shopper. "I have tons of indoor plants that need different levels of water. This came with a helpful chart to guide me in knowing which of my plants need certain amounts of watering. Also, probably the greatest part about it, no batteries!!!
Nearly 80,000 shoppers swear by this gizmo for perfectly cooked eggs
If your jammy eggs are always a little too soft-boiled or your runny yolks are a touch too solid for your taste, this tool is for you. It takes all the guesswork out of making the perfect hard, soft or anything-in-between boiled egg. It's also genius at making poached eggs, scrambles and omelets.
"This is literally the best thing since sliced bread," shared a shopper. "Ever eat a perfect hard boiled egg before? No, you haven't... Literally. The best. Eggs shmeggs. I cook single servings of salmon in here too. Steamed vegetables in a flash, rice in a pinch. I could pretty much start a single-male cookbook based on what you can stick in this bad boy."
Keep your mattress safe
There's so much to love about this mattress protector. For starters, it's 100 percent waterproof, so it keeps spills, urine and sweat away to ensure your mattress stays in good shape. It also is vinyl-free and has a hypoallergenic cotton terry surface with a membrane back coating, so no squeaking when you move around in bed.
It even blocks out allergens like dust mites and protects against bacteria growing on your mattress.
"My cat accidentally got locked in my daughters room overnight," shared one shopper. "He pooped on her floor and peed TWICE on her bed. Thanks to this protector, her bed was unscathed! I soaked the protector and sheets on an oxygen activator, then laundered them in detergent, baking soda and vinegar and it was like nothing had ever happened. I'm so surprised and impressed. The urine spots were huge and sopping wet, so I for sure thought the mattress was a goner. NOPE! THANK YOU!!!"
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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