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40 genius products Reddit is obsessed with because they work SO well

I'm not typically one to ask for advice; I trust my gut feelings and I'm pretty big on making my own pros-and-cons lists. However, there's one situation in which I'll regularly make an exception: online shopping. If past buyers have lots to say about a particular product, I want to hear it, and that goes double for products Reddit is obsessed with.

Even as an e-commerce writer, Reddit is often my go-to source for all things shopping. Why? For one, because the entire forum is split up into thousands of specific communities (aka subreddits), it's easy to find the categories that interest you. For another, users on there are typically nice, informative, and knowledgeable — and if they're not, no worries; their comments will often get downvoted and, consequently, sent all the way to the bottom of the thread. Finally, since any user's post has the potential to go viral in less than 12 hours, those with something to say can actually get their opinions out there.

Needless to say, I follow all of the most popular product-related subs, and I'm always on the lookout for new, genius finds and time-tested favorites — whether that's beauty staples, kitchen tools, electronics, or products that are designed to last a lifetime. According to real Reddit users, these products are actually worthy of your time and money.

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1. This coffee maker that Reddit constantly raves about

In basically any thread about coffee, kitchen accessories, or the best investments they've ever made, you'll find Redditors raving about the AeroPress. "Makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had, period," wrote u/j_stack. In short, it's a compact, portable coffee press that uses total immersion to make a smooth, full-flavored, bitter-free brew quickly. If the Reddit support isn't enough to sway you, it has over 12,000 reviews and a 4.8-star overall rating on Amazon.

2. This universal drill accessory that works on most fasteners

This universal socket tool gained some massive traction when it was one of the most upvoted posts of all time on r/INEEEEDIT. Just slip it onto the end of your drill, and its automatically adjusting pins will grab onto nuts, bolts, screws, and fasteners of all different sizes. Gone are the days of searching through your tool box for that one specific tool.

3. The best way to stop your tub drain from clogging

When asked which under-$30 purchase genuinely improved their quality of life, u/gitsgrl commented, "Tub Shroom: catches my hair before going down the drain to clog my pipes and make me have to call a plumber and be sad about how expensive it is for a house call." The secret is the mushroom-shaped design, which doesn't stop water from draining, but catches every single hair on the way down. It's also widely compatible with most tubs and easy to clean.

4. These clever & functional steam lids

Another top post of all time on r/INEEEEDIT, these silicone lids are both witty and functional. They cover your pots to prevent splatters, but the steamboat design still allows vapor to escape. The food-grade material is also BPA-free, microwave-safe, and fine to put in the dishwasher. Get three different sizes with every order — and use them for spill-free food storage in the fridge, too.

5. A holy grail cleanser made with micellar water

Bioderma Sensibio H2O has been called a "holy grail product" on many a skin-care subreddit. Since it's a micellar water cleanser, it removes makeup, residue, and dirt, but does so while respecting your skin's hydrolipidic film. As a result, Redditors rave that it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry or rough, like so many other makeup removers.

6. These waterproof socks that are shockingly comfortable

These genius waterproof socks got upwards of 20,000 upvotes when posted to Reddit — and they've got rave reviews on Amazon, too. They also have a waterproof layer that keeps your feel dry and comfortable in wet environments (without making your feet feel hot or clammy). The reviews section is filled with marines, bike medics, servers, fishermen, and kayakers who say they're worth every penny.

  • Available sizes: Small-Medium — XX-Large

7. This bowl that makes delicious microwave popcorn

According to u/theusualuser, delicious homemade popcorn doesn't have to be hard: "Love my popcorn popping bowl from Nordicware. Makes popcorn cheap and easy since you just drop the kernels in and then the microwave on." You can even add your own toppings and seasonings. It comes in three sizes.

8. A highly rated lantern from a trusted brand

The subreddit r/BuyItForLife is all about products that are such great quality, they'll last a lifetime — and countless Redditors have sung Coleman's praises. Their lanterns are bright, well-made, and designed to brave the elements, so it's no wonder the LED lantern has such high ratings. Since it has various brightnesses and lasts up to 85 hours, it's great to have for camping, traveling, and emergencies.

9. This $9 dupe for high-end, expensive mascaras

Reddit user jmcrews called Maybelline New York's Sky High a "dupe for any high end mascara you've been using. I typically use Better Than Sex from Ulta, [but this $9 alternative] worked awesome!" The formula has bamboo extracts to extend lashes without unnecessary weight, while the flexible tower brush applies and separates from every angle. The formula is also washable and allergy-tested.

10. These extra-long right-angle chargers that don't get in your way

One Redditor posted a picture of one of these right-angle phone chargers to r/INEEEEDIT, along with the title: "A charger that sits flat when using so that you don’t bend and break it." It got almost 20,000 upvotes. These ones in particular are 10 feet long, made from durable nylon braids, and are compatible with most Apple products. They have more than 7,000 reviews on Amazon.

11. This seriously underrated kitchen tool

In a subreddit all about chef knives, one Redditor wrote that they use these high-carbon stainless steel Tojiro-Pro kitchen shears "in a professional setting! [...] I use them to process anything from chicken and fish, to herbs and parchment. They are precise yet heavy duty." Another wrote that they're easily the most underrated kitchen tool because of their versatility — and you can fully separate them for a thorough cleaning.

12. This moisturizer that's a cult favorite for a reason

Good luck finding a beauty subreddit that doesn't mention Neutrogena's Hydro Boost gel-cream. This moisturizer is a cult-favorite because it's oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic, but it's packed with hyaluronic acid for hydration. In fact, it became my go-to face cream after I found it on Reddit, and I'm amazed at how smooth my (previously flaky) skin is — all without causing my makeup to look too dewy.

13. A book that teaches you how to adult

Sort by Top/All Time, and you'll see that this book was the second-most upvoted post ever on r/shutupandtakemymoney. Yeah, the title is pretty edgy, but according to commenters, it actually teaches you real-life skills that your formal education probably didn't: stuff like how to change a tire, apply for college loans, write a resume, and turn the power off in your house.

14. This insulated thermos that lasts a lifetime — or 4

"I'm the 4th generation to own/use this Stanley thermos!" one fan wrote in their post on r/BuyItForLife. If you don't have one in your family, however, you can still get the design on Amazon, where it has more than 4,000 reviews and a 4.7-star overall rating. It's made from BPA-free materials and keeps your food or drink hot for up to 24 hours. It even comes with a lifetime warranty, thanks to the rust-proof stainless steel and durable parts.

15. This cast-iron skillet that's shockingly affordable

The best cheap investment you can make for your kitchen? According to Redditor hankbaumbach, it's "a Lodge cast iron skillet [...] it'll become your main cooking pan." Plus, the line one has almost 100,000 reviews on Amazon. This 10.25-inch size is super versatile — but you can get it in tons of other sizes, too — and it comes with a silicone handle holder to prevent burns. It also arrives pre-seasoned and costs way less than many competitors.

16. A rechargeable, color-changing moon lamp

This moon lamp got almost 25,000 upvotes when a short video was posted to Reddit. It's 3D-printed to look like the real moon, but since it's USB-rechargeable and changes colors, it functions as a no-hassle nightlight or a unique mood-lighting piece. Get it in five sizes, each with their own wooden stand.

17. "The best value in chef knives"

Reddit user LargeCupOfTea wrote that "a top notch chef knife" is a important investment, and then went on to say that "Victorinox Fibrox is cheap, light, ergonomic, durable, and takes a keen edge (that is easy to hone and to resharpen). The best value in chef knives and paring knives in my opinion." This one has a near-perfect rating of 4.8 stars overall on Amazon. It's designed to tackle all tasks with easy handling, and it's expertly crafted in Switzerland using stainless steel.

18. This blanket that turns you into a burrito

"As a person who often burritos in blankets if I could get my hands on one of those I would ascend to a new level of cozy," a Redditor wrote when this burrito blanket was posted. It is also a best-seller on Amazon, and this brand makes all different sizes and designs. (You can also get a waffle, chocolate chip cookie, or pizza.) It's made from fuzzy flannel and goes in the washing machine, no problem.

19. These reusable food storage bags that last

Another top post on r/BuyItForLife: "Bought a set of silicone resealable bags 4 years ago and they’re used every day and still in perfect condition. Haven’t thrown a single zip-loc away in all that time!" Since they're durable and dishwasher safe, you can clean them over and over again, seriously reducing the plastic waste usage in your household. They also come in tons of sizes (for packed lunches, leftovers, and meal prep) and are BPA-free and leak-proof.

20. A silk pillowcase that's gentle on skin & hair

Mulberry silk pillowcases are a commonly recommended product on beauty subs because the smooth, natural fabric helps evenly distribute your body's hydrating oils to reduce damage and dryness. "I got two of these in August, and I love them so much I just ordered another one. I notice a difference in my hair and skin whenever I don’t sleep on one now," u/mirusmundi wrote about the Alaska Bear pillowcase. Get it in four sizes and just about any color you could want.

  • Available sizes: Toddler — King

21. This affordable, nourishing night cream

According to u/dupedrop, ACURE Radically Rejuvenating Whipped night cream is an amazing dupe for Drunk Elephant's polypeptide cream — and it's about 75% cheaper, too. Over on Amazon, reviewers rave about how this moisturizer nourishes skin overnight with peptides, vitamin C, and ferulic acid. It's also vegan and cruelty-free, not to mention it skips sulfates and parabens.

22. Some high-quality silicone cooking utensils

Which under-$30 purchase seriously improved SmileFirstThenSpeak's life? "Silicone cooking utensils, instead of rubber ones. I use them in every kind of cookware and put them in the dishwasher. Easy, and no scratched pans." These ones from OXO Good Grips (a highly respected brand on Reddit and Amazon) are durable, flexible, and well-made. They're also dishwasher-safe and won't warp in the presence of heat.

23. The gorgeous cookware brand people obsess over

I'm pretty sure people on every social networking platform are obsessed with Le Creuset's cookware — but over on Reddit's r/BuyItForLife, they have a serious appreciation for it. "Le Creuset replaces broken items for FREE!" wrote cactusfarm "Lifetime warranty, you don’t need a proof of purchase." Yes, it's an investment, but the enamel is colorful and shock-resistant, the interior doesn't require seasoning, and everything from the shape to the materials are specifically designed to lock in flavor for the most delicious food possible.

24. This oven-safe thermometer that takes the guesswork out of meat

Since purchasing "a digital meat thermometer with an oven-safe probe," PureFicti0n "consistently [gets] compliments on my juicy chicken breasts (not a euphemism, I swear)." It's fast, accurate, and has a built-in timer, not to mention a smart alarm so you don't have to constantly check the temperature. The strong magnets even attach to the outside of your stove, so it stays out of your way while you're cooking. "Life's too short for overcooked or undercooked meat."

25. An airy, mineral-based sunscreen for sensitive skin

ETUDE HOUSE's Sunprise Sun Milk is such a gem, thousands of Redditors mourned alongside u/LintPlastic when they accidentally dropped their bottle in the toilet. In short, this mineral-based sunscreen is non-sticky, long-lasting, and actually designed to make your skin healthier. Reviewers apply it under their makeup with no issue, and one with self-described sensitive skin have gone so far as to say it's their "favorite product yet."

26. These magnetic phone mounts for the car

U/melodicjello loves their "magnet phone mount in the car - no awkward putting it in the holder and taking it out." The universal base fits just about every dashboard, while the super strong magnet works alongside all main smartphone brands. Then there's the 360-degree rotation, which allows you to view your phone from any angle — and when it's time to hit the road or leave the car, you can mount or remove your phone with a single hand.

27. A purchase that apparently changes your life

This one's become somewhat of a running joke on Reddit, because every time someone makes a post about life-changing products, at least one person raves about their bidet. "This one is always mentioned but a bidet off Amazon," chloe_1218 wrote. This model is a fan-favorite because it has adjustable pressure control, and it's self-cleaning. It also comes with all the necessary accessories to install (it'll fit just about any toilet) in just a few minutes.

28. This advanced electric kettle for the tea lover

Reddit user ComradeOfSwadia is obsessed with their Cuisinart PerfecTemp electric kettle. Why? "It has a different button for each kind of tea and is maybe the fastest kettle you can get in America using that watt. Need coffee? 195-200 makes a huge difference in taste. Green tea is almost undrinkable at boiling but smooth and soft at 175. Noodles? You can have hot water in two minutes no problem. Super useful." In other words, its advanced heat settings ensure that the water is the optimal temperature to get the most out of your drink (or cup of noodles).

29. A cult-favorite stool that makes pooping easier

If you have a hard time going to the bathroom, u/RasTrent87 recommends the Squatty Potty. They claim "you’ll use it everyday" because it makes the whole process infinitely easier and more comfortable. Essentially, this cult-favorite stool raises your legs up into a more ergonomic squatting position, so there's less straining. No wonder it has over 35,000 reviews and a 4.7-star overall rating on Amazon.

30. This self-draining holder for your utensils or toothbrush

This adorable elephant utensils organizer got almost 10,000 upvotes when it was posted to Reddit earlier this year. Put your wet utensils inside and position it at the edge of the sink; the water will automatically drain out from the trunk. It's not just for the kitchen, though — "This has been my toothbrush holder for years!" SamJam2357 commented.

31. The best way to keep track of your keys — & phone

A "20$ wireless key-finder" drastically improved CasinoBerry's life. "I never have to search my keys or wallet again. It gives me peace. The daily search anxiety was brutal." With over 5 million devices sold, the Tile is easily the most popular option. It clips onto your keyring or slips into your wallet. You can then ring it from the app on your phone — or, if you lose your phone, it works backwards to make that ring instead, even if it's on silent.

32. This cloth that removes makeup using just water

Especially for those with sensitive skin, many Redditors swear that MakeUp Erasers are a life-changing invention. Using special microfiber fabric, they remove makeup and other residue using nothing but water — so you can skip the drying, stripping cleanser altogether. "I own three of them now so I always have a clean one during the week, safe to say I love it!" TheRaviix wrote in a post on r/MakeupAddiction.

33. These Bluetooth earbuds that cost less than $40

On an r/Frugal post, thx1138guy raved about these super-affordable wireless earbuds: "After several tries, I finally found fantastic true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that sound better than any other headphones I've ever had and were [about] $30. Soundpeats TrueAir. I own two pairs." They also have a built-in microphone, noise-cancellation, and TrueWireless mirroring, plus their battery lasts a total of 25 hours with the charging case.

34. These wool socks that are guaranteed for life

Darn Tough socks are another cult favorite on Reddit. (It's almost impossible to scan through r/BuyItForLife or r/GoodValue and not see them mentioned.) They're made with merino wool, so they're super warm, adaptive, and sweat-wicking. The real selling-point, though? The brand stands behind their products: Your socks are guaranteed for life, so if you ever develop a hole or a snag, the company will replace them for free, no questions asked.

35. A milk frother for DIY lattes & cappuccinos

"I enjoy watching videos and learning how to make expensive coffee drinks at home for much cheaper. It’s become a fun hobby," kelc321 wrote, which is why a milk frother was a worthy investment. This $13 tool blends and whips your beverages at home, so you can get DIY lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, or bulletproof coffee for way less than a cafe. It's also easy to clean and works with any type of milk, including the nut-based, non-dairy kind.

36. These glasses that block blue light

According to u/FutEnth, "blue light blocking glasses" were an affordable but life-changing purchase. Because they filter out the blue wavelengths that come from the screens on your devices, many swear by them to minimize eyestrain, headaches, and trouble sleeping. This best-selling brand comes in packs of three with all different colors, and reviewers say they're durable, stylish, and comfortable.

37. A $12 can opener that tops them all

Swing-a-way can openers are a commonly mentioned product on r/BuyItForLife — but only the old ones, because apparently, the quality has plummeted. "EZ-DUZ-IT is the US brand made with the same machines and processes as the old Swing-a-ways," Number1AbeLincolnFan wrote. Even though this can opener is just $12, it has thousands of five-star reviews. It's made of chromed steel and has a carbon cutting blade for smooth, easy operation.

38. These clips that turn any shoes into slip-ons

When these no-tie shoelace locks were first posted to Reddit, they were in the crowdfunding stage. Now, eight years and more than $140,000 pledged later, you can get them on Amazon. They turn any pair of sneakers into hassle-free slip-ons using adjustable resin clips. Even though you'll never again need to tie your shoes, they're still comfortable, secure, and slip-resistant.

39. These damage-free hooks for vertical storage

"I’m in a little flat with almost no storage," wrote saint_aura, so Command utility hooks have been a life-saver. They attach to most surfaces, remove without damage, and support up to 3 pounds each. "I have my loofah hanging up in the shower, and my foot file so I remember to use it. My oven mitts are on the kitchen wall next to the stove. I’ve got coat hangers and delicates bags hanging on the back of the laundry door. There’s another laundry hook for holding a full rubbish bag before I’ve got time to take it down to the bin room." Choose from packs of two up to 36.

40. These curtains that block out light, noise, & heat

Finally, waooga wrote that "black-out curtains" were one of the best purchases they ever made. These ones are constructed from triple-weave fabric that's thermal-insulated, so it blocks out light as well as noises and heat. They're also machine-washable and come in tons of sizes and colors to suit just about any space. Currently, they're a best-seller on Amazon, and they have over 60,000 reviews.