55 smart products on Amazon that reviewers swear save you at least $50

A reusable paper towel that’ll last you forever? Yes, please.

ByLisa Fogarty
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Spend a little now, save a whole lot later — that's the genius idea behind these smart products on Amazon that reviewers swear save you at least $50 (and, in many cases, a whole lot more than that). You'll find a split end repair hair serum that extends the length of time between salon appointments, a Shark Tank-approved spatula that gets out every last drop of peanut butter, a smart plug that lets you run your appliances on a schedule, and so many other money-saving goodies. So don't be afraid to spend a little — these products will pay for themselves in no time flat.


A tiny spatula that gets out every last drop of product

You just know there is a ton more product left in that jar or bottle — but your fingers and ordinary spoons can’t reach it. Save money on creams, cleansers, and food items like peanut butter and honey with this set of special silicone spatulas, which have lengthy handles and can fit in most narrow bottles, jars, and tubes. The spatulas are flexible, dishwasher-safe, and come with their own storage tube.


A smart WiFi plug that lets you control lights and appliances via an app

Set your coffee maker to turn on in the morning. Turn off those lights you forgot about when you left the house — even when you’re nowhere near your home. Setting up schedules and saving money on your electric bill is a reality with this smart Wi-Fi plug. The plug is compatible with the Kasa app and its design is so compact it won’t block your other wall outlet. The outlet is even compatible with voice commands via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.


A set of stretchy silicone huggers to keep cut produce fresh

Produce can be pricey and you don’t want to let it go to waste — this set of stretchy silicone food huggers comes in a pack of five varying sizes that let you keep sliced apples, onions, tomatoes, citrus, and more fresh for longer. They can even act as lids for jars and cans. Each piece is BPA free and safe to put in the dishwasher for cleaning.


These eco-friendly makeup pads that are machine-washable

Save money on cotton rounds and help the environment all in one step when you make the switch to these eco-friendly reusable makeup remover pads. They're made from a washable bamboo-cotton blend and, when combined with eye or standard makeup remover, can help you achieve clean skin at the end of each day. The pads are soft, won’t scratch your skin, and even come with a mesh bag for seamless laundering.


The colorful collar that keeps cords from fraying

It’s all too easy for cords to become tangled, frayed, and lost in the shuffle. These cord collars protect flimsy chargers and wires from fraying, which means less money you’ll have to spend replacing them. And an unexpected added bonus of these colorful cords is that they help you identify the specific cord you need in just seconds.


A chiller container that cools coffee in just 1 minute

Don't spend your hard-earned money on expensive iced coffee — just make your own at home using this chiller container. It cools your hot coffee down in just 1 minute, and it won't dilute your final cup of Joe since there's no ice involved.


This pillow-like stand to prop up your tablet

This pillow-like tablet stand will prop up your device for easier viewing — whether you’re using it at a table or while lounging in bed. It’s adjustable to six different angles (and it supports horizontal or vertical tablet use), and it’ll work with most tablets up to 13 inches in size. Pick from four colors in the listing.


A brass-fighting purple shampoo to prolong the time between hair salon appointments

This purple shampoo is the key to keeping blonde highlights, platinum hair, or white and grey shades looking spectacular —without having to blow your entire budget at the hair salon. The shampoo removes brassy tones, as well as dirt and sweat, and prevents breakage and split ends. One reviewer wrote: "After even one use of this shampoo a lot of the orange tone was gone and after using it for a week now my ends are back to a more platinum/silverish blonde! I was also surprised at how clean and silky this shampoo left my hair feeling!"


A 10-pack of absorbent cleaning clothes that replace paper towels

You’re about to save yourself the cost of several rolls of paper towels, while also helping to preserve more trees. This 10-pack of absorbent cleaning cloths are made from a cellulose-cotton blend, becoming soft when wet and gritty enough for scouring grime when dry. Designed to be safe on all surfaces, these washable rags also work for scrubbing or drying dishes, tubs, showers, and more.


The instant fabric and leather repair kit for clothing and accessories

You don’t have to automatically toss that handbag or pair of jeans the minute things go awry and you experience a rip or tear in the fabric. Grab this fabric and leather mending kit —which includes a latex-based adhesive glue and patches — and give those pieces the love and care they deserve. The adhesive is waterproof, dries quickly, and can withstand spins in the washing machine — plus, it lasts you up to 50 repairs.


An RFID-blocking card to protect your credit card info from thieves

Using RFID-blocking protection, this credit card protector is as thin as your other cards, but works security magic by keeping thieves from snatching your personal banking information. One card is all you need — tuck it among your other credit cards and feel more safe when you shop and travel.


These flexible snake drain weasels that get all the gunk out

These flexible drain snakes get all of the hair, debris, and plain old gunk up and out of drains before any of it has a chance to clog your pipes and do real damage. Save money on calling plumbers and use these extra-long snakes, which have 360 degree rotation, to unclog drains in seconds.


This jewelry cleaner that gets silver sparkling again

Keep your most treasured jewelry pieces looking brand new with this silver cleaner, designed for silver-plated jewelry and sterling silver. The cleaner removes tarnish and gives your pieces polish and pizzazz, making them look brand new and saving you a trip to the jeweler for a much more expensive cleaning. Soak jewelry in the solution and use the accompanying basket to retrieve pieces.


A portable espresso machine that fits in your hand

This portable espresso machine is kind of amazing — about the size of a thermos, it brews best with Nespresso pods to make a coffee-shop-quality beverage wherever you are, whether that’s at your desk or in a tent. Operating a bit like a Nespresso or Keurig machine, only a few steps are required: placing the capsule in the outlet head, adding hot water, and pumping the piston to pressurize and extract espresso with a rich layer of crema. “I bring my Nespresso pods to work and some soy milk and bam, I make my soy lattes at work,” one reviewer wrote. “I am saving money from going to the coffee shops.”


A dish brush that removes food debris without scratching your cast iron pan

Your cast iron pot or pan was a smart investment — and this dish brush is the tool you need to protect it so that it lasts a long time. The brush has tough nylon bristles and a scraper that work together to ensure all of that caked-on food debris and grease is safely removed without scratching your precious (and pricey) cookware.


The grout pen that brightens dull tile

Freshen up your bathroom or kitchen in an instant — and for less than $10 — with this tile grout pen. The pen has a thin point that is simple to maneuver in between tile so that your grout looks fresh and clean. The pen comes in three colors: white, cream, or terracotta.


This car polish that takes out scratches and water spots

Tired of driving around in a car that is showing its years or looks a lot older than it is? This car polish and buffer removes paint scratches, water spots, and other signs of wear and tear without forcing you to take time out of your day and money out of your bank account by visiting an auto shop. It's safe on all paint colors and boasts close to 3,000 amazing reviews.


These bento-style lunch boxes with compartments that separate food

Keep fresh salad separate from chicken and keep your chicken from mingling with your dessert. A full and complete lunch is a reality with these bento-style lunch containers, which come five in a pack and feature three compartments in each container. The containers come with tight lids and are made with sturdy borosilicate glass that makes them safe in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.


This 5-pack of fillable paint pens for quick touch-ups

For small scuffs or dings on your walls, trim, or ceilings, use these brush pens to touch it all up. They can be filled with any matching paint that you need and it can be swiped on without causing a mess. Once the task is finished, the paint can be stored inside the pen — it’ll stay fresh for years.


A wall-mounted organizer for all of your teeth-brushing essentials & more

Get your toothbrush, toothpaste, and other bathroom essentials off the counter. This wall-mounted dispenser has room for it all. Specifically, it has spots to hang seven toothbrushes, plus there are various trays, compartments, and drawers for everything else. Utilize the automatic toothpaste dispenser and magnetic mouthwash cups when needed.


A bag sealer that creates an airtight seal to preserve the freshness of snacks

That last pretzel or chip from your snack bag should be as fresh, crispy, and delicious as the first. This handheld bag sealer is the tool that keeps snacks tasting great when you can’t eat them in one sitting. Simply press and pull the sealer across the top of your bag and it creates an airtight seal — same as the day you bought it at the store. You’ll get two sealers in each pack and they boast magnetic backs so you can store them right on your fridge.


This knife that makes it easier to spread butter

Sliced chunks of cold butter don't spread easily — so grab this special butter knife. It features slotted holes along the blade that curl your butter so that it spreads effortlessly, and it's even made from high-quality stainless steel.


These reusable K Cups for the perfect cup of coffee or tea

So you started making your coffee at home to save money; now here’s a way you could save even a few more bucks. Brew up your favorite coffee or tea with these reusable K Cups. They’re the perfect hack to stop spending money on disposable K Cup coffee pods. Plus, they are so easy to use and clean. “Makes a perfect cup of coffee in my Keurig while saving me money and cutting down on the amount of plastic waste!” one fan raved.


This compartmentalized bento box for lunch on the go

With three separate compartments (including two small ones and a large 14-ounce one), this flat bento box is ideal for bringing lunch to school, work, or wherever the day takes you. The lid is completely leakproof so you don’t have to worry about it making a mess in your bag. And once you’re ready to eat, the box can be microwaved. It’s also freezer- and dishwasher-safe.


The cleaning tablets that remove odors from washing machines

It’s inevitable: your washing machine faces the wrath of dirty clothes and is bound to start smelling after a while — and keeping the washer door open at all times may not be cutting it. These washing machine cleaning tablets dissolve slowly in your wash and remove bacteria that causes all of those nasty odors. They’re safe to use in both front and top loading machines and one tablet used once a month is all that’s needed.


These velvet hangers that’ll save closet space & keep your clothes secure

Nothing is worse than watching your clothes slide off of your hangers onto the floor, which is why these velvet hangers are both a chic and functional solution. They’re ultra-thin to help save additional space and provide a great grip on your clothes, making it possible to flawlessly view your entire wardrobe in the morning. While they’re lightweight, they also happen to be incredibly strong, with the capability of holding up to 10 pounds each.


An all-in-1 microwavable rice cooker

Don’t pull out your bulky rice cooker or a large pot to make rice for a meal. Instead, utilize this microwavable option — you can measure, wash, cook, and serve fluffy rice all from it. Then, after you enjoy your food, the entire thing can be cleaned in the dishwasher.


These little fridge inserts that make produce last longer

These adorable blue apples are about to make your produce last two to three times longer. Each freshness ball is filled with organic material that absorbs odor-causing ethylene gas and preserves the freshness of fruits and vegetables. Toss one in your produce drawer, where it will work its magic for three months, and then swap the inside packet with a fresh one to keep up the money-saving benefits.


An easy way to keep your rugs from slipping that's kinder to floors

These adhesive rug grippers are applied to the corners of slippery rugs to keep them perfectly in place — preventing accidents and preserving the quality of your expensive throw rugs. The V-shape grips are made from sticky gel that keep rugs from curling and are safe to use on all floors, including hardwood.


A nontoxic odor-absorbing gel that’s perfect for closets

Make musty-smelling closets and rooms a thing of the past. This odor-absorbing gel, which comes in a 7-ounce jar, neutralizes unwanted smells that make clothing and bed linens smell and feel less fresh. The natural formula works without the use of harsh chemicals — even boasting a Safer Choice label from the EPA. You get a set of three, and each container lasts up to 30 days and can then be refilled.


This 5-pack of mesh laundry bags with a 4.7-star overall rating

Don’t let your washing machine or dryer gobble up your clothes. Instead, place items in these laundry bags to better keep track of them. They’re also particularly ideal for more delicate items that could get ruined otherwise. The set includes five fine mesh laundry bags in varying sizes. Each one has a sturdy zipper to ensure it stays shut.


A shoe stretcher that breaks in tight shoes for total comfort

It can take time to break in a new pair of shoes. Hurry the process along and resist the urge to purchase new shoes with the help of this shoe stretcher. The stretcher provides four-way expansion to loosen up tight shoes. The kit also comes with eight bunion plugs and two pad high plugs that make the proper adjustments if you’re dealing with foot discomfort as a result of bunions, corns, or blisters.


This adjustable tofu press that works in 15 minutes

This tofu press will get rid of all moisture in your tofu in just 15 minutes, allowing it to be extra firm for better flavor absorbency — it makes a big difference. There are two pressure levels to choose from, and once you’re done with it, the whole press is dishwasher safe for quick cleaning.


This adjustable vehicle organizer that collapses for storage

Get your vehicle in top shape thanks to this collapsible organizer. It adjusts in size to fit pretty much anywhere in your car (whether that’s the trunk, front seat, on the floor, or somewhere else), and the multiple compartments can be utilized for groceries, emergency items, and more. Pick from three colors via the listing.


This powerful tire cleaning spray to remove dirt & grime

Utilize this wheel-cleaning spray to get all parts of your vehicle’s tires clean. The pH-neutral product removes even the toughest dirt and grime, yet it won’t cause any damage. The spray is highly concentrated for use straight from the bottle, but it can also be diluted with water if desired.


This one-step hair drying brush that adds major volume to roots

Save major amounts of time in the morning with this one-step hair drying brush, which features nylon pin and tufted bristles that detangle and add volume to your roots. The round vented brush provides 1100 watts of power and has three heat/speed settings that work on all hair types. Its ceramic coating also ensures even heating that helps you get styled and get out the door even faster.


An effective pet odor eliminator that smells like oranges

This odor eliminator works wonders when it comes to getting rid of lingering pet odors. Spritz it directly onto the smelly spot — it’s safe for use on most surfaces, including carpet, furniture, and more — and let it completely dry. The odor will be eliminated (not just masked), and it’ll leave behind a fresh orange scent.


These blackout curtains that help cut down on your energy bill

Not only do these grommet curtains look nice aesthetically, but they’re also functional. They’ll block out up to 98% of light (helping cut down on your energy costs), reduce noise, and offer more privacy overall. The set includes two panels and you can choose from various colors and sizes in the listing.


A 32-pack of protective furniture leg covers

Slide these leg protectors on furniture pieces around your home. They’ll shield the floor from scratches and other damage, plus cut down on the noise from moving furniture around (like pulling chairs in and out). The set includes 32 protectors made from clear stretchy silicone with a soft felt pad on the bottom. Various sizes, sets, and colors can be purchased in the listing.


These remote control covers that glow in the dark

Slide these protective covers on your Fire TV Stick remote controls. They’ll prevent the back cover (and ultimately the battery) from accidentally coming off, plus protect against drops and damage. The pair of silicone covers glow in the dark for easy spotting regardless of the time of day.


This cordless shaver to remove pills & fuzz from various fabrics

Safely remove fuzz, lint, and pills from fabrics throughout your home — including clothes, furniture, and more — with this battery-operated shaver. There are three depth settings to pick from for various items, and all of the removed fuzz is collected in the detachable catcher for disposal later on. It’s powered by two AA batteries.


This 3-in-1 soil meter to keep your plants in top shape

Measure your soil’s moisture level, pH value, and sunlight level all with this soil meter. It’s simple to use — just stick it about 7 inches into the soil and within minutes, the test results will be displayed on the panel — and works without batteries. Wipe it clean after each use.


A water bottle that’ll help you hit your hydration goals

Don’t drink enough water? This water bottle can help change that. It has time markings on the side to keep you on track throughout the day. Plus, it comes with a fruit infuser piece to make your water taste even better. This specific option holds 24 ounces, though other sizes and a bunch of colors are available for choosing in the listing.


These cut-resistant gloves to protect your hands

Whenever you’re doing heavy-duty work around the home or outside, wear these cut-resistant gloves for an extra layer of protection. They even have a nonslip finish on the palms and fingers to give you extra grip. Even with all of this, the gloves are lightweight and breathable for comfortable wearing. “Very well made - flexible but sturdy - definitely recommend,” wrote one fan.


This shower head that’ll filter out chlorine & heavy metals

This sleek showerhead features a 15-stage filtration system to remove chlorine, heavy metals (like lead, mercury, nickel, and chromium), and other potentially harmful substances from the water. It can be set to six different spray settings, including a soothing rain mode and a power massage option. Available in a range of finishes and shapes, you’ll be able to find a perfect match for your bathroom.


A spray stain remover that works shockingly well

This stain spray will quickly remove stubborn stains (even ones that are old) from various surfaces, including clothes, furniture, carpets, and more. Just spritz it directly onto the area that needs treatment, blot it, and watch the stain fade away. The product is made without peroxide, chlorine bleach, or phosphates.


These unique filters to cut down on the side effects associated with drinking wine

Stick one of these purifier filters in each glass of wine (whether you’re a red, white, or sparkling drinker) that you enjoy. They’re designed to filter out the preservatives that can cause unwanted side effects, such as headaches, an upset stomach, or skin flushing. And they do so in as little as three minutes.


This makeup cloth that removes beauty products with just water

You only need water and this makeup eraser to remove all of the makeup from your skin (including stubborn products like waterproof mascara or matte lipstick) at the end of the day. It’s made from a soft polyester material to not cause any irritation. And once dirty, it can be tossed in the wash and cleaned before reusing it all over again.


A 100% waterproof apron that you’ll constantly reach for

Slip on this waterproof apron to keep your clothes dry whenever you’re doing a task that involves water, like cleaning dishes, washing your pet, craft projects, and more. It has a 100% waterproof design since it’s made from vinyl-coated rubber, and the longer-than-average ties will keep it secured around your waist. There’s a buckle on the neck strap for easier on and off.


This handy dishwasher magnet to remember if the dishes are clean or dirty

If your household has a tough time remembering the status of the dishes in the dishwasher, grab this dishwasher magnet. Flip it to display either “clean” or “dirty” to keep it straight. The waterproof magnet will attach to your dishwasher, though if yours isn’t magnetic, a metal piece is included to solve this.


This wall-mounted holder to stop misplacing remotes

Stop losing track of your remote controls by always storing them in this wall-mounted holder. The adhesive on the back allows you to hang it on the wall without tools, and once in place, the holder is roomy enough for three to four remote controls (depending on size). Pick from a white or black option in the listing.


This sturdy vehicle phone holder that can be mounted 2 ways

Whenever driving, use this phone mount to secure your device. The suction cup on the bottom — which is incredibly strong — allows you to stick the mount on your dashboard, windshield, or wherever else is handy for viewing (an air vent clip is also included). And the clip that holds the phone is adjustable to accommodate various models.


A 16-pack of adhesive hat hooks to display your collection

Grab these 16 hooks to organize and display your entire hat collection. Each hook has a strong adhesive on the back to secure it on the wall and the low-profile design means it’ll be almost entirely hidden once you hang a hat on it. Use the hooks for baseball caps, snapbacks, visors, flat-brimmed hats, and more. “The product was easy to install and also looks very good on the walls,” wrote one shopper.


This inflatable pillow that’s a must for travel

This travel pillow folds down to be smaller than a soda can for transport. Then, when you need some rest, it easily inflates to over a foot long and is designed to cradle your head and neck for all-night comfort. The backside of the pillow is coated in rubber dots that’ll prevent it from sliding around as you move. Five colors can be bought in the listing.


A lightweight folding stool that can hold 400 pounds

Whenever you could use a convenient spot to rest, this folding stool will come in handy. It weighs just two pounds for portability’s sake, but then adjusts in height (with the max at almost 18 inches tall) for your ideal sitting position. Use it on camping trips, in theme park lines, while fishing, and in many other situations. It can hold up to 400 pounds.