These 48 really smart things are really cheap on Amazon

Clever products that make life easier.

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I get a particular thrill when I search high and low for a great deal, and research shows that I’m not alone. The human brain begins to release dopamine, sometimes referred to as the feel-good neurotransmitter, in anticipation of a cheap price tag — err, reward — so the hunt is all part of the fun.

The following list is full of smart items that make life easier. From foot creams that repair dry, cracked skin to vented microwave covers that help prevent messes, these items are all incredibly useful. And since each one is $30 or less, you might end up scoring more than one deal while you're at it.


A vented microwave cover so you don't have to worry about food explosions

Food explosions in the microwave are the worst, aren’t they? Enter the vented microwave cover. This collapsible cover protects your microwave from splashes, splatters, and more, keeping the mess (and cleaning time) to a minimum. The vented BPA-free silicone lid encourages even heating. This microwave lid pops up to 3 inches for tall dishes, and it collapses down to less than an inch for easy storage. Plus, this lid is dishwasher safe and available in three colors.


This mildew-resistant shower curtain liner with a cult following

These shower curtain liners are specially treated to resist mold and mildew and that makes them last four times longer than most. Heavy-duty magnets keep the liner in place, and rust-proof grommets and a reinforced header ensure durability. With thousands of five-star reviews, this shower liner is the definition of a cult classic. "I have waited six months to write this review, and my original liner looks as good as the day I hung it, [with no] mildew or rust," one Amazon reviewer wrote.


These cheap but durable Apple device chargers

With three 6-foot cords in the pack, these nylon braided cables make it easy to keep all your devices charged and ready to go. The aluminum alloy head resists damage from bending, and the nylon braiding ensures durability. These cords are available in a gray color, and they are compatible with Apple devices like iPhones and iPads.


These LED puck lights you can stick anywhere

Ideal for adding a warm glow under cabinets, along stairways, or in closets, these bright LED lights are an easy way to elevate your space thanks to their wireless design. They come with a remote that can control the brightness and set timers, and you can choose to install them via their adhesive backing or with the included screws for a more secure hold.

Quantity options: 1-pack, 2-pack, 3-pack, 6-pack


These acne patches that soak out the gunk

Infused with tea tree oil, calendula oil, and soothing cica, these acne patches work overnight to treat acne by actually soaking up the gunk. They're clear so they're less visible and each resealable pack contains 40 patches in three sizes. With thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon, this one is most certainly a fan favorite for actually working. One reviewer wrote: “These are seriously life changing if you have chronic acne. [...] Once I see one coming in I will put one of these patches on over night and wake up and the patch has sucked out of the nasty pimple before it really started!"


This high-pressure rainfall showerhead that brings the spa home

With 90 mini jets and a 6-inch wide head, this rainfall showerhead will help make your routine shower feel a little more luxurious. Its innovative design creates a high-pressure flow while using less water, and features rubber nozzles around each of the jets — making it easier to clean. A swiveling ball joint lets you customize the angle and the tool-free installation can be completed in minutes.

Colors: 7 | Sizes & shapes: 4


This best-selling pet hair remover that works on all kinds of surfaces

This pet hair remover has earned over 140,000 ratings on Amazon from shoppers who love how easily it picks up hair from virtually anything, with one fan writing, “This device tackles even the most embedded pet hair with ease.” Plus, it uses static electricity and a rubber roller to capture hair and deposit it into a reservoir, so there aren’t any sticky papers to deal with.


This clever kitchen tool that does 8 different jobs

This handy kitchen tool combines eight different kitchen tools into one unit: a funnel, a juicer, a grater, an egg cracker, a shredder, a can opener, an egg separator, and a measuring cup. All the parts of this set stack together into a wine bottle shape, and they are color coded so the one you need is a breeze to find.


A shoe deodorizer that eliminates smells, not just cover them up

With a blend of essential oils including lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree oil, this shoe deodorizer effectively eliminates odors, not just covers them up. And because it’s made with all-natural ingredients, this deodorizer can be used for household cleaning as well. "This product is exactly what I needed to finally get the stink out of my beloved 6 year old leather Birkenstocks. They had gotten to the point where they were so smelly that I stopped wearing them for a year [...] Not only did it take the old, smelly Birkenstock sandals the final mile of deodorizing, leaving them stink free, it went the extra mile and left them smelling fresh," an Amazon fan raved.


These multipurpose scraper tools to clean out gunk

Made from high-quality plastic, this multipurpose scraper tool is a great little double-ended workhorse in the kitchen, office, or workshop. The curved slot design offers a comfortable grip from either end, and although flexible, this tool still offers enough leverage to open flip-top cans. This tool is strong enough to clean tough baked-in messes without damaging surfaces or your fingernails, and the three-pack includes a green, white, and blue scraper.


A drain hair catcher that doesn't slow down water flow

With elliptical holes and a semi-circle design, this drain catcher stops hair from slipping down the drain without impeding the water flow. The silicone rim prevents the drain hair catcher from shifting and also prevents hair and other small debris from slipping through the sides. This drain catcher is made from rust-proof stainless steel so it'll last for the long run.


A water bottle that motivates you to stay hydrated

With convenient time markers on the side, this water bottle helps keep your hydration goals on track. The large 64-ounce capacity reduces the need to refill, and two leakproof lids (wide-mouth or straw) let you choose your preferred sipping method. It has a large handle and a strap for easy gripping, and there are 26 colors to choose from, including some cool ombre options.

Colors: 26


A surge protector that maximizes space

Blocked outlet access is a worry of the past with this surge protector with six outlets that swivel to face forward or pivot 90 degrees. Or, if you'd like some USB ports, there's another version with four AC outlets and two USB ones. Either way you go, it's designed to be fireproof and protect your devices against electrical spikes.


A repair kit that restores wood furniture to its former glory

Minimize waste and keep your furniture looking good as new with this repair kit that is a quick and permanent way to fix scratches and scuffs on your wooden furniture. The 13-piece furniture repair kit includes a sharpener, 6 markers, and 6 wax sticks in a range of colors to match your wood finishes.


These cable clips that keep cords organized & in place

These cable clips help direct and organize your cords to keep them tangle-free and your desk or nightstand looking neat. The set of 16 clips includes various sizes to hold between one and five cables, and they have an adhesive backing so they’ll stay in place on your desk, under shelves, or behind furniture.


These LED smart bulbs that you can control with your phone

With tons of colors and brightness settings to choose from, these LED smart bulbs really give you control over the ambiance of your home. Just download the app on your phone and get ready to adjust your lighting, no matter where you are. These bulbs don't require a hub, and they work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Smart Things so that you can even utilize voice commands. You can even set a timer if you need one. Get these in packs of one, two, and four.


A pan organizer that keeps clutter to a minimum

This adjustable pan organizer can be customized to accommodate your pots, pans, and lids and with eight shelves, there’s plenty of room for your kitchen helpers. An M-shaped groove keeps everything in place, and you can use it in a cabinet or on a counter. The 24 rubber sleeves keep your items in place and noise to a minimum.


A plastic drain snake that'll get rid of your clogs

These plastic snake drains are flexible enough to bend around twisty drains, and the burred design effectively grabs hair, food, or whatever else is causing gridlock in your pipes. Available in packs of three, these drain snakes lets you skip all the chemicals in commercially available drain cleaners, and they're far cheaper than calling a plumber.


These storage bins for all of your seasonal items

Tidy your closets and storage areas with these organizers that are ideal for storing seasonal items, clothing, and bedding. The fabric bins have reinforced handles, a see-through panel so you can easily see what’s inside, and zippered closures to keep the contents safe from dirt, pests, and moisture.

Colors: 3 | Sizes: 8


An easy-to-use microwave cooker bag that’s great for potatoes, bread, corn, and more

If you’re not familiar with microwave potato bags, you may want to sit down. They offer an easy and convenient way to cook not only potatoes, but plenty of other foods, too. Each bag is washable and reusable, and they help limit splatters and messes in your microwave, too.


This knife sharpener that suctions securely to the counter

Great for straight, curved, and serrated blades, this compact knife sharpener boasts a super-strong suction cup on the bottom that keeps it securely on your table or counter while in use. The sharpening blades are made out of a durable tungsten carbide and are set at a 20-degree angle for optimal sharpening. Plus, it’s less than 3 inches tall for easy storage.

Colors: 4


These machine-washable door handle covers

If sticky hands or germs are a concern, these appliance door covers can keep smudges and dirt at bay. Velcro fasteners allow for ease of use and easy adjustments, and the covers are machine washable. Choose from three sizes and four color options.


These flashlight gloves that allow you to see and be seen

If you or someone you know tends to stay active when when it’s dark out, these fingerless flashlight gloves just might be a good idea. They illuminate the space around your hands so you can stay busy, and they’re great for staying visible when walking and running. They come in black, grey, and blue.


These magnetic hooks that step up your organizational game

Useful in closets, bathrooms, garages, and kitchens, these nickel-coated magnet hooks make it easy to keep things off the counters and floors. When hung vertically, these magnets can hold up to 18 pounds, when hung horizontally, they can hold up to 4.5 pounds. However, if you'd looking for an even stronger options, the jumbo size can support up to 80 pounds.


This gadget that makes it super easy to drain tuna, beans, and more

What will they think of next? This can colander fits onto tuna and other cans to remove unwanted liquid while keeping your hands and fingers clean. And it couldn’t be easier to use, simply fit it over the top of the can and invert it over the sink to release the liquid. This can colander fits on to most standard size cans, and it’s still small enough to tuck away when not in use. When you're done, just toss it into the dishwasher.


A splatter screen to keep pops & sizzles under control

Protect your hands and stove from hot grease with this splatter screen designed to block up to 99% of pops and splashes. The large, 11.5-inch guard fits over most pans and skillets, is made out of durable and rust-resistant stainless steel, and has feet on the bottom so you can rest on the counter without making a mess.

Sizes: 4


A picnic blanket that packs up easily

With waterproof backing, a foam pad in the middle, and a soft striped fabric on the top, this picnic blanket is a great addition to your next outdoor event. When opened, the blanket measures 60 by 77 inches, great for up to four adults, and folds into a compact roll with a carrying handle when finished.

Colors: 9 | Sizes: 8


A damage-free brush cleaning mat

With four types of raised treads, this brush-cleaning mat is suitable for cleaning all types of makeup (or artistic!) brushes without damaging them. The suction cup can be used as a handle or it can be used as intended leaving you hands-free. Users can choose from two styles and four colors.


A clip-on jar fork for your most-used condiments

Great for use with pickles, olives, or peppers, this brilliant condiment fork makes it easy to grab a quick snack without dirtying another utensil or using your fingers. The fork features three metal prongs that make it so much easier to pull food out and comes with a holder that features a stretchy band to fit most jars and containers.


A hanging hook rack that doesn't require any installation

Equipped with six strong hooks each, these hanging hook racks are ideal for organizing closets, vanities, and kitchen cupboards. Each of the three-pack can hold up to 6.6 pounds, and there’s no installation required, simply slide it onto existing shelving. Use it for everything from cooking utensils to jewelry. Choose between black or white.


An under-sink organizer with a sliding shelf

Whether you use it in your bathroom to store toiletries and cosmetics or in your kitchen to stash cleaning products, this under-sink organizer will help you make the most of your storage space. The thoughtful, two-tier design features a sliding shelf on the bottom for easy access and has hooks on the side for gloves, towels, or accessories.

Colors: 3


An air vent phone holder that keeps devices securely in place

This cell phone holder takes the cake when it comes to providing a super-secure hold in your car. A tightening screw in the back fastens it to your car’s air vent, while a set of adjustable side walls lock securely around your phone. It can also rotate 360 degrees for horizontal or vertical viewing and has a release button on the side for easy removal of your device.


A foldable trash can for your car

Keep your car clean and litter free with this trash can that clips onto the back of your seat or console so it doesn’t slide around. It’s made of a waterproof material that can be easily cleaned, has a 2-gallon capacity, and can even double as a cooler for road trips. A mesh side pocket stores extra trash bags and there are three colors to choose from.

Colors: 3 | Sizes: 2


A clip-on strainer that fits most pots, pan, & bowls

Instead of pulling out your clunky colander, clip this small strainer onto the side of your pot to drain cooked pasta, potatoes, and veggies. Sturdy clips keep it securely attached to your pot, and the soft silicone material can bend to accommodate most sizes of pans. It also has a spout for mess-free pouring, is dishwasher-safe, and takes up minimal space in your drawer.

Colors: 5


A nail cream for stronger, longer nails with a major fan base

Infused with vitamins A, C, D, and E, jojoba oil, and calcium, this nail strengthening cream prevents splitting, peeling, and cracking as it revives soft and fragile nails. This cream also conditions cuticles to promote strong nail growth, and with hundreds of five-star reviews, it looks like this one has plenty of fans. “I took my acrylic nails off, and my natural nails were extremely damaged [...] thin as paper and splitting,” an Amazon reviewer wrote. “Tried this product, and within 7 days my nail[s] were looking and feeling great, and my cuticles [were] healthy and soft.”


A towel that dries your hair faster

This super-absorbent microfiber hair towel dries your hair faster and is lightweight to wear. There are two sizes available and the customers on Amazon? "I have super thick hair and drying it can be a pain. I got this towel hoping it would help shorten my routine. It works! When I dry my hair with a regular towel it still drips and wets my shirt/back. This no no. No drips," one wrote.


These dishwasher magnets that stop guessing games

Stop the daily guessing games with these dishwasher magnets that let everyone know whether the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. With scratch-proof pads, these magnets won’t harm your appliances, and for dishwashers that are not magnetic, each order includes a 3M adhesive for easy application.


This attachable mousepad platform that creates usable space out of thin air

This clamp-on mouse platform is a great choice for anyone who needs to expand their usable work space. It can be secured to the edge of a table or desk in seconds, without any tools. Plus, when it’s not in use, you can simply rotate the mouse pad underneath the table.


A milk frother for yummy lattes & cappuccinos

For barista-style coffee, use this handheld milk frother to whip up your favorite drinks. The battery-powered frother has an on/off switch on the top, a soft silicone handle, and a stainless steel whisk at the bottom. It only takes about 15 seconds to create a frothy foam, and it comes with a stainless steel stand for when not in use.

Colors: 6


A fridge deodorizer that removes odors better than baking soda

Unlike baking soda that needs to be replaced monthly to work well, this nontoxic fridge deodorizer keeps unwanted smells at bay for up to six months. Perhaps even more impressively, it helps fruits and veggies remain crisp two to four times longer than without, too. It comes in a two-pack.


A stainless steel can cooler that doesn't sweat

This stainless steel can cooler features double-wall insulation that keeps your beverages cold for hours, and the no-sweat design keeps your hands and furniture dry, too. Compatible with both bottles and cans, it has finger grooves for a secure grip and each purchase comes with two bonus beer koozies. “I left a cold can in one out overnight, and the next day it was still cold,” one Amazon reviewer reported.


This waterproof meat thermometer with an auto on/off feature

For perfectly cooked meals, use this digital food thermometer that’ll provide an accurate reading within three seconds. The waterproof design is durable against splashes and spills, has a backlit screen for easy reading both day and night, and boasts an auto on/off feature to conserve battery. Plus, it even has an internal magnet that’ll attach it to your fridge, grill, or stove while not in use.

Colors: 2 | Styles: 3


A deep cleaning brush set for small spaces and crevices

With a large brush, a small brush, and a wiper blade, this two-piece brush set is ideal for getting into nooks and crannies like shower door tracks, sink drains, and even car vents to thoroughly clean. Sturdy nylon bristles tackle tough cleaning jobs, while the soft-grip handles and a nonslip thumb pad provide optimal comfort while you work. With a 4.7-star rating on Amazon after more than 6,000 reviews, it's a popular pick.


These pan scrapers that remove caked-on food

These pan scrapers remove tough, burnt-on, caked-on food from any type of cookware, including those with nonstick surfaces. Made out of durable polycarbonate, these scrapers won’t scratch or damage cookware surfaces, and four distinctly shaped corners can easily get into all types of corners and crevices. Get two in a set.


This kitchen stand that's like having an extra pair of hands

This multipurpose stand is like an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. Use it as a bag holder to keep them upright and open for easy filling or use it as a mini drying rack for things like water bottles. This stand folds flat for easy storage when not in use, and users can choose between black or white.


This one and done microwave pasta maker

This microwave pasta maker lets you cook pasta without messy boil overs, sticking, and a ton of dishes to clean. Just put dried pasta into the container, add water, and microwave — there's a handy guide to times. When it's al dente (or however else you like it), drain it with the lid and serve. But it’s usefulness doesn’t stop there, this gadget can also be used to cook veggies and rice in your microwave as well.


This wrap-around knife cleaner that prevents cuts

This brush by Joseph Joseph safely cleans knives and cutlery without the fear of cuts. The unique wrap-around design cleans both sides at once, and the textured grip keeps it from slipping. To clean the brush, simply wash with soap and water, rinse, and let dry.


This spill stopper lid that prevents boil overs

Put an end to messy stovetop spills and boil overs with this heavy-duty spill stopper. Heat resistant up to 400 degrees, just toss this lid over your rice, pasta, and other starchy foods while they cook. The bloom shape on the top prevents boil overs, and this also doubles as a steamer and microwave lid. Plus, when you're done, the lid is dishwasher safe.