50 Products That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life in 2022 and Beyond
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Modern life is filled with little challenges and annoyances. Looking to make things easier? Finding the best products to help you live your best life is one solution. And that’s what this list is for! From time-saving gadgets to personal-care items that kick stress to the curb, these are the gems that will make every day that much better. Reader’s Digest editors and shopping experts tested quite a few of these at home. And here’s how to get free stuff from Amazon.
Rubbermaid Power Scrubber
This incredibly genius power scrubber looks like a giant spinning toothbrush but is actually designed to reach usually impossible to clean areas like caulking, mildewy grout, and dirty backsplash corners. We gave the Rubbermaid Reveal a try and quickly found it to be one of the best purchases to improve quality of life if you totally hate cleaning but love hygienic kitchens and bathrooms. The best part? You can use it with the soap or cleaning agent of your choice.
Jewelry Cleaning Stick
If your wedding ring, favorite earrings, or treasured heirloom jewelry pieces tend to get grimy and lose their luster, you need a Diamond Dazzle Stik. This portable magic-maker has nearly 40,000 Amazon reviews and an excellent 4.6-stars rating thanks to its ease of use, affordable price point, and ability to make just about any jewelry piece sparkle like brand new within seconds. It’s our favorite jewelry cleaning solution and offers instant results that rival the best professional cleanings.
Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro Vacuum
Whether you have pets or not, the Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro vacuum is a game-changing device that leaves floors of all types cleaner than ever. If offers power mopping for tile and sealed wood floors and dry vacuuming for carpets, area rugs, and other spots that require bold suction. It’ll vacuum and wash your floors at the same time, making everyday pet, kid, and high-traffic area mess cleaning easier than ever. It’s also one of the most dependable vacuum cleaners on the market and has earned over 18,000 Amazon ratings thanks to how “flawless” it leaves the floors of reviewers.
Mini Portable Projector
Take your show on the road with this nifty pocket-sized Kodak mini portable projector that offers display sizes up to 100 inches in glorious HD 1080p quality. It’s one of the coolest tech gifts out there and instantly turns typical walls into cinematic experiences you won’t soon forget. Plus, it’s compatible with iPhone and Android phones and is nearly the size of your average smartphone.
Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaner
A Reader’s Digest editor tested the Pink Stuff and concluded that it’s simply the most versatile cleaning agent for kitchens and bathrooms. It removes stains, grease, grime, and hard-to-describe gunk from surfaces without leaving scratches behind. The Pink Stuff has earned a nearly perfect Amazon rating, thanks to more than 100,000 enthusiastic reviews, and people can’t stop raving about how easy it is to use on kitchen floors, stove tops, glass showers, marble, BBQ grills, car wheels, and just about every other hard surface out there. And, much like its name promises, it is genuinely a sort of blob of easy-to-spread pink cleaning fluid that was designed to break up grime.
This collapsible strainer took off as a viral TikTok sensation when home chefs started showing just how easily it stretches to fit most sinks. It’s a hands-free wonder that lets you cook and strain pasta safely and can be positioned across kitchen sinks to easily wash produce. If you have a busy kitchen and love unique kitchen gadgets, this affordable gem is one of the best purchases to improve quality of life without much effort at all.
Ecos Laundry Detergent Squares
The impact these little Ecos laundry detergent squares make on your life is pretty impressive. They’re a liquid-less, lightweight alternative to the heavier capfuls of detergent we’re all used to. That means you can easily pop them in your luggage for trips, pack them in camp trunks, and just feel good about lowering your carbon footprint. They’re also 100 percent plastic-free and a good choice for those with dexterity and strength issues—no more lugging heavy bottles. This life-changing product also comes in a variety of scents, but we think the lavender option is the best smelling laundry detergent we’ve tried yet.
Motivational Water Bottle
This fun-to-fill motivational water bottle comes with time markers and motivational quotes so you can see your daily water intake, stay on track, and feel good about it. The large one-gallon capacity and lightweight construction makes it ideal for toting around all day. It comes in over 10 eye-catching colors and boasts over 13,000 Amazon reviews.
“Before using this water bottle, I aimed to drink at least 75 ounces of water per day,” writes one verified Amazon purchaser. “I would fall short, especially during weekends. Now I don’t fall behind at all. I just fill up this bottle once and keep sipping. It’s effortless to stay hydrated.”
This top-rated concealer is a runaway hit on Amazon thanks to its flawless finish, extended shade range, and cheap price. We were so impressed by the nearly 140,000 Amazon reviews that we gave the Maybelline Instant Age-Rewind Eraser a try for ourselves, and wow—worth every penny. The spongy applicator dispenses and blends the cream formula better than far more expensive products, and we’re hooked.
Pet Hair Remover
The ChomChom pet hair remover is a total game-changer for pet parents and over 100,000 Amazon shoppers have given it an average rating of 4.6 stars because it’s that good. Our ChomChom roller review led us to one conclusion: we wish we knew about it earlier, because our couches, pants, and coats are now all gloriously fur-free. It’s cheap, versatile, and reuseable, so you won’t have to spend extra cash on sticky sheets, tape, or adhesive fur collectors ever again.
Organic Rose Hip Oil
Organic rose hip oil is an ingredient you might normally find in ultra-expensive beauty serums and the best face moisturizers, but it sells on Amazon as cheap and cheerful as can be. This one-ounce bottle is cold-pressed, USDA-certified organic, and easily replaces more expensive beauty potions. Plus, reviewers note how “sweet and fragrant” each drop is.
Frequent fliers and road trippers obsess over the modern design and comfort of the Ostrichpillow Go, a wrapped-style travel pillow that changes how you sleep on planes. “I really like the Velcro connection on the front that allows me to make the pillow nice and tight,” writes verified Amazon purchaser, Patrick. “It takes all the pressure off my neck and allows me to sleep on the airplane easily. As someone who has never been able to sleep on planes, logging nearly 12 hours on back-to-back trips this has completely changed my life.”
Four-Piece Sheet Set
Would you believe us if we told you this affordable CGK sheet set starts under $30 for a full four pieces including a fitted sheet, top sheet, and pillowcases? It’s true, and even if you go all the way up to king, California king, or split king sizes—the price only goes up a bit. They’re easily the top-rated microfiber sheets on Amazon thanks to over 170,000 reviews and a nearly-perfect 4.6-star rating and come in dozens of colors and prints. The rock-bottom price and high-quality also make them one of the school essentials people love buying for dorms.
Scrub Daddy Sponge Set
If you haven’t already tried a Scrub Daddy sponge, this is definitely a sign from the universe that it’s time to invest in this next level Scrub Daddy scratch-free sponge set. They’re made of a temperature-controlled material that softens in warm water and stiffens to firm, scratch-free scrubbing when submerged in cooler temperatures. These little smiley-shaped wonders also offer ergonomic hand and finger grips for steady, swift cleaning.
Cooling Bamboo Blanket
This lightweight cooling bamboo blanket is the soft, cuddly all-season layering piece dreams are made of. It’s made of bamboo-based fibers that offer temperature regulation and comes in three versatile sizes. Choose from 10 colors and then use it on its own all summer long. Layer it with your best flannel sheets when the weather turns brisk.
Peripera Lip Stain
Forget lipstick—this weightless Peripera longwear lip stain is the richly-pigmented lip color that lasts all day without rubbing off, wearing off, or flaking off. A tube of Peripera lip stain sells every three minutes thanks to its expensive-looking finish at a bargain-basement price, and it comes in more colors than you can imagine. There truly is a shade for every style and tone.
Cosori Electric Kettle
On-demand boiling water is totally your cuppa tea, isn’t it? That’s why this brilliant Cosori electric kettle is so useful. It boils water in a matter of moments for hot drinks and soups and features a cleverly clear pitcher that lets you know exactly when your water is ready and how much you have. The rolling bubbles are just sort of fun to watch, too.
Magnetic Stove Shelf
Instantly add extra storage space to cramped kitchens with a StoveShelf magnetic shelf that slides right on top of your existing stainless steel range to offer additional storage for seasonings and other must-haves. The best part? There’s no complicated assembly to make the most of this practical kitchen storage idea.
Tell all the other bath pillows you’ve ever tried to step aside because this heaven-sent breathable mesh air-filled luxury bath pillow is the home spa product you need. Over 6,000 reviewers give it an average rating of 4.6 stars, with one verified Amazon purchaser writing, “I can finally use my large soaking tub! This pillow has revolutionized my bath experience.”
Buddha Board Art Set
Love painting but hate messes? The original Buddha Board relaxing art set gives you everything you’d want out of brushstrokes with nothing more than a bit of water. It’s a soothing creative escape that’s just as good for artistic adults as the most novice-level children, and you’ll never have to worry about cleaning up. It’s also Amazon’s bestselling art tablet and a truly unique gift that brings endless hours of engagement.
Wool Dryer Balls
Adding reusable wool dryer balls to a load of freshly-washed laundry is an eco-friendlier way to replace fabric softener and dryer sheets. They’re one of the best secret ingredients to add to laundry if you’re looking to cut down on your costs, carbon footprint, and chemicals and achieve soft, fluffy fabrics every time. Plus, they’re one of the best purchases to improve quality of life if you’re allergy-prone or sensitive to laundry softening additives.
Even if you use the best shampoo for your hair type and top it off with one of the richest hair masks, you might still be plagued with tangles and knots that actually hurt to comb through. This Crave Naturals detangling brush gently works its flexible bristles through all hair types to break up even the most troublesome tangles with ease. Our Crave Naturals detangling brush review found that its even an effective scalp brush and ideal for working conditioner through the ends of hair.
Glass Cleaning Cloth
These purple Persik window glass cleaning cloths look like ordinary reusable cleaning helpers—but they’re SO much more. They’re a time and money saver thanks to their water-only technology that leaves a streak-free crystal-clear shine behind with no added cleaning products or chemicals. They’re perfect to leave in the car for wiping windshields and mirrors and take up less space than plastic bottles of cleaning products.
Adjustable Bed Frame
This adjustable bed frame from Lucid is light years beyond typical mattress bases. It’s wirelessly controlled through Bluetooth to lift the head and feet, includes USB charging ports, and even boasts an anti-snore setting. Top it with your best memory foam mattress and watch your sleep improve in just a handful of sheep.
Car Cleaning Putty
If you have dust and debris clogging your AC vents and cup holders, some affordable car cleaning putty is just what the auto detailing doctor ordered. It’s the dirt-cheap reusable, squishable, and fun cleaning tool that makes cleaning cramped spaces easier than ever. Try this brightly-hued ColorCoral blob on your keyboard, push-button phones, and other hard-to-reach crevices.
Molly’s Suds Laundry Detergent Powder
A bag of Molly’s Suds is one of the best laundry detergents for sensitive skin and lasts for up to 120 loads without lugging heavy liquids or worrying about sticky spills. It’s formaldehyde-free, paraben-free, and works hard to fight stains while you reserve your arm strength for better tasks.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream
Did you know you can shop for some of the bestselling beauty products of all time on Amazon, and they’re cheaper than ever thanks to fast, free Prime shipping? This Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour skin protectant cream is nearly magic for dry facial skin and has earned an impressive 4.3-stars rating among Amazon reviewers.
“I wish I could give this 10 stars because that’s how much I love it,” writes one verified Amazon purchaser. “My 13-year-old daughter had extremely dry lips, like a half-inch all the way around her mouth. We tried night creams and oils and Vaseline and nothing helped. After some research, I saw people raving about this lotion, so I thought I’d give it a try. Within two hours we could already see a difference and by the end of the week the dry skin was completely gone, and she hasn’t ever had to use it again. We were stunned. I cannot recommend this stuff enough, and for a middle schooler this was life-changing.”
Wondercide Flea, Tick, & Mosquito Spray
The large, easy spray bottle on this natural oils-based Wondercide spray makes it a popular choice for Amazon reviewers, and one of our favorite family and pet-friendly bug deterrents. It both kills and repels mosquitos, ticks, and fleas and can be spritzed on clothes and furniture. It’s even gentle enough to use on puppies. The best part? Soapy water rinses it off, which means you don’t have to worry about residue sticking to your skin, clothes, or pet’s fur.
Peanut Butter Dog Training Toy
Fido will wag his tail all the way to the moon with this Diggs Groov dog training toy. It takes little more than a quick slather of peanut butter from your pantry. What sets this one apart from the pack is how easily it snaps onto the side of your dog’s crate for a mess-free, fun treat-licking experience that keeps them happy and motivated. Plus, it’s reusable and dishwasher-safe.
Chop onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, and just about everything else in this genius vegetable chopper that over 41,000 Amazon shoppers can’t stop raving about. It comes with four interchangeable blades, is a cinch to clean, and makes elaborate salads with dozens of ingredients in just a minute or two. Healthier eating, made easy.
SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins
Forget your usual horse pill-style multivitamins, because these SmartyPants gummies are the better-tasting option that are actually fun to take. They’re also formulated with a hearty dose of good-for-your-digestive-system fiber that helps keep things moving and bloat-free. They’re one of the bestselling adult gummy vitamin options on Amazon and have earned over 6,000 reviews and a nearly-perfect rating thanks to their candy-like flavor.
“Unlike most vitamins, when I run out and forget to buy these for a few weeks I feel a difference in my energy level and memory,” writes one five-star reviewer. “My nails and hair grow as if I were on prenatal vitamins again. I feel like it’s because they really do have quality ingredients.”
Forget the pesky TSA rules about liquids and pack these Hello Products toothpaste tablets in your carry-on bag for a mess-free, lightweight solution. Each contains two plastic-free, reusable, and recyclable tins of 60 whitening toothpaste tablets. That means you’ll have enough for 30 days of on-the-go brushing for two people assuming you both brush twice a day. They’re also a practical gift for frequent fliers because they’re so easy to use in airport bathrooms.
Tub Shroom Tub and Shower Hair Catcher
This nifty Tub Shroom gadget is designed to effortlessly catch any type of human or pet hair and keeps costly plumber visits at bay. Simply pop it in the drain, let it catch stray hairs, and watch water flow without any clogs or messes.
“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,” writes one of the over 100,000 Amazon reviewers. “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.”
Dragon Fit Leggings
Reader’s Digest editors of all shapes and sizes are obsessed with these cheap Dragon Fit leggings that are offered in dozens of colors and prints. It’s not just the visual appeal that makes them one of the best purchases to improve quality of life though. They come with three built-in pockets that are ideal for storing phones and keys and the extended waist panel keeps waists neatly cinched without any discomfort. At well under $30, the Amazon Dragon Fit leggings are a must-buy.
Wall Mounted Extended Planting Hooks
This heavy-duty Gray Bunny wall-mounted planting hook boasts an extended reach that makes hanging bird feeders, hanging flower baskets, and wind chimes easy. It’s a sturdy metal piece that comes with screw mounts included and serves so many purposes you’ll probably want to order a few as backups for your solar lanterns and other patio decor ideas.
Rosemary and Mint Stimulating Conditioner
Don’t let the plain packaging on this Design Essentials conditioner fool you—it’s one of the most invigorating conditioners out there and an affordable must-try hair conditioner for dry, frizzy, and unruly hair types. Real rosemary and mint go to work on the scalp with a tingly, fresh sensation that’s hard to describe as anything other than effervescent. Then aloe and silk amino acids seal in much-needed moisture and shine.
“Love the smell and the tingle,” writes one happy verified Amazon reviewer. “My constantly-dry 4C hair feels so good after using this as a deep conditioner. The smell is heavenly. I use it on my daughter as well.”
Never waste time trying to squeeze out the last drops of toothpaste by hand again. These simple rolling toothpaste squeezers come in a pack of three and help you make the most of getting every last drop. They work on plastic tubes up to two inches wide and reviewers note they’re especially handy for prescription cream tubes, too.
3-D Brain-Teaser Puzzle
Love some good screen-free fun? Good, because this Kanoodle brain-teaser offers 200 puzzle challenges, a 48-page puzzle book, and a carrying case that makes it ideal for travel. It’s perfect for keeping kids busy at restaurants while you wait for food, for adults on date night, or just to keep your own mind challenged and growing with solo puzzles.
Mini Hummingbird Feeders
Adding this set of four Gray Bunny mini hummingbird feeders to an easily-viewed space just beyond a favorite window is sure to bring hours of joy. It’s one of the best purchases to improve quality of life if you love bird watching, and all you need is a few hooks and some sweet liquid or hummingbird nectar to start attracting the most breathtaking little birds. No hooks? No problem—they can also hang from sturdy tree branches.
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover
Go ahead and invest in the best nail polish with long-wear finishes, because this Mineral Fusion nail polish remover is the gentle, acetone-free nail polish formula you’ve been waiting for. Over 50,000 Amazon reviewers have given it a nearly-perfect 4.7-stars rating thanks to its non-drying and burn-free ingredients. It’s cheap, free of synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates, and won’t let you down.
Tyler Candle Co High Maintenance Glamorous Wash
TikTok is obsessed with Tyler Candle Co’s scented detergents that “smell like wealth and opulence.” It’s a gentle laundry detergent with rich scent that people claim helps them skip perfumes and added fragrances in their beauty routines because their clothes end up more fragrant than ever.
“It imparts the most delicious fragrance to whatever you wash in it,” writes one happy five-star purchaser. “I only use it on my clothes. My husband doesn’t need to smell this good! I wish they would make fabric softener in this scent as well as cologne!”
Cactus Cat Scratching Post
Cat parents love some good cat toy intel, and this Le Sure cactus-shaped scratching post is the perfect hybrid of modern design and feline fun. It won’t look like an eyesore in your living room or other high-traffic areas, and reviewers note how engaging it is for cats of most sizes.
Nature’s Sunshine Chlorophyll Liquid
If you don’t get enough greens in your diet, this fresh, minty chlorophyll liquid has plenty of natural green goodness in an easily-swallowed formula Amazon reviewers are really excited about. You can easily have it on its own by the spoonful or add it to smoothies, water, or juice.
“My teenager asked me to buy this after seeing it on TikTok being used to help clear the complexion,” writes Celeste, a verified Amazon reviewer. “It’s easy to drink and actually quite refreshing. We started drinking it for our complexions, but I have noticed that it has really helped with stomach pain, gas, and bloating!”
Customized Airpods Case
This affordable customized Airpods case is one of the most thoughtful personalized gifts and a bestselling Amazon Handmade find that shoppers can’t stop raving about. It features a scratch-resistant, anti-slip, and shockproof cover that includes a keychain hoop for easy toting. Choose your engraving, and it’ll ship in a matter of days!
Yonanas Frozen Fruit Soft Serve Maker
A whopping 13,000 Amazon reviewers say the Yonanas frozen fruit soft serve maker is the best dessert gadget they’ve ever tried—and for good reason. It instantly transforms pretty much any frozen fruit into a soft-serve style dessert that can be served in a bowl or cone just like real ice cream. Yum!
Reusable Cotton Rounds
Reach for these LastRound reusable cotton rounds instead of single-use pads to save up to 1,750 cotton rounds—or about 20 typical drugstore packages. You’ll save loads of cash, space, effort, and your carbon footprint. They’re cheap, eco-friendly, and can be tossed right in the laundry machine when it’s time to clean.
Butter Spreading Knife
This stainless steel butter spreading knife is no ordinary butter knife. It features an impressive row of punctured holes in its spreading base that turns even the hardest sticks of refrigerated butter into tiny curls that spread with ease. You’ll never look at toast the same way again.
Shampoo and Scalp Brush
Boost circulation while you work your favorite shampoo in thanks to this bestselling silicone scalp brush that reviewers say “feels like a professional massage.” It’s one of the best purchases to improve quality of life if shower time is your me-time, and it works just as well with aromatherapeutic massage oils as a home spa treatment. Over 100,000 Amazon reviewers have given it a 4.6-stars rating thanks to its ergonomic handle and easily-handled design, too.
Olive Oil Mister
Investing a small amount in this high-quality olive oil mister will save you countless dollars on pre-bottled cooking sprays. Just open the top, fill it with the oil of your choice, and lightly mist pans, salads, roasted dishes, and more.
“This little sprayer is so much more economical than buying the spray cans of avocado oil and Pam. We use this for our avocado oil needs,” shares one enthusiastic Amazon reviewer. “It sprays in perfect little amounts for salads, cooking, etc. Sprays a fine mist evenly across cooking and food surfaces. Easy to refill with the little funnel provided.”
Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator
Our Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator review left us impressed with how well it both cleaned and deodorized icky pet messes. Nearly 85,000 Amazon shoppers agree with us, because this top-rated orange-scented cleaning spritz is now one of the top-selling pet odor solutions on Amazon and an under-the-radar find for new pet parents. It removes stains and odors on most hard surfaces in just a few seconds, leaving behind nothing more than the gentle scent of freshly-peeled oranges.
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