With the amount of shady products for sale on the internet, it can be hard to buy something you can trust. Even the world’s biggest online store has been infiltrated with fakes, knockoffs, and counterfeit products that are at best simply annoying and at worst downright dangerous. Luckily, Amazon’s reviews feature makes it easier to suss out which products are worth your time and which ones are truly deserving of a 1-star review. We looked through literally hundreds of items on Amazon (you’re welcome) to find 50 amazing products that have at least 1,000 5-star reviews. Note that this doesn’t mean these products’ reviews are all 5 stars on average, but of their many reviews, at least 1,000 of them give the product the highest marks possible. Ready to dive in and see which products are worth ordering?
Avoid the counterfeit products: Anything on our list of beloved beauty products is legit. [sol title=”Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay” subheader=”13,101 5-star reviews out of 18,218 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] If you’ve been on a beauty website at any point in, oh, the last five years, you’ve probably at least heard of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask. Aztec Secret claims it’s the world’s most powerful facial and plenty of reviews—over 13,000 5-star reviews, in fact—seem to agree. It’s made of 100 natural calcium bentonite clay; Aztec Secret says that clays have been used since the time of Cleopatra as a natural beauty treatment. Who wouldn’t want to be like Cleopatra? (Well, minus the snake thing.) The Aztec Secret clay, which comes from Death Valley, California, is meant to be used just five to 10 minutes at a time to cleanse your pores and draw out impurities. At under $10, it’s definitely worth a shot for a head-to-toe treatment.[sol title=”Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera” subheader=”8,416 5-star reviews out of 10,645 total reviews – 4.5/5 average”] We’ve written about Thayers before and we really do love it. It’s a cheap witch hazel toner that works on just about every skin type. In fact, it’s the favorite choice of 8,400 reviewers, who all gave it 5 stars on Amazon. The best part about Thayers’ witch hazel is that it comes in alcohol-free varieties, so while the witch hazel will act as a natural and gentle astringent you may be looking for in a toner, you won’t have to deal with overly drying alcohol. Plus, the rose petal and aloe vera combination is divine and will definitely make you feel fancy. [sol title=”TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum” subheader=”7,221 5-star reviews out of 9,826 total reviews-4.3/5 average”] Who doesn’t love a good serum? This vitamin C serum is made with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid that work together to combat signs of aging like dark spots, wrinkles and lines, and general dullness. There are plenty of $50+ vitamin C serums on the market but the 7,000 5-star reviews on this product don’t lie. It’s a plant-based formula you can feel comfortable wearing, knowing that its active botanical ingredients are safe for all skin types. [sol title=”Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil” subheader=”3,626 5-star reviews out of 3,817 total reviews – 4.1/5 average”] Skin oils are poppin’ these days, so it’s time for you to hop on the bandwagon. Bio-Oil was originally developed and dermatologist-tested for use on scars and stretch marks, but as oils for skin have become more popular, more and more people are buying it to help other skin issues, like dry skin, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. It’s gotten a lot of love in the industry and on Amazon—3,600 people have given it 5 stars, which shows just how varied its uses (and fans) are. It’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores), plus its many botanical ingredients—calendula, lavender, rosemary, and chamomile oils—are gentle on all skin types. [sol title=”Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm” subheader=”3,115 5-star reviews out of 3,817 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] Yes, Burt’s Bees is still around, and yes, their stuff is still awesome. Compare this lip balm to the “leading brand,” and you’re sure to see a difference: Burt’s Bees uses 100 naturally derived ingredients, meaning no parabens, phthalates, or sulfates. These lip balms are made with beeswax—of course!—plus vitamin E and peppermint oil to hydrate dry lips and give a little tingle. At under $8 for a pack of four, we’re not saying no. [sol title=”LilyAna Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Eye Cream” subheader=”2,442 5-star reviews out of 3,538 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] An eye cream for under $20? We’ve gotta be kidding, right? Fortunately for us all, we are not kidding; this eye cream really is a guaranteed (5)star by over 2,000 people. LilyAna Naturals manufactures this (beautifully packaged) rosehip and hibiscus eye cream at their FDA-registered and USDA organic–certified facility; it’s vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and smells incredible. Plus, it’s made with vitamin C, vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, and organic hibiscus flower extract—botanical ingredients that pack a real punch. Not convinced? They even offer a 30-day money back guarantee; that’s how sure they are that you’re going to love this eye cream. Be sure to check out the before and after pics that customers have shared in the reviews—if those don’t convince you this cream is the real deal, what will? [sol title=”EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen” subheader=”2,320 5-star reviews out of 3,099 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] EltaMD is a huge player in the SPF game so when we saw that one of their sunscreens has over 3,000 total reviews—2,300 of which are 5 stars—we had to look into it further. It’s key to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and this SPF 46 oil-free sunscreen checks all the boxes! This sunscreen is derm-approved because it won’t clog pores or cause any sensitivity issues. On top of being the perfect choice for a daily sunscreen that’ll protect you from the sun’s rays, it also contains niacinamide, a skin-restoring ingredient, and hyaluronic acid that aids in moisture and hydration. [sol title=”BS-Mall Rose Gold Makeup Brush Set” subheader=”2,191 5-star reviews out of 3,029 total reviews – 4.5/5 average”] There are a lot of makeup brush brands on the market, which seems great—we love having choices! But from high-end choices that run $30+ a brush to more affordable drugstore sets, it can be hard to know which ones blend beautifully…and won’t shed worse than your furbaby. This synthetic brush set, which has nearly 2,200 5-star reviews, is a solid choice when you need a lot of brushes that really don’t suck. The set comes with five kabuki-style face brushes and nine eye brushes for eyeshadow application and blending, eyeliner, and eyebrow work. Plus they’re rose gold and we’re never not going to love rose gold. [sol title=”Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo Pack” subheader=”2,126 5-star reviews out of 3,108 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Sheet masks can be a little controversial: Some people swear by them and mask five nights a week, while others think they’re a waste of time. If you haven’t made up your mind on the issue yet, this pack of 16 Dermal Korea sheet masks are the best way to test it for yourself—for under $11! There are 16 different masks here, all targeted to a different issue, and the set has earned itself over 2,000 5-star reviews. Some of our favorites include the aloe mask, which soothes the skin; the charcoal mask, which sinks deep into your pores; the smail, which uses snail secretion extract (yes, from real snails) to aid skin cell regeneration; and the hyaluronate, which uses hyaluronic acid to seriously hydrate. And that’s only four! Try out these and the other four for yourself today—just don’t forget to let us know what you think. [sol title=”COXRX Acne Pimple Master Patch” subheader=”1,739 5-star reviews out of 3,035 total reviews – 3.9/5 average”] We’re of the opinion that these COSRX Pimple Patches should have way more than 1,700 5-star reviews. They work a treat on acne that’s come to a head on the surface of the skin and can nearly clear up a breakout overnight. They won’t work on under-the-skin acne, like cystic acne, and that seems to have been the source of some of the more negative reviews, but when used properly—and with reasonable expectations—these pimple patches just may become your new best friend.
Books that almost everyone agrees are amazing really do exist. [sol title=”Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis” subheader=”3,853 5-star reviews out of 4,201 total reviews – 4.9/5 average”] Heads up: This is currently the No. 1. Most read book on the Amazon Charts. So yeah, you might want to get on it. With nearly 4,000 5-star reviews, this book (from February 2018) by CEO Rachel Hollis has resonated with thousands of readers in a very short amount of time. Throughout the book, Hollis talks about 20 different lies we tell ourselves and misconceptions we believe that ultimately hold us back from achieving our goals. It’s not all negative either: She also includes specific, actionable advice that everyone can try to figure out what’s going to make you happy and how to get there.[sol title=”Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover” subheader=”1,486 5-star reviews out of 1,868 total reviews – 4.7/5 average”] Another winner on the Amazon charts (with 5 stars from almost 1,500 readers), Educated is one book that’s sure to take you out of your comfort zone and make you really examine that opportunities you’ve had in life. Westover was born into a secluded, religious family, was lightly “homeschooled” in topics of herbalism and midwifery, and experienced things no child should. Though she didn’t step into a classroom until age 17, Westover ended up attaining a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and ended up getting her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Educated is a true story of tenacity, religion, socioeconomic class, access, resources, and feminism—and is an incredibly honest look at a life most of us could never imagine. [sol title=”Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan” subheader=”1,076 5-star reviews out of 2,288 total reviews – 4.1/5 average”] You’ve probably heard of Crazy Rich Asians by now—the movie adaptation of this 2014 book that stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding was released on Aug. 7, 2018. Before you see the movie, why not read the book? Kevin Kwan’s first novel in this trilogy received plenty of praise from The New York Times and The Boston Globe (and 5 stars from over 1,000 Amazon reviewers). The movie holds a 93 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and grossed $25.2 million in its opening weekend. Get it while it’s hot.
Yes, you can buy cute things on Amazon. We’ll prove it. [sol title=”Mancro Laptop Backpack” subheader=”3,129 5-star reviews out of 4,976 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Look, we all love a cute shoulder bag for work: They’re stylish and they can go with you from office to dinner, but, well, they hurt. If you’re just using your bag for some light papers, you may not need anything more sturdy, but if you’re bringing your laptop with you to and from work, a backpack is where it’s at. Not only is this choice from Mancro solid enough to keep your back and shoulders in-line, it is an organizer’s dream, so say 3,000 5-star reviews. With three main pockets (one of which is a separate, padded space just for your laptop), nine inner pockets, and two sealed outside pockets, you’ll have a space for everything you need day and night. Add in a theft-proof combination lock and we’re completely on board.[sol title=”Everest Signature Waist Pack” subheader=”2,071 5-star reviews out of 2,970 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] Bum bags are back—sorry ’90s kids! Whether you call them waist packs or bum bags (skip the “fanny pack” phrasing to seem a bit more au courant), these little bags are perfect for quick trips running errands and for longer events like hiking or festivals. When you need your hands to be free for bags, leashes, or drinks, there’s nothing better than having a little bum bag by your side. There are 2,000 people on Amazon who loved them enough to fork over those 5 stars. [sol title=”Leopardd Leather Wallet” subheader=”2,052 5-star reviews out of 2,742 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] A leather wallet for under $20? Don’t ask; we’re just going by the 2,000+ 5-star reviews. This small wallet is perfect for minimalists who don’t want to carry a small duffel bag every time they leave the house: It’s big enough for your ID, 10 cards, bills, and coins, but zips up small enough to fit in your back pocket! It comes in 12 different colors and blocks RFID readers from scanning your cards. [sol title=”icyzone Racerback Tank Top” subheader=”1,078 5-star reviews out of 1,712 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] We’re the first to admit that we love those bougie workout and athleisure clothing brands…but sometimes paying upwards of $60 for one tank top doesn’t exactly feel financially responsible. That’s why we were excited to find this women’s racerback tank top that has over a thousand 5-star reviews. At only $20 for a pack of three (and around $9 for just one), we’re ready to buy one in every color—and there are a lot of choices available. [sol title=”COCOSHIP Retro Flounce High Waist Bikini” subheader=”1,047 5-star reviews out of 1,724 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Amazon bikinis are the best. Seriously. If you were to do a poll of women wearing the cutest swimsuits at the beach, we’d bet money that a lot of them are wearing swimsuits they got on Amazon. This high-waist bikini in particular is a big fave of ours (and of 1,000 people who rated it 5 stars). It comes in 20 different color ways so at this price, you could buy a few to mix and match!
Fun + Games
Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a fun gift for a friend, or something to entertain yourself, we rounded up the products that get major love. [sol title=”Cards Against Humanity” subheader=”29,083 5-star reviews out of 32,412 total reviews – 4.8/5 average”] The “party game for horrible people” has been one of the most popular games of the past seven years. If you haven’t played it yet, brace yourself for one of the most offensive but hilarious games that’s ever been made. With nearly 30,000 5-star reviews, you’re missing out. If you have played it at a friend’s and don’t have your own copy—what are you waiting for?![sol title=”BalanceForm GoYoga All-Purpose Yoga Mat” subheader=”5,229 5-star reviews out of 7,730 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Time to get your flow on! Step onto the mat with this BalanceForm all-purpose yoga mat. This half-inch thick yoga mat, beloved by 5,000 Amazon reviewers, is perfect for those of us yogis who need a little more cushion for the pushin’, but its double-sided non-slip surface means our bare toes will stick to the mat in any pose. Choose from seven different colors (or get one for every day of the week—we wouldn’t judge). It even comes with a carrying strap for when you want to to yoga on the go! [sol title=”Fujifilm Instax Mini 9″ subheader=”1,528 5-star reviews out of 2,121 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] If you thought the bum bag/waist pack was a throwback, brace yourself for the Instax camera. After years of using grainy point-and-shoot cameras up through the evolution of the iPhone X (which you’re probably using wrong, by the way), film has made a comeback, at least according to 1,500 Amazon reviewers who say the Instax Mini 9 is the ideal photography tool. But of course, as the humans we’ve become with three-second attention spans à la goldfish, we want it now. Instant film is hot: Take a snap, wait for it to develop, take a picture of that picture on your phone, and put it on Instagram. Then wait for the likes to roll in. [sol title=”Strathmore Series Sketch Pad” subheader=”1,232 5-star reviews out of 1,462 total reviews – 4.7/5 average”] It’s time to get arty and party. Relieve a little stress with some doodling—or some serious pro-level sketching. A sketch pad is a great (and cheap) way to get started on a new hobby. Whether you’re aiming to create realistic portraits, try your hand at, well, hand-lettering, or you just feel the compulsion to create whatever comes to mind, a handy-dandy notebook like this 100-page sketch pad, which has 1,200 5-star ratings, might just be for you. [sol title=”Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Painting Set” subheader=”1,045 5-star reviews out of 1,407 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] Painting more your speed? Try out this watercolor painting set to discover your inner artist. This set comes with 8 tubes of Cotman watercolor paints and one No. 5 brush, complete with a plastic carrying case so you can get your art on wherever you go. Head outdoors and just see what you can create—it might be the beginning of a brand new hobby. And with a thousand 5-star reviews, for only about $30, it’s worth a shot. [sol title=”Knock Knock To-Do List Pad” subheader=”1,017 5-star reviews out of 1,244 total reviews – 4.7/5 average”] Constantly losing your to-do list? Do you not even have a to-do list? You might want to consider one of these Knock Knock pads that will help even the most unorganized person sort through what they need to do every single day. From tasks to errands to correspondence, you can be sure you won’t miss a thing—as long as you don’t forget to write it down.
Make your home the coziest ever with these incredible picks. [sol title=”Mellanni Bed Sheet Set” subheader=”31,665 5-star reviews out of 42,904 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] That’s not a typo: This sheet set really does have over 31,000 5-star reviews. You can get these sheets in any bed size and 39 colors and patterns; each set comes with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillow cases. Plus they’re fade-, stain-, shrink-, and wrinkle-resistant, making them a perfect choice for daily use, kids, and guests. The reviews are pretty effusive, with some of those 31,000 5-star reviewers saying these are the softest sheets they’ve ever felt and the best sheets they’ve ever slept on. At around $30 and under for all sizes, they’re definitely worth a try.[sol title=”URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser and Cool Mist Humidifier” subheader=”21,041 5-star reviews out of 28,340 total reviews – 4.5/5 average”] Whether you’re looking forward to jumping on the essential oil train or you just need a humidifier to tackle dry skin or stuffy noses, this URPOWER device does it all. Just put the 100 percent pure essential oil of your choice into this diffuser to spread their scent throughout your house—try chamomile or lavender for serious relaxation! This diffuser/humidifier combo is also safe for babies and children as the humidifier puts out cool mist, instead of the potentially harmful hot mist. Plus with a seven-color LED light built in, you’ll have a cute little night light on top of it! Over 21,000 people have given this 5 stars, and it’s easy to see why. [sol title=”Linenspa White Down Alternative Quilted Comforter” subheader=”4,780 5-star reviews out of 6,736 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] In the market for a new comforter or duvet cover? This cheap down alternative comforter is the best choice on Amazon. It’s the No. 1 best seller in their duvets and down comforters category and has nearly 5,000 5-star reviews. Unlike true down comforters, this won’t irritate allergies or poke you with feathers in the middle of the night. Instead, this reversible, microfiber comforter has hypoallergenic down alternative fill that will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. It’s not just a comforter though; it also has eight duvet corner and side loops so you can use it as a duvet with your favorite duvet cover. Ranging in price from $29.99 to $79.99 depending on size (and yes, they’re all available), you won’t find a high quality comforter/duvet insert that’s this affordable anywhere else. [sol title=”Safavieh California Shag Rug” subheader=”4,168 5-star reviews out of 5,240 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] Sink your toes into this shag rug from Safavieh, one of the most popular rug brands around. No matter what size you’re looking for, they’ve got you: This rug comes in 27 sizes from 2’3″ x 5′ to 8′ x 10′, and in all shapes, too. Plus with 13 colors, you’ll definitely be able to find one that matches your home. This rug is Safavieh’s No. 1 selling shag rug and it’s Amazon’s highest reviewed shag rug as well. The great thing about shag rugs—besides how they remind you of the ’70s—is how plush and cozy they are. Since thousands of reviews say it’s incredibly soft and never sheds, you’ll be set for years. [sol title=”Vivere Double Hammock” subheader=”3,795 5-star reviews out of 4,733 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] Head outside with this double hammock from Vivere that comes with its own stand. The hammock can comfortably accommodate two adults or four wiggly kids—or any combination thereof up to 450 pounds. It comes in cotton, polyester, and a weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric, so you can rest assured knowing your new fave place to doze off is a high-quality purchase. Choose from 15 fabrics, set it up within minutes, and join the 3,800 people who gave it 5-star in reading—and napping—in the great outdoors. [sol title=”Ikee Design Acrylic Storage Set” subheader=”3,613 5-star reviews out of 5,639 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] This is the best little drawer set for storing skincare, makeup, or jewelry. Personally, I use it for makeup and I’ve found that the four drawers are perfect for mascara, powder, and eyeshadows while the top tray holds brushes, lipsticks, and more. At 9.5″ wide and 5.5″ deep, it fits perfectly on my makeup table while still managing to hold a lot of my stuff. Add my voice to the over 3,000 5-star reviews—this acrylic set is well-worth the money. [sol title=”AmazonBasics Velvet Hangers” subheader=”3,459 5-star reviews out of 4,617 total reviews – 4.5/5 average”] In the words of Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest, “No wire hangers!” (And if you’re still using plastic hangers, it’s time to step it up a notch.) Do yourself—and your closet—a favor and “invest” in these velvet hangers. Not only do they look much better than a mish-mash set of hangers leftover from college, they’ll help maximize space in your closet. Since switching over, I swear I can fit at least triple the clothes in my closet. Perfect for a maximalist like myself. [sol title=”TaoTronics LED String Lights With Remote Control” subheader=”3,218 5-star reviews out of 4,499 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] How are you going to have a patio or sun porch without twinkly lights? These uber-affordable LED string lights are dimmable, waterproof, and even come with a remote control. String them up around your garden or patio, around your porch, on a Christmas tree, or around your bedroom for a cozy vibe any guest would love. [sol title=”Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover” subheader=”2,121 5-star reviews out of 3,154 total reviews – 4.2/5 average”] Babies are wriggly. Wet babies are wriggly and slippery. Giving a baby a bath can be a dangerous process if your little one likes to move and groove. Thankfully, most bathtubs have smooth surfaces…everywhere except the bath spout. Protect your babe’s cranial integrity with this adorable whale bath spout cover. The thick but soft rubber is a much better alternative for an accidental head knock than the hard metal of a bath spout. [sol title=”Best Friends by Sheri Machine Washable Pet Bed” subheader=”1,851 5-star reviews out of 2,618 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] And don’t forget about your furbabies! (Sheri certainly didn’t.) This washable pet bed has garnered nearly 2,000 5-star reviews for the plush comfort it offers kitties and doggos alike. It comes in 14 colors and two sizes to match your pet’s size and personality. Plus, it’s self-warming, offering warmth, security, and comfort for aching or anxious pets. And you’ll love the waterproof bottom, since, you know, accidents can happen. [sol title=”Zinus Upholstered Button-Tufted Platform Bed” subheader=”1,395 5-star reviews out of 1,627 total reviews – 4.7/5 average”] So we’ve talked about sheets and we’ve talked about comforters, but what good do those do if you aren’t also putting your mattress on a really good-looking platform bed? This button-tufted upholstered headboard and bed frame is an ideal choice for someone with simple but high-end taste. At less than $300 for any of the four sizes offered, it’s no wonder it’s gotten over 1,600 5-star reviews.
Let’s move into the kitchen, because food is life. [sol title=”Ozeri Digital Kitchen Scale” subheader=”10,453 5-star reviews out of 13,687 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] We’re going to believe the best of you, dear reader, and assume that you’re interested in this product for purely culinary reasons. Over 10,000 5-star reviews show that it’s a great choice for those culinary pursuits! (And probably other less lawful uses as well.) This little scale weighs items with precise graduations of 0.05 ounces or 1 gram, and converts between grams, pounds, pounds to ounces, ounces, and milliliters. Using recipes from other countries will never be a problem again with this super-precise scale.[sol title=”Rubbermaid 42-Piece Food Storage Container Set” subheader=”7,788 5-star reviews out of 10,400 total reviews – 4.5/5 average”] If your food container storage system is a bit messy (aka, just thrown into a cabinet with zero rhyme or reason), this is the food storage set for you. This 42-piece set from Rubbermaid has earned nearly 8,000 5-star reviews, mostly thanks to its Easy Find Lid feature. The lids all snap together and the containers all nest perfectly, so you can take out one at a time. Plus, they’re dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe, in addition to being BPA-free. Meal prep will never be a problem again. [sol title=”Spiralizer Vegetable Spiralizer and Slicer” subheader=”7,415 5-star reviews out of 9,467 total reviews – 4.6/5 average”] This spiralizer is made by Spiralizer, a spiralizer company that loves their spiralizers so much that they named their company Spiralizer. And their love for their spiralizer is not unfounded: 7,400 people love the Spiralizer spiralizer so much they gave it 5 stars on Amazon. Want to make some zoodles? This will spiralize that zucchini in a pinch. Trying out the keto or paleo diets? You can cut, spiralize, and slice plenty of foods with the five blade attachments. Getting bored of your food? They’ll also send you a recipe e-book. Buy a spiralizer from Spiralizer and get to spiralizin’. [sol title=”Lodge 10.25-Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet” subheader=”7,365 5-star reviews out of 9,619 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] How to know if someone knows what they’re doing in the kitchen: They cook on cast iron. You, too, can look like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen: Cook on cast iron. Luckily for you, there’s no need to spend a pretty penny on a cast iron skillet when this beloved, 7,000-great-review-strong skillet from Lodge does the trick. It comes pre-seasoned (you have to season cast iron skillets in order to use them, FYI), ready for you to start sautéing, frying, searing, and even baking. You can use this skillet for literally decades—as long as you take care of it. [sol title=”Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife” subheader=”5,176 5-star reviews out of 6,159 total reviews – 4.7/5 average”] Another sign of a solid cook? A great chef’s knife. Skip the knife blocks with 20+ knives you don’t really need. As long as you get your knife skills up to par, a chef’s knife might just be all you need. Victorinox are the makers of the original Swiss army knife and are well-known in the culinary circuit as well, meaning this stainless steel blade is definitely high quality. Over 5,000 people think this blade is ideal for chopping, slicing, mincing, and dicing, and we have to say, we completely agree. Don’t forget to wash it by hand! [sol title=”Dash Rapid Egg Cooker” subheader=”4,855 5-star reviews out of 6,713 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] An egg cooker just sounds like one of those things you don’t really need, right? After all, you’ve probably got a stove. But once you try this egg cooker from Dash, you’ll see that you were wrong—oh, so wrong. An egg cooker may seem like a ridiculous purchase, but it is 100 percent worth all of the money in the world—we and 6,700 5-star reviewers say so. You can hard boil, poach, or scramble up to six eggs at a time, and because Dash apparently loves us, you can also make omelets. All within minutes. And it has an auto shut-off feature. We especially like it in this cute aqua color! [sol title=”Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor” subheader=”2,963 5-star reviews out of 4,454 total reviews – 4.2/5 average”] First of all, you need to accept that for $40, you’re not getting a Vitamix. You’re just not. But for $40, you can still get a really great food processor. You can use food processors for things like chopping fruits and veggies, mixing sauces, grating cheese, and making soups and dips. This processor comes with a stainless steel blade, two different speeds (plus a pulse setting), and the bowl and blades are dishwasher-safe. Forty dollars well spent, we say (and so do 3,000 people who rated it 5 stars). [sol title=”RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bar, Pack of 12″ subheader=”2,199 5-star reviews out of 3,653 total reviews – 4.1/5 average”] If you listen to the incredible Who? Weekly podcast, you’ve probably heard the advertisement from host Lindsey Weber’s mom quoting RXBAR’s packaging: “They’re no bulls***!” Guess what: She’s right. These whole food protein bars come in 16 flavors and are definitely no B.S. They’re made with simple, straightforward ingredients: What’s on the front of the package is what’s in the bar—plus, you (and 2,200 5-star reviewers) can rest easy knowing there are no (added) sugars, no gluten, no dairy, no preservatives, and no fillers. [sol title=”Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker with Bluetooth” subheader=”2,044 5-star reviews out of 2,870 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Okay, fancy pants, we see you eyeing this sous vide cooker. If you’ve ever had meat cooked sous vide, you’ll know it’s seriously gourmet-quality cooking. Over 2,000 customers loved this particular cooker so much they rated it 5 stars. Snap this precision cooker onto any pot to get your meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies to the perfect temperature every single time. Plus with Bluetooth and an app to control it with, you can head to the living room while your dinner cooks—to the perfect temp—in the kitchen.
Talk nerdy to me, baby. [sol title=”Amazon Fire TV Stick” subheader=”138,651 5-star reviews out of 191,296 total reviews – 4.4/5 average”] If you don’t have a smart TV, you need the Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you do have a smart TV, you still need the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Smart TVs have come a long way (you know, since from not existing at all), but they still can’t do everything the Fire Stick can. With the Fire Stick, you can access the old standards: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Spotify, and more, but you can also get access to over 500,000 movies and shows through Prime Video and individual channels’ apps. I have a smart TV. Going forward, I will only buy smart TVs. But I’ll also make sure I always have a Fire Stick plugged into every TV I own. With over 138,000 5-star reviews, I don’t think I’m alone.[sol title=”Amazon Echo Dot” subheader=”76,068 5-star reviews out of 114,880 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] If you’re thinking of making your home a smart home, the Echo Dot is the most obvious choice for in-home assistant, at least for the 114,000 customers who say the Dot has earned a 5-star rating. These little voice-controlled speakers use Amazon’s Alexa to answer questions, control your smart devices, play music, set alarms, and even make calls. Connect Bluetooth devices for speakers, jam out with internet services like Spotify and Pandora, and use Amazon’s ever-expanding list of skills to have Alexa play games, tell jokes, and order you a Lyft. At only $40, they’re inexpensive enough to have in every room of the house—and yes, you can now use them as inter-room intercoms. [sol title=”Anker PowerCore+ mini Portable Charger” subheader=”18,559 5-star reviews out of 26,514 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Unfortunately, our iPhones and Android phones don’t have the battery life of the Nokia bricks of the ’90s. (RIP, Snake.) We have to charge these puppies a lot. Thankfully, though, there are some seriously reliable portable chargers on the market, and it seems that Anker makes the best ones. This little lipstick-sized one can fit in any bag or pocket and can charge most phones fully once after only charging itself for three to four hours. Anker does have larger, more powerful chargers, but we—and 18,000 5-star reviewers—like this one for its size, since how often are you out of the house long enough to need to charge your phone fully four times, anyway? [sol title=”Mpow Bluetooth Headphones” subheader=”11,722 5-star reviews out of 15,786 total reviews – 4.5/5 average”] Whether you have an iPhone that got rid of the headphone jack (sigh) or you’ve just yanked your headphones out of your laptop when jamming a bit too hard, it’s time to look into Bluetooth headphones. Mpow says that “impressive sound quality is the ultimate goal” and reviews seem to agree that they’ve achieved that goal. Additionally, you can get 13 hours of listening time on these and they charge fairly quickly. Sure, intense audiophiles might need something a bit more fancy, but for us regular folk who are content listening to the new Ariana Grande album at normal quality (run, don’t walk, to iTunes to download Sweetener, by the way), these headphones more than suffice. People on Amazon can be pretty intense about headphone reviews but these have garnered over 15,000 5-star reviews, proving that even though they’re affordable, they’re also quality. [sol title=”iOttie Dashboard and Windshield Phone Mount” subheader=”9,264 5-star reviews out of 14,669 total reviews – 4.0/5 average”] I love this little dashboard mount. I’ve made it a goal in the past few years to just never use my phone while I’m driving, but hey, sometimes you need to change a song or glance at Google Maps. With the iOttie phone mount, you can keep your phone in your line of sight without it being a distraction. Safety first! [sol title=”Tile Mate” subheader=”5,981 5-star reviews out of 8,965 total reviews – 3.8/5 average”] This is Amazon’s Choice for “key finder” and seeing as Tile has sold over 5 million Tile Mates, that certainly makes sense. If you can’t find your phone, you can just tap on your Tile to make your phone ring. Plus the Tile app will remember where you left your phone or keys. While the average rating is sitting just below 4 out of 5 stars (still pretty darn good), we’re on the side of the nearly 6,000 5-star reviews who say this little square has changed their lives. [sol title=”VicTsing Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker” subheader=”4,360 5-star reviews out of 6,644 total reviews – 4.3/5 average”] Love to sing in the shower? Get yourself a Bluetooth shower speaker that actually sounds good. Unlike some other waterproof speakers that sound buzzy and tinny, this speaker puts out some serious, crystal-clear sound. With six hours of playing time, it’s perfect for everyday use…or just one really long shower.