31 Gadgets That’ll Make Your Life WAY Easier


31 Gadgets That’ll Make Your Life WAY Easier


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1.

An automatic rotating laser that’ll keep your cat entertained and give them yet another reason to ignore you.


Amazon

Promising review:“I recommend this laser toy for any family who has a cat in their house. Compared to a laser pen, it’s much easier to use and frees your hands to do other house work. My cat is having a lot of fun of chasing the laser point — I can watch him play while I’m laying on my couch. It takes your cat’s extra energy away, so they’re not scratching your other stuff. The battery seems to be lasting longer than I expected. I have had this for two weeks and use it 30–40 minutes every day and haven’t had to change the battery yet. Highly recommend this toy for all my friends with a cat.” —Fiona Yan

Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

2.

A Nokia smartphone for when you’re in desperate need of an upgrade but don’t want to drain your bank account.


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Buying a phone has become somewhat complicated lately (my husband was instructed to take out a loan for his!?). Cut out the middle man without sacrificing any cool features by treating yourself to this latest creation from Nokia. I’ve tried it out myself and the camera isawesomeand you can’t beat the price.

Promising review:“This cell phone does a surprisingly good job for me, including the video function. Not too expensive, but it competes well with my other phone, which cost twice as much. And I like the dual SIM capability, so I can buy a local SIM when I travel to a foreign country. Worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new phone!” —Mo H.

Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in three colors).


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Also great for an impromptu shower dance party! You can also head over to Ultimate Ears’ website to customize the look of your speaker.

Promising review:“UE Boom 3 is an amazing small bluetooth speaker. For its size, the sound is spectacular and can fill a small room, pool area, or picnic.The speaker is waterproof as well as dust and shock-resistant, and can FLOAT.Honestly, for music, audible books, or podcasts and movies, these sound GREAT! You definitely won’t be disappointed with your purchase and will probably end up buying more like I have. They’ll fit in your backpack, clip to a bike or almost anything else and will sound great.” —Vince V.

Get it from Amazon for $141.16+ (available in four colors).

4.

A classic arcade machine – it’ll fit in your home and give you the perfect excuse to make your friends come to your place instead of having to leave your house.


Walmart

Promising review:“The screen, buttons, and sound are just like the original. It’s short, so you have to sit in a chair to play, which is fine because it’s makes it more comfortable while you are busy playing. My husband had to add additional screws to it in order to make it more sturdy, but overall it’s great. So far it’s a hit in my house.” —Lisa

Get it from Walmart for $299 (also available in a variety of other games like Asteroids, Space Invaders, and Galaga).

5.

A therapy lamp to recreate the feeling of sitting in the sun even when you’re stuck in a cubicle all day.


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Promising review:“This light has helped me feel like an actual human again and I could almost cry, honestly. I’ve only used it a handful of times, but I’ve already noticed a significant boost in my mood and energy. I enjoy doing chores again, I don’t lay in bed when I am off work and cry, I get as excited as my dog when I ask if she wants to go for walks. My friends have noticed an uptick in my mood too, as have my co-workers and family. I’ve found that I have energy to take up my old hobbies such as writing and drawing again, too.” —Hailey

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

6.

Or a sound machine/night light for the parent who is desperate for some decent sleep sometime this decade.


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TBH, as an adult without kids I would still thoroughly enjoy waking up with this soothing lil’ gadget.

Promising review:“I have now had the Hatch Baby Rest Night Light for about six months.We started using it when we decided to sleep train our toddler. It works perfectly and is really easy to use and set up. I really like the app; I was easily able to customize everything for when he sleeps, wakes, and his nap time.For his night light, I used a soft amber color and in the morning I have it switch to green when he should be waking up. I think he is just now starting to grasp the concept of the colors, but I can see it being a lot more helpful in the near future. I saw some reviews stating that the white noise was louder than they had wanted it to be, but I did not find that to be the case with me. You can easily control the volume of the sound and the brightness of the light with multiple colors.” —Pete

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (also available for purchase with a variety of decorative covers).

7.

An electric jar opener, because we all deserve to live in a world where we don’t need to ask someone else to open our salsa, sauce, or jams.


Amazon

Promising review:“When your opposable thumbs stop working properly due to arthritis or any other condition, this contraption allows you to open jars without asking for assistance. Manual jar openers work fine, unless you can’t use your hands well enough to grip and turn them, in which case this is the answer. It does take a few minutes to figure out and, once you know how to use it, it takes a few moments for it to open jars, but it works well and that is the important thing.” —Me

Get it from Amazon for $36.79.

8.

A Furbo treat camera that’ll let you remind your pup what a good boy they are no matter where you are in the world.


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Promising review:“I love being able to watch my pug literally just sleep for seven hours a day and my coworkers really enjoy the constant updates of me telling them where my pug is sleeping and forcing them to watch his small, fawn body laying in the same spot.The treat shooting mechanism shoots small treats, which is fine for him, well maybe not for him because he’d prefer it shot pizza slices, but they’re the proper size treats for a smaller dog.A larger dog would need the treats launched at them more often. Just remember to turn the camera off through the app when you get home because nothing is worse than accidentally opening the app and seeing yourself blobbing on the sofa.” —bowiezinspace

Get it from Amazon for $199.

9.

A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, so you can read a juicy romance novel by the pool without any judgment or fear of someone accidentally splashing your device.


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My coworker Abby Kass has this Kindle andlovesit. Here’s what she had to say about it: “I’ve been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it’s lighter, has more storage, and the battery last for WEEKS.I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn’t have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book.”

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

10.

A fabric shaver that’ll keep everything from sweaters to furniture looking fresh and lint-free.


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Promising review:“It does exactly what you think: remove those little clumps of fiber that accumulate on clothes over the years. I have countless sweaters that I thought were ruined from pilling. I wasn’t expecting perfect results, but I’m VERY happy with this purchase. All of my sweaters ended up looking brand new!! Definitely worth the money. Even worked on chunky knitted sweaters.” —dliu

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

11.

A gaming headset designed to be used with the Nintendo Switch, XBox One, PS4, or a PC so you can play late into the night without disturbing your roomies.


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Promising review:“I got these for my PlayStation 4 to better hear enemy players when playingApex Legends. The sound quality is amazing, my skill in the game has drastically improved and I’m getting more kills. I definitely did my research and I will always go with wired over bluetooth because the sound quality is far superior. I spent a good two weeks researching and went with these because they look so good and the reviews were great too. They do look damn good!” —Marshall R. Houle

Get it from Amazon for $59.80+ (available in two colors and with or without bluetooth capabilities).

12.

Or an audio sound bar, in case you actually hate your roommates and want to blast your TV until dawn.


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I attached this sound bar to the TV in my living room just in time for March Madness and honestly it felt like we were in the arena watching the games IRL. It’s pretty easy to set up and the subwoofer it comes really makes a difference. Can’t wait to test it out while watchingGame of Thrones! It also features built-in Alexa voice services, making your life easier than every before.

Get it from Amazon for $299.

13.

A doggie doorbell to provide your pet with a way to let you know they want to come insideandprevent them from scratching up your doors.


Amazon

Promising review:“It only took a couple of days for my puppy to figure this out, but now she uses her nose just like the picture shows. I have it in my screen porch, so that when she wants to come in the house she rings the bell. I laugh every time I hear it ring because I love that she knows what it’s for!There are several ring tones and four volume levels. The installation was easy, though I may have to install it higher as she gets bigger.It comes with great tips on how to train your dog to use the bell. Sometimes though, when I’m sitting out on the screen porch with her, she’ll ring it because she just wants a treat. I’m hoping this is only because she is so young. Once she really gets the hang of it, I’ll stop giving her treats. But for now it has worked great!” —Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $30.

14.

A battery charger with eight charging ports, so you can stop spending money on new batteries and just keep the ones you have juiced up at all times.


Amazon

Promising review:“It charges both my Bonai AA and AAA batteries well. As a karaoke host, I go through batteries for my wireless microphones like water, so it’s nice to be able to charge a bunch of batteries at once!” —Bossk1999

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available with four or eight ports).

15.

A motion-activated toilet light, a must-have for anyone who is tired of stumbling over themselves when they get up in the middle of the night to pee.


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Promising review:“I’ve had this device for a little while now and I absolutely love it! Light detector and motion detector work together to only turn the toilet light on when it senses darkness and movement.I love that there are 16 different colors you can choose from; and with each 16 colors you can raise or lower the brightness which kind of makes color choices even bigger if you consider the different color brightness a new color.You can either leave your toilet light cycling through all 16 colors while on, or you have the option of choosing one of the colors and keeping it on that color. I ended up getting two of these toilet lights for both of my bathrooms and my guests, as well as I, love it.” —Sergio Rios

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

16.

An automatic pan stirrer with a timer, perfect for any aspiring chef who tends to get a little absent-minded while following a recipe.


UncommonGoods

Promising review:“My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. 🙂 This was perfect for him. He’s able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I’m dealing with, forget he’s cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever.” —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

17.

And a robot vacuum to clean your house for you, because you and I both know you’re going to put it off ALL week.


Amazon

Promising review:“We weren’t in the market for a robot vacuum until one day a story popped up on my phone that there was a sale going on and this was an excellent choice. I did some investigating and it looked like a solid performer. Neither I nor my wife are fans of sweeping and vacuuming, so it looked like a good option.We absolutely love this little thing! I’m sitting at my computer sipping a cappuccino while our RoboVac is whirring away keeping our whole house clean.It’s so easy and does such a good job. It does get itself stuck occasionally, usually by wedging under a dresser front, but it beeps for a rescuer and shuts down to wait. We’ve been running it for about ten days now and it gathers a large amount of dirt and dust every day. It is slim enough that it easily gets underneath all the beds and most of the sofas and chairs, places that our upright vac couldn’t get to.” —woodworker

Get it from Amazon for $224+ (available in two colors).

18.

Or a slim Dyson vacuum, in case you’re a little weary about having a ~robot~ in your house.


Amazon

I live and die for this vacuum. It is my absolute favorite Black Friday purchase to date and my husband would say the same. It has a swivel head that perfectly gets into all the hard-to-reach crevices of our apartment. I would buy this lightweight gadget again and again and AGAIN.

Get it from Amazon for $227.98.

19.

Rechargeable hand warmers that’ll keep you feeling warm ‘n’ cozy in even the coldest of winter monthsandcharge your phone.


Amazon

Promising review:“So as small as this thing is I figured there was no way it would work well. Boy, was I surprised! This thing packs a punch! To top things off it charges my phone, too! Great little purchase!” —Maggie

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two colors).


Amazon

Promising review:“A five star product from a five star company. This is the best massager I have ever owned. It works perfectly and is just the right size for various body areas. Not only is is a fine product and well worth the money, the company Mynt is the one to buy from. They stand behind their products and are genuinely concerned about costumers being completely satisfied.” —vicdisco

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

21.

A selfie ring light for flattering photos you can ~click, click, click, and post~ like Ariana Grande on Instagram.


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Promising review:“This little light is awesome and super convenient! It’s a powerful little thing that has a good battery life, and within a couple hours you can have it charged from 0 to 100. It comes with the micro-USB charging cable, but you must use your own charging block (i.e. Your iPhone wall charging block works just fine.)It’s awesome having the three different brightness settings on it — you can really see the difference between each one of them.I photograph handmade jewelry up close and the regular flash on my phone blows out the photos. But when I use the Ring Light, it’s always perfect!” —aly.me

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

22.

A Sega smartphone controller that’ll transform your Android phone or tablet into an old school gaming dream.


Firebox

This retro controller hooks up to your smartphone via Bluetooth and provides you with over 17 free games like “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Crazy Taxi.” Endless enjoyment in the palm of your hand!

Get it from Firebox for $39.99.


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Promising review:“We LOVE this product. After our skittish rescue dog got loose for three long and scary weeks, we researched dog trackers. He has had the Whistle 3 for a month now and it works great.It is easy to set up and use, holds its charge for at least one week, and has a great interface.We never want to go through what we went through again, and are happy we found the Whistle 3. Peace of mind! Highly recommend it.” —Carole

Get it from Amazon for $93.90.

24.

A tower fan with a remote you can use to keep your stuffy apartment cool while you rewatch your favorite episodes ofQueer Eye.


Amazon

Promising review:“Goodbye ugly box fan! Hello gorgeous cooling tower! This is the fan I’ve been dreaming of for years.It is whisper-quiet and unobtrusive, while pushing out a lot of airflow.I was surprised at how tall it was, but anything smaller probably wouldn’t be as effective in my kitchen/dining room/living room combined space. I am so happy with this purchase!” —Just Another Mom

Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in three styles).

25.

Or a lil’ fan that’ll clip onto your desk and help you fight the unpredictable temperatures of your office.


Amazon

Promising review:“The absolute BEST personal fan I have bought. My work will NOT allow us to plug anything other than our docking stations and monitors into the outlets…strange, I know. This fan plugs right into my USB port and is clipped to the bottom of my monitor. I bike ride to work and after taking a shower there, this fan is great at cooling me down. I keep it on the high setting for about an hour, then switch to low. If you are looking for a quiet and powerful fan, I HIGHLY recommend this product.” —g0tr00t

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

26.

A compact washing machine you’ll tell everyone you know about because it’ll save you tons of quartersandtime spent at a laundromat.


The Home Depot

Promising review:“This was the best investment I’ve made. I reside in a walk-up apartment building (basically no elevators) and it was becoming to be a challenge to do laundry as I also have kids. I decided to purchase this washer and…well…it’s the best choice I’ve made. It’s easy to set up and use. It was slightly bigger than what I was expecting, but fits well in my somewhat small apartment. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone who is seeking an efficient and space-saving washer.” —DeeMartin32

Get it from The Home Depot for $290.03.

27.

A rapid egg cooker, available in a variety of beautiful colors, because the most important meal of the day is deserving of such detail.


Amazon

Promising review:“The color alone makes me so incredibly happy! This little thing is pretty awesome… poke a hole in some eggs, pour water in the basin, set it and forget it. There is a handy tray in case you want an itty bitty omelet or if you want a poached egg, it can poach two at a time – which is great, because who has time to boil water, put in some vinegar, and stir a damn egg into it in the morning hoping and praying it won’t break? Not me, that is for sure.” —TheOneEyedCat

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors).

28.

An electric kettle that’ll help you whip up a ~spot of tea~ so fast even Queen Elizabeth II would applaud you.


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Promising review:“After seeing one at my friend’s house. I bought the same one. It’s perfect especially in those harsh winter months. It came in a nice package with instructions. It’s very easy to use. Water boils very quickly. No more boiling water on the stove anymore. I like how it’s stainless steel and easy to clean. I would definitely recommend this to all tea lovers!” —Emily Y

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

29.

An Amazon Fire TV Stick, essential for any introvert who prefers to unwind with an episode ofThe Officeafter a long day of socializing.


Amazon

Promising review:“We have been getting steady increases in our cable bill with no increase in services. So we thought we would cut the cord and this device became the focal point for making that transition. We are very pleased with the performance of this device. It is easy to set up with prompts provided as you power it up. We then added our favorite apps, (also very easy), and have never looked back at the cable being gone. We now save over $100 a month without those charges for cable. If you are thinking of making the leap into cord cutting, this is the way to go.” —Stephen H. Jenkins

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

30.

And a universal remote attachment, because no one wants to fumble with three different remotes trying to figure out which one will turn the damn TV on.


Amazon

Promising review:“This is a great little accessory for your Amazon remote. I was tired of always getting my TV controller out to change the volume or input or turn the TV on or off, but this little addition does it all and attaches right to the fire TV remote.” —TDS

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

31.

And aHarry Potter–inspired bluetooth tracker you can attach to anything you usually misplace, so you can say “ACCIO PHONE!” andactuallybe able to track it down.


Firebox

Promising review:“Love this bespectacled little key wizard! He puts the FIND in GryfFINDor!” —Firebox Customer

Get it from Firebox for $32.99 (available in three styles).

You, after splurging on everything in this list:


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Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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