Oct 12, 2023

26 Products That Will Make You Say, "Hmm, Wow, Didn't Know I Needed That"

We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed and its publishing partners may collect a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page.

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Promising review: "When I got my AirPod Pros I was extremely excited and wanted to try them immediately by going to the gym. I ran into an issue while running on a treadmill that the earbuds kept sliding out of my ear and I would constantly have to re-adjust them so they wouldn’t fall out. So I went into the web to find a solution. At first, when I saw these I was very concerned about how well these would work or if they would work at all. When I received them I tried them out by doing the same exercises that I did before and it never slipped. So if you are looking for that one solution for the AirPod Pros I would definitely snatch these up." —Jessica Jones

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

Delightful Luna is a Stedman, North Carolina-based Etsy shop specializing in 3D printed things.

Get it from Delightful Luna on Etsy for $6.25+ (available in 16 colors and for iPhones and Androids).

Promising review: "Love this product! So affordable and nice to use when you want to use a sheet mask. The packaging is so convenient as well! Would definitely buy again!" —Brieanne Browning

Get a pack of 14 sheets from Amazon for $16+ (available in five options).

Promising review: "Quite impressive. After making some fries, we added a packet to the hot oil and stirred a few times. Maybe 10 minutes later, we checked the pan and the oil had solidified. Using a wood spoon, we easily removed the solid and put it in the trash. I will always make sure to keep a pack of FryAway in our pantry. Highly recommended." —Ryan O.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available for pan, deep, and extra deep fry).

Promising review: "One of the most useless things I’ve ever bought and I have ZERO REGRETS. This serves no purpose other than to bring joy and happiness to all." —Kayla Marie

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in white or black).

3D Hole Solutions is a Frisco, Texas-based Etsy shop offering simple home improvement ideas to help organize your space.

Get it from 3D Home Solution on Etsy for $8 (available in three colors).

Promising review: "Best invention! Purchased after seeing it in a TikTok video and it works soooo well in my purse." —Wenhether

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three colors).

Promising review: "These are amazing! We use them for so many things! For positive messages and romantic nights, they are amazing for leaving around the house! You can also stick them to paper and re-stick the same ones over and over again! They seem to never lose their adhesion! Everyone I’ve shown these to fall in love with them!" —Faith

Get a 10-pack of 50 sheet pads from Amazon for $10.40+ (available in seven sizes).

Promising review: "This... this! I don't know what sort of sorcery this is, but this thing totally works, and it's freaking me out! I tested it by standing outside for a few minutes (I live in the south, very humid) and then came back inside and rolled it along my nose. Sucked that oil right up!! I cannot believe I have been wasting money on blotting paper when this was out there (and reusable)! Totally buying some for my sister and friends. If you're on the fence about it, JUST BUY IT!" —Stellar

Get it from Amazon for $12.65.

Food-safe and machine washable. Check out our full review of these NoCry Cut-Resistant Gloves.

Promising review: "After my husband sliced his finger on our mandolin I decided to check out these gloves. We are both very impressed with how well they work. The company who sells these is also wonderful — they sent a follow-up email to ensure that we liked the gloves and would have replaced or refunded our money if we weren't happy. The only thing I was concerned about when I ordered the gloves was if I was buying the right size. My husband and I have different hand sizes, but the medium is working well for both of us. And knowing that they would send a different size free of charge was wonderful. Now we don't have to worry about slicing off our fingers!" —That Author Guy's Wife

Get them from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes XS–XL).

Promising review: "When I first unwrapped these, I was surprised by how sticky they felt just against the skin on my hands. Not 'tape' sticky, but ultra-grippy. I installed six of them along the sides of my runner after running a vacuum on the floor and a lint roller along the bottom of the rug itself. (I also tossed the completely useless rug pad I had underneath). When I first tested it, the rug slid. I thought for sure these wouldn’t work and I would come home to a crooked or folded up rug. Surprise!! These little babies settled right onto the hardwood floors and their grippy action is in full effect now. I have roommates, dogs, a handyman was even here today, and typically without fail the rug slides or folds up. Not today!! I’m going to be buying a half dozen more of these for bathrooms and other rugs!! Can’t say how they hold up to washing, but if you’re skeptical at first, just give them a chance to settle!" —Chelsea

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

Promising review: "Okay, so these cleaner pods are awesome! I didn't know how gross our Keurig was until today. The big mason jar on the left is when I actually ran the cleaner through plus one rinse cycle. The middle one is another rinse cycle and the last one, on the right, is the last one I did. So yes, I would suggest running two or three rinse cycles instead of the recommended one. But it's still an awesome product for the price! I have a Keurig 2.0 and I had no issues." —Mads0421

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95. If you don't have a Keurig you can try this descaler that works with all types of coffee machines.

Get it from Wine and Whiskey Co. on Etsy for $12.99.

Promising review: "These are better than I expected!!! I don't usually waste my time writing reviews as most seem faked. But, these are better than I could have imagined. I have one from about 40 years ago and I haven't found any big enough to hold my bun since. I do have fine hair but I use a thick velvet scrunched to tie up my hair on the top of my head and then open up one of these and close it over the bun. It even STAYS IN WITHOUT USING BOBBY PINS. I'm old, I'm cranky, and I'm not writing a fake review. These are Tony Tiger GREAT." —Felix delgado

Get a seven-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

Promising reviews: "My father passed away unexpectedly early last year and he had the ultimate green thumb. On the other hand, I water plants to their demise. I received several plants that I wanted to keep alive to honor my dad. I have one plant that was looking pitiful. The leaves kept turning yellow and falling off. I followed the instructions and put three spikes in and hoped for the best. Don't worry, I also gave the plant a watering schedule and adjusted the light. Anyway, I looked at the plant and it looks hopeful now! It's been about six weeks since I put in the spikes and I am sooo happy! Dad would be proud!" —SG

"Must have for all houseplants! It's the best plant food! I use these for all of my houseplants — I have around 30 or so. Super easy to use and works perfectly for all my plants. Definitely worth the buy!" —Kala H.

Get two packs of 48 from Amazon for $9.83.

Promising review: "My review has some layers to it. I promise there’s a point. First I was 'targeted' on social media to buy this new mascara. It was only $5 and the reviews were all really positive and I thought, why not? So I bought it. I’m a teacher and since the pandemic hit, I no longer wear makeup to school. Makeup irritates my skin with my mask so I just haven’t been wearing anything plus it makes morning time hella easy. #bareface This mascara was delivered in the evening, so I decided to try it out the next day and wore it to school. I only put on the mascara, literally no other makeup on my face. Just my lashes were done with this $5 magic. I kid you not — my lashes were literally ALL I heard about that day. Upon walking into the building, a teacher friend from all the way at the other end of the hall and was like 'oh she got makeup on today!!!!' Each kid that came up to me commented on the lashes. One kid even told me I looked younger and the best story of all — a teammate of mine was out and the sub was having trouble with the announcements and so I went in to help her. Her homeroom just went bananas about my lashes and then they started clapping and I got a standing ovation. A literal standing ovation. Best $5 I’ve ever spent LOL!" —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (cruelty-free).

Promising review: "I bought two of these, and I’m very pleased with them. The non-slip feature on the bottom is great — you won’t have cutlery sliding around when you open and close your drawers. I would highly recommend." —Chelsea C.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (also available for knives and in a larger insert).

Promising review: "This is amazing and I have no idea why I didn’t buy one of these years ago!!! My new stove wouldn’t get close enough to the wall to allow me to rest anything on top without it falling behind. This was absolutely PERFECT. I am very happy that the magnets provided were able to be moved. This allowed me to place them perfectly for maximum hold because my top was slightly curved." —JStill

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

Promising review: "OMG! I had my doubts about how 'clean' this product would leave my dishwasher but...WOW! Looks brand new! All water stains are gone and the stainless steel is sparkling like brand new! Couldn't believe my eyes! Gave some to my mom and sister for their washers with the same GREAT results!" —Stephanie D.

Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $8.99.

Promising review: "I feel so much better adding this small but secure feature to my apartment door. A few weeks ago I was minding my own business inside my third-level apartment. I had just gotten home from work so I removed my clothes to place them in the laundry. Before I could place the clothes inside I heard a key turning in my LOCKED door! Before I could react my front door flew open and three guys were standing in my doorway. I yelled for them to get out! One of the guys apologized and stated he was from the carpet-cleaning service my apartment uses on a permanent basis. Two of the guys left quickly, however the first guy was still standing there looking at me. I screamed again for him to get the **** out! He apologized again and left. Of course, I called my apartment manager and filed a complaint. Turns out the guys were looking for the empty apartment under mine and were not paying attention to the apt numbers. Still, I felt so shaken by this incident.

I live alone and I felt like I needed something besides my stun gun to help me feel secure while inside of my home. I just never thought about something like this happening (which was foolish thinking on my part). My apartment door is heavy but it only has that one lock on it. A friend told me about this handy device and now I've been using it for over two months; I'm sold. It was a bit tricky to get on at first, however, after looking over the instructions carefully and reading a few reviews I figured it out. Today, early this morning, I was getting out of the shower and guess what? A key turned in my lock but the door would not budge. I ran to my peephole and I could see it was the same guy from the carpet service. I told him to back up before I use my weapon and he claimed he just stopped by to apologize again.

I'm in the process now of reporting this to the police. I just wanted to leave my personal experience to help whoever could benefit from this lock. Please keep in mind it only works within the inside of your door; you are not able to leave it on if no one is home." —True BookWorm

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" —NPR MAN

Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

Promising review: "In my drunken stupor, I purchased these thinking they were ben wa balls. Boy was I wrong. But I'm so happy with my purchase because these keep my produce fresher for much longer than normal. Nothing is worse than buying red bell peppers at the store and having them start wilting after four days. These should be in everyone's fridges!" —jhDub

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

Promising review: "I didn't even think about my shower drain being such a problem with hair. We have a relatively new shower and the drain was starting to be slow, but not really a problem because the pipe has a long drop. I was watching Shark Tank and thought maybe I need to check this out. Wow, there was a lot of hair to clean! Three long-haired girls in the house! I started using this and it pulled all sorts of hair out. We change it about once a month. Easy to pull out and no breaks or rust. I keep buying!" —Kindle Customer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

Promising review: "I love this idea! These scrunchies are very convenient when I go to the gym since I hate carrying around my keys and lip balm. The colors are fun and the band that is used is great for thick hair! The scrunchies stretch very well and hold my hair without falling off. I am very satisfied with the product and I would recommend!" —Ossiris Acevedo

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sets).

Get it from Creative Encompass on Etsy for $12.97.

Promising review: "These have been a GAME-CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer so in the morning during the school year we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

Get it from Amazon for $15.96.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.