Best Things From Amazon That Reviewers Love


A high-quality legging compared favorably to Lululemon because they're way cheaper, last a while, unequivocally pass the squat test, and move with you like nothing else. Many have called them "perfect."

Promising review: "I’ve been searching for a LONG time on Amazon for the perfect leggings and these are it. They're high-quality like the expensive Lululemon or P’tula without spending a lot of money. After returning many leggings from other sellers, I came across these. I work out a lot and have tried many leggings and these by far are the most comfortable to work out in! They def pass the squat test, are not see-through at ALL and have convenient pockets that I didn’t think I needed but love. Truly unbeatable for the price and quality!" 

Price: $21.95+ (available in 32 colors)

A thick stuffed seal that's a highly necessary addition to the plushy collection of anyone with an appreciation of choristers.


I bought one for my partner — choker enthusiast extraordinaire — and they immediately loved it.

Promising review: "I showed my 10-year-old daughter a picture of the chubby blob seal and from that second on she had to have one. Seriously, it was all she wanted for her birthday. iPad? Nope...chubby blob seal. Xbox? Nope...chubby blob seal! So, that is what I got her. She absolutely loves that thing and takes it to bed every night." 

Price: $11.99+ (available in three sizes)

A Yeti cooler with wheels so you can finally know what all the fuss is about without throwing your back out moving it around. This ruggedly handsome, heavy-duty miracle is designed to keep ice cold for eight days, holds a heck of a lot, and actually stays put in your trunk or truck bed. Be still my butch heart!

Yeah, it's a splurge. But a lot of reviewers still say it's totally worth it and it is also, IMHO, a gorgeous piece of equipment. Just look at it!

Promising review: "This thing is a workhorse! Of course, I was hesitant to purchase because of the price tag but after years of buying what I thought to be decent coolers and having to replace them within a year or two, I thought, why not?! Well, I’ve been using the cooler pretty much nonstop since Memorial Day weekend and it has exceeded my expectations. I bought two blocks of ice for the holiday weekend and the contents of the Yeti stayed cold past five days even though I left the cooler on my back porch which gets sun for most of the day. Two weeks later I found a few cans of beer that got left behind and lo and behold the drinks were cold! Definitely not ice cold but drinkable for sure. If you’re on the fence, go ahead and buy this cooler. It will not disappoint!" 

Price: $399.98+ (available in five colors)

 A portable USB speaker that's smaller than a roll of toilet paper. It's got a big sound, it's impact-resistant, waterproof, and also floats (wow!). Reviewers say it's a solid product and a heck of a bargain. I have one myself — it's awesome, and it comes with me everywhere.

Hiking. Beach days. Bath time. Drive-in movies. Picnics. I even use it for the sound when I'm projecting TV (since I ditched my actual TV years ago).

It's made by Logitech, by the way.

Promising review: "I bought this after someone I met on a boat trip had the original Wonderboom. The Wonderboom 2 has all the great features as the original but with improvements. It delivers good quality sound in a small package. I take it with me on trips, use it while doing yard work, and any other time where I need portable music. One feature that sold me on it is that it floats. You can take it tubing or throw it to someone in the water and not worry about losing it. Also, it pairs with devices easily and has good battery life. I did quite a bit of research before I purchased and it is arguably one of the best speakers in terms of value." 

Price: $79.95+ (available in four colors)

 Detransition, Baby, a stunning debut by trans author Torrey Peters about what happens after a Brooklyn translesbian couple breaks up, one detransitions, and then gets their cis boss and lover pregnant. Peters handles her trans characters with a depth, fullness, and compassion that's as remarkable as it is refreshing.

I have read it, it's incredible, and you should too. Unlike the reviewer, I *am* trans — and, like the protagonist, pansexual, living in Brooklyn, in my mid-thirties, and craving a family — and can say the characters offer the kind of deep representation we deserve. I'll also say, as someone who has placed a lot of weight on both the idea of finding stability and having a child, Peters' treatment of these tough subjects is as accurate as it is beautiful. Buy this book!

Promising review: "This book was an amazing ride through cis, trans, gender, and queer politics and life and I found it both fascinating and painful. Motherhood is, by itself, a minefield for women both cis and trans, whether they want to be mothers or not. I am not trans, so I can’t make judgments about the accuracy of the way the character’s feelings were portrayed, but I think this book is very well written, also, (no spoilers) the ending punched me right in the ovaries. I give 5 stars at least." 

Price: $13.99+

 An all-natural, gluten-free, no-sugar-added yoyo snack that's 100% fruit and totally delicious. Also, each pack comes with cute cards with country facts on them that are fun for kids and kids at heart.

I used to snag these by the handful from the BuzzFeed commissary every time I went in there. They're kinda addictive, TBH. And the card is my favorite part!

Promising review: "I LOVE how clean these are, in terms of ingredients! My sweet tooth finally has an outlet! Yes, there is still natural sugar in these from the fruit, but it's loads better than almost any other fruit gummy snack out there, and I'm so glad that I can avoid the dreaded disgusting Stevia that seems to be included even in items with monk fruit which I would be okay with. That's why this snack WINS. I auto-subscribed to this and other flavors because it's a staple in my household. Definitely would recommend." 

 (available in four flavors and three quantities)

 A UV-proof, glass, 500-ml stash jar, which comes with a Boveda humidity pack and reviewers rave keeps their buds fresh for weeks.

I have one and it is indeed excellent. No dried-out or moldy nugs here. And, great news for you bulks buyers: it fits a loosely packed ounce of the green stuff. No, it's not smell-proof, but it does cut it down a lot, and it does come with a smell-proof bag, should you need it. Oh, and doesn't come with the sticker attached: just a black jar.

Promising review: "Love this. Combined with Boveda's humidity packs, I keep ounces of herbs fresh for weeks at a time. No more crispy, dried-out and stale buds. Comfortably holds an ounce of flower with room for humidifying device. Glass is thick and dark; lid is plastic and seals well. Even seems to minimize odors!" 

Price: $25

 A bagless Bissell pet hair vacuum that's a heck of a deal for under $100 and that even Dyson diehards concede is a superior machine. I've had one myself for about a year, and my floors have never been cleaner.

Promising review: ""This picture is from my first day using this product. I love that the vacuum had amazing suction power. It literally picked up everything I went over, and I didn’t have to go over it twice! Although this is my first day using it, nothing seemed to have gotten clogged, and as you can tell, it sucked up A LOT of hair. I have two German shepherds and they like to shed, especially in the winter. So finding a vacuum that picks up their fur is hard! However, this could be the one." 

Price: $99.99

 A gallon bottle of water with times of day and affirmations on it to encourage you to finish it, because like literally everybody on Earth, you're probably not drinking enough water right now.

Yeah, I'll admit the writing on it is a little cheesy, but you know what's even more cringe? Being chronically dehydrated!

Promising review: "I, like most people, struggle with drinking enough water. And, as a medical assistant wearing a mask all day, it’s even harder. This really keeps you accountable. Not only does it give you motivation, but it also gives you a time limit in which to do it. The bottle itself is beautiful. It doesn’t spill or leak has a straw that bounces up so it’s extremely easy to drink from." —

Price: $20.99+ (available in 12 colors)

 A hair towel reviewer with curly hair loves it because it dries their hair in a reasonable amount of time and has a button to keep it nice and tight, so they can go about their business without it falling off all the time.

Promising review: "I purchased these after reading that microfiber is better for curly hair (it prevents frizz). I love them. The design is simple but genius. I love the button at the base that secures the turban. No more floppy towel turban or trying to balance a precariously wrapped towel on my head while I do my makeup. They even stay secure on my 6-year-old daughter's head. Having two is perfect. I can share with my curly-haired daughter, or just have a spare when one goes in the laundry. I will likely purchase more to have on hand and for travel." 

Price: $9.96+ for a set of two (available in 12 colors)

 A set of five resistance bands of different colors and tensile strengths that reviewers love to use for at-home strengthening and PT. They're easy to grip, nice and long, and they don't snap.

Promising review: "These were a great find and buy. Really well-made elastic that shows no tearing or damage, and provides very reliable resistance. It is also quite long to allow for different lengths and controlled resistance. The width is also a nice touch, as it makes them tougher; I always felt scared looking at the thinner bands thinking they would snap! They did not. Overall highly recommend this for a simple home workout regimen, especially when you are just stuck at home." 

Price: $16.99

A Moroccanoil hair oil folks swear by for reducing frizz and keeping your hair nourished.

Promising review: "Love, love, love! The smell is gorgeous and lasts until your next hair wash. The treatment definitely calms down any fine or flyaway hair. It makes it easier to style, and the best part is that the oil nourishes and hydrates the hair, which is very important. I have been using this oil for eight years now. One bottle lasts me about six months. I use the applicator when I am at home, and just take the bottle for when I am traveling. I will always use this product and highly recommend it." 

Price: $15+ (available in two sizes)

 A Bentonite clay mask that's powerfully effective at clearing and healing your skin.

Yep, I've used it. I tend to get clogged pores on my nose. Cleared them right up!

Promising review: "I came across this mask online and saw reviews and thought there is no way this mask helps with acne marks because I have yet to find one that does. Three months later the results just show you how fast and amazing this product is. I will never use another face mask." 

Price: $14.95+ (available in two sizes)

A polish from OPI's Mexico City collection, which features some rad bold and pastel shades that are totally on-point for spring 2021. OPI is the gold standard in a nail lacquer for a reason: it spreads smooth, won't chip for a while, and the color quality is A+.

Some people think it's streaky but I, queen of self-manicures, must remind you that any decent lacquer is gonna need multiple coats. If it's one-and-done, the product is *way* too thick to do the job neatly and stick around after.

Promising review: "This OPI color collection is rich and elegant. When I use these colors on my finger- or toenails, more people compliment my nails than when I use any other color. The polish does not streak, is not gloppy, and is thick enough so that two coats easily cover the nail.

Price: $8.40+ (available in 11 colors)

 A fabric shaver that'll erase months of pills and dog hair and other linty grossness from your most precious knit goods, so you can leave the house without looking like you just got in a fight with a washing machine and lost.

Promising review: "So I didn't think it through when I threw some dark shirts and sweaters in the wash with a couple of light towels. They came out with all those fuzzies. I ordered one of these based on the price and customer reviews and I can see why this was rated so high. Takes two AA batteries and is very comfortable to hold. Since it's so portable, I just sat on the couch to watch TV and shaved two shirts and a pair of cottony exercise pants while watching tv. I probably would have never worn these items (at least not outside the house!) again if it wasn't for this great little gadget.

Price: 12.99

 A Gaiam 5-millimeter yoga mat reviewers say is the real deal — it is thick enough without losing control, rolls and unrolls easily, and lasts a good long while without tearing or going flat.

I've had me for four years now. Still perfect.

By the way, did you know you can run these through the washing machine? True story! Get's the gunky gross right out.

Promising review: "Love this! I had a yoga mat before this one that was awful. Whenever I put any pressure on the mat it just sank and I could feel the floor. This mat is AWESOME! It’s comfortable, firm, and I can’t feel the hardwood floor below it! I’m really happy with this purchase and definitely recommend it to anyone looking! I also love the quantity of it. I roll it and it stays rolled on its own and doesn’t tear or anything!" 

Price: $21.99+ (available in 13 colors)

A fan-fave Opalex hair-repairing leave-in cream people labeled "miraculous" for smoothing their hair out and making it lustrously shiny. It's so good you're gonna wanna throw everything else you've tried that didn't work in the garbage, where it belongs.

It works for all hair types!

Promising review: "I bleached my hair at home and almost killed it to the point I couldn't comb it cause it would stretch like gum; it was super dry and damaged. I used all types of mask and home remedies but when my hair was dry it looked super brittle and crunchy and frizzy until I tried this product and OH MY GOD. My hair is now super soft, dries real quick when blow-drying, and looks and feels healthy. Nothing helped with fizziness before in my life! I'm so happy I found this product, 'cause now I can ditch all other BS products I owned before this." 

Price: $28

 A hidden bookshelf to turn your Debbie Macomber romance novel collection into a jazzy new wall accent. People will be impressed both that you actually read and apparently know enough sorcery to make things float like magic on the wall.

They're pretty simple, actually. Just a metal L-bracket you screw into the wall, basically. It holds onto the cover of the bottom book to get the effect.

Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend it!" 

Price: $12.99+ (available in two sizes)

 A pair of Levi's premium 501 denim shorts reviewers love because they fit great and are well-made.

Some colors are distressed — most aren't, but they've all got an unfinished hemline.

You may or may not want to order up from your usual size; a lot of folks did, but a few would remind you that denim does stretch, so what seems like a squeeze won't be for long. Regardless, it's worth your while to give yourself a little measurement and check against Levi's size chart before you order (the sizes do *not* translate into waist measurements!).

Promising review: "I have purchased and worn and loved a lot of premium denim over the past decade (7, Paige, J Brand, Current Elliott, AG, Citizen, One Teaspoon) but had been sleeping on Levi’s. Why did I wait so long?! Levi’s are a classic for a reason. The fit is so good. The quality is so good. These shorts are no exception. I sized up for a relaxed fit, and these are perfect." 

Price: $27.99+ (available in women's sizes 23-34 and eight colors)

 A Vitamix blender that can reliably eviscerate just about anything into a drinkable Nutri-paste.

I'm an adult, true, but like the reviewer's kid I also have sensory issues with food, so thumbs-up to this parent for figuring out a way to keep their darling child healthy instead of throwing up their hands and letting them eat Cheetos for dinner every night like I did when I was a kid.

Promising review: "Our son is autistic and has totally normal sensory issues. He will drink just about anything we put in his cup as long as it passes the look, smell, and texture tests. If it weren't for the Vitamix, I don't know how we would've fed our child and made sure he got the protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables, etc. that his little growing mind and body need. We can add ANYTHING into his smoothies because the Vitamix works so incredibly well at blending everything flawlessly. No chunks, no pulp, no fuss! Smooth and creamy and delicious no matter what we throw in there!"

Price: $398.95+ (available in three colors)

 A cooling mattress topper, which is going to make it even harder to get out of bed in the morning.

Think of me with gratitude every time this makes you late for work. By the way, yes, it is machine washable.

Promising review: "I had a very expensive and thick mattress cover. After buying a cooling mattress, it was still not cooling through it. I bought this and it has made a world of difference. Fits the California king mattress and stays in place. I would buy it again." 

Price: $22.59+ (available in six sizes)

A two-layer honeycomb self-sifting litter-catching mat that reviewers swear works better than the spongey kind (like the popular one from Gorilla Grip) both to trap trailings and to then easily throw them away. The bottom of the rug separates from the top, so fold it in half and all the litter collects for easy disposal.

Promising review: "I have used other kitty litter mats but still had to use a dustpan and brush every day to sweep up what was tracked onto the floor. This mat works much better to trap the particles and keep them off your floor. The litter particles stay trapped in the mat until I dump them out!" 

Price: $10.99

 A Vornado air circulator to shoot a high-velocity airstream across the room, encourage more circulation, and lower the air temperature up to 10 degrees. It's a surprisingly helpful way to increase the effectiveness of your heating or cooling system without spending more on oil, gas, wood, or electricity. I've used it myself — it really works!

I had one when I lived in a south-facing apartment in a building in sunny Hollywood where we weren't allowed air conditioners, and it kept things cool even on 100-degree afternoons where the sun was shining right into the huge windows that otherwise would have made the place a veritable greenhouse. I actually became really sentimental about the fan and eventually named it Santana, after the dry Santa Ana winds and Joan Didion's famous essay. I truly loved this thing.

Promising review: "I would have never guessed that such a small fan could make such a big difference. It works well as a direct fan being pointed at someone, but where it really excels is when it is used for its intended purpose of moving large volumes of air within a medium-sized room. When pointing it into the top corner of the room, within five minutes you can already feel a substantial change in temperature.

Price: $59.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors)

A 3D-cushioned sleep mask that truly does stay put and blocks out ALL the light. I would know: I have a streetlight outside my bedroom and use this to actually get to sleep every night. In fact, my partner and I have both bought several, because people who stay at our house keep stealing them (they're that good!).

A few months ago I moved to a place on the second floor, every window perfectly in line with a streetlight. As it happens, that sucker shines ~right~ onto where my face goes when I'm in bed. The worst. Curtains help, but only kinda — it's that bad. With this thing, I don't even care. Miraculous! The elastic band is adjustable and doesn't stretch out over time, unlike most. Promising review: "This mask is amazing. So comfortable and blocks ALL ambient light. I am a side and stomach sleeper. This mask has a band that is tightened through a sort of buckle, similar to a bra strap, and I don't believe I will ever have to tie knots as there is plenty of room for tightening. If the 3D padding maintains its firmness, I see this mask lasting me for several years." Price: $13.49+ (available in four colors)

 A 24-karat gold-surfaced hot styling brush folks rave over because it'll cut your styling time by 80% and does an even better job than a blow-dryer without also making your hair snap off.

Promising review: "It’s reduced my time from 45 minutes to ten. TEN! Not only that, I don’t have to flat iron my hair, which saves time and heat exposure to my fine hair. The end result is SO smooth. In fact, I would recommend going light on any additional smoothing serums/lotions until you can anticipate your hair’s needs with this product. I think this product helps the other products penetrate your hair more, or it simply seals the hair shaft so that you don’t need as much. Regardless, in 10 minutes I have a voluminous, healthy-looking, beautiful head of hair that matches the effort/time I put into my makeup, without actually taking long at all. This product is so (superficially) life-changing that I’ve begun looking at better hair care products so that I can help grow all the broken hairline hairs into a gorgeous full set of healthy locks."Price: $52.27

A pet tunnel/tent set reviewers marvel over because it lets their fur babies go outside without getting attacked or wandering off.

Promising review: "Worth every penny. It takes seconds to assemble. I set it to go up to my window. I close the window on the tunnel and cut cardboard to fit the left and right opening of my window. My cats LOVE it. They will run in and out, and in and out, and sunbathe for hours. Disassembly takes a minute or two." Price: $44.95+ (available with or without a tunnel)

Best Things From Amazon That Reviewers Love

 A set of barbells with a stand people love because it's well-made and cheaper than most of the alternatives.

Do you even Amazon, bruh? It includes pairs of 5-pound, 10-pound, 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound rubber hex dumbbells with an A-frame dumbbell rack to store the weights. Promising review: "If you're able to snag this weight set when it's available for what amounts to a shekel per pound, you've got yourself a true bargain. The weights are nice, and I believe they're fairly accurate. If you're looking for a solid weight set at an excellent price, this is it." Price: $266.42+ (available in nine colors)

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