Hi, my name is Taylor, and one of my favorite things to do is buy Amazon products with cult followings you’ve probably never heard of. Seriously, I've purchased a ton of the items on this list pretty much based off of people’s reviews (whether on Amazon, Youtube, a friend’s recommendation, or a blog). There’s something so refreshing about discovering an incredibly helpful product you didn’t know existed, and products with cult followings usually fall under those categories
I’m talking weird but totally useful things, like a sweater shaver that helps you keep your favorite jumpers in shape, or the Squatty Potty, which makes going number two a bit more comfortable (and easier) for you. There are dog cameras that distribute treats via apps on your phone, and even beauty products made of snail mucus. There are water gardens that your fish can fertilize and tub stoppers that keep your drain from getting clogged. How about a shower curtain that literally has pockets? So many of the amazing things on Amazon are completely random but usually have huge fan clubs. The great thing about them is most of them aren’t too expensive and they often have reviews from thousands of people to back them up.
So if you’re like me and find yourself spending a ton of time searching for things that will make your life easier, do yourself a favor and check out this list.
In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, I try to keep my straw use to a minimum. But, if I’m being honest, I enjoy drinking my liquids out of a straw — it just goes down nicer! So, instead of adding to the billions of pounds of plastic waste out there, I picked up this pack of metal straws. It comes with ten pieces: four bent straws, four straight straws, two cleansing brushes and a little pouch. It’s great because I can reuse them, they’re dishwasher safe, and I’m helping save the environment.
The first time I heard about the Squatty Potty, I was listening to Lo Bosworth’s podcast, Lady Lovin’. One of the hosts, Greta, was talking about how she'd just started using the Squatty Potty and her life was changed. She graphically explained how much easier it made going to the bathroom. If you think about it, it makes sense. It’s a proven fact that squatting is the most natural way to go to the bathroom, so propping your feet up while you’re on the toilet actually makes a huge difference. It comes in two different heights, so make sure you choose the right one for you.
Very few people actually print their photos out these days, which is why having an instant printer is the best way to do it. Simply use bluetooth to connect your phone to the portable printer and print out your photos as soon as you take them. That way, you don’t forget about them and let them slip into oblivion (aka the photo app on your phone). It fits easily into a bag and prints make a great little gift. The paper is pretty, glossy, and features a sticky back so you can hang your photos up with ease.
How cool is it that your fish tank doesn’t have to be a boring old fish tank anymore? In 2019, it can be a water garden that actually thrives because of your fish. This awesome little contraption is a closed-look ecosystem in which your fish fertilizes the plants, and in turn, the plants filter the water. It’s no wonder it’s got a cult following. Some users have even worked out their own system: “We originally planted the seeds that came in the kit but like others had said the seeds get everywhere… Now we have bamboo growing!”
Sometimes I get home after a long day and just want a beer. Then, I get halfway through it and I’m no longer in the mood. Enter the beer saver. This little silicone top is the best invention for keeping an open bottle of beer fresh until you’re in the mood to finish it. Tons of users (and beer enthusiasts) love the fact that it keeps your beer fizzy for an hour or two and stops flies from crawling into bottles if you’re hanging poolside.
I have a friend who absolutely raves about Beauty Dust. She's always talking about how you can make all of these elixirs with it to combat stress. The company behind it, Moon Juice, makes all kinds of powders. This one has Goji Powder, Schisandra Berry Powder, Rehmannia Root Extract, Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract, Alma Berry Extract, Pearl Extract, and Stevia Leaf Extract. The ingredients work together to enhance the elasticity of skin, preserve collagen protein, and more, leaving you feeling great and relaxed. Simply add it to water, matcha, milk, or smoothies for the best effects!
Is it just me, or have indoor plants really taken off this year? I don’t know what it is, but even I have found myself with a real live plant in my room (it's still up for debate if I can keep it alive). If you’re concerned about becoming a bonafide plant parent right away, a succulent is probably your best bet because they’re easier to take care of. Plus, it seems like all of the cutest planters are for succulents or cacti! This Umbra geometric wall vase is adorable and buildable. It’s the perfect item to add some personality to your home.
If something was featured on Ellen (like this amazing dog camera), you expect it to gain a cult following. This item was no exception. Now, over 2000 people have reviewed it and are obsessed with how fun it is. It’s probably because this isn’t your typical camera. It tosses treats to your dog, allows two-way chat between your dog and yourself, detects barking, and live-streams footage to your phone. That's right: You can take care of your pup even when you’re gone for the day.
Whenever I watch my brother’s dog, Dakota, I make sure I have the Kong ready to go for when she’s being a little too rambunctious. All I do is fill it up with peanut butter and toss it her way and she sits down to play with it for hours. It’s the perfect tool for getting your dog to chill out.
If you find yourself constantly on the go and you tend to misplace things, it’s time to get your hands on a Tile. This little tiny square is equipped with a tracker that you can add to anything. It connects to a bluetooth app that you can use to either set off an alarm or locate it on a map. The battery runs for a full year without needing a charge so you know you’ll always be able to find whatever you lost.
When you read that, did you start singing Justin Bieber? 'Cause I sure did. This card game allows you and your friends to create the best memes. Each person takes a turn playing judge, and when it’s your turn, you get to choose the winner of the round. Simply throw a Photo Card in the center and let everyone choose a Caption Card to go with it. You’ll be on the floor laughing for hours.
“Love these lids… they fit on everything so far… even a watermelon,” said one buyer. People love these silicone stretch lids for a reason. They replace plastic wrap — which can get super expensive and is bad for the environment — and fit on just about everything. This set of lids comes with six sizes that stretch two more inches, making it super easy to keep leftovers fresh. They’re also heat-safe so you can stick them in the microwave.
I eat an avocado just about every other day, and I usually have to use a spoon and a knife to cut them up and get them open. I wish I had this avocado slicer that nearly 3000 people are obsessed with. Use just one tool to cut it open, pit it, and slice it up. It’s much safer and easier than a knife.
My roommate has one of these, and the other night, we literally sat in the kitchen and took turns shaving our sweaters. I wish I could say it was on a week night, but it was a Friday, and it was the best Friday night I've had in a long time. This amazing little shaver has three settings so you can customize and control your shave. It’s got a detachable lint catcher and a comfortable grip.
I could really use this shampoo brush. I totally understand why it has a cult following. One reviewer said she liked it so much that she added it to her daily hair routine. I need to get my hands on one of these and do the same! My scalp can get pretty itchy because of all of the dry shampoo and hairspray I use in my hair. This amazing little brush actually clears dead skin and oil buildup on the scalp, helps prevent dandruff, and increases circulation. Sounds like an amazing tool to me!
I’ve read this book four times. It’s incredible, and the only reason I found out about it is because someone was posting about it on Instagram. After I read it, I was like, "Oh my god. How did this guy manage to make things seem so clear?" Basically, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is a self-help guide about how to stop trying to be positive all of the time. If you stop doing that, you can use your time to become a happier person. Author Mark Manson finds the words to explain things in a truly relatable way, and it’s definitely worth a read.
People’s hair falls out in the shower. It’s just something that happens. If you want to stop your tub from getting clogged, stick a TubShroom in your drain. It will change your life — just like it changed 15,294 other people’s lives.
Cult favorites are often useful items you never would have thought existed. Just like this shower curtain, complete with mesh pockets. This is a game-changer for anyone who shares a bathroom. It has nine pockets and fits standard showers and tubs. It’s an organization freak’s dream.
Back problems are the absolute worse, and trying to find someone to help you work them out is even harder. Instead of relying on others, get your hands on this back buddy. It’s a self-massage tool that allows you to reach pressure points and relieve back pain without anyone else's help.
This is one of those totally random items you stumble upon on Amazon, and it’s a cult favorite because it’s incredibly useful for everyday life. A PopSocket attaches to the back of your phone and allows you to use your phone hands-free or acts as a little stand so you can watch videos with ease.
I own this interesting little neck pillow, and it’s a cult classic among travel bloggers. It’s great because it props your neck up and provides support when you can’t lean on anything else. The Trtl neck pillow will probably get you some weird looks while you're traveling, but it’s way more comfortable than a regular neck pillow and it’s so much easier to travel with since you can just connect it to your backpack strap.
I was happy to stumble upon this magical item while searching for cult classics. It’s another one I’m adding to my cart since I live in an old drafty house. The draft guard is an insulating device for doors that have large gaps. It helps to keep the cold air out and the hot air in! People love it because it "works perfect!" According to reviewers, t’s also great for "cutting down noise."
An umbrella with over 5,000 reviews? That’s crazy, right? Well this one certainly has clout. It’s made with a teflon coating that actually makes it windproof so it won’t turn inside out if you find yourself stuck in a windstorm. It’s waterproof and weatherproof so you’re guaranteed to stay dry.
Tangle Teezers are the best. I don’t know what I would do without mine. It’s the perfect hairbrush because it actually gives you control (you hold it in the palm of your hand instead of by a handle). It smooths out your hair without causing breakage, which makes it an everyday staple.
I’m clearly not the only person fascinated by kitchen gadgets since this clip-on strainer is a major cult favorite among Amazon shoppers. It snaps on to nearly all round pots, pans, and bowls. It’s a quarter the size of a regular colander, so it's perfect for people with limited storage space in their kitchen.
You may be thinking, "Why on Earth would I spend nearly fifty bucks on a drying rack?," but as someone whose dryer just broke, hear me out. This one can be used outside (in rain or shine) and doesn’t rust and ruin your clothes. It’s a massive drying rack with enough room for a large load of laundry. Plus, it’s foldable and easy to store when you’re not using it.
Mason Jars are awesome little things, but when you misplace their lids, you're limited to using them as cups. With these little reusable, pourable lids, you can use them for just about anything (think salad dressings, sauces, and more).
I live with five girls, and three of them had this mask before we moved in with each other. I was so confused as to how they all discovered it. I had never heard of it. But since then, I’ve given this cult classic a try. It’s made with Blue Tansy Oil, Fruit Enzymes, and White Willow Bark, and leaves your skin feeling super soft and looking incredibly smooth.
Gone are the days of fighting over the amazing, ooey-gooey corner square from that batch of brownies you just made. Just get your hands on this incredible pan that guarantees each piece is a chewy edge.
Sunshine is limited this time of year, so why not grab yourself a sunrise lamp and wake up with the sun each morning? This one simulates the sunrise and sunset, plays nature sounds or the radio, and can be controlled with Alexa. Wake up feeling rested.
This is my favorite thing in the world. I’m not exaggerating (and over 9000 people agree with me). There's something so satisfying about applying these little booties for about thirty minutes, removing them, washing your feet, and watching your dead skin peel away a few days later. It comes off in sheets and you’re left with the softest baby feet you’ve ever had.
Thousands of people agree that rubbing snail mucus on your face helps get rid of blemishes, acne scars, and more. This cream is pretty magical. It helps restore elasticity to the face, leaving you with soft, glowing skin.
Jade rollers are all the rage among beauty bloggers. They're said to help with the production of new skin cells by draining the lymph nodes. Basically, by massaging your face with this beauty tool, you can get rid of toxins, increase circulation, and leave your skin glowing.
The After-Alcohol Aid is made with enzymes that help prevent hangovers and boost the immune system. It was on Shark Tank and people loved it so much that you can now pick it up on Amazon.
Just toss this baby in the microwave for a batch of popcorn. Throw in some fresh kernels, place the lid on top, and start popping. The silicone lid can even be used to melt butter over your movie snack while it’s getting nuked.
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