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20 products that deserve their cult-favorite status on Amazon, starting at $5

Let your shopping imagination run wild with these culty-cool products. (Photos: Amazon)
Let your shopping imagination run wild with these culty-cool products. (Photos: Amazon)

Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a skin-care gem, a cleaning must-have or just something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, there's no way it's a dud. No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great, and chances are, when hoards of them swear by something, it's the real deal. They're a discerning bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage. Here are 20 products to help make your home more comfortable that Amazon shoppers are raving about this week.

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It's time to rest easy

Beckham Hotel Collection
These pillows are made from 100 percent cotton and gel-filled fiber, making them soft to the touch but firm enough to provide that all-important support. Plus, the combo of cooling gel and breathable cotton helps regulate your temperature. Click the on-page coupon for the discounted price.
$27 at Amazon

An army of fans has given this pillow 109,000 five-star reviews, turning it into an Amazon No. 1 bestselling bed pillow. They offer neck support, a no-bunching design and have a gel that promises to keep you cool on hot nights. They're also allergen- and chemical-free.

A self-described "pillow snob" calls this set "perfection," adding, "they are cool, and in South Florida that is important, since it's hot as heck most of the time."

No more wrinkled clothes

Just add water (distilled or purified, please), and in two minutes this 240ml-capacity steamer will be raring to go, smoothing your garments to perfection.
$30 at Amazon

Who knew Amazon shoppers were obsessed with a perfectly pressed wardrobe? More than 53,000 five-star opt to steam the wrinkles out of their clothes with this gadget rather than pick up an iron.

"This is a great little steamer!! I hate to iron and don’t need my clothes absolutely perfect, just nice and presentable, and this does the trick! Very easy to use, quick to heat up and does a great job getting wrinkles out!! I definitely recommend!" wrote a satisfied customer.

Say so long to dryer sheets

Save your clothes, save energy and save money. These wool dryer balls allow for shorter dryer time and they soften clothes in the dryer without chemicals.
$20 at Amazon

These genius doodads — which you toss in the dryer with wet clothes — soften your laundry naturally and shorten drying time. Shorter drying time is not only easier on fabrics but it saves energy, which means lower monthly bills...and less of your precious time spent time doing laundry! All-natural, and for a great price.

"I live in Los Angeles, so my apartment only offers coin laundry, so every quarter counts," a shopper revealed. "These balls have saved me a lot of dollars thus far! They allow my clothes to dry way faster than previously with dryer sheets, which is awesome because laundry prices keep going up in my building!"

Cute, conscious cupcake cups for 50 cents a pop

There's always an occasion for cupcakes! Tuck away these colorful, reusable silicone baking cups — now just $6 for a dozen — and you'll always be ready. They're BPA-free and oven-, microwave- and freezer-safe.
$8 at Amazon

One of the 60,000-plus fans wrote: "Love these!! I have bought several sets, and including as gifts. They are totally nonstick. After use, you do have to wash them in hot soapy water to remove all grease...I make breakfast muffins (like crustless quiches). With egg, a nonstick muffing pan still sticks and requires way too much work."

An inexpensive swap for a silk pillowcase that 187,000+ shoppers love

Meet Amazon's No. 1 bestsellers: smooth, standard satin pillowcases with handy envelope closures.
$8 at Amazon

If you don't already sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase, you're missing out — it's gentler on your skin and hair than cotton, plus it prevents those annoying creases you get on your face if you've slept on an inferior fabric. It stays cooler, too! Don't want to splurge on silk? This set is a great alternative.

"LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made and a perfect price!" a satisfied customer said. "I ordered these to help protect against hair breakage, and I've already noticed a huge difference!!!"

Top-rated gardening gloves on sale for $2 a pair

These colorful gloves are lightweight and breathable, and the flexible foam latex coating keeps your hands cool and dry, even if you're digging through dirt and the like. Simply chuck them in the washing machine between wears.
$12 at Amazon

"These gloves are GOLDILOCKS!" shared one of over 11,000 five-star reviewers. "They fit comfortably, do not cause my hands to sweat, keep my hands fairly clean even though I dig into the wet dirt for planting, allow me to use my garden tools with precision, and even let me scroll through my song list on my phone!"

Amazon's No. 1 bestselling electric can opener

This handheld electric can opener works with the push of a button. More than 48,000 five-star fans are already opening cans pain- and hassle-free.
$30 at Amazon

Say goodbye to dangerously sharp edges and fiddling with a manual can opener — this electric one (which is Amazon's No. 1 bestseller in the category) is worth its weight in gold if you never accidentally nick your fingers on a jagged lid again.

"By far, the best one-handed can opener I've found. A little powerhouse compared to every other kind I've used," shared a shopper. "The moment I turned it on, I knew, finally, I'd hit the can opener jackpot. There was no doubt I'd no longer have to deal with any more half-opened cans, stuck openers that couldn't be separated from the cans, frustration, wasted money and having to toss another ridiculous busted device in the trash."

Vacuuming made easy

This lightweight, bagless stick vac can convert into a handheld, comes in four great colors and boasts 55,000 five-star reviews.
$34 at Amazon

Vacuums can get pretty expensive, but this one from Bissell proves you don't have to spend a lot to make your floors sparkle. It's not just a stick vac either! You can detach the shaft and turn it into a handheld, great for sucking up messes on couches, stairs, counters, cars.

But don’t be fooled by its compact packaging — shoppers attest to its power. Said a five-star fan: “It's so tiny and light and thin, you'd think it would be bad. But it's great!” The reviewer added: “I bought it for work in a preschool classroom. We use it every day over the carpet and tiled areas. It picks up really well and is so light; it’s easy to move around, push, and swivel. My co-worker liked it so much she bought one for her home.”

The ultimate latte must-have

Get frothy, foamy lattes fast with this handheld device. It's brightened the morning of over 57,000 rave reviewers.
$15 at Amazon

Forget having to go to a coffee shop for those perfectly frothy lattes, cappuccinos and matchas — this magical little frother can do it all. It makes just about any drink creamier in seconds, and it's so easy to use. Plus, it comes in a ton of different colors, so you can get one to match your coffeemaker.

"This is by far the best frothers I've ever used," one shopper commented. "It's super powerful, so you have to be careful not to use it if your mug is really full, because it will runneth over. Instead, I froth my coffee in a large plastic cup and then transfer it to my normal mug. It's a little extra step but I absolutely love how it turns out."

Your own personal fan

On an airplane, elevator or at the beach, this go-anywhere rechargeable mini fan stirs up airflow when you need it.
$18 at Amazon

We don't have to tell you have stifling hot it's been this summer. While there might not be air conditioning everywhere you go, you can at least control the weather in your personal space with this über-popular handheld fan. It's wireless (and rechargeable), so you can take it anywhere — on the plane, to the pool, on a picnic — without having to plug it in.

More than 21,000 Amazon shoppers rave about this fan's cooling capabilities. "I bought this going into my wedding week — worried about being too warm and beginning to sweat too much," wrote a five-star fan. "Traveling in the airport for our honeymoon, my husband and I were both thankful over several different occasions to have this little fan!... I only had to charge it twice over the course of a week with usage everyday for several hours."

A rip-proof shower curtain liner that makes over 142,000 shoppers sing

Enjoy a cleaner shower experience every morning. Weighted magnets keep this heavy-duty, mildew-resistant liner in place.
$12 at Amazon

At first glance, this shower curtain liner might not look like much. Don't be fooled, though — Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Liba liner is the crème de la crème of bathroom necessities. For starters, it's two and a half times thicker than other liners, and it won't accumulate soap scum. It doesn't smell funky out of the package — unlike some other liners — and it's completely waterproof, so it dries instantly.

"This is the Cadillac of shower curtains!" one shopper shared. "No smell; plus, we've got really hard water, and it's only been a couple of weeks of use, and I'm sure it will eventually spot, but so far, so good. Nice oversized curtain as well, covers the corners well. The weight of it makes it hang well too."

An oddly satisfying cleaning putty that'll get dirt and dust out of your keyboard

More than 27,000 rave reviewers clean electronics and more with this handy, dust-grabbing goop.
$7 at Amazon

Yellow putty might seem like a strange way to clean tough-to-reach dirt and grime, but once you try ColorCoral Universal Dust Cleaner for yourself, you'll become a believer. The product is made with a biodegradable gel that's sticky enough to pick up dirt in small spaces. All you have to do is roll the gel over the area you want to clean, give it a second to pick up the muck, then peel it off the surface and watch as the hard-to-reach dirt comes free. Gross, but also amazing.

"I purchased this product to clean those little spaces in my car filled with dog hair and random crumbs from my husband, and it works amazing," one fan says. "It picked up everything and didn’t leave a residue. The lemon scent was faint and didn’t overpower the vehicle while I was cleaning it. This definitely got in all the little nooks and crannies."

A truly revolutionary hair catcher

Nearly 79,000 five-star fans keep unwanted gunk out of their shower drain with this clever catcher.
$13 at Amazon

Have you heard of the TubShroom and its mighty ability to catch all the hair in your shower drain before it even thinks of clogging? If not, you will be amazed by this bestselling $13 (was $20) mini gadget that fits snugly inside your drain to catch hair. When it comes time to clean it out, just wipe it off, throw away the loose hair and place it back in your drain. Sorry, plumbers of the world, but your services will on longer be required.

This fan raves, "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. I tried others and they all failed miserably. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain."

An ingenious purse holder for your car

This mesh storage organizer fits between the front seats of your car. More than 6,000 five-star fans have made it their go-to car accessory. Use the on-page coupon for an extra 15% off.
$14 at Amazon

If you have ever found yourself reaching into the backseat, desperately searching for your purse, Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Car Cache Purse Holder is for you. Fasten the hooks between the driver's and passenger's seats to form an easy-to-reach hammock that cradles your essentials. It also doubles as a barrier to keep your dog from jumping into the front seat.

"I love this Car Cache," one reviewer raves. "It’s a great solution to a common problem. My purse was either in the back or on the dirty floor between my seat and gas pedal (not safe). Now my purse stays clean, is easy to reach, and out of the way."

A set of 10 slippers that'll make mopping your favorite chore

Dance your floors clean with these washable, reusable over-shoe mop socks. Bonus: they leave your hands free to clean everything else.
$15 at Amazon

If you dread mopping more than any other chore, these fuzzy slippers might be the antidote. They come in a set of 10 for just $15 right now, and they're designed to be worn over your shoes so that you can effectively dust and mop your floor just by walking across it as you normally would. No more back-breaking pain! Plus, they're kind of fun, which means you can easily rope in your kids to help.

"I have never had wood floors before, and I have two huge hairy cats — big hair problem!" lamented one shopper. "The slippers are big, so I wear them over my regular house slippers. Then I skate, slip, and slide over the floors as the cats chase me! We have a lot of fun while cleaning up the cat hair — amazing."

An Earth-friendly way to store leftovers

This three-pack of reusable food wraps features three different sizes, and they're plastic- and silicone-free.
$17 at Amazon

Forget plastic bags and Tupperware you can never find the lids for — this beeswax wrap can store your leftovers just as well as the less sustainable options. They're good for packing lunches and keeping fruits and veggies fresh, and are infinitely reusable, washable and even biodegradeable. Plus: They're made in the USA with certified organic cotton, responsibly sourced beeswax, organic plant oils and tree resin.

"Can't recommend these beeswax wraps enough," shared one happy shopper. "The antimicrobial aspect of the beeswax keeps fruits and vegetables super fresh for much longer than plastic bags. They keep bread soft and fresh for much longer than Ziplocs. They are so much better for the environment, and they can be reused for months. We have been using our set for almost two years, and they are still as good as new. No waste!"

Never question the dishes again

A simple kitchen communications system: This easy-to-read sign keeps tabs on cleaning.
$7 at Amazon

If you've ever asked a family member to start the dishwasher, only to check on it hours later and pull out a dirty glass, you need this. It's a simple but genius idea: Just stick this magnetized indicator on your machine and alert your housemates to the state of your cookery by sliding its window left or right to indicate whether the contents inside are "CLEAN" or "DIRTY." No more accidentally picking up a dirty plate or loading dirty dishes into a dishwasher that's full of clean ones!

"My parents got a machine not too long ago that has controls and indicators on the top of the door, which is covered by the countertop when it is closed," one wised-up shopper shared. "They can never tell if the machine is clean or dirty until they open it up and pull the racks out. They've had several instances where dirty dishes have been put in a clean dishwasher or 'dirty' dishes got put back in the cabinets because they were semi-cleaned from the sink. These problems are no more. I got a big hug and a smile when I brought this over to them."

Why spend hundreds on a speaker?

Designed and engineered in the good ol' USA by Cambridge Soundworks, this portable Bluetooth speaker is a no-brainer. It's small but mighty — and water-resistant (aka "beach-ready").
$28 at Amazon

Who says you have to spend a small fortune on great speakers to get the party going? This guy is a top-seller and has over 136,000 five-star reviews. Don't let the low price fool you: It packs an audio punch, and shoppers swear by the long battery life (up to 14 hours) and easy setup.

"This is the best Bluetooth speaker I have ever owned," raved a five-star reviewer. "It lasts for days on a single charge, and pairing is hassle-free...Sturdy and really well made."

Earbuds over 150,000 shoppers rave about

Water-proof, long-lasting, and quick-charging Bluetooth headphones for a mega-affordable price when you clip the on-page coupon.
$24 at Amazon

No need to shell out north of $100 for a pair of great earbuds — these are $24 and are just as powerful as the name-brand ones. What makes these even better — besides the battery life and one-step pairing — is that you can control them with just a single touch. Want to pause a song or podcast? Tap once. Adjust the volume? Hold. No need to fish your phone out of your pocket to make any adjustments — just tap and go.

Oh, and did we mention, they're waterproof? "I do intense cardio, which leads to me being drenched in sweat," shared one happy shopper. "I am so glad these are waterproof!! I am really happy with this purchase. I get compliments on them all the time....The case is so little and cute, I can carry it in my purse like a pack of gum."

A kitchen gadget to make you a better chef

Whether you're weighing for portion control or to make your recipes turn out perfectly, this kitchen scale can read down to the gram.
$10 at Amazon

Whether you're a home cook or a pro chef, a food scale can be the difference between an okay dish and a Michelin-star-worthy plate. This scale has a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, and even has four units of measurement so you can accurately portion your ingredients, as more than 90,000 five-star fans on Amazon can attest.

Shared one thrilled shopper: "I bought this kitchen scale for my mom, and she loves it. It's very thin and takes up almost no room at all in the cabinet, and the digital display is nice and clean. It appears to have an auto on-and-off feature, and it comes with a spare battery! For the money, this is a terrific little tool for cooking, weighing for mail postage, or even hobbies."

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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