10 cult-favorite products at Amazon

You never knew you needed these gadgets - but you certainly do.  (Photo: Amazon)

You never knew you needed these gadgets – but you certainly do. (Photo: Amazon)

Some of our favorite things start as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a must-have for cleaning up or something that makes dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to tell us what it is Yes, really is working. Now imagine having access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all walks of life – when that many people are rallying behind something, there’s no way it’s a dud. No need to join new social media groups; Instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to distinguish something playful from something great; They’re a demanding bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage. Scroll down for our top iconic Amazon finds.

If you’ve ever tried to close a drawer with a funnel inside, you totally understand why these collapsible, colorful cuties have earned over 13,000 five-star reviews. Not only do they help you fill bottles without making a mess, but they also fold flat for easy storage.

“I love that these take up so little space, I remember my old plastic funnel that didn’t fit anywhere,” shared one enthusiastic reviewer. “I use these funnels to fill my salt and pepper grinders, add fertilizer for my houseplants in gallon jars, and refill my spice jars. They clean very well in the microwave and fit in my utensil drawer, nice and compact.”

Do you have a big soda drinker in your life? Then you know what it’s like to lock up a stack of empty cans. These gadgets help to make this work much easier. It can shred a can to a fraction of the original size to take up less space in the recycle bins.

“My partner is a huge beer fan and I’m pregnant and need fizzy drinks,” wrote one of 8,500 Five Star fans. “As a result, our recycling has increased dramatically. I grew up with a can crusher so we ordered these. It’s super sturdy and will last a long time. Highly recommended for every household!”

If you cook up this Thanksgiving, your whole body will thank you for taking advantage of that early Black Friday deal. This anti-fatigue kitchen mat gives your feet so much cushion that your whole body feels comfortable after you’ve pulled the last of casseroles and pies out of the oven.

“I’m so happy I bought this,” wrote one of over 3,000 five-star fans. “I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking. My feet get sore easily after working in retail for 15 years and wearing horrible shoes. Any comfort I can get at home to do something I love is worth the investment. Super padded. I ordered another brand and they didn’t come close to this one!”

When pies are on the menu, you don’t want to be caught without pie weights. These popular little fellas (7,000 five-star reviews and counting!) will keep the bottom of your crust from puffing out.

“Voted Best Cake Weight by America’s Test Kitchen,” wrote one happy cake maker. “I’ve always stabbed the sides and bottom but still had crust blisters so I finally decided to try pie weights, glad I researched and found these. No bubbles in the pie crust.”

The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is a casual little fellow, with just an on/off switch and an indicator light to let you know when your drink is hot – it takes less than two minutes to do its thing! I really appreciate its simplicity in this chaotic time. It has a nice long cord, wipes clean easily and is small enough to fit in a carry-on. Yes, I plan to take it on vacation this summer. And yes, that might sound a little crazy, but hey, call me crazy. I am addicted.

“Keeps drinks hot for hours,” says one of 31,000 five-star fans. “It’s amazing (and sad) how quickly a hot drink cools down. My husband loves this mug warmer as he can keep his coffee (he’s a slow drinker) warm for hours. He liked it so much he gave away a few to technicians and nurses at his dialysis center.”

The Dash Deluxe Egg Boiler is designed to make your life easier by taking the guesswork out of when your eggs will be ready. All you have to do is place your eggs on the tray, add the specified amount of water, then set your preference and the timer. As soon as your eggs are ready, a buzzer will let you know and the cooker will turn off automatically.

“This kitchen gadget is a game changer!” wrote one of 87,000 Five Star fans. “Once these puppies are cooked and cooled, peeling and prepping them is a breeze. I used to hate making hard-boiled eggs, especially because I would have to peel them and lose a quarter of the egg with the shell; Thankfully, that’s not the case with this device. Definitely recommend buying this product, you won’t regret it!”

For the popcorn lover in your life (congratulations if you are!), this ingenious gizmo lets you pop and serve your kernels in the same container, which is adorable too. It’s a great gift – and nearly 40,000 five-star fans would agree.

“My wife bought this for me as a gift and I have to admit I was grateful but doubtful about the results,” shared one enthusiastic reviewer. “To my delight, the result was crispy, fresh-tasting popcorn. I really appreciate the built in butter dish which allows you to butter the popcorn as it pops. It’s hands down the easiest popcorn popper I’ve ever worked with with the best results.”

Professional organizers will tell you that the key to a happy pantry is to swap out all those ugly cardboard boxes and polypropylene for clear containers so you know exactly what you have. This seven-piece set, complete with reusable labels, does just that – and the easy-seal lids ensure maximum freshness. Over 18,000 five-star reviewers rate them as perfection.

This happy reviewer nails it: “Great organizers to bring some calm to your chaos, and it’s not just for groceries! My pantry finally looks organized. The bins are sturdy and seal really well…I recommend these multi-purpose bins to anyone who wants to bring some peace to their mess, whether it’s groceries, craft supplies or anything you need to securely store.”

For small spaces or people who just like to keep things tidy, this silicone sieve is a dream. Not only does it attach to almost any pan in the kitchen for effortless straining of pasta or washing produce, it also folds up to be small enough to fit in a cutlery drawer. More than 21,000 Amazon buyers give it a perfect five-star rating.

“This worked so well to drain beef fat from my large 12-inch skillet,” shared one happy chef. “There was no leakage at all, as I feared. It poured perfectly into a small cup. I’ve also used it to drain hot water from boiling pasta for the same dinner! This is a lifesaver! I can’t wait to use it again!”

You don’t have to be a gear geek to appreciate how useful this telescopic tool is. It’s like a flashlight with a long neck and a magnet at the end. That means you can pick up small items in hard-to-reach places. If any of the 13,000 five-star reviews say anything, it’s that this gadget makes a great gift.

“I wrapped this as a last minute gift for my dad’s 92nd birthday,” shared one Five Star fan. “He thought it was a clever tool. My aging parents often drop small things. Getting that bright, direct light in a tight area is very helpful. The magnetic end is handy for the small screws that come out of your glasses. I recommend this product.”

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The reviews cited above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.

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