Some of our favorite things started off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a skincare 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.
Scroll down for some of our favorite Amazon cult-favorite finds.
For the popcorn lover in your life (congratulations if it’s you!), this popper lets you pop and serve your kernels in the same container, which also happens to be adorable. It makes a great gift — and nearly 40,000 five-star fans would agree.
“My wife bought me this as a gift and I have to admit that I was grateful but dubious of the results,” shared a rave reviewer. “To my delight the results were crispy, fresh tasting popcorn. I really appreciate the built in butter dish that allows you to infuse the popcorn with butter as it pops. It is hands down the easiest popcorn popper I have ever used with the best results .”
Cooking for one? Or how about shopping for someone who does? This hot pot lets you heat soup, boil eggs or make noodles with just the touch of a button. Nearly 2,000 shoppers love this little gadget.
This hot pot is amazing!” raved a five-star fan. “I bought it to be able to cook in my dorm room. Now I can make soup and noodles easily and quickly. It works better than the hot plate I had previously because it boils water faster and doesn’t set off the fire alarm.”
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you’re going to need a good fat separator to make your gravy. 4,000 five-star fans already have theirs to make their holiday meals magical.
“This separator saved me SO much time I honestly couldn’t believe it,” gushed a holiday entertainer. “With the bottom liquid release, I didn’t have to worry about any of the fat or nasty bits creeping it’s way back in. Or having to worry about pouring it perfectly in the containers, holding the greasy lid/strainer etc. I was amazed to see how easy it was to clean, it breaks down into two parts so you know all parts are cleaned and sanitized. This definitely saved my Thanksgiving.”
Pro 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 that you know exactly what you have. This seven-piece set, complete with reusable labels, does just that — plus their easy-lock lids ensure maximum freshness. Over 17,800 five-star reviewers rank them as perfection.
This happy reviewer gets it: “Great organizers to bring some calm to your chaos and not just for food! My pantry finally looks organized. The containers are heavy-duty and seal very well. They also come with labels and a chalk pen to label the contents of each storage container. I recommend these multi-purpose containers to anyone who wants to bring some calm to their chaos, whether it’s food, craft supplies, or anything you need to securely store.”
For small spaces or people who just like to keep things tidy, this silicone strainer is a dream. Not only does it clip do just about every pan in the kitchen to effortlessly strain past or wash produce, it also folds up to make it small enough to fit in a cutlery drawer. 20,000+ Amazon shoppers give it a perfect five-star rating.
“This worked so well for draining beef grease from my large 12″ fry pan,” shared a happy cook. “There was no leaking like I was afraid of. It poured perfectly into a small cup. I also used it to drain hot water from boiling noodles for the same dinner! This is a lifesaver! I can’t wait to use it again!”
Need help keeping the kitchen sink tidy? How ’bout reducing waste? This gadget does both.
“I love this,” gushed one rave reviewer. “It looks good on the counter and I use less dish soap. Just a couple of pushes and good to go. Easy to fill and clean. I love that it has a place for the water from the sponge to drain into the holder.
Whether you’re a neat freak or you just don’t like to fold shirts, this folding board makes laundry day much less of a headache — just ask one of the 23,000 five-star fans.
Dudes, I can’t tell you how much I don’t like folding clothes,” wrote a five-star fan. “I also can’t express to you how much I don’t want to write a review on amazon, but here’s the thing. I whip out this thing like it’s cash money and flip it around like it’s a 2 dollar bill you’ve never seen before. I get my laundry done in six minutes max. Flat. I’m throwing everything in there, towels. Shirts. Pants. My grandmother’s bathrobe. My grandfather’s ashes. Just to make it smoke like it’s flaming.”
Let your inner neat freak out with a new gadget that promises to keep your earbuds sparkling. It has three different heads — a brush, a sponge and a metal tip — to meet all your earbud cleaning needs. More than 10,000 five-star fans are already listening to music with new clarity.
“My AirPods were nasty, I can’t lie,” shared a rave reviewer. “I had priced a professional clean and it was $25. For less than half, this tool did the job and I can easily keep it in my handbag or car for touch ups.”
This battery pack is about the size of a tube of lipstick, but it charges your iPhone super-fast. Grab one today, pop it in your purse and never endure “one-percent panic” again.
“I knew as soon as I saw the packaging, I was going to be happy with this charger, and I was right!” wrote one of 12,000 five-star fans. “It had me at ‘hello’, you might say! Aside from charging quickly ✅ it’s compact size ✅ it’s streamlined look ✅ one of my favorite details is the integrated protective cap that keeps the charging module covered, keeping it free from dust and other junk that’s in my purse. It’s a keeper!”
This is such a simple product, but it makes driving so much easier. It is specially designed to hang on the back of your car seat headrest so you can hang everything from dry cleaning to groceries — more than 24,000 rave reviewers have made it part of their commuting kit.
“It is especially handy for when I get takeout and they give me a bag with handles,” reported a five-star fan who calls this a ‘handy little gadget.’ “I can hang the bag on one of these hooks and not have to worry about spilling the food. I try to remember to keep a few plastic grocery bags in my car in case the food doesn’t come in a bag with handles. I can’t speak to the sturdiness of the hooks since I haven’t used them for anything heavy.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.