32 Useful Products Under $25 Our Readers Actually Swear By

32 Useful Products Under $25 Our Readers Actually Swear By

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community (and asked again!) to tell us about the best products they’ve bought for $25 or less, and here are some of their responses!


A pack of two discreet silicone anti-slip holders that will make your glasses and sunglasses fit perfectly and stop sliding down your nose.


A Wet Brush, which is especially designed with flexible bristles to detangle hair painlessly without causing extra breakage.


“I have wavy and unruly hair, and brushing my hair after a shower was always a process. Not anymore! Do yourself a favor and invest in a Wet Brush for every member of your family! No more painful knots!” —Sarhines

“My Wet Brush! Greatest money I’ve ever spent.” —samanthaf42083e61a

One mom reviewer says it’s the only way she can brush out her daughter’s hair without a screaming match, another person talks about how it doesn’t rip out chunks of hair.

Get a pack of two on Amazon for $15.99.


An essential oil roll-on that hundreds of people (including a BuzzFeeder) swear helps with their migraines and chronic headaches.

Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

You apply it mostly to the back of your neck, and a little to your forehead. This is an excerpt of one BuzzFeeder’s full review.

“Now, I’m not someone who’s into essential oils, and strong scents often trigger my headaches instead of helping them, so I was a bit skeptical at first. Turns out, though, it includes three scents that I actually like — peppermint, spearmint, and lavender — and the smell is more refreshing and sinus-clearing than perfumey.

It provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day.

Besides how well and how fast it works, my favorite thing about this product is its size — which is roughly the same as a tube of lipstick, so it’s always in my purse. I can’t go anywhere without it, and it’s so comforting to know that I have it in case a headache strikes. Do I still sometimes have really stubborn headaches? Yes. But I still consider the Migrastil Migraine Stick a small miracle and something that has definitely changed my life for the better.” —Katy Herman

Get it on Amazon for $10.99.


A bottle of Bar Keeper’s Friend powder or soft cleanser, which you can use as your one-stop cleaning products for almost every surface in your entire home — like all that cooked-on grime on your stovetop you’ve never been able to coax off.

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“I use it to clean literally everything in my apartment. I even got coffee stains off my little white table where my Keurig is. You can also polish pots and stove tops, get rid of grime from showers, tubs, and toilets — the list goes on.” —Kayla Suazo

The main difference between the two = the powder cleanser’s more abrasive (i.e., it might scratch the surfaces you use it on) than the soft cleanser (which is non-scratch). Neither product uses bleach. Kayla’s also written an in-depth review of both products, if you want to read more.

Get a two-pack of the powder cleanser for $9.99, and the soft cleanser plus a bonus non-scratch reusable scouring cloth for $14.95, both on Amazon.


A mini fan you can plug into almost any USB charger port for a quick cool-down anytime you’re stuck somewhere too toasty-warm while working on your computer.

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“I’m in college and walking around campus can make me really sweaty, but my USB fan always cools me down when I get back to my dorm. I just plug it into my laptop.” —sydneyjrw

Get it on Amazon for $10.99, and stay cool, friends.


A lipstick-sized external battery that holds a full backup charge so you never have that drop in the pit of your stomach when it’s noon and your phone’s already at 20% battery.


An ice roller you can use on your skin to help it absorb serums or at the very least reduce puffiness — you just pop it in the freezer overnight and it’ll be ready to, um, well, roll in the morning.


A classic clay mask that makes an incredible difference for many people who struggle with acne, redness, and other skin problems.


“I first learned about this product on BuzzFeed actually, it’s great for stopping acne in its tracks and it’s cheap. Plus it’s got over 18,000 reviews!” —chessaf

You simply mix it with apple cider vinegar, water, or half-and-half of each (for medium intensity), smear it over your face, leave for ten minutes or so, and rinse.

Get a one-pound jar for $9.99 or a two-pound jar for $14.95, both from Amazon.


One or two of the 80+ shades of ~Super Shock~ eyeshadows perfect for one-and-done monochrome looks on the mornings you sleep in (which let’s be honest, is most mornings).


“They are crème and so pigmented it’s ridiculous. I don’t know about using them to create a full look, but to swipe a coat on for running out the door — my holy grails!!”


Get 37 of the colors from Ulta for $6 each, or the full selection from ColourPop for $5 each.


A mascara with a specialty brush that lifts and curls even short lashes so they have all that oomph you dream about.

Benefit / Sephora

“While it’s a lot to spend for mascara, it is literally the best purchase I have ever made in my entire life. My lashes are short and straight this is the only mascara I have ever tried that actually makes them not only visible but fabulous.” —michelleg45101cb41

Get it at Ulta, Sephora, or Benefit for $25 (available in black and brown).


A meat chopping and mixing tool that makes one of the easiest cooking tasks — browning ground beef, chicken, or turkey — even simpler.


“A game changer when cooking any ground meat: the meat chopper utensil! My husband jokes that it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought for the kitchen, but it really is. It makes it super easy to chop any ground meat (or even scrambled eggs) in the pan. It’s heat-safe and I even leave mine standing up in the pan while the meat cooks.”


Pattycakes recommends the Pampered Chef’s version of this tool, which is heat-resistant up to 428 degrees — you can get it on Amazon for $11.99. You can also get ChopStir’s non-heat-resistant version (as in, you can use it briefly in a hot pan but can’t leave it sitting in the pan, or it’ll melt) on Amazon for $8.40.


A fully-equipped mandoline slicer at a price that seems too good to be true, but that’s actually legit and going to help you slice and grate veggies like never before.


“The Byetoo mandoline slicer!! Only $11 and you can make zoodles, long thin veggie slices, and so much more. I was a little hesitant because of the price but this thing has not failed me, I tell everyone I know how much I love this!” —maryk43e61b175

It apparently doesn’t come with instructions though, so check out tutorials on YouTube like this one. Though if you’ve used a mandoline in the past, it looks pretty standard.

Get it on Amazon for $16.99. And consider a pair of cut-resistant gloves, which many reviewers like to use with mandolines no matter what brand they own, $11.49 on Amazon.


Some long-handled iced tea spoons designed for reaching the bottom of pitchers of cold tea on hot days, so they can also easily stir smoothies and drinks in oversized tumblers.


“They’re really just longer regular spoons. But they are awesome for bottom of jars, tall coffee cups and 1,000,000 other things.”


Get a set of six stainless steel iced tea spoons on Amazon for $13.59.


A set of five microfiber makeup remover cloths that coax pretty much every bit of product off your face using just water, so even if you’re lazy your face won’t hit the pillow with remnants of the day’s eyeliner.

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“One of the best feelings after a long day is taking a hot shower and rubbing your eyes. The downside is coming out of the shower looking like a raccoon that got punched in the face. After seeing MANY reviews on BuzzFeed I decided to try these and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Literally just need to get them wet, all eye makeup comes off in one to two wipes. With the lighter colors of the cloths it’s easy to see when you’ve gotten all of it off. I RECOMMEND FOR EVERY WOMAN TO EVER WEAR MAKEUP. You will not be disappointed.” —shelbycobrad

You can also use ’em with your preferred makeup remover, of course. And they’re machine washable, although if you’re concerned about washing microfiber because of microplastics, check out the Guppyfriend Washing Bag.

Get the pack of five from Amazon for $6.99 (also available as a pack of three).


A citrus squeezer that’s worth the splurge — it’s durable enough to use multiple times a week and handle the dishwasher each time.


“If you cook with lemon or lime juice, this tool is the best of the best. It gets so much juice out, it’s easy to clean, and it’s durable. I use it daily and put it in the dishwasher. My last one was painted and the acid from the fruit made the paint chip into my juice. Also the hinges on it weren’t very strong. This one is stainless and I don’t have to worry about paint chipping. This tool is so good it makes me use lemon and lime juice more often because it works so well. My guacamole is, therefore, amazing.” —christinev456ff7fbf

Get it on Amazon for $21.99.


A vacuum-insulated drink tumbler to keep your coffee hot and your ice water cold much longer than any regular cup or mug possibly could.


“One word: YETI. I’m not a big spender but I’ve been drinking out of this cup everyday for a year. My drinks are cold all day and I love that!”


Get a 10 oz stainless steel tumbler on Amazon for $19.99 (or browse the other Yeti drinkware available on Amazon).


Or a different vacuum-sealed travel mug with a leak-proof lid that keeps drinks hot for up to seven hours — and cold for up to EIGHTEEN.


“The Contigo coffee travel mug. Boy does it keep coffee hot. It’s my faithful companion every day. I wouldn’t survive the work day without it. Thanks, Contigo!”


Get one on Amazon for $10.74+ (available in 16 oz, 20 oz, or 24 oz sizes and six colors, though the colors available depend on the size you want).


A pair of reusable coffee filters made from organic cotton, so you can cut down on your paper waste in at least this small way.

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“I drink about three cups of coffee every day. The Coffee Sock is a re-useable filter that you just rinse and dry after each use. I feel so much better that I’m not throwing out dozens of filters a week, and the coffee still tastes great. :)”


They all come in packs of two on Amazon — get the classic basket-shaped filters for $12.99, the #4 cone coffee filters for $12.99, and the #2 cone coffee filters for $12.18.


The Phone Loop, an elastic strap that attaches to your case and gives you a better grip on your phone without adding any bulk.


“It’s a ribbon that goes on your case and gives you a lot of space to slide your fingers under it. I had a Pop Socket but it interferes with my wireless charger; this doesn’t. Also it has super strong adhesive so I never have to worry about dropping my phone.”


Get one from Phone Loop for $5.99 each (34 colors/patterns available).


The ultimate bathroom combo: a Squatty Potty toilet stool so your poops will be easier than you ever imagined they possibly could be (even if you have some GI problems).


“The Squatty Potty, hands down. I have always had GI issues and the Squatty Potty has helped tremendously.”


“I’m *this close* to buying a Squatty Potty for work!”


The Squatty Potty raises your knees so you’re in a more natural position for pooping, which thousands of reviewers (including a BuzzFeeder) find makes the whole process so much better.

Get it on Amazon for $24.99.


And a bottle of before-you-go toilet spray to imprison any forthcoming smells in the toilet bowl (the only thing your nose will be able to detect is the spray’s pleasant scent).


“The best money I ever spent on a cheap ‘gimmicky’ item is Poo-Pourri. Every single item has a wonderful scent that completely traps the scent of “devil donuts” in the bowl while doubling as an air freshener as well. I definitely recommend the small sizes so you can shove them in your pockets discreetly as you creep away to the bathroom to do your business in the middle of a work day.” —cameryng

Get a 100-use bottle on Amazon for $8.19+ (available in 24 scents).


A microfiber hair towel with a button and an elastic loop that let you wrap up your hair so it stays put (and dries faster!) while you finish the rest of your post-shower routine.


“One of those Turbie Twist towels. Amazing. Get one.”


Get a pack of four on Amazon for $21.99 (and again, if you’re concerned about washing microfiber because of micro plastics — because yes, these are machine washable — check out the Guppyfriend Washing Bag).


Under-cabinet LED lighting so you can actually see the onion you’re chopping, if your overhead lights aren’t quite powerful enough to illuminate your best workspace.

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“An LED light to stick under my cabinets in the darker corners of my kitchen!”


These 12-inch long lights are easy to install and are linkable, so you only have to plug them in one place.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $25.99 (available in white and warm white).


The Makeup Eraser, a reusable microfiber wash cloth that will remove every speck of makeup (even the waterproof kind) using literally only water. A full face of makeup uses just about one third of one side, so you can get multiple uses before you have to wash it, and can stop paying $$ for disposable makeup wipes every month.

BuzzFeed Reviews

“My Makeup Eraser! For only $20 you save so much money on makeup wipes. Plus you’re saving the environment by eliminating another single use product from your life. I’ve had mine for two years and just replaced it because I left my original one behind while traveling.”


And we know it works because we tried and tested it: it’s one of the BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best makeup removers. Of course it’s completely machine washable or hand washable; if you’re concerned about washing microfiber because of microplastics, check out the Guppyfriend Washing Bag.

Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $20.


A fabric shaver that cuts all the pills off your favorite knits so your clothes look new again with almost no effort.

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It also works well on furniture upholstery, and has three depth settings you can adjust depending on the fabric you’re working with.

Get one on Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven colors).


A silicone menstrual cup because once you get the hang of it, you’ll save money and the environment AND just generally be much less inconvenienced by your period.


“A menstrual cup! I bought it for $20 on Amazon.”


If you haven’t used one before, definitely check out these 37 menstrual cup tips!

Get one from Amazon that’s designed specifically for beginners (and has over 1,000 five-star reviews) for $24.90 (available in two sizes).

Or check out a different well-reviewed one that (according to one reviewer at least) is less flexible but still good for $12.95+.


A cozy sweater-wrapped hot water bottle to warm your cold toes or nose all through the winter nights without the same risks of leaving a heating pad or heated blanket plugged in. Plus it can help relieve sore muscles!


“So perfect for sore muscles, cramps, or when you just can’t warm up!”


Get the two-liter bottle and cute cozy on Amazon for $14.99 (note that the manufacturer recommends not pouring boiling water directly in the bottle, but instead to let it cool just little bit first).


A beachy hair waver so you can rock loose texture (without putting in more than a few minutes of effort) whenever the mood strikes you, even when you find yourself awake and bored up at 3 a.m. and get the random urge to do your hair.

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“The Bed Head Wave Artist changed my hair game for life! It’s like crimping beach perfect beach waves and takes 15 minutes top for my long hair. Can’t say enough!” —karriel48a8abe67

Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (although it is often priced under $25! Or check out an adjustable version — with all the same features — that gives you four different wave texture options for $34.99).


A set of four packing cubes because you can efficiently fit lots of clothing in your bag without messing up your careful folding and organization just because you need that one pair of pants that happen to be all the way at the bottom, beneath your neatly stacked tops.


“Packing cubes. Seriously, I can’t pack without them no more. When I first bought them I was unsure about how useful they would be, but after the very first trip with them I’m a converted. It reduced the mess and space in my bag, I swear I can fit double of the things in my baggage (which translates in more space for stuff I buy abroad!), not to mention all your clothes get to your destination folded and less wrinkled. Super useful.”


With these, you simply remove your bag of tops and your bag of socks and undies, unzip your bag of pants, get what you need, then throw the other bags back in! Zero mess, zero stress.

Get a highly rated set of four zip-up packing cubes on Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).


A textured foot massage ball — since we can’t all have nightly visit from the masseuse fairy, it will help relieve your tense, achy muscles while all you do is sit, relax, and leisurely roll it up and down the soles of your feet.


“$8 and my feet no longer hurt after eight-hour catering shifts.”


Reviewers also report that it helps with Plantar Fasciitis . You can also use it on other sore or tight spots on your hands, arms, legs, and feet, of course!

Get it on Amazon for $6.98.


A mug warmer because it’s 2019 and we have the technology to actually keep your coffee or tea (or hot chocolate or soup) perfectly warm for as loooong as you need.

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“The one thing I buy over and over again is a cup warmer. I’m a sipper of tea and I use this all day, every day. $10–12 is well worth it. When not using it for drinks you can warm candle cubes in a dish for scent without a flame.”


Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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