Small Home Products That Will Instantly Make Life Better

Experience the practical magic these things bring to your everyday life.

Ever find something that immediately transforms your life? It’s a great feeling! We’ve gotten that buzz from the home products on this list, from simple devices like plugs and sound machines to labor-saving appliances like robot mops and air purifiers. Check ’em out.

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An outlet extender that has everything you need
Tired of the rodeo that results from never having enough wall outlets and USB ports? Plug this surge-protected extender into an existing outlet to create so many more opportunities to power up your life -- neatly. You'll appreciate that the five outlets are spaced widely enough that you can actually use them all at the same time.

Promising review: "Wow, this is really a great value, especially when one considers the surge protector. I have costly appliances (e.g. CPAP machine) that are connected to this outlet extender. This one feature is worth lots, especially if there's a power surge. The USB charging ports is great for my smartphone (or other devices). Unlike other outlet extenders, this one requires two wall outlets which provides great stability... There's a ON/OFF switch for the night LED lamp. Kudos to the manufacturer/suppliers for a well designed and well featured product." -- B. Lee

Get it from Amazon for $13.71.
An espresso upgrade
Spend less time and money at Starbucks by making your own lattes. The Breville Bambino is a precise, dependable everyday espresso maker for folks who only need the basics but still care a lot about quality and taste (it'll blow those old espresso pods out of the water!). Best of all, it heats up in just three seconds and doesn't take up as much space as larger machines with extra features you won't end up using.

Promising review: "When purchasing the Bambino, I wanted to find a good cost-efficient balance for both espresso and milk steaming quality. The machine has simply blown me away, and I am astonished by the quality this smallest machine from Breville has to offer. The machine produces some of the most quality shots I have ever had, especially when paired with an excellent hand grinder. Overall, I am very happy with this machine and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a machine in this price range. Job well done!" -- Alex C.

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $299.99 or from Williams Sonoma for $299.95.
A dish brush with an integrated sink rest
You don't have to clunk up your sink with a whole supply station when you can just rest this scrub brush on the rim by its little nonslip nub. The integrated pan scraper at the top will help you tackle crusty cleaning jobs.

Promising review: "Sometimes it's the little things that make you happy - like the fact that the dish brush can sit up out of the sink, not get gross when you accidentally throw greasy dishes on top, and it's attractive and matches the other Joseph Joseph kitchen tools like the dish drainer! I actually store it above the sink hanging off the window ledge, because I find it is more out of the way, and less likely to slip into the sink. My husband splashes water everywhere, and then it does slide off the edge if it's on the sink itself, but this problem was solved completely by moving it to the window ledge." -- Jazzmine

Get it in green or grey from Amazon for $6.99+.
Easy, reliable smart plugs
Insert these smart plugs right into your existing outlets and make your life so much easier. You can set timers to turn electronics or lights on and off, say simple commands to control appliances plugged into hard-to-reach places, and more. Each smart plug can be operated via Alexa, Google Assistant or the handy, easy-to-use Kasa app.

Promising review: "I have had good experiences with TP-Link devices in the past, so I had high hopes for these little WiFi outlets, and they didn't disappoint. 1) Setup was a piece of cake: Just plug them in and use the Kasa app to configure them... 2) They are small and unobtrusive, projecting about an inch and a half from the outlet. And because they are so compact, you CAN plug two of them in at the same receptacle, one above the other. 3) They require NO HUB, since they connect via WiFi -- this is a huge plus! 4) They are very easy to control with the Kasa app, which is well designed and fairly intuitive. You can use the app not only to turn the plugs on and off but also to set schedules so lamps or other appliances turn on and off at designated times. I have had no connectivity issues with these, and I would certainly buy them again. (In fact, I will almost certainly purchase more because I keep finding new places where these can be useful!)" -- Frederick

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99.
A whisper-quiet Blueair purifier
This cool cylindrical HEPA air purifier is the perfect size for a bedroom or smaller space like a nursery. It captures 99% of common airborne annoyances like smoke, mold, dust, allergens and even virus particles. It comes with two washable pre-filters in black and blue, and you can purchase even more colors for ultimate customization.

Promising review: "The proof is in the picture. I just moved into a new apartment and noticed how incredibly dusty my room was. I bought this air purifier and have had it running non-stop since I got it which is about a week now. You can see how much the pre-filter has caught. The inside filter definitely has changed color since I first set it up. Air quality definitely has improved and there is noticeably less dust on my furniture. Very happy with this unit for a bedroom of about 130 square feet." -- Rowrowrowyourboat

Get it from Amazon for $119.99.
Or a highly-rated Coway purifier for larger spaces
If you want to use a HEPA air purifier in an even larger space, the Coway Airmega 200M is a great choice (Wirecutter named it one of the best air purifiers you can buy). It will work in spaces up to 361 square feet, and its auto mode will kick into higher gear when it senses that your air quality is compromised.

Promising review: "I bought this to keep the air clean during California wildfire season. It does the job handily in my room, which is about 300 sq ft. (and also very dusty because it is an old house and my room is a converted porch.) Each of my roommates also has one of these air purifiers, so we are all now fans (no pun intended). The setup directions were clear and the setup itself was not challenging. It is extremely easy to see how to operate the device and to understand what it is telling you about air quality." -- Heather

Get it from in black or white for $129+.
An ultrasonic pest repeller that'll help you kick that roach problem
If you Google this type of device, you'll find a lot of pest control companies saying it doesn't work -- but it did work for us, and for a lot of Amazon reviewers as well. Hmmm.

Promising review: "This product is absolutely amazing!!! I will admit, I was a little skeptical at first but within the first week, the product proved that it worked. Over the last few months, due to nasty, dirty neighbors, our apartment seemed to come under attack by these filthy disgusting roaches. The number just seemed to keep growing and didn’t look like it would stop. My roommate and I tried absolutely everything from traps, bait stations, sprays and even foggers with little to no improvement. I began to research products on Amazon and this one came highly recommended. We purchased it and what a huge difference!!! The amount has been greatly reduced and I’m hoping as time goes on, the amount will ultimately go down to ZERO!! If you are skeptical like I was, just buy it!!" -- Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.
A labor-saving onion and garlic chopper
If you've got chef-level knife skills, well, we're jealous. For the rest of us, this Prepworks chopper will save tons of frustration by turning out onion and garlic in a delightfully consistent dice in mere seconds. The integrated cleaning grid and dishwasher-safe materials save time after cooking, too.

Promising review: "I've bought so many kinds of chopper but this chopper is so far the very best! Where it takes me almost an hour to make salsa or pico de gallo, it takes 15 minutes with this chopper. It is also very easy to use and clean. It comes with a small tool that will comb out the fruit or vegetable stuck in between the grid. Highly recommended." -- SalF

Get it from Amazon for $20..
A set of eco-friendly wall planters
When you run out of space for your plants, grab a pack of these easy-to-hang, easy-to-water WallyGro vertical planters. They're great for trailing plants and any that you want to keep out of the reach of playful pets. Best of all, they're made from 100% recycled plastic.

Promising review: "Absolutely loving these. They were easy to install, and look beautiful on my wall. Comes with super clear and detailed instructions for mounting. Easy to maintain. I keep buying more and more of them -- my plant wall is a work in progress!" -- Gmo

Get it from Amazon starting at $49.99 for a two-pack (comes in 12 colors) or from Wallygro.
A compact but powerful drill for home chores
If you're used to thinking bigger is better when it comes to power tools, you may be distrustful of all the recommendations for this smaller-sized drill. But there's a full-size punch in this handy little workhorse, which also has a hammer function for tough jobs like concrete.

P.s. Don't forget to grab a drill bit set if you don't already have one!

Promising review: "This DeWalt 12v extreme fits your hand really nice. Big improvement over the old style. Has really nice power for a 12v. Super light and compact. With having a wood shop it will be [my] go-to drill. I would recommend it [to] everyone. DeWalt has done a great job with this drill. The light is bright and you will be able to see in the dark the screws heads with no shadows. No wobble in the chuck." -- Gregwoodshop

Get it from Amazon for $137.99 or from Lowes for $99.
A set of super-helpful adhesive shower caddies
Sick of suction cups that don't stay put? Can't drill into your bathroom tile to install the shower shelf of your dreams? This pair of caddies will take care of you. The super-strong adhesive holds fast and the stainless steel is rust-proof, too.

Promising review: "The baskets are perfect for in shower use. They are sturdy enough to hold over-sized containers. The hooks provide an extra convenience. Application instructions are simple and easy to follow. They have been used daily since the installation and there are no signs of the adhesive failing." -- PH

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.
A workhorse Frigidaire dehumidifier
Damp basement? Humid weather? Just hate that musty smell? Grab this handy apartment-sized dehumidifier, which can pull 22 pints of water from the air in a day and comes with a washable filter so you don't have to keep ordering parts in the future. It's also on wheels, making it easy to move around.

Promising review: "LOVE this dehumidifier! Only had for about a month. Every evening and every morning the bucket is full and needs emptied so you know it's working! I live in northern IL and during our summers you can cut the humidity outside with a knife for about 3 months of the year! This has brought my home humidity from abut 80% to 60%. Makes all the difference in the world." -- Faith71

Get it from Walmart for $169.99.
A super quiet Levoit WiFi humidifier
It's not hard to find a decent humidifier, but this one's large water capacity and app and Alexa integration earns it brownie points for sure -- you can adjust it without even getting up from the couch. It's also got a nozzle you can point in two directions at once.

Promising review: "This humidifier is amazing! ...I live in a small apartment this unit works great in my living room and my bedroom, yes I tried both rooms. I really like that it has Bluetooth, I have the app on my phone, installing it was a breeze. I also use Alexa which is a plus. You can also set it to automatically turn on and off when it reaches your desired humidity level. It’s so quiet I had to check to make sure it was working. Anyone looking for a good room humidifier you can’t go wrong with this one."

Get it from Amazon for $52.38.
An indoor Bluetooth humidity and temp sensor
How do you know if your house is too humid or dry? Well, this small gadget will tell you, and will even connect with your smartphone so you can check from anywhere nearby. It comes with a strip of double-sided tape in case you'd like to stick it in one location permanently.

Promising review: "I love this thing! It’s simple. Easy to connect and it gave me peace of mind when my kitten accidentally shut off the power supply. I was able to map how long it had been off. I mean for the price it is better than expected. I use mine in an egg incubator." — Monica Heisse

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
An inexpensive portable white noise machine
Sometimes you don't need too many bells and whistles; you or your child just need the sound of the ocean (or rain, or heartbeat, or white noise, or... you get the idea). You can leave this little sound machine plugged in or take it on the go with a charge that lasts 10 hours.

Promising review: "I was in search of the perfect sound machine and this is it!! I needed both the shush sound AND the white noise. Other sound machines had either or, not both. Also, this doesn't take any batteries. So you don't have to deal with the headache of buying batteries all the time. Best part is that the charge lasts hours, mine lasted over 10+ hours on one charge. So I take it with me in his stroller, in the car, anywhere. I even use it for myself, the rain sound and ocean is so soothing. I will be buying another one in case they run out!" -- Nrona84

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.
A Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX
Let a robot do the work for you when it comes to your carpets and hardwood floors. This high-suctioning vacuum connects to WiFi so you can power it up from afar or set it to clean on a schedule. It scoots under most furniture at just 2.85 inches tall.

Promising review: "We have a dog, a cat, and a blended family of five teens. I wish I had bought this a long time ago as it would have saved me lots of angst from stepping on messy floors and fighting with teens to vacuum! Day three of using this and I'm loving it! It did stall at one point because of long hair caught in the brush (three of the teens are girls with long hair, as well as myself so no surprise) but it alerted me on my phone and it took just a minute to clear it out and off it went again! It's doing a fabulous job! I just started it with my phone app from work today so I'll go home to clean floors tonight! SO happy with this purchase! Now if only it emptied the dishwasher!" -- Kat

Get it from Amazon for $175.99.
Or a robot vacuum with laser navigation
Basic robot vacuums are great, but sometimes it's a little maddening to watch one randomly bonk around your home. Not so with this smart little Roborock S4 Max, which uses laser navigation to map your house and then sucks up dirt on an organized path. You can use the maps it creates in the app to set boundaries, schedule specific areas for cleaning, and send it out to tackle spills. It can run for 180 minutes on a single charge.

Promising review: "This is a really great robot vacuum with tons of great features. I originally tried a competitor’s robot because of a sale, but decided to try the Roborock robots because of the LiDAR navigation. ...This robot has all the epic features of the S4 but dominates carpets (carefully pulling dog hair out of the carpets with zero damage to the carpet) and moves with ease over thresholds. This robot doesn’t have an automatic empty bin, but it takes 20 seconds to snap out the dustbin and empty it, so I’m not putting a lot of stock into that feature. This really is the perfect robot vacuum. I did a lot of research into the available options and put 3 robots through the paces, and the Roborock S4 MAX really outperformed anything else I’ve seen. If you are looking for a really smart bot to basically automate your daily sweeping around your house—look no further!"

Get it from Amazon for $359.99.
A three-pack of Blumat watering stakes
Vacation is dicey for plant parents. You either entrust your plants to someone who may accidentally kill them, or just hope they’re still alive when you get back. Thankfully, here's a third option: These ceramic watering stakes. Just soak them, then place the end of the tube in a container of water and let each plant suck up as much moisture as it wants while you’re away. Safe travels!

Promising review: "I was so happy to open my door to happy and healthy plants after a three-week trip away from home. These stakes work great, and I'm a bit embarrassed to say that they do a better job than I do at keeping my plants consistently watered. Many of my plants looked happier than ever. These are really the best and only solution (other than hiring a service) to take care of your houseplants for extended periods of time... If your plant likes to be damp then your water source should be placed even with the plant pot, if your plant likes to be more dry you will place your water source below the level of your plant pot, and if your plant wants to be very moist then your water source should be above your plant pot." -- Lou Who

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $16.17.
A Samsung Jetbot
Set this little machine free on hard floors and watch it mop for you. Two water tanks keep the dual mop heads cleaning, and although this won't map your home like smart robot vacuums, it will avoid carpets, furniture and falling down stairs. The mop heads are washable and reusable, and it can also be used in handheld mode for windows, wall tile and more. There's no dock, so it won't even take up floor space when not in use.

Promising review: "I previously bought the iRobot 240 and returned it... so I was looking for for something similar in the market where it takes care of one room at a time and gets the job done thoroughly. Then this bot came up just recently, so I decided to give it a try. Although it doesn't have a virtual wall feature, which I really want, it gets the job done way more thoroughly than the iRobot 240 because if its more advanced sensors and navigation algorithm. In addition, the pad on this robot is its wheels, so it takes care of way more real estate in one run than the iRobot, which has two wheels just for going around. So if you are looking for something small and efficient, give this robot a try." -- Joey Z.

Get the Samsung Jetbot from Amazon for $251.05 or from Best Buy for $267.99.
And a bonus for those who don't have laundry hookups
Sometimes you move into a building and the laundry room's on a whole different floor. Sometimes there's no laundry access at all. If that's the case, check out this portable washing machine that can hook up to a kitchen sink and wash a small load of clothes surprisingly well -- all without a trip to the laundromat. (You can get a portable dryer, too!)

Promising review: "I absolutely love this machine. I live in an apartment with a shared laundromat. It has been a lifesaver. I don’t have to go up and down just to do laundry. It is extremely easy to use! Easy to hook up to my sink and washes my clothes thoroughly. Clothes are almost dry after spin. The two casters are a little small, but I can still roll it to move around. It has plenty of room for clothing. I tried 5-6 pairs of pants, 4-5 towels, and a queen size sheet with 4 pillows. Super satisfied. Well worth the money!" -- Lily

Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

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