Off the beaten path from Amazon's home pages, best seller lists, and new releases, there's a cool feature called Movers and Shakers. Here you'll find the products with the biggest difference in sales rank from the previous 24 hours. If something suddenly spikes in popularity, you better believe it'll end up on the top of the Movers and Shakers list.
For home and kitchen shoppers, today's theme seems to be "Spring." Buyers are ready to start grilling out, chilling out, and generally not freezing, shivering, shoveling, or whatever else. Finally.
Here are some of the best Movers and Shakers we found.
1. ThermoPro Instant Read Thermometer
The ThermoPro TP03A, one of the cheapest and most oft-recommended instant read meat thermometers on the market, is up 176% in sales this week. Grilled steaks anyone?
User reviews say this model gets no points for build construction, but at only ten buck it's a tough deal to ignore. Plus the TP03A is useful for frying oil or candy making, and it's water resistant.
2. Chainmail Cast Iron Cleaner
This has nothing to do with jousting or the Renaissance Faire. Apparently actual chainmail makes both a fine medieval armor and a painless way to clean cast iron pans without ruining the seasoning. Just scrub your pan with this and warm water only—the rings are abrasive enough to remove stuck-on food, but smooth enough to keep the seasoning intact. There's also one extra large ring for hanging the scrubber up on a kitchen rack.
3. Aspectek Commercial Insect Zapper
It ain't pretty, but nothing ruins a cookout like bugs, and nothing cooks bugs like one these electric mosquito obliterators.
Aspectek's 20 watt model is commercial grade, with an effective area of about 6000 square feet. It works outside too, as long as you keep it dry.
4. Giant Silicone Ice Cube Trays
Small ice cubes mean more total surface area and faster melting. The same volume of ice in giant cube form will melt more slowly, and more of your drink will stay "drink." Not water. Silicone cube molds are all the rage right now, since the cubes pop out more easily, so it was only a matter of time until the trend made it to giant cubes too.
5. Instant Pot
The original Instant Pot is now the bestselling product on Amazon's Kitchen and Dining section.
This is, according to the manufacturer, a 7-in-1 kitchen appliance. So that's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and a sautéing / browning pot. It's the hottest gift in the kitchen right now. In fact, the only reason the Instant Pot appears on Mover and Shakers is because its top-seller position has gone from number two to number one overall.
6. JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder
This manual grinder is for precision coffee brewing, so you can dial in the coarseness very specifically according to no less than 18 size settings. Since there's no battery it's perfect for a camping trip, and no electric motor means it's nice and quiet for the office. Users report this model is sturdy and easy to take apart and clean.
7. Rainbow Knife and Blade Guard Set
If you’re already the type of person to keep fanciful rainbow stuff around the house, we probably don’t need to sell you on this knife set. If not, we’d like to highlight the practicality of color coding your utensils.
Lost your bread slicer? Look for the bright orange handle in the drawer. Paring knife gone missing? Keep an eye out for purple. This set also comes with matching blade guards, and user reviews claim the color don’t wash off.
8. Stainless Steel Koozie
Grilling season is also koozie season, and while that neoprene can-holder you got in college was charming at the time, the hilarious “It’s beer o’clock!” lettering on the side has run its course.
Instead try this upgrade from Thermos. It’s stainless steel, and the manufacturer claims it’ll keep your beverage cold ten times longer than a bare can.
9. Non-GMO Herb Seed Collection
Herb gardening is one of the easiest (and most useful) ways to take up gardening, and users are having a lot of success with this seed collection from Sustainable Seed.
You get 10 seed packages featuring the most popular culinary herbs—like basil, chives, cilantro, and dill—and you can grow them all in a single pot.
10. Telescoping Roasting Stick 5-Pack
Wooden sticks are so old fashioned. This year parents are opting for a safer and better way to roast marshmallows or hot dogs over the campfire. These upgraded roasting sticks telescope out to 45-inches long, with two prongs on the end for double cooking duty, and they have a heat resistant rubber handle at the base. Plus you get five for just $15.99 on sale today.
11. Essential Oil Diffuser
If you haven’t heard, when it comes to keeping the home smelling fresh, candles are out—essential oil diffusers are in. This model from Urpower is the most popular on Amazon (over 12,000 customer reviews!) and it’s more than 70% off today.