10 bizarre things on Amazon with unusually high ratings
You wouldn't expect these unusual gizmos and gadgets on Amazon to be so popular.
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When you think of Amazon, a few products might instantly come to mind. Things like the best-selling Instant Pot, the Amazon Echo or your TV’s new BFF, the Amazon Fire Stick are all super popular among Prime members and non-Prime shoppers alike.
But we can’t forget about some of the more “bizarre” items found on Amazon. With these following 10 products, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Not only are they things you’ve never heard of or thought they didn’t really exist, but with loads of glowing reviews, they’re actually deserving of a place in the storied halls of the best things to buy on Amazon.
1. The drain stopper that puts an end to clogged drains
Rating: 4.3 stars
This is a product that we—and over 18,000 others—rave about a lot since it does what it says: catches hair before it clogs your drain. Not only that, but it’s made to fit neatly inside pretty much any standard tub drain to catch hair without disrupting water flow. In the end, cleanup won’t feel like a chore since it just requires a quick wipe and go. And you’ll never have to deal with clogged drains and drain snakes (or worse, chemicals) again. They even make a smaller one for your sink called the SinkShroom ($10.99 on Amazon), which is especially ideal for homes with beards.
2. This egg cooker that’s an egg lover’s dream
Rating: 4.5 stars
If you’re looking to simplify your life, then the cult-favorite Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is for you. It’s great for people who struggle with time in the morning since it has an auto-off function to prevent overcooking. If you’re cooking for more than one person, then that’s no problem. You can prepare an egg for everyone, whether that’s poached, scrambled, soft boil and more.
We even tested it and found it to be one of the best ways to easily cook eggs, a fact that over 7,000 people on amazon agree with. It even made the list for the top things our readers bought in July. Since it’s small, electric, and lightweight, it’s also perfect for bringing to dorm rooms for fast brain food in the morning when you sleep in during cafeteria hours (it happens).
3. The Squatty Potty that changes the way you go #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
The Squatty Potty is one of those bizarre products that claims to change your life. Or at least, change the way you poop. It’s got almost 10,000 reviews and 4.5 stars to back it up, along with appearances on Shark Tank and The Howard Stern Show. One of our testers recently wrote about her obsession with the Squatty Potty and admitted she hates using any bathroom without one.
It works by elevating your feet to open up the colon, so that you can, um, “release” way quicker and easier. While it may feel a little weird the first couple of times, just remember that you’re going back to pooping the way nature intended.
4. This LifeStraw that keeps you hydrated in the great outdoors
Rating: 4.6 stars
Whether you’re out camping or hiking, having drinkable water is a huge necessity—especially in emergency situations. Loads of outdoorsy people make their lives easier with the LifeStraw, which claims to remove 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria and parasites with a built-in filter. The idea is that you can stick the straw right into a stream, drink, and not get sick. Thanks to a Prime Day sale, it was even one of the most popular things our readers purchased last month. Just remember, the LifeStraw filters out bacteria, not viruses, so you should still use it cautiously.
5. This fabric defuzzer that makes your clothes feel like new again
Rating: 4.2 stars
With fall coming up, we’re already getting excited for a season of cozying up in all of your favorite sweaters (with a pumpkin-spiced latte likely beside us). Unfortunately, you won’t feel all the warm fuzzies inside if you literally have fuzzies all over your clothes from your sweaters, new and old alike.
Enter the Conair defuzzer that removes fuzzies, pilling and even lint to help make your clothes, furniture and blankets look and feel new again. Since it features a large shaving head, the job will be done that much faster. It’s also battery operated so it’s easy to use in a pinch at home or when traveling.
6. This bubble face mask that’s as fun to use as it is effective
Rating: 4.2 stars
Getting rid of blackheads has never been more fun than with this carbonated bubble clay mask. Although it’s a cult-favorite for beauty lovers since it helps rid pores of icky dirt and dead skin cells, the reason over 5,600 people go crazy for it is how fun it is to use.
All you do is simply apply it on a dry face and wait for the bubbles to appear. As the mast foams up, it gives you a cartoonish appearance that will have you cracking up and sending silly selfies to your besties.
7. This inverted umbrella that makes all the others look bad
Rating: 4.4 stars
The Sharpty Inverted Umbrella is much different than regular umbrellas for two reasons. First, other, standard options don’t get almost 3,000 reviews on Amazon. Second, they won’t get you—or the floor—wet as soon as you close them. This is all thanks to the inverted design of the umbrella that allows it to close from the inside out.
You’ll also love the “c-shape” handle that you can hold like normal or wrap around your wrist so you can have your hand free. With it, you might actually like getting caught in the rain, as one of our testers has admitted to. Additionally, there’s a huge variety of designs and colors so you can find one that really speaks to your style and aesthetic.
8. A clip-on strainer that makes all your other bulky stainers redundant
Rating: 4.6 stars
Save yourself kitchen space and the hassle of trying to strain hot water while trying not to burn yourself with this nifty, game-changing kitchen gadget.
Over 2,000 people on Amazon love having this little baby in their kitchen because it’s smaller and easier to use than typical colanders. Reviewers even say that it’s durable enough to strain heavy food items, so it’s no wonder it’s one of those brilliant kitchen gadgets that everyone needs. Thanks to its universal design, you shouldn’t have a problem using it on pretty much any pot, pan, or bowl in your cupboard. And it’s made with high quality, BPA-free silicone so it’s dishwasher safe—and small enough to actually fit.
9. A snail mucus facial cream that works wonders on the skin
Rating: 3.8 stars
No, this isn’t an episode of Fear Factor. Over 2,000 people have willingly put snail mucus all over their face. Why? For the promised skin benefits, surprisingly, such as clearing up blemishes, reducing fine lines, providing mega hydration, and even clearing up acne scars.
Yes, it’s a bizarre product, but the stellar reviews make it obvious it’s worth getting a little gross in the name of beauty. In addition to everything else, it’s fragrance- and paraben-free, making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
10. This stainless steel soap that absorbs even the strongest of smells
Rating: 4.4 stars
If you’re cooking with smelly foods like fish, garlic, and onions, then you might want to try this Amco soap nearby. Unlike traditional bars of soap, it’s made of high-quality stainless steel that claims to absorb smells right from your hands. One reviewer even used it to rid themselves of B.O.!
We haven’t tested the steel bar ourselves, but we have seen a lot of mixed results from other testers and YouTubers. If you hate lingering smells on your hands, it might be worth a try to see if it works for you like it did for one reviewer, who said it makes their “hands smell like hands again.”
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