21 brilliant things every lazy person needs
Because "work smart, not harder" is your life motto.
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One of the most validating quotes I ever read was, "I'm not lazy, I just don't like doing things." That about sums me up on a daily basis—I'm the person who waits a week to fold the laundry, who will leave dishes in the sink instead of putting them in the dishwasher, and who prefers clothes that don't require any buttoning, zipping, or lacing (a.k.a. I live in leggings and slip-on shoes).
If you can relate, I hear you. Below are the 21 products that will make your life way easier—because life is too short to spend it doing crap that you can let something else do for you, am I right?
1. The best meal kit service
You barely have the motivation to cook dinner each night let alone meal plan and go grocery shopping. Fortunately, with a meal kit delivery service, the latter two will be taken care of. When we tried out Home Chef, we were pleasantly surprised by the high-quality fresh ingredients, delicious dishes, and detailed recipes that even a beginner could easily follow.
2. Our favorite robot vacuum
Most of us probably wouldn't argue with the fact that vacuuming is one of the most hated chores in America. To avoid doing it yourself, employ the help of this handy robot. Of all the robot vacuums we tested, it picked up the most dirt per run and was one of the quietest models, so you can actually relax while it cleans.
3. This stand that holds baggies open for you
Why open your own baggies when this rack will do it for you? It's incredibly popular on Amazon with customers agreeing that the sturdy base and clips hold baggies securely in place, so you can pour in your leftovers. Plus, it can be adjusted to different heights to accommodate larger bags, too.
4. This top-rated Instant Pot to make cooking easier
There's a reason so many people are obsessed with their Instant Pots—the popular multi-cooker can have a meal that usually takes an hour on the table in just 20 minutes. When it comes to which Instant Pot model is number one, though, we chose the Ultra. It has 10 different settings—from pressure cooking to steaming—along with an updated display that shows your food's progress as it cooks.
5. This phone holder you can wear around your neck
You want to relax on the couch, but you don't want to tire out your arms by holding your phone while you scroll through Instagram. Enter this brilliant stand, which is highly rated on Amazon. Reviewers rave that it holds your phone securely in place and can be bent and twisted into any shape you want. You can attach it to the side of your bed, prop it on a table, hook it onto your steering wheel or bike handlebars, or loop it around your neck.
6. The number one smart speaker
Alexa might not be able to do everything for you, but she comes pretty darn close thanks to all the brilliant capabilities and features that Amazon has loaded their smart speakers with. Our favorite of all the models is the 3rd Generation Echo because it uses far-field voice recognition (which means you can talk to Alexa from any room in the house so you don't even have to leave your bed) and has amazing sound quality.
7. These no-tie shoelaces
Tying—and untying—your shoelaces every time you leave your house takes up precious time and energy that you just don't have. People swear by these no-tie shoelaces, which they say are snug enough to keep your shoes in place yet stretchy enough to slide them off easily.
8. This grinder that only requires pushing a button
If your wrist gets tired just thinking about grinding that salt and pepper you need for tonight's dinner recipe, relax—there's a genius gadget that can help with that. These battery-operated salt and pepper mills produce perfectly ground seasonings with just the press of a button. They have positive reviews for being easy to use and for having different presets so you can choose how coarse you'd like your salt and pepper.
9. This spray that gets rid of wrinkles instantly
No one likes doing laundry. But no one likes wearing wrinkled, smelly clothes, either. That's why people love this wrinkle releaser from Downy—which claims to be "an iron in a bottle." Reviewers claim that it not only effectively get rid of minor wrinkles, but it also refreshes your clothes with a pleasant scent and removes static. Win-win!
10. These glasses so you can read while laying down
For the laziest of the lazy—a.k.a the people who don't even want to lift their head off their pillow to look at their phone or read a book—a pair of prism glasses is a must-have. They use mirrors to reflect your sight downward so you don't even have to sit up while you're lying in bed or on the couch. This pair is a favorite on Amazon because they work well and they're incredibly affordable (just $20!).
11. This expert-approved smart plug
One of the worst feelings in the world is crawling into your warm, cozy bed at the end of a long day—only to realize you left the hallway light on. Ugh. Fortunately, with a smart plug, you don't even have to get up to turn it off. We recommend the Eufy Smart Plug for an affordable buy because you can easily control it via the app on your phone and it also tracks energy usage so you can save money in the process.
12. This must-have for perfect eyeliner
Any woman who has ever worn eyeliner knows the struggle that is trying to make it identical on both eyes (I stand by the belief that it's actually impossible). Enter this eyeliner "stamp," which reviewers say solves that problem once and for all. It has over 6,000 glowing reviews for being smudge-proof, water-resistant, and ridiculously easy to use.
13. This cult-favorite onion chopper
Cutting onions is enough to bring anyone to tears—and it's not just because of the gases released. It's also because dicing all those tiny pieces is a painstaking chore. Unless you have the Chop Wizard, that is. Thousands of people love it (including our own audience development manager) love it because all you have to do is place the onion inside, press down, and voila! No crying involved.
14. These oversized body wipes to replace showering
Showering? Ain't nobody got time for that. So while showering regularly is highly recommended, when you're in a pinch, you can use Epic Wipes instead. People rave that the biodegradable wipes leave them feeling clean and that, despite their massive size (each one is 19.5 by 30.5 in., 16 times larger than other wipes), they're surprisingly lightweight to take on the go.
15. These tablets that clean your water bottle
Your favorite reusable water bottle is great. But cleaning it? Not so much. Rather than trying (and failing) to shove your hand inside to scrub it, use one of these handy tablets. They've received positive reviews on Amazon for being incredibly effective—customers say all they do is pop a tablet inside, let it sit, then rinse it out for a sparkling clean water bottle.
16. This genius gadget for cutting garlic
My life changed the day I bought this garlic wheel. Never again do I have to mince cloves of garlic by hand and my life—and my dinners—are so much better for it. The only effort required is 20 to 30 seconds of rolling the GarlicZoom back and forth on the counter. You'll have perfectly minced garlic without any elbow grease or sticky fingers.
17. This wand that automatically curls your hair for you
If you're craving the beautiful blowout you get whenever you get your hair done but don't want to pay the $50+ price tag every time, this automatic curling iron can help with that. One of our editors put the Instawave to the test and says not only did it never tangle her hair, but it created those flawless, bouncy curls we all want (and all struggle to make ourselves!).
18. This tiny but mighty microwave cleaner
Remember that oatmeal that spilled onto the microwave a few days ago? Or those week-old spaghetti sauce splatters? Yes, they'll come back to haunt you when it's time to clean the microwave. To help you out, our editors recommend the Angry Mama, which releases steam as it heats. When we tried it out, it successfully softened all the crusted-on gunk so we were able to easily wipe it off.
19. This game-changer for shaving your legs
Shaving your legs takes so much effort (and so much time). Make it easier with this extendable handle—reviewers say it attaches easily to your razor and allows you to shave your legs without ever bending over. It's sturdy enough to provide the right amount of pressure while you shave and can be pulled out to as long as 20 inches.
20. This easy-to-use banana slicer
The ultimate in kitchen laziness? Being unwilling to cut your own bananas. But no judgment from us—here's a gadget that will do that for you. According to users, it's faster (and safer) than using a knife and produces perfectly even slices of banana for your cereal or toast. Bonus: It's dishwasher-safe so it's just as easy to clean.
21. These self-watering stakes for your plants
If you can't even keep a succulent alive (guilty!), these watering stakes could be the answer to your plant-killing prayers. They've received five-star reviews for being eco-friendly and simple to use—fill an empty wine bottle with water, place it in the stake, and customers say the stake delivers just the right amount of water to keep your plant thriving with no effort on your part.
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