23 top-rated things at Amazon that make working from home more enjoyable
Anything to make this new normal a little easier is a win.
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With most of us working from home for the past year (yes, it’s really been that long), we’ve all experienced common problems: straining our wrists while clutching our mousepad, neck pain from bending down over a small computer, loud noises from our roommates, not having enough outlet space among, and the like.
But, you can easily fix these problems with a few additions to your already full cart on Amazon (don’t worry, I’m guilty too!). Things like a new desk chair, a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and an ergonomic mouse pad can make a massive difference when added to your working from home setup—even if it’s just an addition of a lap desk for your bed.
Since most of us will continue to work at home for the foreseeable future, we might as well make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Below are 25 top-rated things from Amazon that are sure to make working from home much easier and more comfortable than it currently is.
1. An adjustable standing desk to prevent back pain
Does your back cause you major pain after sitting in front of your computer all day? If the answer is yes, then a standing desk will be an absolute game-changer. Aside from the fact that you can adjust its height with a touch of a single button, reviewers love that it can also be used with a bike, desk chair, or by itself while standing. Its clean white design matches any decor, assembly is easy, and it has tons of space for all your working from home essentials—a second monitor, desk supplies, and whatever else you keep on there.
2. A comfy chair for making extra-long workdays more comfortable
When thinking about essentials for working from home, the first thing that comes to mind is a comfortable office chair—instead of that dining chair you’ve been using. Not only can it help prevent back and neck pain, it’ll also make your impromptu office situation feel more professional. With more than 3,000 5-star reviews, people love the affordable price tag (it’s under $100), the high back for support, and that it’s multiple colors pair well with any office set-up.
3. An air purifier to make your space more comfortable
While working from home, you might have noticed the air in your space feels a little stuffy. But an air purifier can help us breathe easier and reduces allergens and other airborne particles. Aside from being our favorite air purifier in our round-up for the best air purifiers, the Winix 5500-2 has thoughtful additions like a sleep mode, a light sensor that automatically adjusts back-lighting, and a timer. More than 10,000 reviewers also rave about its practically non-existent noise levels, easy-to-replace filters, and ability to immediately improve air quality, especially in homes with lots of pets. These are just some of the reasons why it maintains a 4.7-star rating.
4. The best laptop money can buy
An amazing laptop can make all the difference when it comes to working at home (or anywhere honestly). With its 13-plus hour battery life, incredibly fast-processor, and sleek, metallic design, it’s no wonder the Apple MacBook Air laptop has a 4.8-star rating and is dubbed by the Reviewed team as the best laptop you can buy. If you don’t already have a computer provided by your job, this puppy is quintessential for working from home, but can also easily last through any movie marathon you watch on your day off.
5. A massager to relieve back and neck pain
If purchasing a new desk or chair isn’t in your budget right now, this back and neck massager can help relieve the pain from being hunched over all day. It has an over the shoulder design, an auto shut off when it gets too hot, you can adjust its positioning to exactly where your pain is, which is why more than 20,000 Amazon reviewers are obsessed with it. You can also use it anywhere in your house—during a Zoom meeting or while unwinding while watching TV at the end of the day.
6. A pair of noise-canceling headphones
Sometimes—regardless of how many times you mention your 9 a.m. Zoom meeting—your roommates are still noisy, which is why noise-canceling headphones are an essential for working from home enjoyably. These Sony headphones are our favorite pair of noise-canceling headphones because they are wireless, hold up to 30 hours of battery life, and include an impressive amount of features like active noise cancelation that can block out the sounds of your roommates. Plus, its super comfortable fit and incredible sound quality are ideal for wearing during a day of meetings.
7. A super-fast wireless printer
When it comes to choosing a printer that’s easy to set up and accessible to use, you can’t really go wrong with this HP printer. In addition to being the best printer we’ve ever tested, it boasts more than 4,000 5-star reviews. It can print 20-pages per minute, has scanning capability, and you can literally print from anywhere by using its app or wireless device. It will definitely save you time and money (say goodbye to running to Staple to print documents).
8. An easy-to-use wireless keyboard
The last thing you need to feel stiff while typing important documents, presentations, and the like. Instead, try this comfortable wireless keyboard that’s an overall favorite of ours in our round-up of the best keyboards. We love it because the quiet keys are easy to move your fingers over, it connects seamlessly to any computer, and it has backlight illumination to see the keys in a darkly lit room.
9. A fitness tracker to keep you active throughout the work-day
Unfortunately, nowadays many of us only make the short commute from our bed to our home office or desk—or, ten feet away. If you find yourself needing to take steps throughout the day or getting into a rut, try a Fitbit to make working from home easier and more productive. The Charge 4 is our favorite fitness tracker because of its exercise tracking abilities, built-in GPS for accurate workouts, and constant monitoring of your heart rate.
10. An ergonomic mouse to prevent wrist straining
Investing in a good mouse—i.e. one that makes scrolling easy and doesn’t hurt your wrist—is a crucial aspect of making working from home less painful. Honestly, nothing is worse than your wrist hurting after using your mouse or trackpad for about, oh, five seconds. Ergonomics was an important goal for us when we tested the best wireless mice. Our favorite mouse was the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 because it can easily track anywhere, scrolls seamlessly and effortlessly, and lasts pretty much forever (30 days) without needing to be charged.
11. A keyboard wrist pad for extra support
Say goodbye to straining your wrists and hello to comfort with these convenient keyboard rest pads. According to more than 18,000 reviewers, this keyboard wrist pad is smooth to the touch, composed of the softest memory foam material, and contour perfectly to your wrists, which is why it’s extremely comfortable and supportive for all-day use. Multiple reviewers also mention that they plan on taking these with them whenever they go back to the office.
12. A large monitor for multi-tasking
Regardless of whether you want to reduce the strain on your neck or work on multiple screens, a large monitor will definitely make working from home easier. This one from HP has a high resolution that makes watching work-related (or Netflix) videos intensely clear, while its 90-degree rotation allows you to adjust the screen to the most comfortable angle. More than 19,000 reviewers praise it’s large screen size, six different viewing options, and simple setup when connecting to other devices.
13. A pack of colorful pens for color-coding notes
While taking notes during meetings isn’t usually fun, it can be with the right tools—like these colorful pens from Paper Mate. Think about it: Different topics in different colors, important information in a specific color, color-coordinated clients—doesn’t it sound way more fun this way? More than 3,000 reviewers on Amazon agree and recommend these pens due to their bright, vivid colors, smooth writing capabilities, and affordable price tag of under $20, which is why they have an average 4.9-star rating.
14. A lap desk to work from your bed or couch
Some days you just feel like working from your bed (I'm right there with you)—and that’s totally okay. To make it just a bit more productive, try this lap desk for an overall more ergonomic experience. This one has a built-in phone slot and mouse-pad that make it way easier to work from not-so-stable workspaces and its large size fits any laptop or tablet that’s up to 15.6 inches. According to more than 15,000 reviewers, this lap desk is incredibly functional and super comfortable, which is why it has a 4.8-star rating.
15. A stand for easy smartphone access
If you’ve ever struggled to read notes from your cell phone while presenting during a Zoom call, then this cell phone stand is for you. With the approval of more than 50,000 reviewers, it tilts to help you achieve the perfect angle, fits a wide array of phones, has a large hole in the back for easy charging, and is just under $10. One reviewer even claimed that her mother asked her to order six of these so she could give them out as Christmas gifts.
16. A desk pad to protect surfaces from scratches, stains, and scuffs
Let’s be honest: scratching your desk with something is inevitable. With a desk pad, though, you’ll have a foolproof way to prevent that from happening as well as staining and scuffing. More than 20,000 reviewers rave about this desk pad because of its flatness for easy scrolling, color selection that matches with any decor, and large size for covering a wide surface. You can also write on it, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally bleeding ink on your desk.
17. A mug warmer to keep your caffeine hot
There is absolutely nothing worse than running to a meeting with a fresh, hot cup of coffee—thinking it’ll be short and sweet—only for it to drag on and leave you with a lukewarm cup. Insert your new favorite item: a mug warmer. It comes with three different temperature settings so your favorite hot beverage will stay at your desired warmness and has an automatic shut-off in case you forget about it, which is why it’s loved by more than 5,000 reviewers. Need further proof? Multiple reviewers claim that purchasing this mug warmer was the best decision they’ve ever made.
18. A power strip to keep your devices in one place
One major problem when working from home is finding enough outlet space for all of your devices. This power strip is the perfect solution. More than 8,000 reviewers gave this power strip their seal of approval since it’s well-made, has three outlets and four USB ports, and it's super functional. It’s essential for small spaces that only have one or two outlets, so all of your devices can remain charged and ready to go.
19. A desk organizer to keep supplies in one handy location
Tired of seeing your desk cluttered with pencils, sticky notes, and other office supplies? A desktop organizer is exactly what you need. This one is sturdy enough to hold all your belongings, has a lot of nooks and crannies to hold everything, and actually keeps things organized, which is why more than 15,000 reviewers love it.
20. A pair of cozy slippers to keep your feet warm
For some reason, home offices are always freezing—even when you have the heat on. That’s why having a soft, cozy pair of slippers is crucial for keeping your feet warm, and it’s something that wasn’t socially acceptable at the office. The Ugg Scuffette Slippers are the best slippers for women we’ve ever tested as they’re incredibly comfortable and come in a large selection of gorgeous colors. Reviewers love them, too, for their long-lasting durability, super coziness, and perfect fit.
21. A paper shredder to destroy important documents
Looking for a place to discard those top-secret work documents? A paper shredder is your best bet. Reviewers love this Amazon Basic one for its large sheet capacity (eight sheets at once!), quick shredding capabilities, and that it doesn’t overheat. It’s the perfect way to get rid of those embargoed documents ASAP.
22. A coffee machine for your daily dose of caffeine
If you’re going to have your daily dose of caffeine at home, you must invest in a fantastic coffee machine. The Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker is just that machine—and, it’s won the most versatile single-serve coffee maker we’ve ever tested. It makes a wide range of delicious coffees, including lattes and espressos. We found that it’s quick, easy to use, and even comes with a milk frother for fancy drinks.
23. A wifi-extender for reliable connection
Annoyed with your WiFi that just can’t seem to reach your room? Try a wifi-extender. The TP-Link RE220 is the best affordable WiFi extender we’ve ever tested, making it a great choice for your (hopefully) temporary WFH setup. It’s easy to set up, offers speeds suitable for casual web browsing or working in a Google Doc, and has an Ethernet port for non-WiFi enabled devices.