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The well-dressed entrepreneurs from Shark Tank, ABC's hit television show, have seen it all. They've seen everything from a stool that helps you pass stool to a magic sponge that's strong enough to destroy any type of stain. The show's premise is simple: deliver a sales pitch and the five multimillionares will either invest or pass. It sounds straightforward enough, but you'd be surprised by how difficult it is to win them over.
Most Shark Tank gadgets have little value or purpose, but others are downright brilliant. Here's a list of some of the most successful products that have made it to market.
1. Scrub Daddy - $10.99 on Amazon
The Scrub Daddy is a unique sponge that won't leave scratches behind. That means it's safe to use on wood, fiberglass, plastic, copper, cast iron, and more, which can't be said of most of the sponges you'll find under your sink.
You want to know the coolest feature, though? The sponge changes its texture depending on the water temperature. When the sponge is submerged in warm water, it becomes soft and pliable. In cold water, the sponge gets firm, giving you more scrubbing power. On Amazon the Scrub Daddy has a 4.5 star rating after nearly 2,000 reviews, so whatever it does, it does it well.
2. The CitiKitty - $25.99 on Amazon
Are you tired of cleaning your cat's litter box? Does the rancid smell permeate every room? Well, the CitiKitty is a product that, supposedly, trains your cat to use the toilet. It sounds wild, and I can't imagine it ever working, but there are some true believers out there.
Here's how it works: Just slide the one-size-fits-all tray under the toilet seat, fill it with the flushable litter, and sprinkle in some catnip to lure out your feline companion. The cat ignores the absurdity of the endeavor, judges you silently, and goes. Over time, you can cut out the plastic rings on the tray, which makes the hole bigger and bigger until the cat can just go on its own. Is it too good to be true? Probably!
3. Squatty Potty - $24.99 on Amazon
Another bathroom-themed item? You bet. The Squatty Potty is a stool that adjusts your sitting position when you're on the toilet, so everything works as nature intended.
Several people in the office have actually used this and vouch for it, so there you go. The adjusted position is more comfortable and closer to squatting, which relaxes your muscles so you can eliminate waste with ease. Gross, right? Well, it is, but I'm actually on board with this product. Constipation is annoying, but shockingly common. In other words, this stool might be worth every penny.
4. Drop Stop - $19.99 on Amazon
The Drop Stop prevents loose objects from falling into the cracks in your car. Has your cell phone ever fallen into the abyss that's between your car seat and center console? Mine has. It's frustrating, for sure, but dangerous too.
When you're trying to fish out your cell phone from the gap between your car seat and center console, you're probably not paying much attention to the road. The Drop Stop reduces distractions, but more importantly, it might even save your life.
5. Fizzics Beer System - $149.99 on Amazon
I'm not much of a drinker, but for those beer connoisseurs out there, the Fizzics Revolutionary Beer System is the product for you. A beer fresh from the tap tastes great, but transporting beer usually requires bottling it or storing it in a can. The problem? Beer poured from a can or bottle tends to lack the thick, creamy head you get from the tap.
The Fizzics beer system, which vaguely resembles a Keurig machine, maintains as much carbonation as possible in the body of the beer and thickens the foam you see at the top of the glass. Just place your favorite brew inside the machine, stick the tube inside the vessel, and ready a glass. The makers behind this product want to enhance your beer as much as possible. It's battery-operated, compatible with everything from cans to growlers, and doesn't require CO2 or Nitro cartridges to do its thing.
6. The Ezpz Happy Mat - $24.99 on Amazon
If you've ever shared your dinner table with a toddler, you know how messy things can get. My one-year-old nephew has deadly aim. He flings his food with such accuracy that I find myself ducking low to the ground whenever he reaches for a french fry.
The Ezpz Happy Mat is a place mat, plate, and bowl in one. My favorite thing about this product is that it suctions to the table, meaning it shouldn't go flying in the air. It's a great product that makes clean up easy, and comes in a variety of designs, including a plate and bowl for serving chips and dip at parties.
7. Proof Sunglasses - $130 on Amazon
You know what's cool? Eyewear that's made out of wood. You know what's even better? Eyewear that lasts. Proof Sunglasses produce products that are both eco-friendly and sustainable. Though their sunglasses are a little out of my price range, I believe in the sustainability of their products. As someone who wears glasses every day, I rely on a well-made product and these seem to fit the bill.