We’ve come a long way from Ginsu knives—not that there’s anything wrong with them. They’re great. And actually, so are a lot of other ‘As Seen on TV’ products out there. Maybe you thought you weren’t the random quirky merchandise type. Or maybe ordering up a Snuggie or two is already part of your weekend repertoire. Either way, you’ve got to admit: Some of this stuff truly is clever! These brilliant gizmos and gadgets are the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that types of inventions that really do make your life easier.
We had so much fun ogling the offerings that it was hard to pick just a few. But we did. From night-vision glasses and a laser light show to a self-straining pasta pot, we proudly present 10 items you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
If you have difficulty driving at night, these sneaky night vision glasses are here to help. You can wear them on their own or over other glasses to reduce glare from oncoming headlights and streetlights. The high-def yellow lenses simply wipe clean.
No more losing your glasses! Or buying 10 pairs and keeping one in each room! Or searching all over the house only to realize they’re on your head! Just clip (using a magnet, no puncture wounds necessary) one of these sparkly baubles to your shirt and you’ve got a handy place to hang your eyewear. Choose from round (black, blue, gray) or heart-shaped (pink, blue, clear).
With holes built right into the tempered-glass locking lid, this 5-quart pot is a one-stop-shop, letting you drain water from your food without the mess. Whether you’re cooking up a roast, pasta, veggies, or soup, the copper-infused ceramic non-stick coating will ensure your creations slide right out.
Shop it: Red Copper Better Pasta Pot, $20 (was $30), bulbhead.com
If you’re always cold, it’s time to get cozy. This mini space heater plugs into any outlet for immediate warmth. Use it near your desk while you’re working, in the garage while you’re organizing, or in the kids’ room while they’re sleeping. It’s great for bathrooms, too, from warming up a chilly powder room for guests to making sure the space is extra warm before taking a bath. The ceramic heating element is protected by a plastic casing. Automatic shut-off and 12-hour programmable timer; covers 250 square feet.
Shop it: Handy Heater, $30, walmart.com
Shed some light anywhere you need it—no outlet necessary. These battery-operated LED bulbs with old-school pull cords have handy adhesive on the back so you can stick them inside a dark closet or brighten a room that lacks natural light. They’re great to keep on hand for power outages too. Made of shatterproof plastic.
Shop it: StealStreet SS-KI-OL966 LED Anywhere Instant Light Bulb Set, $11, amazon.com
It’s not easy maneuvering hot cookie sheets and casseroles while wearing a bulky oven mitt that could fit Big Foot. This glove accommodates all five fingers for maximum dexterity and can withstand extreme heat—up to 540 degrees F. Even when exposed to a flame, the material won’t catch fire or melt. Made of DuPont materials Kevlar and Nomex, with a non-slip silicone grip.
Shop it: The Ove Glove Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt, $15, walgreens.com
Brooms are great, but they have their limitations. You need to bend to use that dustpan, for one. Enter the Hurricane Spin Broom (think of it as your very own street sweeper!) which magically grabs all your debris (pet hair too) with three spinning brushes— no cords or batteries necessary.
It works great on all hard surfaces, from wood and laminate to tile, and it’ll even tackle those infuriating grout lines! Just push the broom forward (not back and forth) to activate the spinning sensation, then press the button to empty the canister when full. The end.
Shop it: Hurricane Spin Broom, $12 (was $20), amazon.com
Thanks to spring-action snazziness, this gizmo flexes and contours to sharpen knives in a snap. Your blades will be so on point you’ll be able pretend you’re on an infomercial and cut through a shoe! (Please send us a video if you do.) Grab all your different blades—standard, serrated, beveled—and have at it.
Shop it: Bavarian Edge Kitchen Knife Sharpener, $17 (was $20), walmart.com
This adorable hairbrush is especially great for kids with endless tangles or constantly messy mops. Many brushes have short bristles, which can pull at the hair. These cushy friends have long bristles that effortlessly glide through and detangle hair—and can be used wet or dry.
Shop it: Tangle Pets Brush, $14, walmart.com
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