30 Products Under $30 That Will Make Living in Your Home So Much Better
You never knew you needed these products, but they're about to make life at home incredibly efficient. Prices were live at press time and are subject to change.
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Let’s face it: baking sheets are tough to clean. With silicone mats, you no longer need to worry about scrubbing away burnt residue, nor using parchment paper or foil. Made from food-grade silicone, these mats can be used over and over again, making them a great alternative to other sheet liners. (And if you’re tied to your baking sheet, this is the best way to clean a grimy one.)
Shark Tank strikes again. The Scrub Daddy is one of the most popular products that premiered on Shark Tank, and this set of two Scrub Daddy scrubbers costs under $12. The Scrub Daddy allows you to get rid of set-in stains and debris without the elbow grease of a regular sponge. You can use it on wood, plastic, stainless steel and even nonstick surfaces.
By the way, this is how to clean your kitchen sponge—because it’s really, really dirty.
Forget using spoons and measuring cups to shape cookie dough—pick up this life-changing cookie scoop from OXO. This scoop comes in three sizes, perfect for cookies of all shapes. It features a quick-release lever that scrapes the spoon and allows you to release dough mess-free onto a baking sheet. Find more kitchen gadgets our Test Kitchen cooks can’t live without.
Save the environment with these reusable food wraps made with beeswax. An amazing zero waste kitchen addition, these reusable wraps last about one year when used several times each week, so you can save yourself a trip to the store for more plastic bags. If you’re still on the fence, be sure to check out all the reasons you should trade plastic wrap for Bee’s Wrap.
Tired of using knives and losing patience while cutting cake layers? Good news—you can pick up a cake leveler that will do all the hard work for you. This tool easily cuts your homemade cake, allowing you to create layers that are even and neatly sliced. This cake leveler is definitely a baking essential every home cook needs!
What has more than 250,000 ratings on Amazon and a solid 4.7-star rating? This smart plug, which works with Alexa to add voice control to any outlet, making your home that much easier to control. You can schedule lights, fans and appliances to turn on and off automatically, or control them remotely when you’re away.
No matter how tidy you are in the kitchen, one quick boil over can leave your stove a mess. This silicone accessory will stop spills, so you no longer have to worry when you forget about rice for a second too long. The flower design fits pots and pans with openings ranging from 6 to 10″ in diameter.
The most frustrating things about chopping vegetables is when they don’t all make it into the pan. This often happens because people try to slide them right off the cutting board, while others try to transfer them with their hands. Now you can rest easy knowing that foldable cutting boards exist. This one from Joseph Joseph folds inward to create a chute, which can easily drop veggies into the pan. Don’t forget—you’ll need a separate cutting board for meat.
For your meal prep and roasting needs, check out this baking sheet divider. It allows you to bake two dishes with one tool, eliminating the need to dirty another baking dish, while scaling back on the amount of time you’ll need to cook. Take a look at these other tools from Amazon that’ll make meal prep way easier, too.
Ever felt wasteful after juicing half a lemon, then throwing the whole thing away? You won’t have to after picking up the Prepara Juicer, a nifty little device that not only juices your citrus fruits, but also saves the juice for future use. Our Test Kitchen raves about this product, saying it’s a game-changer for any recipe that calls for lemon.
This vegetable chopper will cut your prep time significantly, while also taking out the sting of chopping foods like onions. It’s made with super sharp German 420-grade hardened stainless steel discs, allowing it to slice and dice through even the toughest of vegetables. By the way—this is how to chop an onion without crying.
Hate peeling garlic? You’re not alone. There are lots of hacks that will help you peel garlic quickly, but this silicone peeler may be the affordable answer you’ve been looking for. Place whole cloves in the tube, roll it around with the palm of your hand and voila—you’ve got peeled garlic!
This multi-use cleaning tool is about to make your scrubbing so much easier. Designed to fit like a sleeve over your hand, its flexible silicone bristles allow you to scrub away all kinds of dirt and stains, even on skin. Don’t miss the best household cleaners to use with this gadget!
Make food prepping so much easier and cleaner with this hanging trash rack. It’s easy to place on just about any under-counter door or drawer, you can have a trash bag wherever you go in the kitchen. If you find your trash can is extra stinky, here’s how to get rid of trash can smell in 10 seconds.
Make laundry time much easier with this handheld steamer. Whether you need to smooth out wrinkles in clothes, curtains or bedding, put down the time-consuming iron and pick up this handheld garment steamer that gets the job done quickly. It provides 10 minutes of continuous steam on a full tank.
If you love gardening and want to make sure you’re making the most of your flowerbeds, you need a pH soil meter like this one. This device can read your soil’s temperature, pH level and moisture level, so you can have the most accurate information about which plants will thrive where.
Parents rejoice! This rubber ducky is here to take the trial and error out of finding the perfect temperature for your kiddo’s soak. It features a digital display that shows you the water temperature, meaning you can rest easy knowing your baby’s bathwater will be the right temperature.
The sturdy gooseneck design of this cell phone holder is meant to relieve strain on your hands and wrists. It comes with 360-degree rotating arms and is equipped with a large clip base you can mount to your headboard, desk or even your treadmill so you can watch Netflix comfortably.
There’s no shame in admitting to the occasional shower beer (or glass of wine). If you’ve never experienced the joy of a refreshing shower drink, this portable cupholder may change your life. It suctions to the wall of your shower and holds your beverage, whether it’s a glass of wine, a can of beer or a bottle of soda. More than 2,000 Amazon reviewers think you should check this one out!
Are you pre-rinsing your dishes? This may help your dishes get clean, but it also means you’ll look into your dishwasher and forget whether it’s clean or dirty. But no worries—this helpful magnet can prevent you from scratching your head and wondering whether you turned your machine on or not.
The Sock Slider is a great product for those who have trouble bending over to put their socks on. This device, which is less than $20, works with all types of socks and doubles as a shoe horn. Reviewers note this product is particularly helpful for pregnant women as they progress through their pregnancy.
This portable charging station features three outlets and three USB ports, meaning you can charge up to six items at once. This works well for home office setups, virtual learning spaces and even gaming stations. Plus, it’s much cuter than other bulky charging stations out there.
You’ll need a level for pretty much any home improvement project, from hanging pictures to replacing backsplash. This laser level contains four tools in one: a level, a tape measure, a ruler and a laser for precision work. It has more than 7,800 Amazon ratings and can be a game-changer when you hang holiday decorations, too.
You spend so much money on cleaners with bleach in them, only to scrub and scrub before your bathroom finally starts to sparkle. Take the effort and money out of cleaning with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber. It features Febreze freshness and can erase three times more soap scum than leading all-purpose spray cleaners. (Here’s what makes the Magic Eraser so magical.)