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31 Surprisingly Useful Products Real People Gave 5 Stars On Amazon

Miles Kimball / Hiware

I've always been a little wary about online shopping.

The truth is, after you order something online you never really know what you'll get, until it arrives at your doorstep.

Lately, I've been overcoming my online trust issues by relying on Amazon reviews from verified customers.

Each product on this list has earned a real person's seal of approval, so you're bound to discover something worth the impulse buy.

1. Purse Organizer $6.99-13

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"NOW I am the picture of efficiency....wallet, pens, paper, cords, phone, keys, gum, safety pins, comb, ID badge, mouthwash, lipstick, cold capsules, and more all tucked nicely into this travel bag which easily slips in an out of any purse I choose to carry.

I purchased the small and medium size and they fit perfectly inside my purses. The organizer holds a ton of stuff and everything is standing up in full view. Nothing is laying on the bottom of my purse." - Janis Creason

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2. Multi-Purpose Opening Tool $2.10

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"This opener really helps my wife get those tight soda bottle and other screw-type caps started. The rubber jaws grip securely around the bottle cap, and the rubber handles allow a good grip on the opener to exercise leverage.

The built-in can tab popper and bottle cap opener are a nice addition, but the device would be a good value even without them because it works so well. It's compact so it doesn't take up much room in a drawer, but I added a small magnet to mine so that I could keep it attached to the side of the fridge for easier access." - JS2012

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3. Vegetable Peeling Tool - $9.95

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"This peeler is amazing. I purchased one for myself almost three years ago and it is still going strong. My mother-in-law and friend were visiting us last week (from India) - and both fell in love with this peeler.

I ended up ordering two more for them from Amazon to take back home with them! " - Cairo1105

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4. Expandable Trivet - $15.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"Wonderfully low profile storage design (great for thin kitchen drawer) with a versatile, adjustable, open trivet size. Large enough for a large cookie sheet or large baking pan.

Will easily accommodate standard cake pans and such. Very good bang and usability for the buck. Infinitely adjustable from storage size of 7.5 inches by 2 inches to about 26 inches by about 3 inches." - DancersMom

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5. Contour Pillow - $38.27

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I'm a notorious side sleeper and was looking for more support for my neck. I recently returned another "memory foam" pillow I ordered off Amazon, as it was junk.

This is my second attempt at finding a decent pillow... And I think we may have a winner! The pillow arrived quickly (always a plus). It didn't have that awful chemical smell straight out of the package, like the other memory foam pillow I had.

The 'cool contour' blue layer really seems to help keep you cool while sleeping. I used to wake up over heated even with the fan on and this has really made a difference." - Mrs. Price

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6. Compression Socks $9.95-$39.95

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I've tried several brands of compression sleeves to help with plantar fasciitis pain and these are by far the best! I used to wear a heavy plastic boot to bed to keep my foot straight and prevent my tendon from shrinking, but would wake during the night in a panic from the discomfort and weight of the boot, ripping it off.

I've replaced the boot with these fantastic compression sleeves and now have peaceful nights sleep, and greatly reduced morning pain."

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7. Infusion Pitcher - $21.09

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I purchased two of these. I've only used them for two weeks but they are exactly what I wanted. Nice design allows for a firm grip. The glass is thick enough that it will survive the normal bumps and knocks.

I'm not going to try it, but I'd guess the survival rate for a drop to the floor on a hard surface like tile would be 50:50 at best, but heck it's glass. Were the glass any thicker it might be too heavy for normal use when full.

The drip-free top works very well. Easy to insert or remove. By design, the carafe is symmetrical about it's long axis so you don't have to hold it in any particular orientation. The lid flips open automatically when pouring no matter how you hold it." - NBO

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8. K-Cup Carousel - $14.21

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"This carousel is a great space saver. I looked through many options before settling on this one, since I wanted something that wasn't an eye sore and doesn't take up too much space yet still holds plenty of k-cups.

The chrome look gives it a nice modern and appealing touch -- which I love. The carousel spins smoothly and everything is balanced nicely (even if you don't use up all the space or put all the pods only one side).

Overall it is well built, durable, a nice organizer, and sits wonderfully on top of my breakfast nook. I am very happy with it!" - Vaj

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9. Glowing Sunrise Alarm Clock - $19.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I purchased this clock for my eight-year-old son, who kept begging for an alarm clock and swore that he'd get up as soon as it went off each morning. I absolutely love it, and so does he.

It's exceedingly easy to program (he actually corrected me when I tried to do it wrong) and he's able to adjust the wakeup time in seconds. The fact that it lights up gradually to wake you up is so nice - it doesn't jar you awake like a mom who has given up yelling and simply resorts to shaking the kid.

It's stylish-looking but not stuffy, so he should have this clock all the way through high school and beyond. I'm so glad I purchased this clock instead of a 'kiddie' one. It does the job and more." - Amy E. Hammond

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10. Scrub Daddy - $6.88

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I love this thing! When it is dry, it is hard and great for getting dried food off of skillets. The wetter it gets, the more pliable it becomes. It is easy to maneuver when you place two of your fingers in the 'eye holes' of the happy face. " - Ginny

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11. Betterback - $59

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I don't review many things unless I'm all for it or against it. So here is my 5 star review: As soon as I put this on (straight out of the box [because] I was so excited), I had instant relief in my lower back and tension in my upper back/shoulder area.

Look no further for any type of back/posture correction gadget...this is it!!!!! I've also looked and tried many different options (exercise ball, other back correction/strappy gadgets, ergonomic chairs etc) this is the most instantly satisfying one.

I can feel the difference in my body's overall happiness. I've also had intense back pain for the last two months and this has been the only thing to bring me relief...and instantaneously!" - Ashley W.

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12. Ove Glove - $23.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"These gloves are amazing. They are flexible like winter mittens, not stiff like kitchen gloves made of heat-resistant material. This allows for better grip, particularly on odd shaped bowls or other cookware.

They definitely protect from the heat, I used them with cookie sheets, Pyrex glass bowls and pans, and with inner cookware from the instant pot and slow cooker.

No matter the cooking material, I used these gloves to remove them from the oven/pot without feeling the heat. My hands are on the larger side and these gloves fit well. " - GoingGalt123

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13. Copper Frying Pan - $24

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"Nothing sticks. I mean we've tried scrambled eggs, chicken, some pork chops and veggies and so far no complaints.

It's been a week and we've used it daily. It's been easy to wash. And as my 13-year-old says 'finally no brillo pad needed.' We are satisfied in our home with our new copper pan." - EF

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14. Taco Holders - $13.95

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I'm finding I like these more and more since I bought them about eight months ago. They are really useful and now I feel like I can't go back to trying to stand my tacos up on their own like some kind of animal!

Overall I am happy with these and they are certainly well made." - Tremortime

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15. Nail Clippers -  $17.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"Like nothing I've ever used, and I've been a massage therapist for many, many years and am obsessed with my fingernails. Have a bit of arthritis and would sometimes have a hard time clipping with other brands, even the 'fancy' ones.

These are extra long and fit into your whole hand and clip so easily it's truly surprising. I would recommend these to anyone as the absolute best clippers available anywhere at any price, and especially if your joints are a bit weathered!" - Craigaleo

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16. Oil Diffuser - $19.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"Love my first one so much I bought two more for myself and gave several away as gifts. I use mine every day. I live in a small cabin out in the woods and have three amazing big smelly dogs.

We track in all kinds of yuck smells however, you would never know it thanks to this handy jewel! I use a lot of purifying and cleansing oils." - AtticusNB

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17. Air Fryer - $79.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"Since getting this fryer a few weeks ago most of our meals have been made in this. From chicken, omelets, steak to french fries.

We love using this machine and have since bought another one. It is simple to use, very easy to clean and I have even used a bit of the drippings from foods to make flavored dog treats.

Chicken wings came out golden and crispy with no breading or extra oil. My husband even fried bacon." - bookabsorbed

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18. "Never Soggy" Cereal Bowl -

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"This bowl spoiled me because now I can't eat cereal from a normal bowl because that tastes soggy to me! I only eat my Cheerios from this bowl now and every spoonful is really as great as the first! I use this every single morning.

I think it's an even better design than other such bowls because the cereal doesn't fall into the milk prematurely - only when you move it yourself. It's also easy to move from the cereal to the milk side." - Lilly

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19. Muscle Roller - $29.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"It's a simple, marvelous little gizmo that can bring amazingly quick relief for back pain that you can use yourself. It's also very good for using on other people.

The PharMeDoc brand massage stick is higher quality than some of the massage sticks sold on here (we've tried several), and much less prone to pull hairs on bare skin. We've also found, to our surprise, that we prefer the shorter sticks over the longer ones, and larger diameter rollers over the smaller ones, if that is of help to anyone." - First Tiger Dragon

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20. Storage Cart - $26.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"We liked this so much, we bought a second one. We have a super small apartment, and even smaller kitchen.

This cart frees up some much needed cabinet space! It fits just about everything, I haven't run across anything too tall. We stacked two carts, making five shelves. Yes, there aren't any instructions, but it was not difficult to figure out at all." - Jennifer N.

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21. Pantry Organizer - $12.87

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"These are awesome. You won't be sorry you bought them. I used one for snacks behind my pantry door and the other in the utility room to hold all of my plastic wrap, baggies etc.

Be aware they won't hold full size bags of chips etc. but are great for smaller snacks, bags of popcorn, breakfast bars and so much more. For the price they can't be beat." - Tp D.

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22. Makeup Case - $13.95

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"LOVE this product! It comes in two separate pieces but the top fits perfectly on top of the drawers. It's a great size, and fits allllmost all of my makeup.

Great for people who are starting out their makeup collection, but you can really fit a lot of products in the drawers. Fits great on bathroom counters, dressers, or a makeup counter! I definitely would recommend this product. It was carefully wrapped and packaged too." - Carol Russo

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23. Closet Organizer - $13.87

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"Great product. Only took a minute to assemble and hang.

I am currently using it for jeans, slacks, shorts and sweaters. Despite having several garments in the cubbies, I haven't experienced any sag or compromised structural integrity.

The mesh pockets (6) on the sides are great for small items like gloves, beanies, sunglasses, scarves, etc.  I am very pleased with the price and quality, I only wish it came in more colors!" -kmsaky

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24. Reusable Bamboo Straws - $13.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I wanted an alternative to plastic so I decided to give these a try. I picked this set because of the variety of heights and straw openings. I love them.

Make sure you wash with warm soapy water before using to get out any remaining bamboo particles inside. I use them mostly for my iced lattes.

I also am sure to bring the travel bag and brush with me to work so I can wash after using. I usually let them dry on a paper towel before returning to the bag. No problems so far!" - Smoothie Queen

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25. Yoga Ball - $14.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I'm 6'0" 300 pounds, I'm a Big Boy, and this works well for me, I got the 75cm [29 inches] for sitting at my work desk and some exercises however wondering if I should have gotten the 85cm [33 inches] to sit up a bit higher.

Works well, very sturdy, VERY Fun, Anti-Burst and you can tell it's Thick Rubber that's not about to pop. I don't think I need the stabilizer to use this as a replacement for office chair, only issue is where to store it." - David Wright

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26. Popcorn Maker - $15.90

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"'We love popcorn in this house, and generally pop a giant bowlful at a time from an air popper for a movie night (seven family members). This silicone popper makes it MUCH more practical to pop just a serving or two without buying the nasty yellow waxy bagged microwave popcorn.

The quality of popcorn is just as great as we've always been accustomed to, and the amount of unpopped (waste) corn is similar to bagged microwave popcorn - in other words, minimal. The smooth shape of this popper is superior to others if you just spray it out with the sink hose after use like I do.

Dishwasher space is at a premium in this house, and this thing just plain doesn't get dirty. At most, there's a small amount of husk material clinging to it afterward." - H. Abbot

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27. Travel Organizer - $15.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"This is my new go to travel wallet! The rose gold is an awesome color choice. It has slots for everything you need. The color is great and it's not bulky.

If it had more than three credit card slots I would use it as my everyday wallet because that's how much I love it.

My pen kept falling out so I would suggest using a pen that has a clip in it. The inside flap came in handy for my plane boarding passes." - Tee

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28. Silicone Gel Heel Cups - $10.49

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"These inserts changed my life. I have been suffering from pain in my heels from plantar facilitis for months now.

I’m a nurse and work long hours on my feet and it was becoming so difficult for me to walk at times. After buying support shoes, special socks and nothing worked I tried these. From the first one time I used I had no pain.

I wore them out of the package at work for a 10-hour day with no issues!!! I will buy more for back up and other shoes as well!" - Ajsha

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29. Ninja Blender - $109.99

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"We replaced an expensive blender ($400) that died after 5 or 6 years (old blender died with metal shot flying out everywhere) with this blender. We researched many more expensive ones and then decided to try this one verses buying another $400 or $500 blender.

It is very powerful and straightforward to use. It is powerful and easy to clean too. We really like the cups that come with it for a quick personal smoothie! The design for pouring is very nice also! We have had no issues chopping up ice, ice cream, sherbet, yogurt and fruit (apples that were sliced, bananas, avocados, pears that were sliced, strawberries, raspberries, blue berries, celery, peanut butter, peanuts and a lot more).

It has been two months using it and we really are glad we purchased this blender as it does everything we need - smoothies, shakes, deserts, puddings and energy drinks!" - Ronald J. Weagley

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30. Electric Knife Sharpener - $144.61

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"My local mobile sharpener recently went out of business, so I've been looking for a good sharpening tool. This arrived yesterday, and I've sharpened every knife I can find to a razors edge.

I'm now trying to sharpen the cheese knives. I probably need to warn my girlfriend. Testing the knives I'm now bald and I've shaved half the dog. The cat now won't come near me. So far no stitches, but the cat might change that." - Jason Ledyard

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31. Steel Soap (For Lingering Garlic Smell) - from $11.47

Excerpt from a real Amazon review:

"I bought two, one for the kitchen and one for the shower. I have to say that after cooking both my and my wife's hands can get back to their nonfood odorous states. Moreover, after a workout, my pits can do the same." - Trapspringer

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