20 Brilliant Products That Actually Exist (and You Wish You Would’ve Thought of)
Whether you're cooking, cleaning or DIYing, these innovative products will make your life easier and more efficient.
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Get organized in the kitchen with the GeniCan, which easily installs into your existing square or rectangular garbage or recycle bin. It adds items to your grocery list automatically by scanning items as you dispose of them. No barcode on that banana peel? Simply hold the item over your GeniCan and you will be prompted to say what it is. This is the best day of the week to go grocery shopping.
Barisieur Alarm Clock
If you’re going to wake up to an alarm, it should at least be one that smells like freshly brewed coffee, right? You can set the Barisieur Alarm Clock to wake you at a certain time by brewing a fresh cup of coffee or tea.
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Heated Camping Chair
Who knew a camping chair could make a list of innovative products? This is one product you’ll definitely wish you’d thought of yourself. The chair is designed to keep you warm while you watch an outdoor sporting event, hang in the woods while camping or sing along at a concert. This element-resistant chair has four temperature settings and comes with a convenient rechargeable battery. Speaking of outdoor chairs, here are 15 Adirondack chairs you have to see to believe.
Are you the type of person who dreads laundry so much you’d rather dish out cash to make your life easier? Then you might be the perfect candidate for FoldiMate when it launches later this year. This wacky but efficient machine will fold an entire load of laundry in minutes! You simply place your clothes through the FoldiMate’s horizontal feeder, and it folds your clothes and places them neatly at the bottom of the machine. If you like laundry shortcuts, check out this quick drying laundry hack.
Are you sick of bottles clanking around your shelves in the refrigerator? There’s a nifty home product to solve that! These super-strong magnets will make all the difference. Hang bottles from the ceiling of your refrigerator to stop the noise while also freeing up space. Here’s how to eliminate bad fridge odors with newspaper and charcoal.
Sock Buddy System
Keep pairs of socks, pajama sets or matched outfits together with a small sock clip. The clips are washer- and dryer-safe so you never have to search for a lost sock again. Want to know what to do with those single orphaned socks? Here’s how to put them to good use.
Vacuum Sealing Drawer
Every home chef will want this vacuum sealing drawer from Miele. It features eight applications, including preserving, marinating and preparing food for sous-vide (French for “under vacuum”) cooking.
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Multi-Function Kitchen Tool
If you’re intrigued by the less-is-more mentality, consider downsizing the gadgets in your kitchen with this multi-function tool. It’s a combination spatula, fork, tongs, toothed tongs and a launch control to remove food from the fork. Cooking a good meal won’t take loads of time when you have these nifty gadgets on hand.
Woof Washer 360
Love to go on hikes with your pup, but hate the grime they come home with? Before you spend one more moment on your hands and knees, scrubbing them down between vigorous shakes, try this weirdly efficient tool. This trending dog washer gently cleans your canine’s coat in one clean sweep. If you love your pup, you may want to give them an incredible dog house, like one of these.
Innovative products don’t always come with a desirable price tag, but who cares when you can have a tub like this! TOTO has developed the world’s first zero-gravity bathtub, so you can finally have a tension-free, weightless experience in the comfort of your home. This is how often you should clean your bathtub.
Ultimate Drink Holder for Your Sofa
When reaching for your beverage on the coffee table is just too strenuous, the CouchCoaster comes to the rescue. It also helps prevent accidental spills if you’re one of those people who tempts fate by balancing your coffee cup on the arm of the sofa. Plus, it’s a great space-saver in tight quarters. Here are 12 ways to make your furniture last longer.
Unobtrusive Wireless Charger
How many times have you struggled to organize an unsightly, frustrating mess of cords on your floor? The more electronics you buy, the more things you need to charge! This wireless charger is a game changer by keeping phones and tablets off the counter. Designed to replaced a standard outlet, it’s compatible with all Qi-enabled devices. The best part? There’s no new wiring needed! Create a wireless charging station anywhere.
Integrated Rolscreen Windows
Window screens have their purpose, but they also get in the way of a beautiful, clear view of the great outdoors. If only there were some innovative product out there that could solve such a dilemma! With Pella’s Integrated Rolscreen Windows, you can make a screen appear when you need it, then roll it away when you don’t!
Disgusting critters crawling around your home can ruin your whole day as you try to find someone to catch them or struggle to do it yourself! This insect catcher is your best bet for safely catching and removing spiders, scorpions, crickets and more from a safe distance. You surround the bug with the soft bristles, then pull the trigger to scoop it up. This trick will get rid of most insects around your home.
It’s is a big hassle to go to Target, CVS or Walmart to print pictures saved on your smartphone. Instead, check out this Fujifilm Smartphone Printer. It prints anywhere, any time, recreating the photo booth experience for instant and permanent memories. Take a look at 20 of the coolest things ever made with a 3D printer.
Indoor Smart Garden
If your green thumb is less than spectacular, put this on your list of must-have innovative products. This self-watering garden is perfect for growing basil, thyme, sage, parsley, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, peppers, flowers and even strawberries. The garden’s soil is a patented nano-tech growth medium to accelerate plant growth while ensuring plants have the proper amount of water, oxygen, pH and nutrients. Check out these 10 charming indoor herb garden planters.
Oven Rack Guards
How many times have you stuck your hand in a hot oven and nicked a knuckle or brushed your arm on the rack? Ouch! These simple rack guards are made of DuPont NOMEX, the same material that protects firefighters and race car drivers, and they’ll protect you from accidental burns. You still need to use an oven mitt to grab things, but you won’t have to worry about bumping the rack and burning yourself. Here’s how to clean your oven without harsh chemicals.
You spend your hard-earned money on delicious, fresh food. But then life happens, and sometimes things spoil. Prolong the freshness of your produce by using the BluApple. Place a packet inside the blue apple and put it in the crisper drawer. Certified organic, the product slows the rate of spoilage by absorbing ethylene gas. Each packet is effective for up to three months and you get enough packets to last a year. Here’s the best day of the week to go grocery shopping.
Liquid Plastic Welder
Replace and restore substances with Bondic, a lightweight portable bonding tool. The inventive device solidifies only by exposure to UV light (LED included). When Bondic is fully cured, it is clear and can be molded, milled, filed, painted, polished and sanded. Here’s how to get started doing REAL welding.
Anti-Gravity Paint Tray
Innovative products designed to take the stress out of projects are worthy of celebrating. The Paint2It is one of those products. It’s an anti-gravity paint tray that uses unique bristle-fiber fabric to hold onto paint. Even if you turn the tray upside down, the paint will stay put. No drips or spills here! Plus, check out these 11 little-known painting hacks from our expert field editors.