33 Things That Look Expensive But Are Actually Affordable & On Amazon
Everyone loves to shop — but not everyone loves spending a lot of money. Though that might have once been a predicament, these days, with all the incredible steals you can find online, you no longer have to choose between treating yourself and blowing your entire monthly social budget. Whether you're shopping for clothes, beauty tools, or decorative items for your home, Amazon is often the best resource for finding these cheap-but-chic gems. Ahead, you'll find 31 things that look expensive, but are actually affordable — and all available on Amazon Prime.
Though they fall under categories ranging from loungewear and tech to beauty and kitchenware, the products on this list all have one thing in common: You'll get a ton of use out of them. And even though the majority cost around $30 or less (with a couple of exceptions), they could easily be mistaken for luxury goods and designer pieces — which is great if you're shopping for a birthday present or trying to decorate a new home on a budget.
Ready for all of your shopping fantasies to come true? Then keep scrolling to discover tons of affordable products to help upgrade your life, from your kitchen to your closet.
1. Classic Mules With Cushioned Soles For All Day Comfort
With a cushioned sole and timeless design, these mules are both comfortable and stylish. They come in beige (picture) as well as classic black and merlot.
2. Colorful Acrylic Earrings That Are Easy On Your Ears
3. Cheap Sunglasses That Can Pass As Designer
There is always a place in your sunglasses collection for a pair of cheap shades that you won't feel sick over if they get scratched or left behind at brunch. And this pair can actually pass as designer while only costing you about 15 bucks — so you won't feel bad if you loose them at the beach.
4. A Cozy Satin Robe That Comes In 22 Colors
A satin bathrobe for under $20? Yes, please. Featuring draped sleeves, two pockets, and a tie waist, this robe is available in 22 colors, including pastel pink and black. "Affordable and luxurious," one reviewer writes. "It becomes softer and more flowy once you run it through the wash once. I lounge in mine all the time and it doesn’t crinkle."
- Available sizes: S-XL
5. A Lace Bodysuit With Tons Of Positive Reviews
6. This Luxurious Way To Upgrade Your Nightly Bath
7. This Set Of Four Turkish-Style, Quick-Drying Towels
Upgrade your basic bath or beach towels with these chic Turkish towels. They're super soft and absorb water quicker, which also means they dry faster. For just over $20, you get four towels, which are available in a range of colors, including black, grey, navy, and this pastel set.
8. A Faux-Leather Tote With A Pebble Finish
The pebble finish give this faux-leather tote a rich texture that makes the tote look way more expensive than it actually is. Combine that with the large size and minimal aesthetic and this bag will be a go-to in your closet.
9. A Breezy Cover Up That's Perfect For The Beach
10. A Rollable, Foldable Hat That You Can Stuff In Your Luggage
Although classic in khaki and black, this straw hat comes 24 different color and belt combos for you to choose from. But the only thing better about this hat than the price tag is that it is foldable and crushable. That means you can stuff it in your luggage and it won't ruin the shape.
11. A $20 Bikini You'll Wear All Summer Long
Ultra-cheeky, high-cut bikini bottoms are on the rise and this swimsuit is the perfect option if you're looking to try out the trend. It comes 10 colors (and two similar, but slightly different styles) including, black, white, yellow, orange, pink, brown, and burgundy. It's recommend that you hand wash in cold water and hang dry.
12. A Chic, Vintage-Looking Fan
Most fans are an eyesore — but not this one. Equipped with two speed settings, it comes in six cool colors and has a vintage design, making it a much more design-forward option for keeping yourself cool.
13. A Gold Bracelet From Anne Klein
You might be surprised to find out that Anne Klein — the go-to brand for affordable work attire — is available on Amazon. And this simple gold bracelet is a stand out example of the type of expensive-looking pieces you can score for a total steal.
14. This Crystal Carafe To Leave On Your Bedside Table
Add a classy touch to your guest bedroom's side table, or solve your bedside water bottle problem once and for all with this glass carafe and tumbler set. It looks as fancy as something you'd find in a castle or five-star hotel, but costs just $20. An easy way to make your room look more put-together and ensure you (or your guests) stay hydrated.
15. An Everyday Bag That's A Cult-Favorite
Whether you're using it for work, for overnight trips, or to bring to the market, this canvas tote bag goes with pretty much everything. It fits a ton, has a roomy inner pocket, and comes in 14 colors and designs. And though it costs some $30, it looks surprisingly chic.
16. These AirPod Dupes That Cost A Fraction Of The Price
17. This Popular Stainless Steel Water Bottle That Keeps Drinks Scalding Hot (Or Ice Cold) For Hours
S'wells are the fashion girls' water bottle of choice, but they're actually much more affordable than you'd think. This one, made of stainless steel and constructed with a triple-walled insulated design, keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours or cold drinks cold for 24, which explains why they're so popular. Choose from 16 colors and designs, including camouflage, matte black, and ombre.
18. The One Closet Staple That Goes With Everything
There are few pieces more versatile than a denim jacket — so if you don't already own one (or need another), pick up this one from Daily Ritual ASAP. It has four packets, is machine-washable, and comes in three washes: dark, medium, and light.
- Available sizes: XS-XXL
19. Cushioned Ballet Flats That Come In Tons Of Colors
These classic ballet flats are available in leopard print, a range of neutrals and bright hues as well as metallics — and for just $24 a pair, you can probably afford to stock up.
20. A Set Of Two Luxe-Looking Whiskey Glasses
What makes these diamond-shaped whiskey glasses so unique is their spill-proof "anti-gravity" design. They tilt, but won't rock, and are even safe in the freezer and dishwasher. A must-have for any well-stocked bar cart.
21. A Cheese Board & Knife Set With A Slide-Out Drawer
If you love to host or are searching for the perfect hostess gift, look no further. This serving board comes with a slide-out drawer and four stainless steel knives for charcuterie and cheese. It's made of quality bamboo and has a grooved rim that's perfect for crackers or bread.
22. This Fancy-Looking Wine Decanter & Aerator
23. This Cross-Body Bag With A Cult Following On Amazon
With over 2,000 reviews on Amazon, this is possibly the most popular bag on that site — and for good reason. This faux leather cross-body bag pairs well with everything from jeans to your favorite summer dress and comes in tons of colors. It's also incredibly functional with three zip-able pockets and an adjustable cross-body strap.
24. These Oval Makeup Brushes That Beauty Bloggers Swear By
If you follow makeup artists and beauty bloggers on Instagram, you've probably seen these oval makeup brushes before. The soft, tightly packed bristles make them perfect for applying smooth, even-looking makeup, and their rounded shape makes them ideal for blending. For just $15, you'll get 10 brushes for eye makeup, foundation, contouring, and more.
25. This Aromatherapy Diffuser That Triples As A Nightlight & Humidifier
Enjoy all of your favorite essential oils with this budget-friendly aromatherapy diffuser. Or, use it without any oils to humidify your room. It lights up in seven different colors, and diffuses mist for up to six hours (on intermittent mode) or four hours (on continuous).
26. A Much More Affordable Alternative To Those Pricey Sonic Facial Brushes
Olay's ProX facial cleansing brush works just as well as those other fancy mechanical facial brushes, but costs a fraction of the price. It features two speeds and comes with the brush, a brush head, and a bonus exfoliating cleanser so you're all stocked up and ready to go.
27. A Jade Roller To Soothe Your Skin & Depuff Your Face
Treat your face to a soothing massage with this jade roller. Keep it in the freezer to help depuff your face, or use it to apply your serums for better skin penetration. They also help promote blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and can even help relieve sinus congestion and migraines.
28. These Comfortable Leggings With Mesh Accents
Available in 11 different colors and equipped with stylish mesh panels, at $20, these leggings are worth stocking up on. They even have a pocket and are made with sweat-wicking technology, making them perfect for yoga and running.
- Available sizes: S-L
29. This Mood-Enhancing Himalayan Salt Lamp
Add an extra cozy vibe to any room with this Himalayan salt lamp. Hand-carved and made from real rock salt from Pakistan, it provides a soft, amber glow that can be dimmed or brightened. It's also great for livening up office desks, so consider using it for the office, too.
30. A Dress That'll Take You From Spring To Fall
Available in 35 colors and designs (including stripes, dots, and florals), this dress is breezy enough to wear on hot summer days, but also looks fabulous with a denim jacket on cool autumn nights. TBH, it's hard to believe that it costs just over $20 — so grab a few.
- Available sizes: S-XXL
31. A Hot Tool That Dries & Styles Your Hair At The Same Time
Cut down on styling time with this revolutionary hair tool from Revlon. It dries your hair and adds volume at the same time, leaving you with a salon-level blowout from the comfort of your own bathroom. It also smooths out frizz, creates voluminous curls, and even helps enhance shine.
32. This Down Alternative Comforter That's Perfect For Every Season
This super plush down alternative comforter will keep you cozy through every season. With a microfiber filling, you won't have to worry about stray feathers poking you or shedding. It comes in a bunch of different colors, so you don't even need to use a duvet.
- Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, oversized queen, oversized king, California king
33. These Soft, High-Quality Bamboo Sheets
Wrinkle-resistant, fade-resistant, stain-resistant, and super soft, these hypoallergenic bamboo and microfiber bed sheets will keep you cool and comfortable all year long. Choose from 12 colors.
- Available sizes: twin, full, queen, king, California king
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