43 Genius Things On Amazon Every Woman In Their 30s & 40s Needs
The internet is a world of knowledge, and if you're anything like me, you consult it multiple times a day, every day of the week. Still, while I've utilized YouTube to change my own headlights and Pinterest to renovate my entire apartment, my most advantageous search remains discovering the most brilliant things on Amazon that every adult woman needs.
Those in their 30s and 40s have likely made the switch to full-on independence, and while certainly invigorating, said switch requires the right tools. Gone are the days of borrowing your parents' wrench set and using any old soap to remove your makeup. Now, it's time to invest in smart and practical products that speed up your morning routine, tackle multiple jobs at once, and truly improve your day-to-day life. For these types of items, Amazon is the queen of online retailers.
First, their inventory is extremely expansive, so you can find just about anything you're looking for. Second, product quality is upheld by hundreds, if not thousands, of ratings and reviews, so if you're about to spend $120 on a vacuum that won't last you more than a month, you'll probably know it. When you're all grown up and you've finally entered adulthood, these 44 products help make life infinitely easier — and much more enjoyable.
1. This "Life-Changing" Appliance That "Everyone Should Own"
The Instant Pot has gotten widespread recognition among reviewers, professionals, and amateur chefs. That's because this brilliant appliance cooks countless impressive meals with minimal effort on your part. Its seven-in-one design takes the place of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, rice cooker, and sauté pan. It also has multiple safety mechanisms in place, as well as delay and timer settings, and it comes in three sizes. Best of all, it can cook a fall-off-the-bone roast (or other similar meals) in just a few hours, so you're ready for that impromptu dinner party.
2. A Wallet That Holds All Your Travel Essentials
It's available in dozens of beautiful colors and has a classy tri-fold design, but reviewers really love the Zoppen travel wallet because of what's inside. This synthetic leather organizer has room for your passport, cards, cash, loose change, travel documents, and even your phone. It's also made with RFID-blocking technology to protect against identity- and information-theft.
3. This Genius Organizer For Your Pots And Pans
Never again experience the dreaded pan handle jamming up your drawer. The Lifewit organizer has five stainless steel tiers that adjust to fit all sizes of pots and pans. Instead of tossing them haphazardly in the drawer or cabinet, you can now stack them vertically (or horizontally) for easy access and space optimization.
4. This Portable Steamer For Cleaning, Sterilizing, And Wrinkle-Removal
Versatility is key when it comes to smart adult purchases, and this portable steamer is the very definition of the word. Thanks to its interchangeable heads and handheld design, this tool can remove lint, iron your clothing, steam your upholstery, and sanitize your mattress. It also has a leak-proof water tank that can run for up to 15 minutes per fill, and when inactive for eight minutes, it automatically shuts off for your safety.
5. A Lightweight, Skin-Friendly Sunscreen That Won't Get In Your Way
Whether you're applying it daily underneath makeup or protecting your skin at the beach, reviewers agree that La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen milk is the "best sunscreen" on the market. Its SPF-60 formula utilizes cell-ox shield technology to filter out broad-spectrum rays — all in a lightweight, easily-absorbed solution that "wears well under makeup and is not at all sticky."
6. An Affordable Three-In-One Vacuum That Does It All
Since it stores upright, weighs just 4 pounds, and can be used three different ways, the Eureka vacuum is definitely compact — but is it effective? Reviewers say yes: It's the "best small vacuum on the market" because it "works well on rugs," provides a "quick cleanup on hard floors," and "sucks up golden retriever hair with no problem." Since it transitions from an upright to a handheld to a dust-buster (and it has an 18-foot power cord), this tool can tackle just about every inch of your living space.
7. An Elegant Vanity Addition For Organized Hot Tools
Due to its curved legs and seven different finishes (including bronze, rose gold, and chrome), the mDesign hair tool organizer adds a classy touch to any vanity — but don't be fooled by its elegance. It's made of strong steel wire that can support the weight of your blow dryer and stand up to the heat from your straightening iron while it cools. It's also compact, rust-resistant, and "really helps [to] neatly organize a bathroom countertop," according to reviewers.
8. These Brilliant Hangers To Help Optimize Your Closet Space
Due to their rubber-lined clips, these ZOBER hangers effortlessly grab onto pants, skirts, and hard-to-hang fabrics — but they also attach vertically to one another to save space in your closet. Since they're made from stainless steel and coated in rust-resistant chrome, they're extremely durable, as well. Reviewers say that a set of these "makes the closet look high-end," because it gets all those inconvenient articles off the floor for good.
9. These Stylish Glasses That Block Harmful Blue Light From Your Devices
These LifeArt glasses are not your average spectacles — though you can purchase them in various magnifications, if needed. Rather, they block the harmful, rhythm-altering blue light from your phone or computer screen, so you can avoid headaches, eye strain, and insomnia. They're available in seven colors, and reviewers call them "functional and stylish."
10. This Brilliant Tool For Convenient, Pain-Free Flossing
Health experts agree that flossing is essential for a healthy mouth — but many people experience gum agitation, pain, and difficulties due to orthodontics or false teeth. The Liberex water flosser is a cordless, convenient tool that deeply cleans around and between teeth using pressurized water. It comes with five interchangeable nozzles and is USB-rechargeable, so you can use it virtually anywhere. Best of all, buyers say their "teeth and gums have never been healthier."
11. An Elegant, High-Quality Knife Set Fit For An Adult
It may be time to throw out all those mismatched utensils from your first college apartment. Instead, invest in an elegant set that doubles as a statement piece. The Emojoy knife set comes with 15 German-made stainless steel tools (including a sharpener, utility knife, and pair of kitchen scissors), all in a Pakkawood block organizer. "The quality is amazing," reviewers rave, especially considering that similar sets are $100 or more.
12. This Hypoallergenic Eye Cream To Soothe Puffiness And Dark Circles
"I usually do not leave reviews, but this eye cream has been so amazing that I have to share it with the world," one reviewer raved. The formula is hypoallergenic and surprisingly lightweight, but it's packed with soothing, hydrating, and anti-radical ingredients that aim to tackle puffy under-eyes and dark circles.
13. An 18-Piece Food Storage Set Made From Borosilicate Glass
It may be time to toss those mismatched, chemical-laden takeout containers. The Utopia Kitchen set comes with nine borosilicate glass storage bowls in all different shapes and sizes — as well as nine matching lids, which are lined with rubber for an airtight, leak-proof seal. They're even safe to use in the oven, freezer, dishwasher, and microwave.
14. A Reliable Tool Set For Emergencies And Household Jobs
When you feel it's finally time to retire your hand-me-down tool set, this pick has high ratings and over 1,000 reviews for three reasons: It's affordable, it's reliable, and it comes with all the necessary basics. Available in four different colors, this set is manufactured with chrome-plated, high-quality steel alloy and features 39 essential pieces, all in a travel-friendly storage case.
15. This Gentle Cleanser That Moisturizes Skin Instead Of Stripping It
You might have noticed that your skin is feeling drier lately; that's because, in your 30s and 40s, your skin and hair often require more moisture in order to carry out necessary functions. Rather than a harsh cleanser that strips skin of hydration, this fragrance-free cleanser from Hada Labo Tokyo is gentle, non-drying, and replenishes moisture using hyaluronic acid. Even though it removes makeup, dirt, and oil, it skips the unnecessary ingredients that could cause irritation.
16. A Protective And Deeply-Nourishing Hand Cream To Keep In Your Bag
Maybe it's the excess washing and DIY projects, but if you've noticed that the skin on your hands is drier than usual, reviewers say Supergoop!'s Forever Young hand cream is "actually effective" when it comes to healing cracks and dryness. Using ingredients like sea buckthorn, meadowfoam seed, and argan oil, this cream absorbs quickly to deeply hydrate dry skin — and it's even formulated with an SPF of 40 for built-in sun protection.
17. A Blow Dryer That Significantly Speeds Up Your Morning Routine
In the morning, every minute saved could very well deduct from your overall stress level. The BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme blow dryer is engineered with high-tech features to significantly cut down on drying time. It generates far-infrared heat to penetrate the hair cuticles, features a 2000-watt motor for optimal airflow, has a ceramic porcelain design to prevent unnecessary damage, and allows you to choose between six heat and speed settings.
18. A Memory Foam Pillow With Adjustable Layers For Various Heights And Thicknesses
Even though memory foam is highly-adaptive, the loft and density still differs from sleeping position to sleeping position. That said, because of its adjustable height and removable layers, the UTTU sandwich pillow can be optimized to suit your specific preferences. Simply remove the hypoallergenic bamboo cover and adjust the layers to reach your preferred loft and thickness.
19. These Smart Plugs So You Can Control Your Electronics Remotely
Set timers and automatic schedules for your lights. Start up the coffee pot using just your phone. Turn off your hair straightener after you've already left the house. With these T Teckin smart plugs, you can access your plugged-in electronics from your mobile device — and since they're compatible with Alexa, Echo, Google Home, and IFTTT, you can also just use your voice.
20. A Set Of Packing Cubes For A Neat, Space-Optimized Suitcase
These OEE packing cubes come in a set of six and feature breathable mesh panels, convenient handles, and built-in straps to optimize space and allow for easy access. Thanks to their square corners, they fit like building blocks in your suitcase and allow you to retrieve one article of clothing without upsetting everything else. Get them in eight different colors and patterns.
21. This Non-Greasy, Water-Based Serum To Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Reviewers have called the Vichy Minéral 89 serum a "miracle product" and the "best moisturizer [they] will ever buy." That's because, instead of greasy oils, this serum utilizes hyaluronic acid and mineral-rich thermal water to nourish, plump, smooth, and hydrate. It's also free of parabens, alcohol, allergens, and fragrances, so it's a safe choice for sensitive skin.
22. A 100-Percent Silk Mask That You "Can't Feel While Sleeping"
Since the Jersey Slumber sleep mask is made from 100 percent mulberry silk on both sides, it's lightweight, non-irritating, and conforms to the curves of your face. As a result, reviewers say that even though it "blocks out all the light," it's also "extremely comfortable" and "doesn't put any pressure on the eyeballs." Thanks to its fully-adjustable strap, it fits anyone — some reviewers have even used it on their dogs.
23. This Top-Rated Fitness Strap That Suits Any Level Of Flexibility
Most fitness straps feature two loops — one on either end. The Gradient strap, on the other hand, has 12 independent loops all along the length of it, so you can choose your level of intensity during yoga, physical therapy, or CrossFit. It's available in four different colors, and even comes with a stretching chart and travel bag.
24. Two No-Hassle ACV Products For All Your Hair-Related Needs
Tending to your hair's ever-changing needs can become exhausting — not to mention expensive. Thankfully, this shampoo and conditioner duo tackles so many issues in one simple step. The formulas use raw apple cider vinegar alongside lightweight, healthy oils, so they aim to cleanse, balance pH levels, encourage growth, remove product build-up, boost shine, tame frizz, and repair broken hair cuticles all at once. Reviewers with all different hair types (thick, thin, oily, dry, curly, and straight) say they "fell in love" after the first use.
25. A Best-Selling, Elegant Coverlet That'll Effortlessly Match Any Bedroom
Rather than busy patterns and difficult-to-match color schemes, the Mellanni bedspread set comes in seven solid, classy shades — and the eye-catching aspect is all in the subtle patterning. The fabric is made from a hypoallergenic microfiber that's resistant to fading, wrinkles, and stains. It also comes with two pillow shams and is "definitely over-sized," unlike other coverlets that barely cover the mattress. In short, this number-one best-seller is an effortless, affordable way to upgrade your bedroom.
26. This Luxurious Silk Pillowcase To Pamper Your Skin And Hair
Sleeping on silk might actually keep your skin soft and your hair hydrated. Unlike absorbent cotton, silk helps to distribute your body's natural oils and prevent unnecessary friction, which is why the ALASKA BEAR pillowcase has over 5,000 reviews. It's available in dozens of colors and features real, hypoallergenic Mulberry on both sides.
27. A Pair Of Customizable Leggings You'll Want To Live In
Choose your size and your preferred waist style with these Core 10 Onstride leggings. They feature power-mesh panels, two pockets, a hidden zipper compartment, and four-way stretch fabric that wicks away moisture. If you have an eligible Prime membership, you can try them on before you decide to purchase due to Prime Wardrobe — but according to reviewers, it's hardly necessary. They've "never, ever found a better fit."
28. This Travel Pillow That Aims To Promote An Ergonomic Neck Position
Unlike traditional travel pillows, the trtl has a flexible, ribbed support system on the inside and soft fleece on the outside. As a result, it promotes an ergonomic sleeping position while you're traveling and it's soft and breathable, too. Since it weighs under a pound and can be positioned on either side of your neck, reviewers call it "possibly the best purchase [they] have ever made for traveling."
29. Some Affordable Sheets That'll Help You Fall In Love With Your Bed
If you're looking to upgrade your sheets, but you'd rather not break the bank in the process, thousands of reviewers agree that the AmazonBasics sheet set is "well worth the buy." The sheets are made from polyester microfiber, which offers durability, softness, and breathability — plus, they're available in several different patterns, colors, and sizes. Finally, at $25 for a four-piece king set, you likely won't find a better deal anywhere else.
30. An Elegant Tool Set That Goes Everywhere You Do
Stay prepared in style with this classy travel tool kit. Its leatherette case features black-stitched accents, but because it comes with ten mini essentials (like bits, extensions, pliers, and screwdrivers), you'll always be prepared for impromptu emergencies. Most importantly, it measures 6.5 by 4.5 inches, so it fits in your glove compartment, bag, or desk drawer.
31. This Smart Bulb That Will Change The Way You Illuminate Your Space
It may look unassuming at first glance, but the Philips Hue is not your average lightbulb. It's actually a smart bulb that screws into your existing fixture and allows you to customize your atmosphere down to the ideal shade. Set timers and schedules, choose between 16 million different colors, wake up with sunrise-mimicking illumination, and pair it with your Alexa or Google Assistant for voice-activated light.
32. A Must-Have Gadget For Hands-Free Control Of Your Life
Like the original, the third generation Echo Dot allows you to play your music, set timers, ask questions, check the weather, monitor your deliveries, order groceries, and control your Alexa-enabled smart devices, all using the sound of your voice. Unlike the first generation, this one is built with a classy fabric exterior and an improved speaker for better sound quality. It's available in charcoal, heather gray, or sandstone, and reviewers say that owning this little gadget "can really simplify your life."
33. This Planner That Reviewers Call A "Game-Changer For Organization"
The undated Panda Planner Pro utilizes scientifically-proven techniques to help you boost productivity and organize your schedule — but it doesn't stop there. It also has sections for goal-setting, step-by-step project planning, weekly and daily reviews, and noting the aspects of your life that you're grateful for. As a result, reviewers say that they're not only "much more productive and efficient," but they also feel "happier," "more relaxed," and in a more "positive state of mind."
34. These Exfoliating Korean Washcloths For Baby-Soft Skin
These Korean washcloths provide an effortless, sanitary method of all-over exfoliation. They're made from 100 percent viscose and have a coarse but gentle texture that sloughs away callouses and rough skin — just take a look at the reviewer photos. Let your skin get soft from the moisture in the shower or bath, and proceed to scrub all over your body to cleanse it of dirt, oil, and clogged pores.
35. A Nourishing Cream To Promote Healthy Nails
As hormones shift with age, many people report weaker, more brittle nails. Whether you're saving for an important purchase or far too busy for regular salon visits, Hard As Hoof cream keeps your nails looking healthy between appointments — or in lieu of them. The nourishing formula promotes growth and strengthens nails to prevent chipping, splitting, and infections, but it's also filled with deeply hydrating ingredients that soften cuticles, as well.
36. This Night Cream That's Suitable For Sensitive Skin
Instead of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and dyes, Weleda's night cream contains only the most hydrating essentials to nourish and plump your skin while you sleep: namely, sweet almond oil, chamomile, shea butter, cacao seed, and other real essential oils. According to reviewers, the "rich texture" is moisturizing enough to combat dry winter skin, but it's still non-greasy and absorbs quickly.
37. The "Best Nail File" Ever, Because It's Hygienic, Precise, And Efficient
Because it's made from real, tempered Czech glass, the Bona Fide Beauty nail file is wear-resistant, easily washable, and extremely effective. The fine-grit textured surface glides through nails while sealing the natural keratin layers, which prevents peeling and splitting. Reviewers write, "I will never go back to using a metal file or emery board. This is a game-changer."
38. This Memory Foam Cushion For A More Comfortable Commute
Reviewers write that the Domic car seat cushion "really makes a difference in your comfort level" during long commutes — but it's also effective for office chairs and other unsupportive seats. Its memory foam interior conforms to your body and cushions your lumbar, but it also has a bottom layer that's non-slip, as well as a top layer that's resistant to water, stains, and dust.
39. This Brilliant Invention To Keep Your Sheets In Place
If your sheets are constantly slipping off your mattress during the night, reviewers say Bed Bands are "the answer [you've] been looking for." These brilliant little tools are made from nickel and elastic, and they clasp onto the corners of your sheets to secure them under the mattress without causing damage to the fabric. They even have unique cord locks so you can customize the amount of tension, and they come in a set of four — one for every corner.
40. A Textured, Ergonomic Stretcher To Soothe Lower Back Pain
Release the tension on your lumbar after a workout or a long day at the computer. The SOLIDBACK stretcher features an ergonomic curve and three rows of point-stimulating texture. Since it's made from dense foam, it's comfortable, but won't collapse under the weight. The review section is filled with five-star ratings that say things like, "obsessed," "can't live without it," and "instant relief."
41. This Wonderfully-Designed Travel Mug With 21,000 Reviews
Despite its 21,000 reviews, the Contigo travel mug has managed to retain an incredible 4.3-star rating. Buyers adore it because it utilizes a stainless steel interior and vacuum insulation to keep drinks piping hot for five hours and cold for 12. It's also spill-proof and has an easy-clean, auto-seal lid that allows for one-handed drinking without any mishaps. Purchase it in your choice of three sizes and 20 colors.
42. Some Great Quality T-Shirts To Form The Foundation Of Any Outfit
So many outfits call for a simple white T-shirt, and these ones from Amazon Essentials ensure that you're always prepared — and comfortable. They come in a pack of two and are available in six sizes and multiple color options. Since they're made from a blend of cotton, modal, and spandex, reviewers say they're "soft," "comfortable," and "lightweight" without showing off your undergarments. If you're a member of Prime (and therefore Prime Wardrobe), you can even try them on before you buy them.
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