54 Legitimately Awesome Things Under $20 On Amazon You've Never Heard Of

You haven’t seen these products before.

by Rebecca Martinson
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No matter how hard I try to resist pulling out my credit card, I still find myself making purchases on a daily basis. That’s why I've made a deal with myself: I can buy stuff, but only if it's something legitimately awesome and under $20 (and preferably something I've never heard of before). And because I know I've gotten tired of seeing the same products everywhere, I've made sure that this list is full of items you've probably never heard of. There are tons of legitimately awesome Amazon products available for less than $20, so go ahead and discover your new faves.


The "Angry Mama" Kitchen Accessory That Helps Clean Your Microwave

Your mother is too busy to come clean your microwave, but this "angry mama" kitchen accessory is ready to go at a moment's notice. Just fill her up with a mix of vinegar and water (and a splash of lemon juice for scent, if you like), then pop her into your microwave for about five minutes. Once done, you should be able to easily wipe away any stuck-on stains with a paper towel.


A Highly Rated Meat Tenderizer With 2 Sides

This double-sided meat tenderizer is designed with a textured side for tenderizing and a flat side for pounding so your meat can cook evenly and quickly. It requires very little effort on your part — it does most of the work for you. It features a nonslip rubber grip so it’s easier to control. It can also be used to crush nuts, garlic, and other foods, which is why it has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon. Plus, it’s easy to clean — just pop it in your dishwasher.


This Drain Protector That Traps Hair In The Shower

Finally, a solution to unsightly hair clumps on the shower walls — and in the form of a cute cat shape. The Shower Cat is a hair catcher, snare and drain protector that works by catching and holding the loose hairs that fall during shampooing and conditioning. Just gather the loose strands and swipe your fingers through the bristles to trap the hair. Comes with a 3M adhesive strip that attaches to shower surfaces.


This Carrying Case That Organizes All Your Charging Cords

Instead of reaching into a tangled wad of cords in your tote bag, this carrying case neatly, compactly holds miscellaneous charging cords, earbuds, and battery packs. Built with a hard, shockproof exterior, one reviewer says it’s “just the perfect size for various cords, AirPods, chargers and more”. Available in 10 color options, the case also has a small pouch for USB cables and memory cards.


The Knife That Makes It Easier To Spread Butter

I can't count how many times I've ripped up a bagel trying to spread cold butter, but this knife solves that problem. The slots along the blade allow you to curl the butter into thin, spreadable pieces that can be spread onto your bread, while the stainless steel construction means it'll last for years to come.


This Brow Gel That Fills In Brows & Covers Gray Hairs

Described as being like mascara for your brows, this eyebrow gel from Elizabeth Mott has received high marks from shoppers for “really add[ing] to my natural eyebrows” and being “far better than paying someone to dye my brows”. Coming in five shades, the gel is formulated to fill in sparse brows and color gray hairs — and it’s made to last all day, even through water and sweat.


These Can-Shaped Glass Cups With Bamboo Lids & Glass Straws

These stylish glass cups are shaped like cans and are perfect for hot or cold drinks. They’ll quickly become your go-to cups for anything from smoothies to iced tea to coffee. They’re durable enough to withstand sudden changes in temperature between -68 to 212 degrees. Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. This set also includes bamboo lids, glass straws, and cleaning brushes.


A Shave Powder That Helps Prevent Ingrown Hairs & Razor Bumps

Get a smoother shave with this shaving powder specifically meant to reduce shaving bumps. Use while shaving your legs or facial hair without irritation. With over 16,000 reviews on Amazon and a rock-bottom price, this powder is a fan favorite.


A Popular Digital Meat Thermometer That Works In Seconds

This digital meat thermometer is popular among Amazon shoppers with over 11,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. It takes the guesswork out of cooking because it allows you to take accurate temperatures of meat and various foods. You won’t have to hover over a hot stove for long because it takes temperatures in as little as two to three seconds. Plus, it features a 240-degree rotating probe so it can be used in either hand and at awkward angles. As a bonus: it even has a built-in bottle opener.


This Fine-Tip Pen Set That Comes With 18 Pretty Colors

Add a pop of color to any page with this 18-pack of fine-point art pens. The #1 best-selling product in the drawing pens category on Amazon, they have garnered more than 71,000 reviews and an overall 4.7-star rating. They feature a 0.38-millimeter tip and nicely pigmented water-based ink that's ideal for everything from drawing to journaling.


A Shampoo Brush That Massages Your Scalp

Just add a dollop of shampoo to this brush, and then massage it into your scalp to wash away dirt and grime. The bristles are made from soft silicone that are not only gentle, but can also help stimulate blood flow. Plus, the handle on the back helps you keep a firm grip when wet.


This Exfoliating Brush That Can Help Prevent Ingrown Hair

Whether you’re trying to prevent ingrown hairs or prepare your skin for shaving, this brush can help. Its tiny bristles make it extra exfoliating, which can even help increase blood circulation and clear your pores. It’s available in two colors — blue and orange — and has over 17,000 five-star ratings from Amazon customers.


A Soap-Like Stainless Steel Bar That Helps Remove Unwanted Odors

Just rub this stainless steel bar of "soap" between your hands — with or without water — and it'll quickly absorb any unwanted odors. It's great for getting rid of persistent food smells from fish, onions, or even garlic. Plus, it's infinitely reusable.


A Microwavable Popcorn Bowl That Collapses For Easy Storage

Although it’s designed to hold 15 cups of popcorn, this microwavable popcorn bowl collapses for easy storage. When it’s flattened, it’s less than 3 inches tall — about the size of a few stacked plates. It’s also easy to use — just add kernels and microwave for two to three minutes. It doesn’t require oil and you can customize your popcorn by adding flavoring and toppings of your choice.


This Gadget That Helps Keep Your Coffee Warm

If you find that your coffee turns cold before you finish drinking it, you can easily keep it toasty with this mug warmer. Simply keep your mug on top, and the 17-watt heater will get your drink warm in about two minutes. The best part? It features an extra-long power cable so that you can use it all over your home or office.


This Insert That Helps Organize Your Purse

It can be easy to lose track of your belongings if your purse doesn't have very many pockets, so grab this handy insert. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit nearly any purse, while the 13 pockets give you space to organize everything from keys to hair accessories.


The Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar Packed With Peppermint, Eucalyptus & More

You can take your cleansing routine to the next level with this invigorating tea tree oil soap bar. It’s packed with other nourishing ingredients including peppermint, eucalyptus, aloe vera, rosemary, and more. Plus, it can be used to help remove unwanted odors, cleanse blemishes, and calm various types of skin irritations.


This Pet Hair Brush That’s Easy To Clean With The Push Of A Button

This pet hair brush makes it easy to groom your dog or cat, thanks to its retractable wire bristles that are gentle yet effective. The brush itself features a button that you can press in order to bring the bristles upward to help remove the brushed-out hair. That way, it’s just as simple to clean as it is to brush with.


A Shower Head That Filters Impurities From Water

With its multi-layer filtration system, this shower head is designed to remove impurities from your water before they reach your skin and hair. The universal fit means it should easily work with nearly any type of shower hose — and no tools are necessary for installation.


This Universal Phone Holder That Clips Into The Vents Of Your Car

You've got options when it comes to this phone holder. It’s designed to clip into the vents of your car and then secure your phone with two adjustable sides lined with silicone (along with a sturdy base). Once your phone is in place, the holder can rotate 360 degrees — and since its size is customizable, it can fit various types of phones.


A Drain Protector Made From Stainless Steel

Since this drain protector is made from stainless steel, there's no need to worry about it growing rusty over time. Any loose hairs or debris that float its way are immediately snagged around the bottom to help your pipes stay clear. Plus, it won't impede the flow of water down your drain.


A Brightening Moisturizer That’s Infused With Snail Mucin

Formulated with snail mucin, shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil , and vitamin E, this moisturizer can help dull skin appear brighter and can reduce the appearance of unwanted dark spots. Your skin will look smoother, radiant, and more healthy-looking. Reviewers reported that it is hydrating, it leaves their skin feeling smoother, and that it’s non-irritating even for those with sensitive skin. By the way, no snails are harmed in the process of making this cream.


These Unique Kitchen Tongs That Double As Spatulas

With wide, nonstick silicone pieces at both ends, these tongs make it easy to grab nearly anything in your kitchen — from slippery noodles to fried chicken tenders. The spatula tips are even heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and BPA-free, while the locking mechanism allows for compact storage.


A Claw That Helps Your Meats Thaw Faster

Forget to take something out of the freezer for dinner? You'll be glad you picked up this thaw claw. Simply attach it to the bottom of your sink using the built-in suction cup, fill it with warm water, then hook your frozen meat underneath the claw. It can help meat thaw up to seven times faster, and it should work with any sink.


A Tiny Vacuum Cleaner That Tackles Tiny Messes

Dust, crumbs, hairs — you name it, and this tiny vacuum can suck it right up to help your work station stay clean. All it needs are two AA batteries (which are not included). And since it's completely cordless, you can easily maneuver it all over without having to worry about cables getting snagged.


These Claws That Help You Shred Meat

Tired of the same sliced chicken and steak for dinner? Try shredding your protein next time with these meat claws. They each have an easy-to-grip handle that’s also nonslip, and you can even use them as tongs in a pinch. Plus, they have a 4.6-star rating on Amazon.


A Portable Travel Razor That Has Everything You Need To Shave On-The-Go

There’s always that one spot you missed shaving, and inevitably you catch it when you’re already in the car on your way to dinner. That dilemma has now been solved by this portable travel razor that contains — within one compact package — a refillable spray bottle, a shea butter moisturizing bar, and two sharp triple-blade razor cartridges. It’s TSA-approved, and besides air travel, you can take this pretty pink razor anywhere — stash it in your gym bag, purse, or car glove compartment.


A Rejuvenating Lip Scrub That’s Made With Kukui Oil

If your lips could use some TLC, let me introduce you to this highly rated lip scrub that reviewers called a must-have for anyone who has dry, chapped lips. It’s formulated with Maui cane sugar to gently exfoliate your skin. It’s also infused with Hawaiian kukui oil and shea butter to hydrate and rejuvenate your lips. Your lips will feel smoother and softer and look plumper.


A Pair Of Headphones You Can Sleep In

Regular headphones or buds aren’t comfortably nap in, whereas the speakers in this pair are covered with soft fabric that won't leave your ears sore. They also work great for keeping your ears warm while running outside, and the rechargeable battery even lasts for more than 10 hours on a single charge.


A Magnetic Organizer For Bobby Pins, Clippers, & More

Just stick this magnetic organizer inside of a drawer, and you'll instantly have a convenient place to keep all your small metal items. It works great with bobby pins, nail clippers, nuts, bolts, and more — and it's made from chic bamboo that complements any style or home decor.


These Best-Selling Toe Separators That Restore Your Feet

Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably between toes, these toe separators can relax tense muscles and encourage proper alignment of your toes. It can help correct issues caused by tight shoes or specific foot conditions like bunions. They are made from a BPA- and latex-free medical grade gel that’s soft and stretchy — making them suitable for all-day wear barefoot or with shoes.

Got credit cards or cash you'd like to keep out of sight? Just stash them inside of the hidden pocket in these scrunchies. They're made from premium velvet, and the hair tie inside is strong enough for thicker manes. Many reviewers even raved about how they're "super soft."

Just pop this cover on top of your overflow drain, and you'll be able to add inches to your bathwater the next time you want an extra-deep soak. The suction cups on the back keep it held firmly in place, and it's large enough to fit most drains.


This LED Flashlight That Clips Onto Your Clothes

Whether you’re jogging in the evening or simply needing to check on something in the dark, this LED clip-on flashlight cleverly serves its purpose. With two magnetic ends that can fasten to most kinds of fabric, whether on your jacket or backpack, this small flashlight has three modes: white, red, and a flashing red option that can serve as an emergency light. It comes with a free keychain flashlight as well. “This light works well for me,” one reviewer shared. “I'm a nurse that works the night shift so I check on my patients with a little light, not to wake them.”


The Measuring Cups That Are Collapsible

Not only are these measuring cups and spoons engraved so that the measurement markings don't fade away, but the cups are also collapsible so that they don't take up a ton of drawer space. They're BPA-free, and one reviewer even wrote, "They fold up so easily to keep in my drawer but then they pop open and stay open when needed."


A Set Of Drill Brushes That Will Deep Clean Your Home & Car

This drill brush set will deep clean pretty much any surface in your home, from tile to grout to carpet. One of the pieces is an extended reach attachment that guides the brush through tight spaces such as stove grates or narrow areas in your car’s interior. The three nylon-bristle brushes come in various shapes and sizes and are designed to clean surfaces without scratching them.


A Strainer That Snaps Onto Pots, Pans & Bowls

If you’re looking to save some space in your kitchen, this pot strainer is one smart way to do it. This colander snaps onto round pots, pans and bowls, allowing you to strain pasta, veggies and more directly from the pot. About a quarter of the size of a traditional colander, this strainer — which also comes in six fun colors — is a space-spacer. “It works on all sized pots and is so easy to use,” one shopper raved. “Snaps right on and stays in place and so far at least, has held everything that I've put into it.”


This Wine Bottle & Tumbler Set That Keeps Drinks Cold For 12 Hours

Perfect for travel or picnics, this wine bottle and tumbler set is great to keep your wine chilled and safe. They’re crafted with stainless steel so they won’t break easily and are resistant to odor, smudges, and rust. And, since they are vacuum-insulated, they can maintain your beverages temperature for hours — hot or cold. The tumblers feature sliding lids with a silicone seal and the bottle is designed with a screw-top lid so that they’re all spill-proof.


This Reparative Cuticle Cream Made With Hot Spring Minerals

Reviewers reported seeing instant results after using this cuticle cream just once. It’s formulated with hot spring minerals, Japanese seaweed, aloe vera gel, and a slew of other hydrating and soothing ingredients that deliver a dose of moisture. Your cuticles and nails will look shiny and healthier quickly. Plus, the convenient tube is designed with a non-drip, precision tip that makes it easy and neat to apply.


A 2-In-1 Lint Remover & Fabric Defuzzer That’s So Cheap

You get two amazing products for the price of one with this electric lint brush and defuzzer. It can be used to lift away lint, dust, fur, and hair from clothing, carpet, fabric furniture, and more. It can also be used to remove fuzz and pilling from blankets, sweaters, and other fabrics. And, unlike similar battery-operated devices which can sometimes have fluctuating power, this one remains stable and delivers constant strong power. By the way, this also includes two replacement blades and an adhesive tape strip.


The Heat-Resistant Pouch For Your Hot Tools

Need a safe place to lay your hot tools while you're styling your hair? Keep this heat-resistant pouch on your vanity, and it'll keep your surfaces safe from accidental burns. The grooved surface also helps prevent your tools from sliding off — just in case you accidentally bump into them.


These Tongue Brushes That’ll Freshen Your Breath

Oral hygiene is incredibly important. Make sure yours is okay with the help of these Oralganix tongue cleaners. You get four in a pack, and you can easily throw them in a bag or put them in your car to help you freshen up — especially if you need to meet someone after eating lunch out. These have been created to reach all of the crevices of your mouth that many other scrapers miss.


A Meat Chopper That Reviewers Can't Get Enough Of

No matter what kind of ground meat you like to cook, this chopper can help break it up so that your meal cooks evenly. The four blades are great for chopping, mixing, blending — and they even work great when mashing up potatoes. Choose from seven colors, including yellow, red, blue, green, and more.


This Pet Sling That’s Great For Transporting Small Animals

Wish you can bring your pet wherever you go? This iPrimio sling will get you one step closer. This sling measures in at 20" wide by 14" deep and can hold up to 12 pounds. It’s great for keeping your furry friend close and secure. The fact that it’s pretty cute and easily washable makes buying this a no-brainer.


A Pack Of Cable Organizers Made From Tough Silicone

These cable organizers are made from durable silicone that you can twist and stretch to your heart's desire. Each one features a strong magnet on either end so that it's easy to fasten them together, and many reviewers raved about how they're great for keeping knots out of headphone wires.


These Floating Shelves That’ll Make Any Room Look More Organized

Bare walls need something to jazz them up — and if that “something” can hold a few items, even better. These shelves come in five different colors. When hung up, you won’t be able to see the hardware used, making them look even cooler. “You can place this wall mount anywhere and it's going to look awesome,” said one reviewer. “Definitely one of my best purchases on Amazon and I would purchase it again.”


These Popular Foot Masks That Peel Away Dead Skin In 2 Weeks

These foot peel masks are cheaper than a pedicure, plus you can use them in the comfort of your own home — it’s a win-win. All you have to do is slip these on, wear them for 60 minutes, and then have a little patience as your feet peel over the course of two weeks. They’re formulated with fruit acids and extracts to remove dry, dead skin and calluses without scrubbing.


A Neck Reading Light With 92,000 5-Star Ratings

This neck reading light features an ergonomic design that fits comfortably around your neck so you can be totally hands-free. The beams can rotate 90 degrees, so you can focus light where you need it most. It’s great for when you’re reading in dim or dark lighting. It can also be handy while doing repairs. You don’t have to worry about stocking up on batteries because it’s rechargeable and lasts up to 80 hours. It has three brightness levels and three color temperature modes. Plus, it prevents eye strain since it evenly distributes light and doesn’t flicker.

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