28 Things Under $50 That People Actually Swear By

“Best $50 I ever spent.” —me, these reviewers, and maybe you

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1.

A hair styling treatment that’ll condition, strengthen, add volume, and polish your locks right after you hop out of the shower, ultimately cutting out a bunch of other products that can be time consuming. Simply apply on damp hair, style, and go!


Amazon

Promising review: “I have straight, fine hair with absolutely no curl, wave or body to it. I’ve never had bed head in my life, even sleeping with wet hair, that’s how lifeless it is. This product has changed all that! I’m not kidding! I use a pea size amount in my just above shoulder length hair, work it through with my hands then comb it through and style my hair as usual. It leaves my hair soft with no flyaways and holds a style for two days! A coworker just asked me today what I’m using in my hair to give it such body. I gave her the link on Amazon and she ordered it right away. I can’t say enough good things about this styling product! This is a game changer for my hair!! Order this now!!!!” —SisuGal

Get it from Amazon for $29.

2.

A memory foam seat cushion to save your butt and back from the wrath of chairs, road trips, and anywhere you do a lot of sitting.


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Promising review: “I am a 250-lb. man with an office job. My lower back near the tailbone would hurt after sitting long hours. The pain would transfer when sitting in a car or on the couch. This foam pillow took care of the pain after 48 hours. I can work all day and sit anywhere with no pain. I don’t expect it to last forever, but it helped take the pain away for me. I will buy the same one once this one loses its softness.” —Go Pack Go

Get it from Amazon for $26.30.

And read more rave reviews in our full write-up: If Truck Drivers Swear By This Memory Foam Cushion For Back Pain, It Must Be Legit

3.

A pair of versatile go-to leggings you can rock with your favorite accessories, running errands, or on the couch. What I am trying to say here is, why wear jeans ever again?


Amazon

Promising review: “I had read the reviews but really didn’t think it was true. But OMG. These are SO soft. They don’t have a fleece lining which is what I was looking for. They are completely opaque so no see through, but they are soft as a bunny. I swear. These have totally become my favorite leggings. I have already bought a dozen pair of different colors. These leggings are the best. To finish this up, I don’t normally do reviews unless I am really impressed. Oh. I got the plus size and I usually wear a 3X. No problems.” —HelloKitty

Get it them Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes that fit S-XXXL and in 22 colors and two lengths).


4.

A squatty potty that’ll adjust your position and relax the right muscles so you can pass poo comfortably. Life gets busy, you do(do) not need to deal with bloating and constipation on top of it.


Amazon

Promising review: “I’ve struggled with the #2 for the last couple years. I’ve gone from Defecating Toxic Avenger to ‘Dear GOD! I feel like I’m passing the Twin King Guardian Statues’. It’s been a sphincter nightmare. No matter what I tried: prunes, more water, high fiber, Taco Bell, even White Castle — nothing was working. Usually, in a three-week interval, I’d get very sick and spend three to four hours going to the bathroom nine or ten times. After my sphincter would be tender and I’m damn near positive if this had gone on, it would be the end of me. Then I saw this. Decided to go ahead and plunk down the $25. By day two of using it I started to feel better and my cramps were gone. I swear to god, when I go on my next road trip, I’m taking the damn thing with me, and IDGAF if my friends laugh at me. This damn thing may have saved my health and possibly my life.” —DJ_Malsidious

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

Learn more in our full write up: I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same

5.

A cult-favorite mascara to add volume and length to your lashes with a few flicks of the wrist, making those minimal makeup days even easier.


Sephora

Promising review: “This mascara makes my eyelashes look phenomenal. Long, thick, separated and I don’t even have to use an eyelash curler anymore. I get compliments from strangers nearly every time I wear this mascara – I’ve actually had to tell people “Yes, they’re real” on several occasions (eye roll). Buy it!” —Peachgrenade

Get it from Sephora for $13+ (available in two sizes).

6.

A portable blender bottle so you can blend fruits and veggies on the go. Smoothies? Anywhere you are? Breakfast every day? Yes, you can have it all.


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Promising review: “This is so convenient. I bought this because I don’t like using a big blender and cleaning it everyday. With this blender I just need to put in the ingredients and press the button. Plus the USB charging is great. I can charge it anytime and the charge lasts for a long time. I just charge it once a week at night and I am set. It makes great smoothies. The blade works great and really blends. Plus the color is really nice too. I can put the bottle in my purse, it is light and the lid doesn’t leak. Five stars.” —Ainee A.

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in four colors).


7.

A roll-up drying rack, because countertop and sink space is IMPORTANT real estate that must be utilized efficiently. Amen.


Amazon

Promising review: “We have tried to minimize the amount of stuff taking up our kitchen countertop, so we got rid of the dish rack. I still wanted the ability to dry dishes and big pots/pans after cooking, so I got this rack. Thing is AWESOME. It is extremely versatile and rolls up neatly for storage under the sink or wherever else you’d want to store it. It repels water and makes cleaning it very simple. Gunk doesn’t want to stay on it and anything that does stick to it comes right off with a light scrub and some dish soap. It doesn’t smell at all and is lightweight, but very sturdy and able to hold two to three big pots and pans over the sink. You can also fold it in half if you want to access the sink but want to dry a pot or some glasses while washing.” —Jay C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two sizes).

8.

A Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser you can use on dry skin as a makeup remover, or on wet skin as a hydrating face wash. Either way, sorry to your other skincare products that’ll never see the light of day after you bring this baby home.


Glossier

Promising review: “Love this stuff so much! Since I have sensitive skin, it’s always been hard for me to find a good cleanser. But this stuff is awesome. It’s so gentle and feels so nice when you massage it into your skin. Its texture is amazing and better than any other gel cleanser I’ve tried. I can tell that my skin has improved after using this stuff. A bonus is the subtle rose smell, which is thankfully not from any artificial fragrance. This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin.” —glitter

Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).


9.

A deep conditioning mask that’ll revive dry hair with its Argan oil, collagen, B vitamin, and rosehip oil formula. It’s like a hydrating drink of water but for your head. *Ahhh.*


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Promising review: “This product changed my hair routine! It’s an absolute must for me! My hair is coarse / thick and by the end of the week the ends get brittle and dry. I use this in the shower every Sunday and it adds moisture, softness, and shine back into my locks. It’s totally changed the way my hair feels throughout the week! LOVEEEE!” —Caybabe

Get it from Sephora for $9+ (available in three sizes).

10.

A powerful steamer that basically brings the fancy spa straight to your home. Now you can lure those pesky blackheads out without having to pay for an expensive facial.


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It lasts for 12 minutes at a time and even features a UV light to sterilize the steam! It also comes with a blackhead extraction kit, but just be careful and watch some tutorials before you go to town on your skin.

Promising review: “Excellent product, packaged well & arrived intact! It delivers a hot steady mist for 8-10 mins using distilled water. Depending on what my skin needs I’ll follow with a hydrogel sheet mask, brightening mask or deep cleansing mud mask. I’ve used this facial steamer several times since I purchased it. My only regrets is not buying years ago.” —William C. Mitchell

Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in gold and purple).


11.

An adjustable wood organizer for transforming your cluttered desk into a trendy space you *won’t* mind working at all day.


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Promising review:I love how customizable it is, especially with it being two separate parts that can just slide towards or away from each other to adjust the space accordingly. I used it for my office desk so that I could make use of the vertical space for all the objects all over my desk, and it looks so much neater thanks to this handy shelf! It’s fairly durable: I put my office phone (~10 lbs) on the top shelf, which is resting on the very edge of the bottom piece, and there have been no issues so far!” —Sarvani Gorti

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).


12.

A fuzzy fleece jacket that’ll upgrade the leggings you’ve been wearing to your most successful OOTD post yet.


Amazon

Promising review: “It’s soooo soft!!!!!! I totally recommend buying this. I’m usually a size medium but I ordered a large, because most people were saying that if you wanted it oversized at all then size up. I did that and I’m glad I did. It’s a great oversized fit, but it’s definitely not too oversized. Another great thing about it is that it’s lined with a really soft material on the inside just as the outside. Wearing it is like a big fluffy blanket and it’s amazing.” —lainna

Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 17 styles/colors)

13.

A cooling eye gel for giving the skin around your eyes a refresh. It’s packed with vitamin C, ginseng root, and coffee extract that can help with the appearance dark circles.


Versed

Promising review: “I picked this up after I realized I wanted to show off my skin and wear less makeup. It was an impulse purchase but I’m so glad I bought it! I work retail, and my staff knows I live on coffee when I open as I am a night owl. My dark circles are barely there and skin has never felt better! I told my sister who’s used it as well and we’ve picked up more by this brand. Amazing skincare at the perfect price!” —KatieKat

Get it from Versed for $17.99.


14.

Water resistant, wireless ear buds to get you through commutes, workouts, and the noisy neighbor who likes to host a wrestling match in their apartment every night.


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Promising review: “Product functions as advertised and meets all expectations. The battery life of the earbuds is quite lengthy, and they hold a charge when not in use. The charging box for the earbuds can also double as a power bank and fully charge my phone, which is convenient. The sound quality of the earbuds themselves is excellent and there isn’t a large lag in the sound as with other Bluetooth devices I’ve used. 10/0, would recommend!” —Soap user

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

15.

A teensy vacuum…made for your PORES. Seriously, all that ~poor~ dirt, grease, and dead skin doesn’t stand a chance. Say it with me: It’s time to move on out, you pesky blackheads!


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It’s designed for all skin types, thanks to its five different levels. Level one is for sensitive and dry skin, levels two and three are for neutral skin, and levels four and five are for mixed and oily skin. The set comes with four suction heads: for blackheads, removing dirt/grease, reducing dead skin buildup and fine lines, and tightening your skin. It’s also rechargeable and they really thought of everything!

Promising review: “I honestly can’t run out of great things to say about this! This blackhead remover works WONDERS I use it about once or twice a week & absolutely love it. It works very well, and I have seen a size reduction in my pores since using it for the past few weeks. I highly recommend this blackhead remover!” —Andrea

Get it from Amazon for $31.59+.


16.

A brush spinner that’ll clean up every last bit of makeup from even the dirtiest brushes AND then dry ’em — all in less than a minute. And to even *think* we’ve been cleaning our brushes BY HAND this entire time.


Amazon

Promising review: “This baby deep cleaned my brushes like crazy. I’ve never been able to clean them with an ordinary mat — it would take me longer and my hands would be pruned up from touching the bristle looking for remaining dirt in between. With this, it separates the bristles during spin. It’s kind of like the face cleansing brush, it does most of the work for you. I was scared at first when it because I thought it would mess up the shape of the brush but I squeezed it back in place and it was good. Best product I’ve purchased in a while. I love this thing, It would definitely be a great gift to all my friends.” —Grace

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

17.

A pollen-, dust mite-, mold-, and pet dander-busting detergent that just might make all the difference if your regular allergy medicine just can’t do the job on its own.


Amazon

Many reviewers heard about this from their allergist, so if regular over-the-counter medicine just isn’t doing it for you, you should probably visit your doctor! This detergent contains Acaril, which removes allergens without having to wash and dry your clothes and sheets on hot.

Promising review: “This product is an essential for me. I’m highly allergic to dust mites, but it wasn’t a problem until I moved to Florida. After living here about a year, I somehow became seriously allergic to my clothes. I couldn’t wear something from my closet without sneezing and enough tears and nasal discharge to derail anything. Regular washing did nothing. I washed everything in this and the problem was completely, obviously, no-question-about-it solved. Now I wash all my clothes in this about once a year, whenever they start to make me sneezy, and bedding for me and my kids every so often. It is a wonderful product and it absolutely works.” —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (roughly 45 loads per bottle).

18.

A dry shampoo POWDER (!!) so you can ditch the shower and end up with hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Hey, nobody has to know it’s going on day three…or five.


Aveda

Promising review: “I have fine hair and tend to have oily complexion/scalp. I have washed my hair every day as long as I can remember. This product gives me volume and the gift of time as I don’t have to wash on day two. In fact, my day two hair is now better than day one. LOVE IT! I give Aveda’s dry shampoo as a gift all the time as it’s transformed my hair care routine and I want to share the joy.” —MJ

Get it from Aveda for $31.


19.

A set of WILDLY popular microfiber sheets (seriously, they have over 63,000+ positive reviews!) you’ll be thinking about crawling back into the second you leave them.


Amazon

Promising review: “These are the sheets we have been searching for a long time! They are top quality, super soft, and I swear I even sleep better with this excellent bedding! Our bed has very deep pockets, and we usually have to use special straps just to keep the sheets on the mattress, but these fit and stay in place without any problems. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase after many disappointments in the past with other brands. I guess there is a good reason why they are number one on Amazon, I’m just glad I discovered this brand!” —g-man

Get it from Amazon for $32.97+ (available in sizes twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, split king, and in 44 colors).

20.

An Amazonian clay foundation (with SPF 15!) for balancing complexion and creating a flawless matte finish that won’t cake or crease.


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It has over 6,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Tarte! I can even back up these claims because this is one of my favorite foundations, and I wrote all about it here (it’s #1).

Promising review: “This long-lasting foundation is my go-to, whether it be going to work or a night out. I absolutely love the coverage it provides. I have an oily forehead but drier skin otherwise and it provides a full, matte finish to my face without cracking/creasing or coming off. Can’t see myself switching to another product for a while.” —Jenny

Get it from Tarte for $39 (available in 40 shades).


21.

A powerful nail strengthener formulated with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium to prevent breakage and make your nails harder and longer. It can be used by itself as a stand-alone treatment or as a base coat alternative.


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Promising review: “I used to be a terrible nail biter and this product has been an amazing help on my road to kicking the habit and finally growing strong healthy nails. It also works as a great base coat with most polishes, though I’ve found it especially effective when used with OPI colours and topcoats. I’ve attached my (terrible) before and after photo. I’m not sure I could have turned my nails around without this product.” —R

Get it from Amazon for $16.89.

22.

A compact hair roller that’ll remove ALL the pet hair embedded on your sheets, clothes, and upholstery — something anyone with a fur baby knows is no easy feat.


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Added bonus: This product doesn’t use sticky adhesive paper. The roller can be reused over and over again because of its high quality bristles that grab the hair again and again like a brush.

Promising review: “Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it’s snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It’s absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don’t have a pet. I don’t care; it’s THAT good.” —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.


23.

An all-natural de-frizzing smoothie cream for thick and curly hair that’ll reduce breakage and hydrate so your curls can live their best life.


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Promising review: “This is a true miracle. I put this on after the leave in and twist my hair directly after! I did not have to do anything to my hair to define my curls! Nothing at all! And my twists are so juicy and stretchy! Didn’t even have to use gel!” —Target Reviewer

Get it from Target for $11.99.

24.

A set of transparent, shatter-resistant, leak-proof, air-tight leftover and lunch containers so your leftover or meal prep game becomes and actual reality (and your soup or salad dressing never ends up seeping anywhere it’s unwelcome).


Amazon

These heavy-duty plastic containers are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. They even have little vents you can open so you can microwave them with the lid on, preventing splatters!

Promising review: “Best upgrade! We’d been using plastic storage containers from the grocery store, where you pay $8 and get a bunch from a plastic bag company. My husband HATED those. They would stain, leak, or smell — even after they were cleaned. So when I saw these on BuzzFeed, I ordered a kit. We love them! Easy to clean, certain foods don’t stain, not one leak has happened — and we eat soup and stir fry a lot for lunch. I immediately ordered five more so we could have a total of eight. We tend to do lunch at work 4/5 days. It was perfect. Also, the food seems to stay a bit fresher too, because of it being airtight. 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a good set of storage containers.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.38 for a 14-piece set (also available in other set sizes).

25.

A heated shiatsu-massage pillow because work was a nightmare, the car wouldn’t start, you spilled your coffee, and you just need some dang relaxation and something to work out those knots. This’ll help.


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Promising review: “I was looking for a massaging product to help with my lower back pain. I discovered the Zyllion pillow massager and thought it was a very reasonable price so I ordered it. The Shiatsu balls rotating on my lower back in combination with the heating feature (which can be turned off) really provided the relief I was looking for. I use it every morning while watching the news and it relieves the tightness in my back so I can get the day started. I would recommend this product to anyone.” —D. Anderson

Get it from Amazon for $49.95.


26.

A wireless phone charger for keeping your phone juiced up without the hassle of cords. After all, you are the life of the group chat so it’s CRUCIAL that your phone be charged at all times.


Amazon

Only compatible with iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XR, XS Max, XS, X, 8, 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10 S9 S8, Note 10, Note 9.

Promising review: “Works with Otterbox Defender case! I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 with an Otterbox Defender case. I didn’t want to have to take my case off as this charger would be primarily used when I’m at work. I opted to stream music from my phone instead of buying and bringing a radio to my office, and I was using a standard charger but getting annoyed when I would have to leave my office and want to take my phone with me. I was so happy that I ordered one for my home as well!” —Karissa T.

Get it from Amazon for $12.27.

27.

A faaaaancy smart notebook that’ll capture your best doodles, lists, and thoughts where you can then upload them all to your computer. Now it’s easier than ever to spam your family chat with your amazing talent.


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And once you upload the images, you can just erase the pages and reuse them.

Promising review: “OMG!!! This device is so cool. It works beautifully. The scanning as well as the syncing capabilities are awesome. I have it scanned and synced to my Microsoft Note account. Writing with the pen is smooth and the paper feels like paper. The use of the wet cloth to erase works exactly like they said it does. I wish I had this product while in college. It is worth every penny.” —Tulla Bell

Get it from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).


28.

A clay mask sworn by more than 3,700 Sephora customers (really, it has *that* many positive reviews!) to help with stubborn acne and clogged pores.


Sephora

Promising review: “Great for oily, acne prone skin! It draws out excess oil from your pores and when it dries down on your skin you can see all the oily little pore dots trapped in the dry clay. It’s also perfect for hormonal acne and can help reduce the inflammation. I’m insanely oily, and this stuff really helps keep the oiliness in check when used once a week. If I haven’t been perfect with my skincare and my skin feels clogged, I can use it two or three times in a week for a reset. Not cheap, but the best products never are.” —MeraLovesMakeup

Get it from Sephora for $25+ (available in four sizes).


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