We’ve all seen popular products on Instagram or TikTok that seem life-changing. Many of them have gone viral because people swear by them. But no one wants to spend their hard-earned money on things that don’t actually make life easier or better.
So what viral products are real, tangible gimmicks? Let’s take a look at some of the best.
You can’t spend time on social media without seeing someone drinking a Stanley. But they don’t just look great, they’re functional.
By size, handle, straw, and how much you’ll need want to carry your glass, it’s a great way to remind yourself to drink more water throughout the day without making it a chore. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and designs so you can “customize” yours and motivate yourself to wear it every day.
the pink things
Have you ever found yourself on #CleanTok? If so, you’ve no doubt seen people using The Pink Stuff.
What makes this cleaning supply a life hack is that it can be used for just about any mess. They don’t call it “the miracle cleansing paste” for nothing. The original paste can be used on almost any surface in your bathroom or kitchen, saving time and money and preventing you from having to buy a variety of products for a single cleaning job.
The pinwheel salad/sandwich has been all over TikTok for the past few years. Plus, summer is here, which means it’s salad and fresh fruit season. But who wants to stand there and snack all day?
You can enjoy healthy vegetables faster with this viral vegetable chopper. Simply place an onion, cucumber, bell pepper, or a plethora of other produce on the grill, push down, and you’ve got perfectly chopped veggies. Plus, this particular chopper comes with seven inserts that allow you to chop, dice, squeeze, and spiralize!
A magnetic stove rack
If you love being in the kitchen but don’t like rummaging through your spice cabinet every night, try this magnetic stove rack that allows you to place your spice jars and utensils right where you need them most.
Not only is this rack a life hack, it’s a cooking hack, too, and it will make your weeknight dinner parties a lot less stressful.
Keep your spices close when you’re cooking with this convenient magnetic stove rack.
an air fryer
The popularity of fryers continues to grow thanks to social networks. It can be so much fun scrolling through Instagram or TikTok and seeing the fun and innovative recipes people create exclusively for their air fryers, from mozzarella sticks to decadent desserts.
How is an air fryer a life hack? First, it tends to cook food very quickly. You also don’t have to waste time heating up the stove and it will keep your kitchen cooler. Plus, because air fryers use less oil and fat to cook with, it’s a healthy option that can make a world of difference in your life.
electric garlic mincer
Whether you’re a kitchen wizard or a weekend cook, there’s nothing worse than having to mince garlic. It’s hard to get into uniform pieces, it’s sticky, and the smell sticks to your hand.
This mini electric garlic chopper is the solution. Just put a few cloves in the machine, push a button and it will perfectly mince your garlic, onion or ginger. It takes all the worst chopping jobs out of the kitchen and makes them easy, so you can measure the amount of garlic for a recipe with your heart!
Hair Drain Collector
There’s nothing worse (or gagging) than having to clean clumps of hair out of the drain. This drain protector quickly collects and traps hair. You just need to take the cylinder out, rinse it and place it back in the drain before your next shower.
You’ll never have to worry about a clogged, yucky bathtub again, and there’s no nasty hair buildup over time since you can clean the cylinder after every shower.
A mini rice cooker
Let’s face it, rice cookers are already kitchen tools for life. It can be hard to get the rice in a recipe right, and rice cookers help take the guesswork out.
But this mini rice cooker from DASH goes a step further, allowing you to make perfectly fluffy rice for one or two in a matter of minutes. It’s compact, easy to use, and perfect for apartment living since it doesn’t take up a lot of space. You can also use it to make oats or other grains without having to make a giant batch.
portable cereal cup
The idea of having cereal to go sounds complicated until you look at this viral TikTok portable cereal mug. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “drinkable breakfast” (no shakes!).
This cup allows you to keep cereal in a center cup and milk in the outer cup, separate from each other. They don’t touch until you tip the glass back and they both go into your mouth. The cereal doesn’t get soggy and you can enjoy Cap’n Crunch on your commute!
The Ultimate Pet Hair Remover
Pet parents, rejoice! This viral pet hair remover eliminates the need for messy sticky adhesives and works like a dream to get rid of hair and lint from fabrics.
It’s a reusable roller that works on furniture, carpets, and even car seats. If your dog or cat tends to shed hair wherever he goes, he can stop wasting money on sticky lint rolls and keep one of these in his house and car to use again and again.
ChomChom Pet Hair Remover
Pet hair, beware! This reusable pet hair remover removes even the finest dog and cat hair from multiple surfaces.
There are plenty of products out there designed to make your life easier. And let’s face it, you can’t always trust all you see on social media.
But these particular products have gone viral for a reason. They’re easy to come by, they’re a worthwhile investment, and they can make many of life’s little tasks much easier and less time consuming.