The Most Useful Amazon Products — Each Less Than $29

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There's nothing like the delight of finding a seemingly mundane product that solves a persistent but annoying problem in your life. It’s that elusive thing you’ve been looking for — the organizing solution that wrangles a nest of tangled cords, the smart outlet that turns off the lights, or the gadget that solves the problem you didn't even know you had. (Automatic potato peeler, anyone?) The discovery never fails to give us a little boost, especially after we’ve clicked “Buy It Now.”

It’s even better when the item in question costs little more than a round of drinks — and thanks to Amazon’s famously low prices, this is a common occurrence. So common, in fact, that when we hit the site to compile a list of the most useful products that we could find, we were surprised at all the problem-solving potential out there. Click through to see the most clever products we could suss out — all for under $29.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h2>Amazon Smart Plug</h2><br><strong>Best Used For</strong>: Scheduling lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically <br><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.7 out of 5 stars and 435,422 ratings<br><br><strong>Practical Peeps say:</strong> "Got this smart plug so I can remotely turn appliances/the lights on and off in an Alzheimer's patient's home. I can remotely make sure things are off by simply turning them on and off in the Amazon Alexa app — it's super simple to use and really helps me out. Now I don't have to drive over there to make sure the lights, the AC, or the TV are off, etc. Thank you!"<br><br><em>Shop</em> <em><strong><a href="http://amazon.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><br><strong>Amazon</strong> Smart Plug, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3x27XII" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Amazon Smart Plug


Best Used For: Scheduling lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 435,422 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "Got this smart plug so I can remotely turn appliances/the lights on and off in an Alzheimer's patient's home. I can remotely make sure things are off by simply turning them on and off in the Amazon Alexa app — it's super simple to use and really helps me out. Now I don't have to drive over there to make sure the lights, the AC, or the TV are off, etc. Thank you!"

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Amazon Smart Plug, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Hoan The Original Bagel Guillotine</h2><br><strong>Best Used for:</strong> Slicin' & dicin' bagels in seconds<br><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.8 out of 5 stars and 5,361 ratings<br><br><strong>Practical Peeps say:</strong> "Picked this up because my heart could no longer take the stress of watching our 11 year old daughter slice bagels. This not-so-little little device slices through every single bagel, every single time — and my kid goes through kicks where she'll eat two or three each day. I no longer worry about serious cuts even though the (covered) blade on this thing is SHARP!"<br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/36NCXkW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hoan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hoan</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Hoan</strong> The Original Bagel Guillotine, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3eF0mco" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Hoan The Original Bagel Guillotine


Best Used for: Slicin' & dicin' bagels in seconds

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars and 5,361 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "Picked this up because my heart could no longer take the stress of watching our 11 year old daughter slice bagels. This not-so-little little device slices through every single bagel, every single time — and my kid goes through kicks where she'll eat two or three each day. I no longer worry about serious cuts even though the (covered) blade on this thing is SHARP!"

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Hoan The Original Bagel Guillotine, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Yueshico Stainless Steel Watermelon Slicer Cutter Knife</h2><br><strong>Best Used For:</strong> Making melon cubes<br><br><strong>The Hype: </strong>4.2 out of 5 stars and 4,200 ratings<br><br><strong>Practical Peeps say:</strong> "This tool is so handy!! I hate cutting watermelon and this is so fast and easy to use and easy to wash. I cut a watermelon in less than 5 minutes... The included baller is great for the small left over, hard to reach places."<br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3hV8jMF" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yueshico" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yueshico</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Yueshico</strong> Stainless Steel Watermelon Slicer Cutter Knife, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3hWEATu" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Yueshico Stainless Steel Watermelon Slicer Cutter Knife


Best Used For: Making melon cubes

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars and 4,200 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "This tool is so handy!! I hate cutting watermelon and this is so fast and easy to use and easy to wash. I cut a watermelon in less than 5 minutes... The included baller is great for the small left over, hard to reach places."

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Yueshico Stainless Steel Watermelon Slicer Cutter Knife, $, available at Amazon
<h2>NOONI Marshmallow Whip Maker</h2><br><strong>Best Used For</strong>: Whippin' up skincare products<br><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.4 out of 5 stars and 4,480 ratings<br><br><strong>Practical Peeps say:</strong> "So amazing! So surprised this isn't a 'must-have' tool. It only requires a dime-sized drop of face-wash for a full container of foam. The foam feels very luxurious, and by the end of the wash, your skin will feel very soft and taken care of."<br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/2UC0uTp" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NOONI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NOONI</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Nooni</strong> Marshmallow Whip Maker, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3rnYvho" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

NOONI Marshmallow Whip Maker


Best Used For: Whippin' up skincare products

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 4,480 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "So amazing! So surprised this isn't a 'must-have' tool. It only requires a dime-sized drop of face-wash for a full container of foam. The foam feels very luxurious, and by the end of the wash, your skin will feel very soft and taken care of."

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Nooni Marshmallow Whip Maker, $, available at Amazon
<h2>BAGSMART Small Travel Cable Organizer Bag</h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Keeping cable cords in check<strong><br><br>The Hype: </strong>4.7 out of 5 stars and 6,499 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>I bought this organizer for a two-week trip to France. My wife laughs at me for obsessing over travel organization, but she didn't complain when I had all our gear handy for stops over I the airport or in the hotel. This is a little too big for my 1-2 night work trips but works great for traveling longer periods when I pack in a carry-on rather than a small duffle.<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/2TqiEXA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BAGSMART" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">BAGSMART</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>BAGSMART</strong> Small Travel Cable Organizer Bag, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/36RjS1c" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

BAGSMART Small Travel Cable Organizer Bag


Best Used For: Keeping cable cords in check

The Hype:
4.7 out of 5 stars and 6,499 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
I bought this organizer for a two-week trip to France. My wife laughs at me for obsessing over travel organization, but she didn't complain when I had all our gear handy for stops over I the airport or in the hotel. This is a little too big for my 1-2 night work trips but works great for traveling longer periods when I pack in a carry-on rather than a small duffle."

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BAGSMART Small Travel Cable Organizer Bag, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Azhido Backpack Laundry Bag<br></h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Laundromat Luggage<strong><br><br>The Hype: </strong>4.8 out of 5 stars and 17 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>This laundry bag is wonderful! I have to go down 3 flights of stairs and back up with the laundry. Between the knapsack styling and its easy closure, it's not as frightening to carry. I can hold the railing and safely go up and down. I wasn't expecting the quality of the material for the price. It's very sturdy and stands up so you can fill it.<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop</em> <a href="https://amzn.to/3zng0kU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Azhido" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong><em>Azhido</em></strong></a><br><br><strong>Azhido</strong> Backpack Laundry Bag, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3eCrBVd" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Azhido Backpack Laundry Bag


Best Used For: Laundromat Luggage

The Hype:
4.8 out of 5 stars and 17 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
This laundry bag is wonderful! I have to go down 3 flights of stairs and back up with the laundry. Between the knapsack styling and its easy closure, it's not as frightening to carry. I can hold the railing and safely go up and down. I wasn't expecting the quality of the material for the price. It's very sturdy and stands up so you can fill it."

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Azhido Backpack Laundry Bag, $, available at Amazon
<h2>YOUKOOL Double-Sided Silicone Exfoliating Lip Brush (2PCS)</h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Soft & plump lips<strong><br><br>The Hype:</strong> 4.5 out of 5 stars and 5,599 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>I absolutely love everything about this lip exfoliator...It is so easy to clean — I take mine in the shower to deep clean it and use it to exfoliate my face creases.<br><br>When using it on my lips I see and feel such drastic results. Not only does it do a great job of removing the dead skin making my lips super soft it also actually helps my lips plump up more than using a plumping gloss.<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3zrUcEN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:YOUKOOL" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">YOUKOOL</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>YOUKOOL</strong> Double-Sided Silicone Exfoliating Lip Brush (2PCS), $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3BkaMbc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

YOUKOOL Double-Sided Silicone Exfoliating Lip Brush (2PCS)


Best Used For: Soft & plump lips

The Hype:
4.5 out of 5 stars and 5,599 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
I absolutely love everything about this lip exfoliator...It is so easy to clean — I take mine in the shower to deep clean it and use it to exfoliate my face creases.

When using it on my lips I see and feel such drastic results. Not only does it do a great job of removing the dead skin making my lips super soft it also actually helps my lips plump up more than using a plumping gloss."

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YOUKOOL Double-Sided Silicone Exfoliating Lip Brush (2PCS), $, available at Amazon
<h2>Cable Matters UL Listed 5-Pack RJ45 Surface Mount Box</h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Installing ports on baseboards for wiring Ethernet throughout a house<strong><br><br>The Hype:</strong> 4.7 out of 5 stars and 330 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>Great for mounting baseboard Ethernet jacks to the wall. These jacks are white plastic and blend in well with white walls. Mounting it was easy with the 2 included screws and punching the CAT6 cable down was easy with the guide on the box. Excellent value if you cannot run ethernet through walls.<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3znhmMw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cable Matters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cable Matters</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Cable Matters</strong> UL Listed 5-Pack RJ45 Surface Mount Box, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IO3H88C" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Cable Matters UL Listed 5-Pack RJ45 Surface Mount Box


Best Used For: Installing ports on baseboards for wiring Ethernet throughout a house

The Hype:
4.7 out of 5 stars and 330 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
Great for mounting baseboard Ethernet jacks to the wall. These jacks are white plastic and blend in well with white walls. Mounting it was easy with the 2 included screws and punching the CAT6 cable down was easy with the guide on the box. Excellent value if you cannot run ethernet through walls."

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Cable Matters UL Listed 5-Pack RJ45 Surface Mount Box, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Starfrit Rotato Express 2.0<br></h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Peeling veggies<strong><br><br>The Hype: </strong>4.4 out of 5 stars and 1,687 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>Excellent product! I had my doubts when I ordered this, wondering whether or not it would work as advertised...I've used it numerous times with both apples and potatoes and it is amazing. It's very simple to use. It has reduced my prep time significantly with foods such as mashed potatoes and apple pies<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3znhPOM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Starfrit" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Starfrit</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Starfrit</strong> Rotato Express 2.0, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/36P5zdB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Starfrit Rotato Express 2.0


Best Used For: Peeling veggies

The Hype:
4.4 out of 5 stars and 1,687 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
Excellent product! I had my doubts when I ordered this, wondering whether or not it would work as advertised...I've used it numerous times with both apples and potatoes and it is amazing. It's very simple to use. It has reduced my prep time significantly with foods such as mashed potatoes and apple pies"

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Starfrit Rotato Express 2.0, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Delamu Cord Cover Raceway<br></h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Stashing away cords around the house<br><strong><br>The Hype: </strong>4.5 out of 5 stars and 18,777 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>I ordered these cord covers as a, “I’m really sick of looking at all these wires! New year, new me! Let’s get some house to-dos done!” I received them and immediately procrastinated... until finally I was sick of looking at the unopened box and just decided to tackle what I thought would be a project. Turns out the hardest part of everything was removing the protective backing of the adhesive used to keep the covers in place on the wall... Now I’m actively looking for more areas with exposed wires because A) I’m simply obsessed, and B) I have A TON of covers and angle clips, and tape, leftover. <strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3eH5ywK" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Delamu" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Delamu</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Delamu</strong> Cord Cover Raceway, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3kILKN8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Delamu Cord Cover Raceway


Best Used For: Stashing away cords around the house

The Hype:
4.5 out of 5 stars and 18,777 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
I ordered these cord covers as a, “I’m really sick of looking at all these wires! New year, new me! Let’s get some house to-dos done!” I received them and immediately procrastinated... until finally I was sick of looking at the unopened box and just decided to tackle what I thought would be a project. Turns out the hardest part of everything was removing the protective backing of the adhesive used to keep the covers in place on the wall... Now I’m actively looking for more areas with exposed wires because A) I’m simply obsessed, and B) I have A TON of covers and angle clips, and tape, leftover. "

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Delamu Cord Cover Raceway, $, available at Amazon
<h2>REIDEA Electronic Candle Lighter Arc Windproof Flameless<br></h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Safely & easily lighting candles<strong><br><br>The Hype: </strong>4.7 out of 5 stars and 14,458 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong> Yes yes yes. The answer is yes — you need this, yes it’s awesome, yes it’s eco-friendly. I am so pleased with my purchase of this handy dandy little gadget. As an avid candle user, this is KEY! Always stumbling through drawers to find a lighter that works, that’s not out of lighter fluid and having that dreaded click click click from being used up — you won’t have that problem anymore!<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3y2IQqw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REIDEA" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REIDEA</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>REIDEA</strong> Electronic Candle Lighter Arc Windproof Flameless, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3BqsZEa" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

REIDEA Electronic Candle Lighter Arc Windproof Flameless


Best Used For: Safely & easily lighting candles

The Hype:
4.7 out of 5 stars and 14,458 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
Yes yes yes. The answer is yes — you need this, yes it’s awesome, yes it’s eco-friendly. I am so pleased with my purchase of this handy dandy little gadget. As an avid candle user, this is KEY! Always stumbling through drawers to find a lighter that works, that’s not out of lighter fluid and having that dreaded click click click from being used up — you won’t have that problem anymore!"

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REIDEA Electronic Candle Lighter Arc Windproof Flameless, $, available at Amazon
<h2>StoreBound Rapid Egg Cooker: 6 Egg Capacity</h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Quickly cooking up to six eggs under 15 minutes<strong><br><br>The Hype: </strong>4.7 out of 5 stars and 15,195<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>Hard-boiled eggs are a pain (in my opinion) to make all the time so I figured I would buy it...I am so happy that I did! I have only tried hard-boiled [eggs] so far. They come out 100% perfect every single time...As for the device it does get dirty after using it but I am able to easily clean it with water or vinegar & water after each use (or two if I’m being lazy) and it’s brand new!<strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/36OJhsk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:StoreBound" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">StoreBound</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>StoreBound</strong> Rapid Egg Cooker: 6 Egg Capacity, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3ivtIve" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

StoreBound Rapid Egg Cooker: 6 Egg Capacity


Best Used For: Quickly cooking up to six eggs under 15 minutes

The Hype:
4.7 out of 5 stars and 15,195

Practical Peeps say: "
Hard-boiled eggs are a pain (in my opinion) to make all the time so I figured I would buy it...I am so happy that I did! I have only tried hard-boiled [eggs] so far. They come out 100% perfect every single time...As for the device it does get dirty after using it but I am able to easily clean it with water or vinegar & water after each use (or two if I’m being lazy) and it’s brand new!"

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StoreBound Rapid Egg Cooker: 6 Egg Capacity, $, available at Amazon
<h2>YYXLIFE Carpet Tape <br></h2><br><strong>Best Used For: </strong>Keeping rugs in place<strong> <br><br>The Hype: </strong>4.6 out of 5 stars and 31,814 ratings<strong><br><br>Practical Peeps say: "</strong>Best double-sided tape ever. I have used quite a few brands over the years with mixed results. This tape has the two most important qualities that you need in this type of tape. One, it sticks well and stays stuck. Two, it's easy to peel off the vinyl protective with a light slice of a razor knife. <strong>"</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3iD6Iuf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:YYXLIFE" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">YYXLIFE</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>YYXLIFE</strong> Double Sided Carpet Tape, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2W1ldQJ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

YYXLIFE Carpet Tape


Best Used For: Keeping rugs in place

The Hype:
4.6 out of 5 stars and 31,814 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "
Best double-sided tape ever. I have used quite a few brands over the years with mixed results. This tape has the two most important qualities that you need in this type of tape. One, it sticks well and stays stuck. Two, it's easy to peel off the vinyl protective with a light slice of a razor knife. "

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YYXLIFE Double Sided Carpet Tape, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Artmalle Bamboo Laptop Desk</h2><br><strong>Best Used For:</strong> Working on couches, beds, and converting tables into standing desk<br><br><strong>The Hype</strong>: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 595 ratings<br><br><strong>Practical Peeps say:</strong> "Beware, this product is definitely MVP worthy, but it WILL keep you glued to your bed because it’s so efficient. Once 2021 hit, I gave up on trying to get out of bed for work every morning and instead started using this bamboo, multi-use bed desk that my dad gifted me for Christmas. My posture has improved ten-fold, my computer rarely overheats because of the desk’s vents, and no coffee has been spilled since this purchase..." (Read more of my personal review over at our <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/what-to-buy-with-100-dollars#slide-9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:June MVPs round-up" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">June MVPs round-up</a>.)<br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3Bv84j9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Artmalle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Artmalle</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Artmalle</strong> Bamboo Laptop Desk, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3wugP9C" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Artmalle Bamboo Laptop Desk


Best Used For: Working on couches, beds, and converting tables into standing desk

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 595 ratings

Practical Peeps say: "Beware, this product is definitely MVP worthy, but it WILL keep you glued to your bed because it’s so efficient. Once 2021 hit, I gave up on trying to get out of bed for work every morning and instead started using this bamboo, multi-use bed desk that my dad gifted me for Christmas. My posture has improved ten-fold, my computer rarely overheats because of the desk’s vents, and no coffee has been spilled since this purchase..." (Read more of my personal review over at our June MVPs round-up.)

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Artmalle Bamboo Laptop Desk, $, available at Amazon

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