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10 Seemingly-Ordinary Amazon Items That Are Surprising Cult Favorites

updated May 3, 2019
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It seems like there’s nothing Amazon doesn’t sell, from the tiniest screws to the biggest appliances. And the site doesn’t just sell a couple brands of everything, they sell them all. Sorting through the selection to find the best of the best is a daunting prospect, but we discovered a few things that seem to have earned massive amounts of devotion. You wouldn’t think these 10 highly practical home improvement objects would be even remotely interesting enough to inspire gushing reviews, and yet they have. In fact one has positive reviews in the tens of thousands. Here are 10 Amazon items with some of the biggest cult followings.

Katzco Furniture Repair Kit ($9.99)

If the “before” and “after” photos in the 903 reviews are any indication, this pack of rather generic-looking markers and wax sticks are a flat-out miracle. From scuffed up desks to dinged and scratched hardwood floors, anything old can look new again with a little help from these six blendable wood-colored pens. It’s earned 4.5 out of 5 stars, making it a solid bet.

TubShroom ($12.99)

With more than 16,000 reviews, it’s safe to say there are lots of drains sporting TubShrooms out there. And since almost 70 percent of those thousands of reviews are 5-star, it’s safe to say the little doohickey must work pretty well at catching hair before it slips down the drain and forms a clog. In fact, one reviewer said it even catches short, fine cat hairs.

Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner ($11.99)

The number one bestselling item in Amazon’s Tools and Home Improvement category? These little pucks of washing machine cleanser. You might not think a machine that cleans needs to be cleaned, but gunk and funk does build up, and reviewers swear that this cleaner makes the inside of their machines as good as new. However, some reviewers with severe cases of mold still had to do some scrubbing. But with 3,556 reviews, of which 84 percent are 4 or 5 stars, it seems this is a product that works.

ThermoPro Digital Indoor Humidity Monitor ($10.99)

If you own guitars, pianos or even have sinus issues, you probably want to keep track of the humidity inside your home. And this little gadget can help. It has a whopping 11,282 reviews, and 78 percent of them are 5-star. Reviewers say the gauge is very accurate, the large display is easy to read, and the happy/sad faces make it easy to determine if the humidity is at a comfortable level.

Luxe Bidet Neo 120 Self-Cleaning Nozzle ($34.50)

Bidets are finally making waves in the States, and it’s about time. Long popular in Europe and Asia, bidets cut down on toilet paper waste and leave you feeling a lot more hygienic. This budget-friendly option easily adapts to your current toilets. Though it doesn’t have a tank to preheat the water, it does have several settings — and 7,567 customer reviews, 90 percent of which are 5- or 4-star.

Little Giant 22-Foot Ladder ($169.98)

If you’re short on storage space, having a ladder that can do quintuple duty is the way to go. Use it as a step ladder, or adjust the legs at different heights to use it on a staircase. It can even be set up at 90-degrees so you can use it against a wall. And with a few extra parts, you can use it as scaffolding. With rubber feet to prevent slipping and a compact design, no wonder it has 1,530 reviews, 74 percent of which are 5-star.

Terro Liquid Ant Baits ($12.99 for 6)

If you get ants, you need these baits. The little buggers can’t resist the sweet syrup infused with Borax. They lap it up, share it with friends, and then pretty soon your ant troubles are gone (at least until the next regiment comes calling). Out of the 3,138 reviews, almost 80 percent are 5 star, just be sure to take a few minutes to read a few of them. The baits have somehow inspired some reviewers to spin vivid tales of warfare and revenge, some with a touch of melancholic guilt thrown in for good measure.

Home-it Wall Mount Mop and Broom Holder ($12.99)

It’s a broom holder. What more is there to say? Apparently plenty since this one in particular has inspired 5,583 reviews, earning 4.7 out of 5 stars. Customers say it’s “sturdy,” “works great” and “nothing slides down.” One person even said, “It gives me warm fuzzy feelings.” That’s pretty high praise for something that holds dirty brooms and dustpans.

Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless Kitchen Faucet ($372.27)

If you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars on a kitchen faucet, it helps to know thousands of people bought the same one and loved it. This faucet has over 2,000 reviews, and 70 percent of them are 5-star. Most reviews praise it for being “attractive” and “functional” with easy installation, great customer service, and sensors that really work.

Kutir Stubby Screwdriver ($8.71)

When you’re working in tight spaces, a screwdriver with a short shaft is your friend. Bonus points for coming in two lengths—86 mm and 114 mm—with both slotted and Philips magnetic ends. This inexpensive little tool has inspired 146 reviews, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but 91 percent of them are five-star and that high percentage is almost unheard of (unless the reviews are bought). This little tool earns props for being “solid,” “sturdy,” and “handy.”