Cult-favorite products at Amazon starting at $8


bottle, backpack, fanny pack

You never knew you needed these gadgets — but you absolutely do.

Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a skincare gem, a cleaning must-have or just something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, there’s no way it’s a dud.

No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great, and chances are when hoards of them swear by something, it’s the real deal. They’re a discerning bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage.

Scroll for some of our favorite Amazon cult-favorite finds.

This fanny pack has won over more than 26,000 five-star fans — and what’s not to love about a bag with four zippered pockets? With dimensions of 14.3 x 5.9 x 3.5 inches and a belt length of 20 to 50 inches, it can hold more than you’d expect and works for a variety of body types. What’s even more unexpected is that shoppers are going absolutely wild about it, regardless of how they feel about fashion.

“I was so resistant to get a fanny pack because I associate them with the 80’s and the ‘cool kids’ making fun of people wearing fanny packs,” admitted a five-star fan. “I bought it for a trip to Universal saying I will probably not even wear it cause I don’t wanna look lame… BUT, dang…this little thing is crazy cool! Dare I say…sexy!?!? I feel like the king of the world in this thing, it’s got thick straps so it’s not uncomfortable at all. It’s not bulky, it’s actually sleek and form-flattering. It hugs my hips in just the right spots so I could hide it under a hoodie if I wanted to.”

Nearly 8,000 Amazon shoppers rave about the Giotto water bottle. “I love it!!! It has totally helped me be more aware of how much water I’m drinking throughout the day and to reach my goal of getting all eight cups of water in a day!!” said a five-star reviewer. “The pop top and straw combo are super convenient, especially because this water bottle is BIG, and the carry strap and indentations on the sides for grip make it easier to carry.”

If you’re going on a day trip to the park or hiking for miles, this 30-can bag will outlast the weather. Drinks and snacks stay cool for 16 hours while inside, and you don’t have to worry about any of that cool ice or liquid creeping onto your back while wearing the bag. A ventilated back and leak-proof insulation keeps you dry.

“We use this backpack almost every day,” a satisfied customer said. “We’re always hiking to new river spots and we love this backpack. We’re gonna buy another one. It’s light-weight. It’s waterproof. We always fill it with ice and beverages and it holds the ice really well. It’s not as efficient at keeping the ice cold as their big black backpack. But it does the job. I love how lightweight it is and how many pockets it has. It even has a bottle opener on the side. It’s our favorite. One of the best things I’ve ever bought on Amazon. Seriously.”

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LifeStraw Personal Green 1 Pack


$20 at Amazon

You go hiking so you can drink in the glory of nature, not a gullet full of biohazards. The LifeStraw removes 99.999% of bacteria & parasites, microplastics, and can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water in its lifetime.

In case you haven’t met this modern wonder, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter enables you to make just about any type of water drinkable. Shoppers absolutely rave about it — it’s amassed over 79,000 five-star ratings!

“I drank from the most disgusting-looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap,” one person wrote. Said this globetrotter: “I’ve used these both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Works as advertised. Extremely reliable and genuinely safe-to-use filtration system.”

These No. 1 bestselling compression leggings have a lot of voices to vouch for their amazingness — more than 30,000 ratings, in fact.

“Best leggings ever, better than Gymshark,” wrote one enamored reviewer. “They make my butt look amazing, they feel great and I’ve never been more confident in leggings.”

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Kootek Camping Hammock

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$20 at Amazon

Made for comfort in the outdoors, this sturdy hammock is made with parachute fabric, which makes it easy to pack and store whether you’re in the backyard or on top of a mountain. It’s also easy to clean and dries quickly.

This hammock is an instant bed anywhere a tree grows! Easy outdoor sleeping comes with an easy-on-the-wallet price — right now it’s nearly 30% off. It’s made with the same material parachutes are made with, so you know it’s built to last.

“I bought this for my partner for Father’s Day,” wrote a satisfied customer. “He absolutely loves it. We had just a plain cotton and rope hammock and this is 1,000x more comfortable and fits him and both of our children. It doesn’t make terrifying ripping noises when they move around and the straps are very heavy duty! We’ve always had to order separate straps because the ones that come with the product usually aren’t that great but these are hands-down the best straps that we own now.”

Perfect for vacation, this packable visor has all the style and shade of a floppy hat without the hat hair.

Shoppers love this visor — it’s roomy enough to shade your face, jawline and chest. And more than 5,500 Amazon shoppers give it a thumbs up.

“This is the perfect hat for shading your face from the sun!” raved a health-conscious shopper. “I recently had a scare with skin cancer, so I’m bumping up my routine with hats. I love that the hat is adjustable, lightweight and foldable for travel. Add to that the cute factor, and price making this hat my favorite for any day in the sun!”

More than 7,000 rave reviewers have already discovered this foot-saving salve. If you’ve added any shoes to your cart, consider this balm new shoe companion.

“You don’t actually realize how well this stuff works until you don’t use it,” wrote one savvy salve shopper. “I’ve been using this for years now to break in new heels and flats, and have never once had a blister after using it. I love how it goes on invisibly and doesn’t make your feet feel greasy or make your shoes slip around too much. Yesterday I forgot to apply it when I wore some flats I’d already worn 3–4 times with this balm, each time involving a lot of walking and even one night dancing, with zero blisters. Let me tell you, within four blocks of walking without this balm I was already feeling it and by block six every step was painful. It was a night and day difference from when I had used this balm with these same shoes in previous wears.”

The waist trimmer is designed to enhance your workout by increasing your core temperature to make you sweat harder. Simply wrap the Neoprene gizmo around your waist when working out — it should feel loose enough to allow a full range of motion. Nice and thick, it offers great heat insulation, meaning it makes you sweat — a lot.

“I didn’t think I could possibly sweat anymore…but you could literally hear the splat,” says a happy, sweaty customer. “It targets water weight, which for people like me where my lower belly is my problem area, it’s just what I needed. This band is amazing and I have no complaints. Do yourself a favor and buy this.”

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Gardening Gloves


$12 $20 at Amazon

Green-thumbed Amazon shoppers are raving about these colorful gloves. They’re lightweight and breathable, and the flexible foam latex coating keeps your hands cool and dry. Just chuck them in the washing machine between wears.

“These gloves are GOLDILOCKS!” shared one of over 10,000 five-star reviewers. “They fit comfortably, do not cause my hands to sweat, keep my hands fairly clean even though I dig into the wet dirt for planting, allow me to use my garden tools with precision, and even let me scroll through my song list on my phone!”

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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