Since its inception in 2009,
Shark Tank has seen a menagerie of business ideas ranging from absolutely brilliant to totally bizarre. Over the past eight seasons, judges on the hit ABC reality series — known as "sharks" — have made many aspiring entrepreneurs' light bulb moments a reality by providing the start-up capital and attaching their name to the business. Of course, they've also shattered many dreams and triggered waterworks from contestants along the way.
We've extensively covered the food ideas that have
prospered and failed in the past, but a few of the household pitches have caught our attention, too. In honor of the show's ninth season premiere on Oct 1, we've rounded up our favorite Shark Tank home inventions — ranging from wow to WTF. Hint: Ideas that have to do with the bathroom were very well-received.
Squatty Potty Let's face it: You can hardly beat a sales pitch that promises you the "best poop of your life". Since its appearance on Season 6 of the show, Squatty Potty has become somewhat of a unicorn of success. In fact, the company furthered its fame by releasing a unicorn and rainbow poop-themed short video in 2015, which raked in over 32 million views on Youtube. Sales for the ergonomic stool, designed for more comfortable bowel movements, completely took off since then. Stools made from a variety of premium materials, such as bamboo and teak wood, are also available for purchase. The company was projected to make $30 million in sales in 2016. Who knew making pooping comfortable is such a gold mine? Squatty Potty Classic Ecco, $24.99, available at Squatty Potty
Lumio This invention has become the design commodity du jour, and we aren't exactly surprised: It's received an overwhelming amount of interest from the sharks from the get go. The smart reading light — which fans out beautifully like a book — is now retailed in Asia, Europe, and Australia. The product has been so well-received internationally that Max Gunawan, the founder, got recognized on the streets in Indonesia. Lumio Classic Lumio, $200, available at Lumio
ZipIt Bedding This product is a godsend for those of us who dread tidying up our beds. Essentially a sleeping bag in the shape of a mattress covering, you'd be able to zip yourself in and be done with it. We can see this Season 5 pitch becoming really popular at dorms, but we have to ask: Is it really comfortable to sleep in a flat cocoon? ZipIt Bedding Set, $39.99, available at Amazon
Urbio Wall Planters We love a good plant hack, so this wall planter unit is right down our alley. These sleek modular units, which appeared in Season 4 of the show, are attached to the wall via magnetic boards. You'll be able to customize the arrangement however you wish, and the compact vertical design lends itself well for small spaces. Urbio Big Happy Family Wall Planters, $142.54, available at Amazon
Scrub Daddy This cutesy sponge is another pride and joy of the show. However, the smiley face is not the reason for its popularity. You'll be getting two cleaning products in one: The patented FlexTexture material changes according to the water temperature, the sponge softens in warm water and hardens into a scrubber in cold temperatures. This little guy has generated $50 million since its successful run on the show, making it the most successful Shark Tank product of all time. Scrub Daddy Original Sponge, $3.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
IllumiBowl With this handy toilet light, stumbling in the dark when you have to go in the middle of the night a thing of the past. The product claims to improve the aim for those who pee while standing, without having to switch the bathroom light on. Oddly enough, the illumination kind of adds to the ambience, don't you think? IllumiBowl Night Light, $12.99, available at IllumiBowl
Floating Mug Bookmark this one for your holiday gift shopping list: This elevated mug prevents water and coffee rings from appearing on your furniture — no coasters needed. The best part? It can be thrown into the dishwasher. Floating Mug Plain White Porcelain Mug, $14.99, available at Amazon
Safe Grabs You can thank these silicone pads for saving your fingers from burn accidents. The product is designed to insulate heat from your cookware when you try to pull them out of the microwave or oven. And, they're much easier to maneuver with than thick oven mitts. SafeGrabs Guard Set, $27.95, available at Amazon
Better Life Cleaning Products Non- toxic and biodegradable ingredients are the biggest selling point of these cleaners: In fact, the liquids are so safe that you can spray them into your mouth (but we wouldn't recommend doing that, of course). The company sells a Shark Tank-branded kit, containing household essentials such as all-purpose cleaners and dish soap, on its site. Better Life Shark Kit, $25, available at Better Life
IcyBreeze This portable cooler and air conditioner will come in handy in the dog days of summer. The rechargeable device only needs water and ice to run, and will be able to blast cool air while keeping beverages chilled in the trunk simultaneously. The sharks didn't bite due to the product's hefty price tag — the cooler costed $400 when it appeared on the show — but the company has since been able to release a smaller model at $249. IcyBreeze Portable Air Conditioner and Cooler, $249, available at IcyBreeze