Home Buys You'd Never Think Of Buying (But Absolutely Should)

When it comes to your home, chances are you’ve already got the necessities covered: bedding that's a pleasure to curl up in after a particularly tough Tuesday; a good set of knives for all kinds of slicing, dicing, and mincing; and enough well-cared-for plants that your apartment could double as a nursery.
The thing is, as you get older and your space takes on an increasingly adult shine, it needs more. That’s where these 10 next-level home buys come in. From a Culligan water filtration system that’ll allow you to bid adieu to the bulky version crammed into your fridge to a foolproof way to peel hard-boiled eggs to the trick to actually being okay with getting out of the shower, these are the home upgrades you probably didn't even know you needed.
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Always losing things? Add this tracker, now with twice the range and volume, to your keys, phone, umbrella, whatever. Then, when you’re (inevitably) frantically searching for stuff, use the app or website to ring your misplaced items.

Tile Tile Style, $35, available at Tile.
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If you find your showers stretching from 10 to 15 to 20 minutes simply because it’s so nice and warm in there, take comfort in knowing you can come out to equally toasty towels, courtesy of this towel warmer.

Haven Towel Warmer, $99.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
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Make room in the fridge for your oh-so-responsible Sunday meal prep by trading in a bulky water-filtration pitcher for a much more convenient system (that's also better at filtering out contaminants that may be in your water). With it, you can enjoy cleaner, tastier water right from your kitchen sink — it will even filter the water for your ice cubes if you want!

Culligan Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System, available at Culligan; Culligan ClearLink Pro Home Drinking Water Wireless Accessory, available at Culligan. Note: Specific pricing is handled by the local dealer after they assess the home and installation process.
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Plug this sleek device into an outlet, connect any electronic — a lamp, fan, coffee maker, etc. — to it, and you’ll be able to dim your lights, turn on your fan, and get your coffee brewing, all from your iPhone or iPad.

Apple iDevices Switch, $29.95, available at Apple.
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May you never have to vacuum again, thanks to this robotic dust magnet. Over time, it even learns the height of carpets and floors and how to avoid obstacles.

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, $374.99, available at Amazon.
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Wallpapering a rental is an iffy proposition. Not so with this graphic peel on, peel off version that adds design and depth to any room.

Timothy Sue Lorna in Ivory Sand Wallpaper, $220, available at Timothy Sue.
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You’ll never have that internal, Did I feed Fido? panic again, thanks to this automated feeder that takes care of your pet’s food for you.

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Programmable Pet Feeder, 12-Meal, $129.95, available at Chewy.
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High in protein and unmatched in portability, hard-boiled eggs are one of the best ways to start your day. Battling to remove their shells bit by bit, however, is not. This compact shake-and-go contraption will save you every time.

The NEGG Boiled Egg Peeler, $17.95, available at Amazon.
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Slow cookers are blessings for leave-it-and-forget-it weeknight meals. Skip the worst part of using them — maneuvering and cleaning the heavy cast-aluminum bowl — with these one-time-use liners.

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners, $8.88, available at Amazon.
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Got your wine and reading materials? Complete the relaxing bath experience by stepping out onto an especially plush and non-slip (safety first!) rug.

Clara Clark Non-Slip Memory Foam Tub-Shower Bath Rug, $24.99, available at Wayfair.