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Fab or Fabulous: 5 Novelty Items Worth a Closer Look

These items are either the next big thing or something worth a giggle. Here’s what we think

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Are you addicted to those “As Seen on TV” commercials? They always promise to solve a problem you didn’t know you had. “Don’t have time to exercise? Here’s a treadmill that fits under your office desk.” “Are your brownies sticking together? This special baking pan is the solution.” But deep down inside, you’re still curious, right? “Maybe this knife never really needs to be sharpened!” We found five items online that caught our attention and gave them a closer look. Hey, you never know!

StowCo Portable Cooler

StowCo Portable Cooler

This nifty device can accommodate three wine bottles, 10 beer cans or six bottles. Amazon

No ice or frozen gel pads are needed here – instead a closed cell foam insulation system keeps drinks cold. The semi-rigid case also keeps beverages snugly stowed so there’s no more of that annoying clanking sound. The entire device resembles a laptop case, so if someone makes off with it, they’ll be surprised that they’ve only procured some tasty cold beverages. Fad or fabulous? We’ll vote fad for now.

Burritos Blanket

Burritos Blanket

This 80-inch swaddle blanket is clever and ultra-soft. Amazon

I love a cold house – as cold as the people around me can handle. “Hey, you’re too cold? Grab a blanket. In fact, grab this giant burrito tortilla and I’ll wrap you up.” It’s so realistic that you’ll want to bring the hot sauce with you when curling up in this tasty treat. And if you happen to spill an actual burrito on it, no worries – it’s machine washable. Fad or fabulous? We say muy fabulosa!

LumiLux Toilet Light

LumiLux Toilet Light

The motion sensor detects body heat and activates the light inside your toilet. Amazon

Someone out there, some inventor must be living in a shiny mansion on top of a mountain with the confidence that all these riches came from developing an easier way to use a toilet at night. Oh, I’m not mocking anything – I own one of these myself. I like to stroll by the master bathroom at night and see what distance and movement it takes for my toilet to light up. I will say the carousel mode of cycling lights can be disorienting at times – nobody wants to see the water light up red. But in the interest of a safe and cleaner bathroom visit, we’ll manage. Fad or fabulous? Oh, definitely fabulous.

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached, scrambled and more in just minutes. Amazon

It’s hard to call this egg cooker a fad – it has a ton of positive reviews from those who bought it and deservedly so: It takes the guesswork out of cooking eggs. Just set the cooker and forget it. Don’t worry, you’ll know when they’re ready. All reviewers agree that the cooker lets off a death curdling scream of an alarm upon the completion of cooking. (No need for that pick-me-up cup of coffee, amiright?) Enjoy your breakfast – I’ll stick to the French toast. Fad or fabulous? I’ll put on my noise-canceling headphones and tentatively vote fad.

Anti-Soggy Cereal Bowl

Anti-Soggy Cereal Bowl

Keep your cereal and milk separated until you’re ready for a spoonful of crunchy goodness. Amazon

Truth be told, I actually like soggy cereal. I’ll smash the cereal down into the milk until the whole bowl becomes a slurry of sugary delight. But these bowls – with their deep divided sections – can also be used to separate soup and salad, chips and salsa, or anything that needs a culinary wall. They’re microwave safe and easy to stack for storage. Verdict: My sloppy cereal habit aside, I’m going to vote for “fabulous.”

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