The Consumerist's Top 10 Products Of 2007!

2007 was an amazing year for consumer products and we covered them all! From the hype of the iPhone to death-flavored pet food, if you buy it, we’ve probably got an opinion about it.

That’s why this year we’re going out of our way to salute the best of the best. Without further ado… The 10 most amazing, useful, awesome, stupendous products of 2007!

10. Ladders. Perfectly designed for reaching stuff that’s too high. Need a can of soup that’s on the top shelf? Use a ladder! The one drawback to ladders is that you can fall off of them and kill yourself. Were it not for this small flaw, we’re sure ladders would be much higher on the list.

9. Internet. The internet is an excellent tool with many uses. For example, you can type your opinions in list form, post them, and then watch as people from all over the world disagree with you in nearly infinite variations. Believe it or not, some people make a pretty good living doing this.

8. Shoes. Shoes are a product we at the Consumerist use almost every single day. The productivity boost we get from shoes is unmatched. Without them, it takes a lot longer to do even simple tasks such as walking to the store.

best5.jpg7. The Spork. We ask you: What other utensil so deftly handles not only turkey, but stuffing and mashed potatoes as well?

6. Olive Oil. Olive Oil is not only delicious, if you felt like it, you could burn it in a lamp and light your house. Or make soap.

5. Notebooks And Pens. Have you ever had an idea? Or maybe you needed to remember something? What you need is a product that allows you to input data and store it for later. That way, you can free your mind to wonder if Monet would have been worth a damn if he hadn’t had cataracts. We give you “Notebooks” and “Pens.” They’re easy to use right out of the box, considering you’ve probably had at least 12 years of relevant training provided by our fine education system.

best4.jpg4. Simple Machines. Who doesn’t love the inclined plane? So useful for loading things in and out of trucks and entering and exiting buildings. The wheel and axle is another winner, and a wedge can stop a door for you when nothing else will do. Simple machines, we salute you.

3. Coffee & Tea.
Neither coffee, nor tea has calories. Both contain caffeine. That’s really all we have to say about it.

best2.jpg2. Baking Soda. Baking soda is not only an excellent leavening agent, after you’re done eating the yummy biscuits you just made…you can brush your teeth with it. Or clean your produce. Or get a weird smell off of your hands. Or make a science project.

best1.jpg1. Vinegar. Yes, vinegar is the winner. You can use it to make pickles or you can clean your coffee pot with it. You could make salad dressing, or you could clean your counter tops and deodorize your garbage disposal. Vinegar rules!

What simple DRM-free, EULA-free, ETF-free products do you appreciate?


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  1. thetanooki says:

    Thank you for ranking shoes and olive oil higher than the internet!

  2. phospholipid says:


  3. Sudonum says:

    Salt. you can use it to preserve meats, season your food, and de-ice your driveway

  4. why isn’t the iPhone on here?

  5. warf0x0r says:

    1+2 = elementary school science fair volcano… shouldn’t that be on the list then?

  6. Shadowman615 says:

    I don’t know aboout #5. I’ve been using ms notepad for taking notes for years — I don’t need some kind of new-fangled ‘pen’ thingy to do that stuff

  7. huadpe says:

    Furniture. Great for sleeping on, sitting in, and having somewhere soft to put our high fructose corn syrup laden bodies. Also makes great firewood when done sitting on.

  8. phalex says:

    Alcohol! The cause of AND solution to all of life’s problems.

  9. PenguinBlue says:

    Slow news day?

  10. SpenceMan01 says:

    I’m still waiting for the “Top 10 Lists” list. It’s coming. You watch.

  11. homerjay says:

    You people are weird.

    Oh, and I totally disagree with #9. Now, pay me.

  12. @Sudonum: And sow your neighbor’s yard with salt in retribution! (For what? MWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!)

  13. HeyThereKiller says:

    #1 Lead… used for poisoning animals, poisoning children, poisoning parents of children, making poison more poisonous AND protecting your nuts from x-rays!

  14. Recury says:

    I have no quibbles with this fantastic list. You guys nailed it!

  15. Sinflux says:

    @HeyThereKiller: Lead doesn’t protect your nuts from z-rays and that’s completely unacceptable.

  16. 1964F100 says:

    @phalex: What kind: ethanol, methanol, or isopropanol? :-)

  17. Mr. Guy says:

    plastic is useful for making durable, lightweight, inexpensive products like buckets, bags, and plates.

  18. Protector says:

    No Turducken? WTF?

    I guess #9 is true after all.

  19. Quellman says:

    Novelty T-Shirts.
    They always have the perfect pun, should I faulter.

  20. pegr says:

    Um, coffee has calories, though I’m not sure how many. How do I know? Well, mold won’t grow without something to eat…

    (I’ll let you figure out the reat…)

  21. Tank says:

    despite the warnings, i’m a big fan of dihydrogen monoxide. []

  22. mammalpants says:

    if you put “Comcast” in front of any of these items, they instantly become turds!

  23. samurailynn says:

    I’m so glad you included olive oil – it is my cooking best friend.

    I was a little shocked over the fact that my husband’s snobby sister used vegetable oil to cook chicken… bleh.

  24. Roadkill says:

    I have lost all respect for this site. How could you even BEGIN to list the spork as a good invention. It’s a spoon and a fork, but like it’s name it’s not quite good at either of them. In fact it sucks as a spoon because it’s too shallow and it sucks as a fork because the prongs are too small.

  25. Rompcat says:

    One thing you didn’t mention about baking soda: mixed with water, it is the absolute best short-term acid reflux and heartburn remedy available!

    Maybe that bumps it up on the list?

  26. wyldhoney says:

    @Roadkill: This is so true. The spork need a major re-engineering, with longer tines, a deeper bowl AND to make it the ultimate utensil, a knife edge on the left edge of the spork.

  27. JadedScientist says:

    Duct tape and zip ties.

  28. Electroqueen says:

    NO! Vinegar and Baking Soda should not be on that list. When you combine the two, they foam! And foam means rabies!!!!
    Good job on the spork though. It’s better than a foon, which is basically a curvy spatula.

  29. Bos'un's Mate says:

    And don’t forget the #1 use for the #1 winner: douching!

  30. marciepooh says:

    Tea and coffee have approximately 2 Calories per cup, obviously that’s before you add anything. So I think you can consider them effectively calorie free. like diet sodas. But as Tank points out dihydrogen monoxide is great and completely calorie free.

  31. marciepooh says:

    @Roadkill: and @wyldhoney: Like this? Spork XM

  32. Chris Walters says:

    must be a slow news day

  33. cv says:


    Why? Because it can help you get laid.

  34. just_paranoid says:

    @cwalters: too funny!

  35. DrGirlfriend says:

    I would add toilets. There are just not enough good things I could say about that invention.

  36. Chris Walters says:

    @cwalters: To everyone: PLEASE don’t take that as an invitation to write similar insult-comments, or Ben and Meghann will tan my hide.

  37. timsgm1418 says:

    I would have to add toilet paper then…makes toilets more user friendly and hygenic@DrGirlfriend:

  38. MissPeacock says:

    Glue. Good for sniffing, eating, and sticking things together.

  39. PassionateConsumer says:

    The movement toward poptop lids on soup cans. If your opener has ever lost its teeth gripping ability mid use on a tasty can of soup, you know I’m right.

  40. SJActress says:

    Duct tape and WD40. If it sticks and it shouldn’t, use WD40. If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape.

    That is ALL one needs.

  41. new and troubling questions says:

    Tampons…half of us don’t use them, but for the other half (including me), they’re pretty indispensable.

  42. cv says:

    Diapers: great for long roadtrips!

  43. MercuryPDX says:

    @cwalters: [Grammar Nazi Comment]! [Disparaging remark about sloppy editing that contains a typo and misused apostrophe]. [Hostile disagreement with list items]!!!

    [Random insult thrown at someone earlier on the list for disagreement]!

  44. muddgirl says:

    Perfect! Although I must point out that olive oil can act as an air freshener, too, so it should be much higher on the list.

  45. vaxman says:

    Your forgot a bunch of good ones…


  46. lwdallas says:

    WOW! That was like such a maximum waste of time I’m actually going to spend MORE time commenting not on how LITTLE that article contributed to my day BUT INSTEAD TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS A TOTAL *ZERO!*

    Thanks Lifehacker for cross-posting this completely mind-numbed bag of electrons.

    No, don’t stop smoking pot for our sakes!

    Your loyal readers!

  47. akalish says:

    We should add CORN. Corn and its by-products are in basically everything (i.e. it’s an ingredient in envelope glue). People who have corn allergies practically have to live like the Amish. I’ve seen it. It’s positively scary.

  48. Eric says:

    I had much higher hopes reading the headline. C’mon guys, did this take you five minutes to write at the bar last night? You are usually so great, I waisted 2 minutes reading this, and I want them back.

  49. LeopardSeal says:

    @Tank: I swear to god, if one more idiot makes that stupid attempt at a joke… It’s not funny or clever and you are far from the fist person with internet access and a below average IQ to try it. You are exactly why #9 should be replaced with salt.

  50. LeopardSeal says:

    *first, not fist

  51. chandler in lasvegas says:

    Walls. I would have voted for walls as they actually CREATE spaces. There would be no inside, no outside without walls.

  52. AndyFromTucson says:

    You missed one of the most revolutionary technologies out there: string (of all materials and thickness) and its offshoot fabric.

  53. mavrc says:

    Water! You can grow plants with it, consume it for nutritional purposes, or even wash your car. It’s free at most restaurants, and available in many places through water fountains. Even when it’s dirty and nasty it can be easily cleaned and reclaimed through distillation or filtering. Plus it has no clickwrap EULAs or usage restrictions, and is almost always available without signing a mandatory binding arbitration agreement!

  54. Bos'un's Mate says:

    @onrampofframp: There’s always somebody late to the dance: mavrc

  55. pda_tech_guy says:


    I thought it was funny.

    Oh, you guys forgot one. Windows Vista

  56. cv says:


    No, no, NO!!! Not dihydrogen monoxide! It’s used in nuclear reactors, part of the styrofoam manufacturing process, and causes landscape erosion!!

  57. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    Even worse, no interociters!

  58. 3drage says:

    This ranks #1 in my blog of the top 10, top 10 lists of the year.

  59. morganlh85 says:

    The internet should be number 1, because without it I would have no idea what to do with vinegar, olive oil, and/or ladders.

  60. LucyInTheSky says:

    @Tank: indeed. i literally cannot live without it ;-)

  61. B1663R says:

    you forgot fire!! i use it to heat my home and cook my food. if i don’t like them i BURN THEM!!!

    also you forgot air. don’t beleve me? watch this infomercial.

  62. B1663R says:

    sorry, here. []

  63. derobert says:

    Ya forgot clothing! Not only does it prevent freezing in the winter, but it also prevents the sheriff’s deputies from arresting you for indecent exposure.

  64. Trai_Dep says:

    No booze?! Are you guys sure that you’re over the age of – what – nine?!!

  65. Trai_Dep says:

    (And, no, I won’t even bring up the “invention” of – err – self-pleasuring. Because that would only confirm my suspicion that the Consumerist offices come complete with a nap room and a rack for holding sippy cups.)

  66. cSam says:

    Weirdly enough, that was my first thought as well. It’s quite an all-purpose machine.

  67. sinicle says:

    A knife edge on the left side of a spork? Food that tastes like copper anyone?

  68. cheesebubble says:

    b o r a x