"Shark Tank," the ABC reality show in which inventors pitch their big ideas to successful business tycoons in hopes of securing an investment, has seen a slew of useful inventions since its premiere in 2009.
Here are a few of the best products to come out of the show — some gimmicky, some life-changing, but all worth considering.
Mark and Hanna Lim pitched their Lollacup idea in season 3 of "Shark Tank." These adorable sippy cups come in a variety of colors and have a flexible straw with a weighted end to help children drink effectively, even when the cup is tilted. $16. More information: lollaland.com.
Sweet and sustainable, these edible candy cups come in four flavors: Tart cherry, Yuzu citrus, Matcha green tea and Vanilla bean. Parsons School of Design graduates Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker (not Willy Wonka) pitched their line of lollipop-ware in season 7. $15.99 for a pack of four. More information: loliware.com.
Goverre is a portable, stemless wine glass the preserves the taste of your wine and allows you to bring it with you anywhere you choose. Its silicone sleeve gives added durability and the glass is thicker than other wine glasses so you never have to worry about it breaking. $24. For more information go to goverre.com.
Enso rings were created by Brighton Jones and Aaron Dalley as a way to prevent "ring avulsion." The jewelry is designed with silicone infused with metal meant for people with active lifestyles, or who work with their hands, to allow them to continue wearing their wedding bands without them getting in the way. Starting at $11.99. For more information go to ensorings.com.
Lumio, created by Max Gunawan and pitched in season 6 of "Shark Tank," is a lamp disguised as a hard-cover book. The lamp can open 360 degrees and comes with a custom micro-USB charger, magnetic wooden pegs for mounting, and a leather strap for hanging. $200. For more information go to hellolumio.com.
This innovative "smart" notebook gives you the freedom to continue using pen and paper while instantly sending all your notes to your most-loved Cloud service. Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein, two Cambridge University graduates who pitched the idea in season 8, invented the notebook that comes with a special "FriXion" pen with ink that completely disappears when microwaved allowing the notebooks to be used indefinitely. $27. For more information go to getrocketbook.com.
This subscription-based service provides a monthly box full of dozens of apps, books and games that all work to teach your child the basics of coding. Scott Lininger and Aidan Chopra, who pitched the idea in season 8, created the service using Lininger's previous coding experience with companies like Google. Starts at $20 per month. For more information go to bitsbox.com.
It's the water-free way to wash your phone. Wesley Laporte and Dan Barnes' sanitizer-charger combo device uses UV light to "bake away" germs. Not-so-fun fact: cell phones are a haven for bacteria including E. Coli and staph. $59.95. More information: phonesoap.com.
So simple, so smart. Inventor Cyndi Lee's handy kitchen gadget from season 8 can be used as a pot holder, trivet, splatter guard for the microwave, jar opener, place mat and more. It's dishwasher safe, and made from BPA-free silicone. $26.95 for a two-pack. More information: safegrabs.com.
The LINKA bike lock is a revolutionary security device that is mounted to your bike frame and renders the wheel immobile to make it impossible to drive away. The lock is chain-free, rechargeable and can sync to any Bluetooth capable device. $169.00. For more information go to linkalock.com.
Trust us, you need this. These skinny little spatulas help reach those stubborn last drops of sauce, salad dressing, cosmetics and more, cutting down on waste, and the need to store bottles upside down or shake them very hard for very little return. From $5.49. For more information: thespatty.com.
Tranquilo Mat is a vibrating mat designed to calm babies by mimicking the sounds and motions of the womb. Melissa Gersin, a maternity nurse who pitched the idea in season 8, taught hundreds of parents the best way to soothe their newborns when she developed the idea that could solve the problem forever. $99.99. For more information go to tranquilomat.com or find the best price here.
An invention in memory of the countless fallen quarters and French fries lost forever in the black hole that is the space between the car seat and console. Marc Newburger, who pitched the Drop Stop with co-inventor Jeffrey Simon in season 4, came up with the idea after narrowly avoiding an accident while reaching for his phone in the gap. $19.99. More information: buydropstop.com.
Scrub Daddy Magic Scouring Pads
This tiny yet powerful scrubbing sponge changes texture depending on the water temperature used to clean with it. It becomes rigid in cold water and soft in warm water, so this Daddy can tackle tough jobs ranging from muffin tins to car rims. $7.34. More information: amazon.com.
Little Nomad Play Mats
Little Nomad play mats are marketed as "the most beautiful foam play mats ever." Creator Elizabeth Granados, who pitched the idea in season 8, was given the idea to create stylish play mats when she spotted bright colored foam mats in her best friend's home and after she got pregnant herself, she decided that having a baby didn't also mean she has to sacrifice style. Starts at $99. For more information go to little-nomad.com.
Ezpz's Happy Mat
Lindsey Laurain's Happy Mat serves double duty as a plate and placemat to contain little kids' mealtime messes. Made from BPA-free silicone, it suctions right to the table. $24.99. For more information go to ezpzfun.com.
Fizzics Beer System
For those of us who don't have beer taps in our home wet bar, Fizzics offers another (read: cheaper) way to get a draft taste from store-bought brews. This battery-operated mini tap, pitched by Phil Petracca and David McDonald in season 8, promises to be compatible with all types of beer, from Pilsners to Stouts. $169.99. More information: fizzics.com.
Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights
Season 8 contestant Doug Storer came up with these "sneaker headlights" after he tripped in a pothole during an early morning run, turning an unfortunate injury into a genius invention. $59.95. For more information visit nightrunner270.com.
Glasses always slipping down your nose? Inventors Don and Lydia Hejny promise their beeswax-based stick creates friction to prevent spectacles from sliding. $10. More information: nerdwax.com.
The Mensch on a Bench
It's the Jewish kids' version of Elf on a Shelf, invented by Jewish father Neal Hoffman to teach his son about Hanukkah. The doll comes with a hardcover book of 8 Mensch rules and values. $29.99. For more information go to themenschonabench.com.
Another savior for eyeglass-wearers: This magnetized holder attaches to your shirt. Pitched by entrepreneur Rick Hopper in season 3, it can also be used for headphones and even comes in this Swarovski crystal version, perfect for the glam grandma. From $9.99. More information: readerest.com.
What parent couldn't use another hand? The Beebo bottle holder is designed to sling over the shoulder, freeing up mom or dad's hands at mealtime. Celebrity dad Ashton Kutcher was impressed by the product, invented by a father named Martin Hill, who pitched it on season 7. $29.99. More information: thebeebo.com.
For the serious outdoorsman and -woman -- and for New Yorkers finding it hard to hold an umbrella, coffee and all their other stuff on a rainy day. Why fight to juggle it when you can strap on a rain cover and take the umbrella out of the equation? $69.99. For more information go to nubrella.com.
eCreamery Personalized Ice Cream Flavors
Most delicious invention ever. eCreamery geniuses Becky App and Abby Jordan churn out homemade ice cream and gelato in customer-designed flavor combinations with personalized carton labels. The best part? They deliver straight to your door. From $69.99. For more information go to ecreamery.com.
This food cutter from season 6 quickly creates bite-sized meals out of sandwiches, pancakes, fruit and more -- perfect for pleasing picky eaters and designing fun party platters. $9.99. More information: funbites.com.
The Home T
For those proud of their roots or simply missing home, The Home T provides a comforting reminder that home is where the heart is, literally. Ultra-soft t-shirts come emblazoned with the word "Home" and your choice of U.S. state -- or Long Island -- across the chest. And if that weren't heartfelt enough, 10% of profits are donated to multiple sclerosis research. $30. For more information visit thehomet.com.
Don't mock it till you try it. Inventors Judy and Bobby Edwards' foot rest (aka "The Stool for Better Stools") is designed to fit under any toilet and help promote healthy posture during you-know-what. $29. For more information go to squattypotty.com.
It's exactly what it sounds like. The HoodiePillow® comes in regular pillow and travel/neck pillow versions, and designs for kids as well as adults. Because nothing says "naptime" quite like a pillow with a hood on it. They can even be personalized with custom screen printing. From $24.95. More information: hoodiepillow.com.
KaZAM PRO Aluminum Balance Bike
Inspired by balance bikes popular in Europe to help young kids learn to ride, inventor Mary Beth Lugo came up with her own no-pedal model. $119.95. For more information go to kazambikes.com.