31 Top-Rated Products for Your Home Office Under $50
Note: This list only features the best home office products with at least 4.3/5 stars, and most have 25+ reviews on Amazon. Product selections are 100% our own - we do not accept sponsored placements.
So you’ve finally decided to abandon cubicle life and work from home. Congrats! You’ve got a flexible schedule, no more nosy bosses breathing down your neck, and that rage-inducing commute is a distant memory.
For the first time, you also get to build and design your own work environment. This may seem like a daunting task, so we’ve put together this list to help you get your organized, fully operational home office set up in no time.
1. Protect against the inevitable coffee spill with a waterproof notebook
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I have filled probably 70 of these notebooks over the past 10 years or so taking notes in some of the dirtiest, wettest job sites you can find. And I can still read notes I took "back in the day". So awesome."
2. Make free Google Voice calls using your home phone with this VoIP adapter
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (590+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I don't know why I didn't buy this sooner. Prior to having this little unit, I was paying for a phone line and forwarding my google voice number to the other line. After purchasing this, I cancelled my phone line and primarily use this number now. This little box pays for itself after one month."
3. Brighten up with this sleek desk lamp (and use its USB plug to charge your phone)
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (3,800+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This new light has a touch sensitive bar that allows you to easily turn the light on and off and move it to any brightness you want in a second without toggling through modes. Even more impressive is the light itself. If you think all LED bulbs are harsh and cold, think again. This desk lamp has a nice warm glow...and easily switches from super dim to super bright in an instant. The lamp is also STURDY and very BEAUTIFUL. This truly is the lamp I've been waiting for."
4. Got weak wifi because you’re far from a router? Get a range extender
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (40+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Just got it about 3 weeks ago and it has boosted the wifi signal in my room! I had to be moving my laptop around the room in order to get signal but now I can browse freely. So far its worked wonders! And the manual setup was really easy, no problems at all!"
5. Yes, you can now get 1 terabyte of storage for $50. So back your s**t up!
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (2,400+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I highly recommend this drive for backup storage. It is marvelous to see how small and how mobile technology has made drives with such large capacity."
6. Get rid of fingerprints with a good screen cleaner
Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (2,500+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Unbelievable! Opened the Amazon box, grabbed the bottle of Screen Mom and immediately went after some of my electronics. The finish is really smooth after cleaning. There is no static or streaking, just an extremely clean, mirror-like surface."
7. And blow away the dust and crumbs in your keyboard with Dust Off
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (1,300+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "In my house compressed air is a definite must have. I have found so many uses around the house in addition to cleaning out keyboards, computer fans, and electronic inputs."
8. Give your arm a break and use a bluetooth headset
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (60+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I work from home and I am at a computer constantly so being able to talk hands free is really a convenience that I can no longer live without. The piece sits comfortably on the ear and it came with several sets of ear pieces, so it was easy to find a good fit. The device connected with no issue to my telephone. The connection is strong and holds up even when I walk away from my phone. The reception is great and the sound quality is clean."
9. Eliminate the evidence with a 6 sheet paper shredder
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (1,200+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Great product! Micro shred is the way to go. Virtually impossible to reassemble the pieces back to an original document, and the credit card shred feature is extremely efficient - it makes the plastic look like micro-shredded paper. I think the price point for this Amazon-labeled is the best I have seen for this quality a product. More quiet than my old cross-cut shredder and will do 6 sheets as advertised."
10. Never lose your work with an automatic backup power supply
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (5,200+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Computer and peripherals kept chugging during the brief power outages during Hurricane Matthew. It prevents you from losing precious work during those sketchy power fluctuations and surges that occur, sometimes randomly. Buys the time needed to save any open work."
11. Clear up your workspace with a desk organizer
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I really love it. I was skeptical at first because, Ive been looking for a simple organizer for a while now that isn't an eye sore, isn't so big that it takes up so much space, and looks really nice. It comes in a variety of colors and I liked that it gave me options to match my theme."
12. Or if desk space is at a premium, use a wall organizer
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (1,000+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "As someone who works from home 2 days per week and ha as cramped working area, this is the best organizational folder ever. They come with labels but also perfectly fits the Avery long labels so I was able to print from my computer. I hang the file and have easy quick access to all of my most important documents. And I love being able to compact it into a portable file organizer."
13. Control your unruly wires with cable clips
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (150+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "These things ROCK. Know how annoying it is when you unplug a cable and it falls behind your desk? Problem solved. They're big enough to hold several thin-ish cables (like 3 or 4 typical microUSB cables) at once. It's effortless to pull a cable out or to push it back in."
14. Visualize your thoughts with a bulletin board / dry erase board combo
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (10+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is better then what I expected. The size is perfect and it's very easy to hang and is perfect for my home office. Pretty good quality for price."
15. Every home office needs at least one good surge protector (with USB ports, of course)
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (160+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I bought two of these for my new computer and desk accessories. I'm very pleased with them and especially like the provision made for the converter plugs which block up 2 regularly spaced outlets. I can now easily shut off all devices plugged into the strip with the simple press of the rocker switch. Most importantly, I have peace of mind that no more of my expensive electronics will be fried by power surges."
16. But surge protectors are ugly, so put them in a CableBox
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (460+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "What took me so long to clean up my hodgepodge of wires, cables, and cords? Aesthetics and safety are important to me, especially in my study, which is also the library, piano room, and yoga room. However, until I bought this BlueLounge box, the floor between my desk and pedestal looked like the center of the "Dallas mixmaster" of interstates, with prominent dust bunnies collecting on this untidy collection of cables. Now, it is clean, orderly, and unobtrusive."
17. Stand when you want to with an adjustable laptop stand
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (990+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I no longer have to sit all day long, twisting and turning because I'm aching from sitting all day in the office. I can stand and comfortably type and use my mouse. I am ambidextrous and was a little concerned when I saw the mouse pad on only one side of the item when I first viewed it on Amazon. However, the mouse pad can be switched from side to side, as there is a slot to accommodate such action."
18. But when you sit, sit the right way with an ergonomic chair
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (225+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I had a large, bulky leather desk chair that was worn out and not that comfortable. This chair came at a VERY reasonable price, looks great, was easy to assemble and best of all, has good lower back support and is very comfortable."
19. You’ve got to feel how smoothly these Uni-Ball Jetstream pens write
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (675+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I am a pen snob. I love pens, and have unusually strong opinions about them. These are by far the best pens I've ever used. They have a fine enough tip that I can write in small print (which I prefer), they have a super comfortable grip, and I don't have to press very hard to write. Highly recommend to any teachers or other professionals who have to write things by hand a lot."
20. Charge all your mobile devices and tablets together with a USB charging station
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (1,800+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is an exceptional charger with a feature that everyone needs. The feature is PowerIQ charging technology for each of the 6 ports on this charger. That means that you can plug in any type of device and this smart charger will set the charging current to match the maximum charging rate that the device can safely handle."
21. These wireless bluetooth headphones are the best value we’ve ever come across
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (1,800+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I was surprised and impressed by the substantial feel/quality of these for the great price! I loved that it came with the built in microphone and controls allowing you to do anything you would with the earphones that come with your phone. The sound is clear and present. When I use them with my cell phone they do have the ability to pick up and drop a call, pause and play the music, and lower and raise the volume."
22. Expandable file folders are a must for eliminating clutter
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (190+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "These files are durable, portable, and hold a ton of paperwork. As a social worker with limited access to computers while I am in the field, I have to carry a lot of papers around with me, and these expanding files are exactly what I needed. I have one that is literally stuffed to the max, and so far after a couple months of use, it's still going strong."
23. Achieve ultimate organization with a simple label printer
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (400+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is the best gadget I have bought for a long time that really does the job. I can work from my computer keyboard which saves time. It is user friendly. A great buy."
24. Calm your mind with a stress-reducing spinning fidget toy
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (600+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Everywhere I bring this, people stop and look and ask to try it because it's simple but looks really fun! I'm actually considering purchasing a second one for back up use in case I lose this one or someone steals it."
25. Put your laptop screen at eye level with this top-rated stand
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (2,800+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is a fantastic option for any Mac laptop user. I work from home and revamped my Macbook Pro into what now feels like a desktop. I no longer have to hunch down to look at the screen-- giving me better posture and less back/neck stiffness."
26. ...but don’t let your phone feel left out
Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (700+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I love the stand. It gives my smartphone good support, and now I am not hunting all over the place to find where I put it. I also like that my hands are free to do other things than holding the phone when I have it on speaker."
27. Add some green to your office with artificial succulents
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (90+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Let me start by saying that these look a lot better in person than they do in the photo. The photo gives them a yellow hue as if they are a bit faded, but in reality, they are a beautiful shade of green. They are small, indeed and I love them because I bought them to be able to fit them on shelves."
28. Purify the air with a relaxing Himalayan salt lamp
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (390+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "The lamp is so beautiful, came all together in the box (not broken) simply had to put the bulb in! I swear the effects this lamp has on my family is magical. It has improved our sleeping, and calms you when you are around the cozy glow it gives off."
29. Keep your most valuable documents in a locked fireproof box
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (500+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Basic in looks but excellent quality. Nothing flashy or obvious for potential thieves to notice. I definitely recommend this product for anyone needing to keep important documents (social security cards, birth certificates, etc) safe."
30. Monitor your office while you’re away with a wireless security camera
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (30+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This camera is truly a great camera. It has such a clear picture and feed. It was very simple to set up and i now have that peace of mind. My husband has been searching for one of those expensive sets and I personally like this so much more. Being able to get the feed on my phone or tablet is extremely important to me so i'm glad it can be used this way. I think I'm going to purchase a few more. What a great value!!"
31. Control everything in your office (except your work) with an Echo Dot
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (22,000+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I'm loving my dot. It's the perfect product to transform your ordinarty home into a SMART HOME! Everyone in my family uses it and I mean everyone. My wife loves to use the timers when cooking, I love it using with all my smart home technology to include the Nest Thermosta, Philips Hue Bulbs, Smarthings, Automatic, the list goes on!"
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