Most people would agree that life can be difficult. That said, there's a growing number of people who find even the simplest tasks too unbearable to undertake. Lucky for them, there are numerous retailers who are more than happy to make life easier for the right price. A wave of new products are emerging that target the laziest aspects of people. Despite the sluggish economy, consumers are buying these unconventional items in droves. (For more tips, read Top 3 Budgeting Tips For Lazy People.)
"Snuggie," "the Slanket" and the aptly named "Forever Lazy" are just some of the products on the market that target those who struggle with the hardships of using regular blankets. These wearable blankets promise to keep you warm while completing tasks such as reading, using a remote control and typing on a laptop. The Forever Lazy and other one-piece loungewear options go a step further by offering zippered hatches in the front and back so you don't have to remove it when going to the bathroom. The makers of Forever Lazy say they've sold hundreds of thousands of units in 2011 for $29.95 each and expect to hit the one million mark in 2012. According to the New York Times, an estimated 25 million Snuggies were sold in 2010.
Twirling Spaghetti Fork
People who find eating spaghetti to be a challenge will be eager to purchase the twirling spaghetti fork. The battery-operated gadget takes the hard work out of wrapping noodles around a fork by doing it for you. The company claims that the motorized twirling fork makes spaghetti dinners more fun and less messy. In 2007, the fork's distributor reported sales of 75,000 to 100,000 pieces a year since hitting the market in 2005.
Self-Rotating Ice Cream Cone
Avoid wearing out your tongue with this invention that spins your ice cream scoop in a circular motion to make licking easier. All you have to do is scoop your cold treat into the plastic cone and push a button to make it turn. Those who don't want to admit that this product is for the lazy can reference the company's selling point that it helps to avoid the nightmare of a drippy cone. The inventor, Rick Hartman, has sold thousands of these motorized cones and the product has been featured on "The Today Show" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." His sales figures are confidential, but he says he has made "enough to buy a lot of ice cream."
Vacuuming can burn up to 100 calories in 20 minutes, but it's easy to avoid this everyday exercise with the purchase of this cleaning robot. With the touch of a button, the Roomba automatically adjusts to rid any surface of debris. The machine can be programmed to clean up to seven times per week and even has sensors to help it avoid walls and other items like pet bowls and table legs. From 2003 to 2005, 1.2 million Roomba robots were sold in 25 countries. Today, sales numbers for the Roomba are around 6 million.
The Bottom Line
The marketplace is full of profitable products that cater to our laziest impulses. So don't fret over your next menial but easy task. A quick Internet search is likely to turn up an item that will make that simple task even simpler. (For other interesting products, check out 7 Products Under $5 That Made Millions.)