The 10 Best Add-on Items

Updated April 04, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Struggling to find that last gift to make up a package? Or perhaps you're trying to hit a minimum to get free shipping on your order. We've made it easy for you with our eclectic and inexpensive selection of add-on items, which includes options that'll delight just about everyone in the family, including your dog. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best add-on item on Amazon.

10. Lego Super Soarer 31042

If you need a small gift for a youngster and you're about to place an online order anyway, then just add the Lego Super Soarer 31042 to your cart and kill two birds with one stone. Building it is only half the fun, because once that's done their imagination can run wild.
  • multiple build options
  • well priced for a 3-in-1 kit
  • not suitable for children under 6
Brand LEGO
Model 6135651
Weight 7 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. L'Oreal Paris Original Mascara

L'Oreal Paris Original Mascara thickens lashes for a more dramatic look while leaving them feeling soft, and is virtually flake-free. If you're already ordering makeup, you might as well spend a few bucks more and treat your eyes.
  • volume maximizing brush
  • fragrance-free and washable
  • may clump up for some users
Brand L'Oreal Paris
Model Vol-1465
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Mountain House Breakfast Skillet

Treat yourself or a loved one to a vacuum-sealed meal with the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet. Perfect for trail lovers or a disaster prep kit, it has everything you need to start the day and comes with an impressive 30-year taste guarantee.
  • contains 17 grams of protein
  • won't expand at high elevations
  • not suitable for vegetarians
Brand Mountain House
Model 50482
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Scotch Heavy Duty

You never know when you'll need to pack up a box for secure shipping at a moment's notice, especially if you do a lot of online shopping. Scotch Heavy Duty Packaging Tape is strong enough to ensure your gifts or returns will arrive at their destinations well-sealed.
  • handy built-in cutter on dispenser
  • over 66 feet per roll
  • adhesive may degrade over time
Brand Scotch
Model 142
Weight 1 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Oral-B Pulsar

If you're looking to top up your cart and you're used to regular old toothbrushes that just make you do all the work, you and your dentist might both appreciate a switch to the Oral-B Pulsar. Its vibrating bristles promise a deeper clean than analog models.
  • flexible split-head design
  • built-in power supply in handle
  • won't replace a trip to the dentist
Brand Oral B
Model NA
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Nature's Miracle

Nature's Miracle effectively removes deep-set stains and eliminates odors of everything from pet urine to messy food spills on most carpets and fabrics. If you are about to order a dog bed, a throw blanket, or new linens, it may just come in handy.
  • has a natural citrus scent
  • won't bleach out colors
  • safe for use around pets
Brand Nature's Miracle
Model 5125
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Wellness Soft Wellbites

Wellness Soft Wellbites make great treats for dogs over one year old. They're soft and chewy, so they're gentle on the sensitive mouths of younger pups and older canine companions alike, and come in a variety of flavors to suit your best friend's preferences.
  • good to use for training
  • made from all-natural ingredients
  • grain- and soy-free formula
Brand Wellness Natural Pet Fo
Model 89165
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Stanley All-in-One

Whether you've got a few screws loose or you're anticipating some light building projects in your future, a handy screwdriver like the Stanley All-in-One is always good to have in your arsenal. It has a reversible bar with two sizes of Phillips and flat head tips built-in.
  • tip can be removed for use on bolts
  • ergonomic handle provides leverage
  • corrosion-resistant bar
Brand Stanley
Model 68-012
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers can get virtually any type of scuff mark, stain, or scum off most hard surfaces. Simply wet with water and scrub vigorously for a few seconds, and you may be shocked at what you can get off your walls and floors.
  • micro-scrubbers dig into grooves
  • work well on sneakers
  • free of harsh chemicals
Brand Mr. Clean
Model 23822
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

1. Sharpie Permanent Markers

Sharpie Permanent Markers always come in handy but are often hard to find when you need them, so why not order a few extra and distribute them strategically around your home or office. They're quick drying, water-resistant, and work well on most hard-to-mark surfaces.
  • ap-certified nontoxic
  • long-lasting fade-resistant ink
  • durable fine-point tip
Brand Sharpie
Model 30665PP
Weight 2.1 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

What Is An Add-On Item?

If you're an avid Amazon shopper, you're most likely familiar with the little blue banner that can be found on many product pages that reads "Add-on Item." There is no limit to the types of products that are designated as such, but they do tend to have a few qualities in common.

Add-ons came into existence in 2012 as a means of efficiently distributing products that were up until that point not lucrative enough for Amazon to sell on their own. Before their introduction, rather than buying one single permanent marker, for example, online shoppers might have had to buy a box of 12 or 24, or a set with a rainbow of colors just to get the one they wanted. The Add-on program is Amazon's way of allowing you to purchase things in smaller quantities without having to ship out countless low-value packages. Instead, they save money and labor by encouraging you to bundle multiple items together.

The number one commonality between all Add-on Items is that they cost less than $25. That's the threshold your order needs to surpass in order to include Add-ons, so by design, they must cost less than that amount. You can assemble an order of all Add-ons as long as they add up to more than $25, or you can simply add one of these low-priced items to an order of any other product, so long as the total adds up to at least the $25 minimum.

Add-on items are typically relatively light and small. Often, their weight adds little or nothing to the cost of shipping a package with other things in it, which is how they can be made available at such competitive prices. To put it another way, it costs roughly the same amount to ship a piece of furniture by itself as it does to ship that piece of furniture with a box of snacks, a single bottle of face wash, or a stapler. Were those items shipped individually, the cost of the small items would go up considerably. Since Amazon offers free or subsidized shipping on so many orders, they would have to build those costs into the prices of the products, causing something like a simple toothbrush to cost far more than it would in a store. By restricting items to Add-on status, they can circumvent that issue altogether.

Like their Amazon Basics line of products, the online retail giant created Add-ons in order to fill a real consumer need – small quantities of low-cost products delivered to your door. While you might experience some frustration around not being able to purchase products with the Add-on designation on their own, it's surely preferable to Amazon exclusively carrying them in bulk, let alone not carrying them at all.

What Else Can You Add?

You might be surprised by the sheer variety among available Add-on items. While there's no database on Amazon that catalogues everything in the category, it's easy to find options if you're looking to meet a shipping minimum.

Many consumer-grade makeup and hygienic products are available as Add-ons. These can vary from staples like deodorant, lotion, and toothpaste to low-cost beauty products. Aside from saving yourself a trip to the convenience store, it's also a great way to try out new products without committing to buying them in large quantities, especially those that aren't readily available in your area.

If you're a savvy parent, Add-ons can also be a great way to save some money come back-to-school season. Many school supplies like notebooks, pens, binders, and more can be found for cheap with the Add-on tag attached, and you can probably pull together a full order and reach the minimum without having to get too creative. Craft supplies are also on offer for those with creatively minded children.

Finally, it may be a bit counterintuitive to have such basic and locally available items shipped to you, but plenty of household staples can be found among Amazon's Add-on offerings, as well. From toilet paper to cleaning products and even snacks, there's really no shortage of options if you'd rather not leave the house to stock up. Just make sure you're home when the package arrives, because a whole trip to the post office to pick up some paper towels or granola bars would probably defeat the purpose of ordering them online in the first place. That being said, it can be hard for retail stores to compete with Amazon's cutthroat prices, so if you're just in it for the savings, you might not mind waiting for redelivery.

Using Add-Ons To Your Advantage

At times, it can seem like there is no limit to the products Amazon could offer. With services as diverse as web hosting and flower delivery, they're enmeshed in countless parts of modern life. While the concept of the Add-on Item may be somewhat confusing, at the very least, they're expanding what's available to consumers online. And while some sellers might not love the Add-on system, there are certainly many consumer advantages to the program.

If you're a relatively frequent Amazon shopper, it's a good idea to keep a healthy supply of low-cost products on your Wish List or saved in your shopping cart. That way, whenever you need something, you have an easily accessible list of products you can bundle with your order. This is useful if you need to hit a shipping minimum, but it's also a great way to spread out the cost of non-essential items across several purchases.

Many Add-ons are also available as a part of Amazon's "Subscribe & Save" program, through which you can set up regular shipments of your favorite or most needed-products. Putting together a package of things you regularly need at home for delivery every 3 months, for example, can save you both time and money in the long run.

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Last updated on April 04, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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