#10: Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs
You don’t need to be a professional musician to appreciate the benefits of high quality earplugs. Kevin O’Leary expressed interest when Vibes founder Jack Mann appeared on the show in early 2017, but Mann wasn’t willing to offer the royalties that O’Leary wanted in exchange. And so Mann walked away. Clearly, he made the right move, as business has been good ever since, even tapping into unexpected markets. With over 1000 reviews at an average of about 4.3 stars, Vibes clearly didn’t need O’Leary’s cash injection to thrive.
#9: Q-Flex Acupressure Back and Body Massage Tool
Q-Flex is proof of that concept that you really can do anything you set your mind to. Andrea Cao was barely in her teens when she came up with the concept for this self-acupressure device, which she then developed with her mom. Before Shark Tank, the mother daughter team had sold 800 units. By 2016, after appearing on Shark Tank and receiving funding from Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, they’d done over $1.3 million in sales. Based on their Amazon numbers, they how no signs of slowing down.
#8: Rapid Ramen Cooker
Ramen is one of the quickest and easiest meals you can make yourself, but as this success story proves, there’s always room for improvement. Rapid Ramen Cooker is a microwavable tray specifically designed to cook your ramen quickly, perfectly and with minimal fuss. While this might seem like an unnecessary kitchen item, Mark Cuban saw its potential and made an offer. Clearly… the Shark’s instincts were right in this case. With over 1000 reviews at an average of 4.6 stars, the college kids are clearly loving this novel invention.
#7: EZPZ Happy Mat
As any parent will tell you, when you’ve got babies, toddlers or young kids, you’re fighting a never ending battle against mess. While there’s no quick fix, EZPZ certainly is a useful weapon to have in your parenting arsenal come mealtime. You’d think that its appeal would have made Shark Tank funding a foregone conclusion, but the gap between inventor Lindsey Laurain’s valuation and that of the Sharks was just too large of a gap. Regardless, EZPZ clearly didn’t need help to prosper, as it’s doing extremely well online.
#6: Simply Fit Board
True to its name, this product is a relatively simple concept… but sometimes the least complicated ideas are actually the best ones! The success of this exercise board is proof. A modified balance board, Simply Fit immediately caught the attention of Lori Greiner, securing an investment of $125,000 for a 20% stake in the company. Within seven months of the deal, total sales hit $9 million. The over 2,300 reviews average out to a modest 3.8 stars, but people are clearly buying the product.
#5: The Mission Belt
One needn’t reinvent the wheel to succeed on Shark Tank, but it doesn’t hurt! Advertised as “the belt that changed the belt” this updated version of the age old utilitarian accessory gets rid of the holes and replaces them with a ratchet system for a better fit – and a belt that won’t wear out so quickly. Well-made, sleek and yet somehow affordable, the Mission Belt made believers out of the sharks, especially Daymond John, who invested in the product. Since then, countless satisfied Amazon customers have similarly become converts.
With Nerdwax, Don Hejny aimed to put an end to the recurring annoyance of having your glasses slip down your nose. His solution? A wax compound applied to the bridge of the nose and the glasses that provides just enough grip to keep them secure throughout the day. His business was in its fledgling stage when he appeared on Shark Tank and a deal ultimately wasn’t struck – but that hasn’t stopped Hejny from making a big splash on Amazon. Speaking of eyewear, Readerest Specsecure is another noteworthy success story.
#3: Scrub Daddy
Don’t let its unassuming appearance or silly name fool you – this happy little cleaning tool means business. In fact, as of 2019, it’s the most successful product (in terms of revenue) to ever be awarded funding on Shark Tank. Invented by Aaron Krause, Scrub Daddy is a high tech polymer sponge that changes texture when put in cold or hot water. Lori Greiner invested $200,000 for 20% equity. Clearly it was a wise investment; it boasts over 2600 Amazon reviews with an average of 4.5 stars.
#2: Drop Stop
Universal problem – simple solution. Drop Stop might seem like an overly specific invention to some, but those who’ve purchased it aren’t hesitant to sing its praises or encourage others to get onboard. Successfully pitched in season four by Marc Newburger and Jeffrey Simon, Drop Stop is a simple product that blocks the crack between the seat of a car and its center console – eliminating the risk of dropping things into that abyss. With nearly 5,000 reviews and an average of 4.6 stars, they’re clearly satisfying a big demand.
#1: Squatty Potty
People might not like to talk about their bathroom habits, but the founders of Squatty Potty forced a conversation about better bowel movements when they made this season six pitch. And wouldn’t you know it? They not only helped people deal with constipation, but the Edwards family have become multimillionaires in the process. This small plastic footstool changes the position of your knees on the toilet, making for a healthier, more natural posture on the toilet. With over 9,000 reviews, people clearly feel a difference!