GH readers' picks: Most innovative products of all time
Kleenex Tissues (2013 Winner)
There's a reason the Kleenex brand has become synonymous with tissues. More than a third of the readers in our poll couldn't imagine their lives without it. And this brand still dominates — turning in the best scores across the board in our recent tissue test.
Scotch Tape (2012 Winner)
Introduced in 1930, 3M's Scotch Tape quickly became a favorite household multi-tasking repairer. The matte Magic Tape we all know and love was introduced 30 years later.
Tupperware (2011 Winner)
Before Tupperware, food storage mostly consisted of placing a plate on top of a bowl. This innovative solution — with its "burpable" seal — transformed the American pantry and fridge, and is still widely used today.
Swiffer Sweeper (2010 Winner)
The ultimate speed cleaner, the Swiffer Sweeper made it possible to get floors dust- and dirt-free in mere minutes. It's only been around since 1999, but this simple solution took the time-consuming work out of floor cleaning. With vacuuming, mopping, and dusting iterations, we're not sure how we ever lived without this quick-and-easy cleaner.
Spanx (2009 Winner)
Where would our wardrobes be without shapewear? From looking slim under slacks to sliding into that little black dress, Spanx has been shaving inches off our figures since 1998. Sara Blakeley launched the brand with the original footless tight, but the Spanx line has expanded to include more than 100 figure-enhancing garments, from bras and panties to full-body shapers.