Shark Tank, ABC’s wildly popular, Emmy-winning reality show works off a simple concept; an enterprising inventor or small-business owner pitches their next million-dollar idea to a group of would-be investors to see if anyone bites. The show has launched dozens of successful products and continues to attract viewers with its mix of high-stakes negotiations and heartwarming personal stories. Here’s a guide to the best Shark Tank-related products you can buy right now.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and when Aaron Krause damaged a car he was detailing, he knew there had to be a better way. The enterprising Krause developed his own sponges along with a line of polishing and buffing pads.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years, you know that ugly Christmas sweaters are a thing. Evan Mendolsohn and former college roommate Nick Morton launched the naught but nice Tipsy Elves company in 2011 to fill what they saw as a gap in the cheeky Christmas sweater department.
Judy Edwards struggled with constipation all her life. Then, on her doctor’s recommendation, she started using a footstool to help her on the toilet. Her son Bobby thought they might be onto something, so they designed their own plastic version of the stool and started gifting them to friends, family and health bloggers.
Wicked Good Cupcakes
When Massachusetts-based Danielle Desroches and her mother Tracey started posting their delicious-looking cupcakes on Facebook, they received a lot of mail delivery requests from relatives and friends. But, how do you send a cupcake through the mail? Stick it in a jar. That’s the breakthrough that spurred the success of Wicked Good Cupcakes.
Just the thought of bedbugs is enough to make your skin crawl. So, wouldn’t you pay for a product that could help you detect them before they ruined your life? That’s the thinking behind BuggyBeds, an early detection system created by longtime partners and entrepreneurs Maria Curcio and Veronica Perlongo.
Ring Video Doorbell
A doorbell is much more than just a doorbell when it lets you see who’s knocking without even being at home. That was the premise behind Doorbot, the original iteration of Ring. CEO Jamie Siminoff brought the gadget before the Shark Tank panel in 2013, seeking a $700,000 investment for his app-enabled invention.
Sometimes a product is so game-changing and so obviously brilliant that it sells itself. And then there are socks, which are such a mundane product that Bombas founders David Heath and Randy Goldberg knew they’d face tough questions when they appeared on Shark Tank in 2014.
Cousins Maine Lobster
No, the cousins part of the Cousins Maine Lobster name isn’t a marketing gimmick. Maine natives and cousins Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis moved to Los Angeles and decided to open up a food truck to introduce West Coasters to the simple joy of lobster rolls.
If you’ve ever craved a bagel, but don’t really feel like eating the whole thing, you’re the perfect customer for Bantam Bagels. Elyse and Nick Oleksak turned their tiny New York storefront into a national company thanks to these snackable stuffed bagel bites and one eagle-eyed Shark Tank contributor.
Grace & Lace
Melissa Hinnant started Grace & Lace while on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy. After Hinnant lost the baby, she coped by knitting socks, which turned into a small-but-thriving online business. Melissa and her husband Rick wanted more than just money from Shark Tank — they needed a partner to help grow the business.
Tower Paddle Boards
Stephan Aarstol isn’t a big sports guy, but he knows a trend when he sees one. The internet marketing specialist started Tower Paddle when he saw the huge number of online searches for paddle boards. That kind of forward-thinking business acumen landed him on Shark Tank in 2012.
Copa Di Vino
While traveling on a bullet train in France, James Martin started thinking about a better, less wasteful way to enjoy wine on the go. In 2011, he turned his attention away from his two Oregon wineries to focus on Copa Di Vino (Italian for "cup of wine").
While in the midst of a divorce, Michael Speciale moved in with his brother Brian and noticed his nephew’s habit of wearing oversized sweatshirts. This inspired him to create The Original Comfy, a hybrid blanket/sweatshirt that he knew could be a hit if only they had the money to invest. In 2017, they had their first prototype ready and were on their way to Shark Tank.
Novelty sunglasses have been around for decades, but David Levich, Eric Liberman and Dan Gershon knew they had something unconventional in mind for Sun-Staches. They were already being sold in places like Party City and Toys "R" Us, but they wanted to go bigger and landed an appearance on Shark Tank.
It’s easier than ever to take high-quality photos, but those cherished memories often end up hogging valuable space on our smartphones. Brian Whiteman and his wife Julia used their commercial printing shop as the springboard for Groovebook, a service that allowed customers to upload their photos and receive a custom-bound photo book.
Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs
There are two kinds of people in this world; those who love baby back ribs and those who love them, but think they’re too messy. To please his wife Sabrina, former NFL star Al "Bubba" Baker patented a technique to debone ribs that left the meat intact. After a few years of so-so sales, Baker went on Shark Tank to turn things around.
Longtime friends and San Diego residents Bruno Aschidamini, Steven Ford and Brandon Leibel invested years (and a lot of money) trying to sell their beach blankets with a built-in pillow. When a forgotten manufacturer sample of a cotton blanket with a mandala pattern became an unexpected hit at a trade expo, they knew they had to shift focus.
A six-hour airport layover with her two young children got Christia Barany thinking about how hard it is to entertain kids in public. Her solution? Monkey Mat, a super lightweight, portable mat that transforms any flat surface into a play area. Christie enlisted her friend Courtney Turich to help with the business, which had some initial success on Amazon.
Milk Snob Baby Covers
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones, as Melanie Disbrow discovered when she began selling her multi-functional car seat covers in 2015. The breathable, stretchy overlays could be used as a nursing cover, a shield for infant swings, and more.
Ezpz Silicone Mat
Anyone with small children knows how quickly mealtime can devolve into a messy free-for-all, and Colorado mom Lindsay Laurain longed for a better way. So she came up with the Ezpz Happy Mat, a silicone placemat-plate combo that sticks to virtually any surface with no adhesive.
Whether you wear glasses regularly or are just sick of your sunglasses slipping down your nose, you know how annoying it is to constantly push them back into place. Dom Hejny of Nashville had had enough, so he created Nerdwax, a beeswax-based ointment designed to keep glasses in place all day long.
Ask any serious brownie fan what the best part of this deliciously chocolatey dessert is and chances are they’ll all say "the corner." Matthew Griffin thought the same thing, so in 1998 he patented a brownie pan that gave every piece that crunchy corner bite.
Max Gunawan, a former architect interested in modular design, came up with the idea for Lumio, a stylish light fixture that could go just about anywhere. Gunawan raised over $500,000 on Kickstarter before heading to Shark Tank to land a deal that would make Lumio a household name.
Cute animals in even cuter costumes — that’s the simple but brilliant concept behind Pandaloon, which was started in 2011 by Eugenia Chen. When a video of her Pomeranian wearing one of her creations went viral on YouTube, Chen decided an appearance on Shark Tank might be her ticket to real success.
Kodiak Cakes started out as a small family business in 1982, when Joel Clark’s mother Penny began packaging and selling her pancake mix in Park City, Utah. Small (but steady) sales over the years kept the business afloat, but soon Joel was taking out loans and working side gigs to keep things going.
There’s no manual for raising a child, which can lead to many sleepless nights as new moms worry about whether their child is developing normally. Ann Weiss came up with the idea of Hatch Baby, a smart changing pad that could track a baby’s weight gain in between doctor’s visits.
Brooklyn resident Yari Reiner created Frywall after getting fed up with spills and splatters every time he cooked at home. The flexible, food-safe cone fits inside large and small pans to keep food where it belongs. After he lost his job, he went all-in with Frywall and landed on Shark Tank in 2015.