The Best Accompaniments to a Night of Netflix & Chill
Netflix & Chill. Netflix. And chiiiiillllll. The hookup term has to be one of the decade's - and maybe all of history's - best additions to Urban Dictionary. It's my own favorite catchphrase anyway. Well, favorite tied with "How you doin'?" since before I met my forever booty better half, She-Ra: Princess of Power, "How you doin'?" often led to Netflix & Chill for me.
What I learned though is that just as important as finding someone to agree to Netflix & Chill for a night, is obtaining and laying out the right Netflix & Chill spread. There are some must-haves - in addition to a Netflix subscription and a couch - that make proceeding with the evening possible, along with some additional accompaniments that will enhance the chilling experience for everyone.
Here are my picks for the best accompaniments to a night of Netflix & Chill.
Note: Product prices are listed as they were at printing. Prices are subject to change.
Netflix & Chill Condom
I don't need to tell you why a condom might come in handy on a Netflix & Chill night, do I? If so, let's just say if you don't have a condom on hand, the most you're going to get is a hand where the condom should be.
Say It with a Condom, no surprise, has created a condom wrapper giving a shoutout to the pop culture phenomenon.
Sobro Cooler Coffee Table
A big investment, but the payoff could be mighty. The Sobro's cooler drawer keeps food and, more importantly, tasty beverages within easy reach. And rather than bags of ice, the table uses a compressor to ensure continuous, even, ice cold cooling of wine and beer. Touch temperature controls allow you to set the fridge at your precise preferred degrees Fahrenheit.
Along with the sound system, which you can connect to play TV audio with a smart TV or included Bluetooth dongle, the Sobro has LED underlighting to create ambience during parties, movies, or...oh yeeeeah...nights of Netflix with a side of chill.
Capping off the Sobro's implements of mass relaxation are a set of charging ports and a pair of 110v outlets on the side of the table, and two storage drawers to stash your cables and controls.
DIY Netflix Socks
Not just a cutesy accessory that advertises your love of Netflix. Netflix socks are actually useful. The DIY project both covers your feet and has your back when you're watching your favorite streaming movies and shows at the end of a long day. Or late at night. For the 6th straight hour. At any time you really, really want to see what happens, but you get kinda busy...getting busy.
Netflix Socks detect when you've passed out during a show or movie, and then send the pause signal to your TV so you don't spend all of your alert time the next night trying to figure out where you left off. They're a remote control with one function. One single, glorious function.
Sitting pockets were designed to conquer. The reverse-entry front pouches don't just hold things, they keep holding things when you hit your 90-degree bends. And then let them go, without a fight, when you're ready to take things back. Even better, these sitting pockets are sewn to the greatest, most comfortable, most food-and-TV-binge-ready article of clothing known to man: sweatpants, baby!
Does innovation know no end?!
Luminoodle LED TV Backlight
If you've been using your noodle you've probably learned how valuable a bendy rope of lights can be. And now your flexible, adaptable, bright-burning noodle has a new form with yet another application: TV backlighting. The Luminoodle TV sticks around the perimeter of the back of your flat screen to provide ambient lighting during viewing. It's an alternative to dealing with the glare of a lamp turned on in front of the television, and helps eliminate the eye strain and dryness that can come with watching a bright screen in a dark room.
One Night Stand Choco-Tequila Potion
So many choice words surround this bottle of saucy booze. Its name, One Night Stand Potion. Its creator, Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Its ingredients, 100 anos tequila, agave, mixed origin South American chocolate, and Valrohna cocoa powder. Its Netflix & Chill night speed traveling from the bottle to my esophagus, Ludicrous.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate says their choco-tequila elixir is a loose take on a Mexican coffee. But it also pairs well with 3 parts vodka and 1 part chocolate syrup for a chocolate martini on date night, or a giant bowl of Cocoa Puffs and Salma Hayek for the best solo One Night Stand ever.
Aerating Stemless Wine Glass Set
I can't taste one bud of difference between a wine I've aerated and one I've drunk straight from the bottle, but I do like a good show. And my guess is any lady you pour a glass of California Cab for will too. So that, as much as anything, is what I think these Aerating Stemless Wine Glasses from Chevalier Collection are Netflix & Chill ready for.
Sold in sets of 2, the glasses have internal vessels to receive poured wine, which they aerate by releasing it in a Vegas-style cascade through spouts leading to the main bowls. According to Chevalier Collection, this "shower-head effect" gets you the most aeration you can stir up on a direct pour. Even more than blowing really hard into a full glass, I guess.
Lekue Collapsible Popcorn Popper
We got the couch, the condom, the cooler coffee table, and the cocktails. Now on to the snacks!
If you would like to gorge on popcorn during movie night, and save space in your kitchen the other days of the week, Lekue has an idea. Their microwave popcorn popper lets you blast open kernels in the same bowl you'll use to serve them, and then invites you to smash the bowl in half, collapsing it from 5" down to 2" for easy storage.
The Lekue Popcorn Bowl has embossed kernel fill lines for measuring out what will become 3 to 4 cups of popped corn in 1-1/2 to 3 minutes. A suction lid prevents the popcorn from overflowing the bowl. Instructions for use suggest adding just a couple of teaspoons of oil, plus your desired salt seasonings, to the kernels prior to popping. An included instruction book also provides directions for adding danger to the healthy snack with caramel, herbed butter, and curry toppings.
Heated Chip & Dip Tray
Yeah I want some heated queso. That stays heated from dip 1 to dip 100. And now that you mention it, I would be amenable to some peripherally warm tortilla chips too. Why is the Heated Chip & Dip tray not a staple at all parties? In all homes? At every meal? At most definitely at every occasion I have to Netflix & Chill.
Milk & Cookie Shot Maker
For easing into the hookup when you two are all introductory and awkward at the beginning of the evening. Or! For easing back out of the hookup when it's 4 a.m. and you're both satisfied, sloppy drunk, and feeling the onset of the munchies.
The downside: if you want milk & cookie shots you'll first have to contend with the Milk & Cookie Shot Maker, a silicone cookie "glass" mold for 6 and a 2-piece melting station for creating a chocolate liner to seal off each cookie cup's interior from instant milk (or hot cocoa, or whiskey) infiltration.
Fatboy Oriental Rug Picnic Lounge
For those who really want to class up their Netflix & Chill session, how's about laying out a floor picnic on a magic carpet ride?
This Oriental rug-style blanket, suitable for indoors or out, will add some exoticism to your next ground-based meal or hangout. Fatboy makes the oversized throws from weather-resistant fabric, and includes a set of 4 large red pins to keep them from flying off without you.
Human Burrito Blanket
At 5' in diameter, you'll be able to roll up one fine bean, cheese, rice, man & lady meat burrito in this flour tortilla! The Burrito Blanket is made of smooth-'n'-cuddly microfiber, so it's soft just like flour, albeit far less edible than its Mexican especiale counterpart. Use the blanket to warm up on the couch, or to pop a human burrito squat at a picnic or the beach outside.
Subtle Butt Disposable Gas Neutralizers
I mean, if this is a first date / hookup, and you're planning on partaking in the booze and the snacks, and then intertwining on the couch, no explanation needed for why you might look into Subtle Butt underwear inserts. Sure, it could get awkward when those underwear come off and your date's like, "Uh, is that a maxi pad?" but in my opinion it's a better alternative to gassing her out before you ever get past first base.
Subtle Butt inserts are made of soft fabric treated with an antimicrobial solution. The side of the patch facing the user's underwear also contains activated carbon, which traps and knocks out unpleasant scents. Probably all day for the sporadic wind breaker, but only for about 3 to 4 hours if you're a chronic farter like the 4/5 stars guy above.
Squatty Potty Unicorn Gold Toilet Spray
For all the ladies out there who want a unicorn. And the ones who want pure gold. And especially those who claim their shit don't stink. Now you can have it all.
Even cooler than the science of matches, fans, and Febreze for dousing out the stench of your doodies is the science of real gold and essential oil barriers blocking it from entering the room in the first place. Squatty Potty says Unicorn Gold's 100% colloidal gold nano-particles attract and kill odors on contact, both inside the bowl and above the water's surface. And since oil and water don't mix, when you spritz your Tropical Dropsicle into the bowl before you go, the natural, non-toxic oils in the spray will linger at the surface, creating a shield between what plops below and what sniffs and gags and asks why your ass can't be fake news when they come into the bathroom after you.
Wanachi Mega Massager
When you whip out the Wanachi Mega Massager and your N&C date gives you a quizzical, but not altogether horrified look, my advice is to go the Nelly / Hot in Herre route and say, "I'm just kidding like Jason...unless you gon do it."
If you want to play doctor with the Wanachi Mega Massager, better build up some grip and arm strength, because you're going to have to handle all 17 inches of its length, and an even more intimidating 4-1/2 inches of silicone head. Indeed the Wenachi Mega is hung like a horse. No, actually, given its pink color and uniqueness, it's more like the Wenachi Mega is hung like a unicorn.
Paco's Taco Stroker
Because sometimes you're Netflix & Chillin' solo.
When I first saw this little buddy, I was like, "Who the h-e-double-boner named this kitchen tool 'Paco's Taco Stroker?' I'm going to make so many masturbation jokes when I write about it." And then I looked closer and was like, "Holy hard-on! They did it on purpose!" Because Paco's Taco Stroker isn't a kitchen tool at all.
Unless, of course, you like to beat your own personal meat in the kitchen too.