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30 Kitchen Essentials That Are Built to Last

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Saving money by spending less on essential kitchen supplies has its appeal, but spending more upfront may yield savings over the long term. Products that are built to last can save consumers from shelling out continuously for replacements, not to mention the inconvenience of dealing with kitchen equipment that breaks down in short order. Here are 30 small appliances and tools that may seem costly but stand the test of time. Many come with lifetime guarantees. Have a reliable, long-lasting kitchen device that you would recommend? Let us know in the comment section.


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Amazon

Vitamix Blender

$402 from Amazon
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If the sole purpose of a blender is to make smoothies or margaritas, spending more than $40 doesn't make sense. But the Vitamix 5200 is powerful enough to juice any fruit or vegetable, pulverize bread into crumbs, grind nuts or seeds into butter, and turn cold soup into hot. It boasts "aircraft-grade" stainless steel blades, a metal drive system, and a seven-year warranty that covers parts, performance, and shipping both ways. The brand scored highest in a Consumer Reports survey of blender reliability.


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Baratza Coffee Grinder
Crate & Barrel

Baratza Coffee Grinder

$170 from Crate and Barrel
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Experts agree that burr grinders pulverize coffee beans for the most flavorful brew. The automatic Baratza Virtuoso carries just a one-year warranty, but it's a sturdy machine with a cast-zinc body and a high-carbon-steel burr, which consumers can expect to last through about 500 pounds of coffee, according to the company. With 9.26 pounds per capita consumed each year in the United States, that's nearly 54 years' worth of grinding.


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Wüsthof Classic Chef's Knife
Sur La Table

Wüsthof Classic Chef’s Knife

$135 from Sur La Table
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Experts say home cooks need only three or four knives, the most important being an 8- or 10-inch chef's knife that is hefty and feels like an extension of the hand. The Wüsthof Classic 8-inch chef's knife garners strong endorsements from users and comes with a limited lifetime guarantee, which the company honors as long as the knife has been properly maintained.


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Bed Bath & Beyond

OXO Steamer

$23 from Bed Bath & Beyond
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The standard collapsible steamer has feet and panels that tend to come loose or bend in short order. The OXO Good Grips stainless steel steamer has a telescoping handle and an endorsement from Cook's Illustrated. It's sturdier than supermarket finds and guaranteed against defects.


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Amazon

All-Clad Steamer

$70 from Amazon
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For a steamer with fewer moving parts, albeit one that hogs cabinet space, turn to the 3-quart All-Clad all-purpose steamer. This stainless steel accessory looks like a pot from the side and comes with a lid and lifetime guarantee, plus an average of 4 stars from reviewers.


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DUALIT APPLE-RED NEWGEN 2-SLICE TOASTER
Sur La Table

Dualit Toaster

$300 from Sur La Table
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It's possible to spend even more on a Dualit toaster, but the Dualit 2-Slot Classic model is enough for most. If the price is shocking, consider that this is a professional-grade countertop appliance assembled by hand from parts that are made to be repaired or replaced — almost unheard-of in small appliances these days. The heating element has a protective layer designed to make it "virtually unbreakable."


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CUISIPRO 4-SIDED BOX GRATER WITH GINGER GRATER BASE
Sur La Table
Microplane Graters
Amazon
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Rösle Tongs

$30 from Amazon
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Locking tongs can be a hassle to open and close when one hand is holding a pan or platter of food. A pair of 12-inch tongs from German kitchen-products maker Rösle, in plain stainless steel or with silicone tips, can be manipulated with one hand. Strong enough to pick up a rack of ribs, they come with a lifetime warranty and nods of approval from user reviewers.


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J.K. Adams Cutting Boards
Amazon

J.K. Adams Cutting Boards

$100 from Amazon
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It's possible to find a big cutting board at Ikea for $10, but chances are it will warp quickly. Cooking professionals prefer wood cutting boards because they protect knife blades and are biodegradable. J.K. Adams maple cutting and carving boards come with a lifetime guarantee and hearty shout-outs from satisfied consumers.


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Pratico Kitchen Bamboo Cutting Board and Serving Tray with Juice Groove Set
Amazon

Pratico Cutting Boards

$24 from Amazon
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Many people object to using wood boards for some foods, such as chicken. Plastic can be put in the dishwasher but eventually becomes knife-scarred. Bamboo is a renewable resource that is very hard and naturally antibacterial. Pratico's bamboo cutting boards come with a lifetime guarantee if you purchase them through the company's website.

OXO Salad Spinner
Amazon

OXO Salad Spinner

$65 from Amazon
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Greens should be dry before going into the salad bowl. Enter the salad spinner, a must-have kitchen tool for salad lovers. Although considerably more expensive than most, the OXO Steel salad spinner has a stainless steel bowl, so it won't crack. It also has a non-slip base and dishwasher-safe parts. OXO will replace any defective product.


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Amazon

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

$230 and up from Amazon
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Highly regarded for decades, Le Creuset Dutch ovens are made from enamel-coated cast iron. They weigh a ton and cost a lot but last practically forever and are covered by a limited lifetime warranty. The Dutch ovens heat steadily and evenly, go in the oven or on the stovetop, and have a tight-fitting lid to lock in juices. Scores of reviewers accord them a solid 5 stars.


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Peugeot Salt and Pepper Mills
Amazon
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Walmart

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

$40 from Walmart
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Cast iron is the ideal medium for cooking anything that requires a crust, such as steak, biscuits, and fried chicken. From oven to stovetop, Lodge cast iron cookware is virtually indestructible and guaranteed for life. It comes pre-seasoned and remains nonstick if properly maintained. 


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Bed Bath & Beyond

USA Pan Bakeware

$16 and up from Bed Bath & Beyond
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USA Pan has been making commercial-quality baking equipment for more than 50 years. It's made from partially recycled aluminum, corrugated for strength, topped with an ecologically friendly silicone coating, and backed by a lifetime warranty. The bakeware commands an average of 4.8 stars in user reviews.


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Rösle Can Opener
Amazon

Rösle Can Opener

$54 from Amazon
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Can openers can be picked up for cheap at grocery stores and drugstores, but poorly made ones rust and dull easily. Unlike most traditional models, Rösle can openers open cans from the side, leaving a safe, smooth edge. They come with a lifetime guarantee.


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OXO Garlic Press
Amazon

OXO Garlic Press

$19 from Amazon
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Anyone who cooks with garlic should be familiar with the wonders of a press. Generic versions tend not to last long, but OXO's version is dishwasher-safe and a self-cleaning design. It's a solid choice if you need a press now and can't wait for the top-choice Calphalon garlic press to return to stores. That one not only crushes but also peels the garlic, and it has a lifetime warranty.

Progressive International Mandoline
Walmart

Progressive International Mandoline

$72 from Walmart
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A mandoline turns out consistently uniform slices of fruits and vegetables. Chef's versions are quite expensive and somewhat risky for amateurs. For home use, the Progressive International PL8 Professional Mandoline is sturdy, features a safety hand guard, and comes with a variety of slicing blades and thicknesses, as well as a lifetime warranty.  Nearly three-quarters of 970 reviewers assign it a solid 5 stars.


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Amazon

Live Fresh Strainers

$19 from Walmart
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Strainers are invaluable for sifting, draining, and separating liquid from solid. A good strainer has strong mesh that won't warp or bend, and a rim or hook for support when set atop a bowl. A set of fine mesh strainers from Live Fresh has rubberized grip handles, sealed rims, and a lifetime guarantee. Hundreds of reviews are almost entirely positive, and many laud the brand's durability and customer service.

OXO Mixing Bowls
Amazon
Vollrath Mixing Bowls
Amazon

Vollrath Mixing Bowls

$11 and up from Amazon
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Heavy-duty stainless steel bowls last forever and serve as the top of a bain-marie or double boiler. Vollrath stainless steel mixing bowls sit securely on flat bottoms, are dishwasher-safe, and carry a lifetime warranty.

Cuisipro Whisks
Amazon

Cuisipro Whisks

$10 and up from Amazon
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A whisk incorporates air into foods such as cream and egg whites, emulsifies vinaigrettes, and ensures smooth gravies and sauces. The best wire whisks are light and have a lot of closely spaced wires that are well attached. Cuisipro whisks come in many sizes and styles with stainless or silicone wires. All carry a 25-year warranty and most are highly rated by users.


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All-Clad Stainless Steel Colander
Sur La Table
Cuisipro Measuring Spoons
Amazon
ThermoPro TP25 500ft Wireless Bluetooth Meat Thermometer with 4 Temperature Probes
Amazon

ThermoPro Meat Thermometer

$48 from Amazon
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For anyone weary of standing over the grill waiting for their steak or chicken to finish grilling, this meat thermometer takes the drudgery out of barbecue. The meat thermometer alerts you on your phone or tablet when your food is good to go. 


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Oxo Square Turner
Amazon
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Macy's

All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware

$550 from Macy's
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Cookware undergoes its share of daily abuse, making it worthwhile to invest in a set of pots and pans that will endure. A seven-piece All-Clad Stainless Steel cookware set is heavy duty, oven-safe, and usable on any cooktop. It's backed by a limited lifetime guarantee.