20 Everyday Items That Are Worth Splurging On

Moccamaster 10-Cup Polished Silver Coffee Maker

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Moccamaster 10-Cup Polished Silver Coffee Maker
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Cost Justified

Let's face it: A deal isn't a deal when you get a product that just doesn't function as it should. Sometimes it's tempting to skimp on common household buys, but spending a little extra can pay off in quality and ease of use on items that see daily or near-daily use. These 20 around-the-house buys can be well worth a small splurge in the long run — and the short term, too.

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KitchenAid Mixer
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Wüsthof Classic Chef's Knife
Sur La Table

Chef's Knife

A dull, unwieldy knife can make cooking a dangerous chore when it should be a pleasure. A well-made chef's knife should feel good in the hand and last forever with proper care. At Cheapism, we like the Wüsthof Classic Chef's Knife, which features an extra-wide, no-stain 8-inch blade. "The first time I used these knives I knew why they were so beloved and so expensive," raves one Sur La Table customer in a review.

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BLACK+DECKER D3030 Allure Professional Steam Iron


If you do a lot of ironing, a smooth-gliding steam iron is worth the investment. You don't have to spend a ton, but there's another reason not to go as cheap as possible: Some of the least expensive irons don't even have an automatic shutoff, a crucial safety feature, Consumer Reports warns. The Black & Decker Allure Iron is one of Amazon reviewers' favorites, and it's under $50.

Great Bay Home flannel sheet set


Saving a little bit of cash isn't worth long nights of tossing and turning on scratchy bed sheets that disintegrate in the washer. That doesn't mean you have to look for a super-high thread count with a super-high price. Much more important is the quality of the cotton. Great Bay Home Store Flannel Sheet Set, which costs less than $60, is made of combed cotton and may be especially appealing as cooler weather approaches.

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Fire Extinguisher
Home Depot

Fire Extinguisher

If you think you can get away with a cheap aerosol fire spray for your kitchen, think again, warns Consumer Reports. These products have short shelf lives, no pressure indicator, and may even help spread a grease fire, experts warn. Spend a little more and get a real fire extinguisher like the Kidde Pro Series 210, which is rechargeable and good for all kinds of household fires.

Charmin Toilet Paper
Bounty Paper Towels
Puffs Facial Tissue


Here's another household staple where paying a little more can make a world of difference. Name brands such as Puffs and Kleenex have outperformed store brands in softness and strength during expert testing, so they might be worth the small splurge if you've got a house full of runny noses. Reviewers particularly love Puffs Plus Lotion. If you don't want lotion, Good Housekeeping says Kleenex Ultra Soft tissues are hard to beat.

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Behr Paint
Home Depot


Cheap paint is cheap for a reason, experts say. According to Apartment Therapy, the bargain-basement stuff is less concentrated and durable than pricier formulas. Practically, that means you need more coats of the cheap stuff, and it will need a lot more touch-ups in the future. For a good balance of quality and value, Home Depot shoppers recommend Behr Ultra, which has a built-in stain-blocker and primer.

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Helix Mattress
Helix Sleep


Don't overspend on the guest room. A good, cheap mattress will suffice there. But for your own mattress, pay a little more — within reason. According to Sleep Like the Dead, owners are most satisfied with mattresses between $700 and $1,800. Over the $1,800 mark you'll get a touch more durability and thickness, but owners aren't any more satisfied than they are with midrange mattresses. Shoppers are happiest with direct-to-consumer foam mattresses such as Casper and Helix. If you prefer innerspring, try Saatva.

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Ralph Lauren Pillows
Giellette Fusion Razor


Those dull, cheap razors just aren't worth the razor burn, nicks, and cuts. Razors can be notoriously expensive, but they don't have to be. Cheapism has recommended the Dollar Shave Club, where $9 buys a starter kit with a well-reviewed six-blade razor, and $20 monthly gets you eight replacement cartridges. For a big-box or drugstore option, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 5 for men and Schick Hydro Silk for women both earn raves.

Contigo Travel Mug

Travel Mug

Gotta have your coffee on the morning commute? Invest in a travel mug that will keep it piping hot, and just as importantly, off your natty office attire. Amazon reviewers have an almost cultlike love for the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug, which they say will keep a drink at the right temperature for hours. If you're looking for something a little less pricey, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop also has a large fan club.

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Moccamaster 10-Cup Polished Silver Coffee Maker
Crate & Barrel

Coffee Maker

Speaking of coffee, if you drink a mug or three every day, here's one small appliance you won't regret spending a little more on. For many java devotees, the gold standard is a Technivorm Moccamaster coffee machine. They churn out unfailingly flavorful coffee fast, owners say, and are built to last a lifetime.

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Sonicare Electric Toothbrush

Electric Toothbrush

Unless you're truly diligent about brushing, an electric toothbrush could make your next trip to the dentist a little less painful. Electric brushes can deliver thousands of strokes a minute compared with a few hundred by hand; they also may be better at banishing plaque and gum disease. One cheaper option that owners love: the Oral-B White Pro 1000. A worthy upgrade: the Philips Sonicare FlexCare+, which has five brushing modes and comes with a travel case. 

Rice Cooker

Rice Cooker

Rice lovers swear a good rice cooker is a worthwhile splurge in a well-stocked kitchen. Sure, you can cook rice on the stovetop, but it requires babysitting to make sure it doesn't burn. A rice cooker, on the other hand, turns out perfect grains every time. If you're sticking mostly to white rice, Cheapism has recommended a simple cooker such as the Aroma ARC-150SB. If you're a real aficionado, owners swear by micro-computerized cookers such as the sophisticated Zojirushi.

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Bath Towels


Like sheets, good bath towels don't necessarily cost an arm and a leg. Still, a thicker, more absorbent, more durable cotton weave is worth a small step up in price (unless you like drying off with a thin sheet of sandpaper). Fieldcrest bath towels earn a lot of praise for softness and absorbency at a reasonable price.

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Trash Bags
Food Containers
CRAFTSMAN 57-Piece Home Tool Kit