Repeatedly purchasing commonly used items can be a frustrating waste of money and time. Sometimes it's worth paying more for a high-quality product with a reputation for durability, and a warranty that spans years or a lifetime. Here are 25 items that are built to last.
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Le Creuset sells lifetime-guaranteed cast-iron cookware, including its iconic Dutch ovens (prices vary by size and color). For a less expensive option, look to Lodge enameled cookware, which has a similar lifetime warranty. Both companies cover defects in material and workmanship with normal household use and repair or replace defective products free of charge for the lifetime of the original owner.
Can openers can be picked up for cheap at grocery stores and drugstores, but poorly made ones rust and dull easily. German kitchen-products maker Rösle sells can openers (starting at $42) that are guaranteed for life.
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L.L. Bean sells all manner of clothing for men, women, and kids, from shorts and T-shirts to winter coats and blue jeans, all with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. The store is known for letting customers decide for themselves whether they're "unsatisfied" at any point and furnishing replacements with no questions asked.
It's easy to break or wear out glass dishware, but it's possible to find dishes that are designed to last. Classic white Corelle dishware starts at $25 for a 12-piece set (four three-piece place settings). The break- and chip-resistant dishes are dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and pre-heated oven safe and come with a three-year warranty.
A long-lasting dog collar can save a lot of cash in the long run, especially for pups that like to use collars as chew toys. Dog collars from Lupine (starting at $6) feature a lifetime guarantee that applies even if the dog chews them up. They come in a variety of colors.
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Fry pans get plenty of use and take a lot of abuse, so it pays to avoid nonstick coatings that could flake off and spend a bit more for quality cookware. All-Clad's stainless tri-ply 12-inch skillet with lid ($107 on Amazon) is dishwasher-safe and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. A more affordable option is cast iron, which requires maintenance, but the Lodge 12-inch skillet ($37) comes preseasoned and ready to use. Both are American-made.
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For socks that can really go the distance, try Darn Tough's lifetime-guaranteed socks for men, women, and kids (starting at $15). A variety of colors and patterns for work and play are all made in the United States and guaranteed for life. They can be returned for a replacement or full refund at any time.
Even well-made luggage rips or loses a zipper or wheel eventually, but Briggs & Riley suitcases (starting at $300) come with a lifetime repair guarantee. The company fixes luggage for free, even if an airline caused the damage. The customer is responsible for shipping, but the company pays for return shipping and has authorized repair centers around the world, as well as free DIY repair kits.
Renters and homeowners alike benefit from having a basic tool set handy for quick fixes around the home. The 22-piece Kobalt household tool set ($50 at Lowe's) comes in a tool bag and features a hammer, wrench, scissors, tape measure, saw, screwdriver, knife, and three pliers. Under the brand's lifetime hassle-free guarantee, the tools can be returned for a free replacement, no questions asked.
Although they cost more than corner-store umbrellas, Davek umbrellas (starting at $49) feature an unconditional lifetime guarantee. Just be sure to buy through an authorized dealer and register the product online. And, of course, there's no free replacement if you accidently leave it somewhere.