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45 Well-Made Products You'll Never Have to Buy Again

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Products You Need to Buy Once
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Lifetime guarantees are increasingly rare in the retail world, but consumers bear at least some of the blame. A horde of online dumpster divers forced L.L. Bean to discontinue its lifetime guarantee after they raided secondhand shops for goods they returned for new gear. Customers sued, but the policy's reduction to one year of coverage remains in effect. A few years before that, a rapidly expanding REI made a similar change to its policy after years of abuse. It isn't that companies aren't standing behind their products: They're just getting a little tired of handing out goods to people who went on scavenger hunts for someone else's cast-off gear. Not every company has lost faith, however. 


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Zippo Lighter
Amazon
Le Creuset Cast Iron
Amazon
Cross Pen Chrome
Amazon
Stanley Vacuum Bottle
Amazon

Stanley Vacuum Bottle

$20 and up from Amazon
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Stanley has been making these stainless steel containers since 1913, and they still keep liquid hot for 15 hours or cold for 60. They're also still covered by a lifetime warranty and will be repaired or replaced, whether costing $25 or $65.

JanSport Backpack
Amazon
Lodge Cast Iron
Amazon
Master Lock Classic Combination Lock
Amazon

Master Lock Classic Combination Lock

$4 and up from Amazon
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If a lock fails, probably the last thing you're going to be looking for is a new one — but if it fails without you losing all of the stuff it's protecting, and hasn't been cut or otherwise destroyed through abuse, Master Lock will send a replacement under its Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Leatherman MultiTool
Amazon
Buck Knife
Amazon

Buck Knife

$20 and up from Amazon
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The buck knife dates back to 1902, but the Buck Knife company has been around since 1945 and is in its fourth generation. Its "Forever Warranty" has helped retain customers by covering knives in case of defects or poor workmanship. If you used the knife (its gear starts around $20 but ranges up to $500) as a hammer, chisel, pry bar, or screwdriver, Buck will either repair it for a fee or get you a new one for 50 percent of the original price — at least, the first time.

Craftsman Hand Tools
Amazon

Craftsman Hand Tools

$15 and up from Amazon
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After selling exclusively at Sears for nearly 90 years, Craftsman is now part of the Black & Decker Stanley family. You've already seen Stanley on this list, so it shouldn't surprise you that many Craftsman hand tools — including screwdrivers, ratchets, wrenches, and hammers — get a full lifetime warranty. If it doesn't live up to your standards for any reason, take it back


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All-Clad Cookware
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All-Clad Cookware

$55 and up from Amazon
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Cookware is going to take a beating even if you treat it right. All-Clad knows this, which is why it guarantees its cookware against defects for life. Granted, the warranty won't help if you scratch up a nonstick surface with a metal utensil or mar the outside with a scouring pad, but everything from a $57 fry pan to $1,500 set of copper pots is guaranteed to survive until you've cooked it into oblivion.

Shinola Watches
Amazon

Shinola Watches

$381 and up from Amazon
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Detroit-based Shinola wants to make it clear that its products, like the Detroit renaissance, are here to stay. Though it won't pay for shipping, it will repair or replace a watch at any time for as long as you own it. The battery, strap, and buckle aren't included, and Shinola advises sending in its watches for maintenance every two to three years anyway.

Darn Tough Socks
Amazon
Wusthof Knives
Amazon

Wüsthof Knives

$20 and up from Amazon
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This iconic German knife maker doesn't want to have its reputation sullied by bad knives, which is why it will cover defects in material and craftsmanship throughout the life of the knife. If you want that lifetime warranty to stay in effect, don't use a knife to pry open a container or cut frozen food.

DeWalt Tools
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DeWalt Tools

$95 and up from Amazon
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We could make a list of tool manufacturers alone that would fit the "for life" bill, but DeWalt is a bit different. For one, it guarantees that its carbide and masonry bits won't break or they'll replace them free of charge. Its multi-tiered warranty also covers mechanics' tools, which they will replace at any point without question. Its hand tools get a limited lifetime warranty that replaces or repairs defective items. 

Escali Scales
Amazon
Liberty Tabletop Flatware
Amazon

Liberty Tabletop Flatware

$80 and up from Amazon
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The "Made in the USA" label will get you only so far with consumers. Liberty Tabletop, whose stainless steel flatware sets start at $70 for four three-piece place settings, is made here, but also comes with a 25-year warranty that covers factory defects and normal use. Is that a "lifetime" guarantee? It depends on how old you are and how lucky you feel.

LupinePet Dog Collar
Amazon
Briggs & Riley Luggage
Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley Luggage

$40 and up from Amazon
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Luggage is going to get banged up just by nature. But Briggs & Riley will always repair wear or damage under its lifetime guarantee. Granted, you can pay $65 for the brand's classic toiletry kit and a suitcase can set you back more than $800 — and you have to pay for shipping on returns — but the company will also send a free repair kit.

Filson Goods
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Filson Goods

$36 and up from Amazon
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Since 1897, the Filson brand of bags, apparel, work gear, outdoor gear, and accessories has been based around being rugged enough to tame the Gold Rush and the western elements. That's given it great confidence in its products, to the point that its guarantee covers repair or replacement of every product it sells for the life of the product should defects, poor workmanship, or even weak materials lead to its demise. 


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Davek Umbrella
Davek

Davek Umbrella

$115 from Amazon
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Davek compact umbrellas range from simple mini totes ($49) to a $135 umbrella with a chip in the handle that can be tracked by phone within 30 feet and sends an alert with coordinates if it goes beyond that point. If a Davek breaks, the company will send a new one for free (minus shipping) and, should it go lost beyond your ability to get it back, Davek will sell you a new one for up to half the original price.

Kobalt Hand Tools
Amazon

Kobalt Hand Tools

$20 and up from Lowe's
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This is Lowe's longtime house brand, and many of its hand tools, garden tools, garage organization tools and other non-power tools get the brand's Lifetime Hassle-Free Guarantee. Basically, if you have a problem with the tool, just take it back to the store for a free replacement. No questions asked.

Timbuk2
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Timbuk2

$49 and up from Amazon
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Timbuk2 bags made their way from bicycle messengers to boardrooms as their utility and durability caught the attention of an increasingly casual workforce. A lifetime warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship; abuse, normal wear and tear, accidental damage, and cosmetic damages such as scratches and stains aren't covered. It's a bike bag: It's supposed to look a bit mean.

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
Amazon
Pactimo Alpine Thermal Jersey
Pactimo
Mini Bili Children's Clothes
House of Bilimoria

Mini Bili Children's Clothes

$60 from House of Bilimoria
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It's a lifetime guarantee, and the products at this bespoke London atelier are guaranteed against defects and poor workmanship for life, but they're also children's clothes — which means they're designed for almost immediate obsolescence. Buy one of these pieces from the House of Billmoria, though, and you can return it for a 30 percent discount on new clothing when your child outgrows it.

Dewit Garden Tools
Amazon
Fisher Bullet Space Pen
Amazon

Fisher Bullet Space Pen

$24 and up from Amazon
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Paul Fisher made the first pen to work in zero gravity, and it went up to space on the initial Apollo mission in 1968. That pen is in the Museum of Modern Art today, but the Bullet and the AG-7 replica are not only available, but guaranteed for life.

Patagonia Clothing
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Patagonia Clothing

$35 and up from Patagonia
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Patagonia has made its reputation through clothes that live up to its namesake, a South American region known for its rugged near-Antarctic climate. It doesn't matter if you're buying a pair of $649 waders or a $7 headband: Patagonia's "Ironclad Guarantee" states that "If you are not satisfied with one of our products at the time you receive it, or if one of our products does not perform to your satisfaction, return it to the store you bought it from or to Patagonia for a repair, replacement, or refund." Even wear-and-tear will be repaired for a small fee.

Camelbak Hydration Paks
Amazon
Solo Stove Campfire Stove
Amazon

Solo Stove Campfire Stove

$70 and up from Amazon
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Solo Stove produces a number of high-efficiency portable camp stoves and fire pits. Users who aren't 100 percent satisfied with a purchase for any reason can get a free pre-paid return label for any order shipped within the lower 48 states. Send it back within 30 days for a full refund complete with shipping costs. Return it later, and you'll get store credit and a bill for shipping.

Goughnuts Dog Toys
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Goughnuts Dog Toys

$12 and up from Amazon
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Dog toys are made to be chewed and, under normal circumstances, aren't the kind of thing expected to last forever. But Goughnuts has built its brand around safe, chewable dog toys and has implanted a red "Chew Toy Safety Indicator" in each to let you know when they become a hazard for your dog. They'll provide a free replacement, but you're expected to kick in an extra $8 for shipping. 


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SunGod Classics2 Sunglasses
SunGod

SunGod Classics2 Sunglasses

$80 and up from SunGod
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SunGod sunglasses are supposed to stand up to rigorous athletic tests. As a result, the company offers a lifetime guarantee that will repair these typically $100 items free of charge if they break. But "break" does not cover lens scratches, wear and tear, loss or theft, alteration, misuse or abuse.

United By Blue - 25L Rift Pack
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United By Blue Bags

$26 and up from Amazon
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Founded in 2010 and based in Philadelphia, this company removes a pound of trash from oceans and other waterways for every item sold. In the interest of not creating more waste, it has customers register its bags and jackets and repairs anything short of general wear and tear. If there's a flaw, it'll fix it.

Benchmade Utility Knife
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Benchmade Utility Knife

$114 and up from Amazon
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This Oregon City, Oregon, knife maker stands by its products, and won't let a knife die easily. Not only will it replace or repair it for free if it is defective, but cleaning, oiling, sharpening, and adjusting services are part of that warranty.

Dakine Hip Bag
Amazon

Dakine Packs and Bags

$24 and up from Amazon
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Outdoor company Dakine won't cover every product it makes with a lifetime warranty, but it will repair or replace packs and bags found to be defective within the scope of normal and appropriate use within their lifespan.

Feetures Socks
Amazon

Feetures Socks

$13 and up from Amazon
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The lifetime sock guarantee is really gaining a foothold. Once an item deemed disposable, socks are getting some extensive, liberal warranty protection. Feetures, for instance, will let you trade in old socks for new ones at any time for any reason if you aren't satisfied.

Fiskars
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Fiskars

$9 and up from Amazon
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Fiskars believes it makes some of the most durable tools and cutting implements around. But if a Fiskars product proves defective at any time during its life (as one of our sets of loppers did), Fiskars will repair or replace it (as it did with ours) at no cost under its lifetime warranty.

Hydro Flask
Amazon
North Face Gear
Amazon

North Face Gear

$30 and up from Amazon
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The North Face likes to brag about how some of its 1973 Superlight sleeping bags are still in circulation, which makes having a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects all the more important. Damage caused by accident, improper care, negligence, normal wear and tear, or the natural breakdown of colors and materials over extended time and use aren't covered. Its footwear isn't either.

Orvis Jackets
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Orvis Jackets

$39 and up from Amazon
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Orvis says its product guarantees date back to 1856, which makes this iconic outdoor company one of the first (and few) to stand by a 100 percent guarantee. If you don't like a product or have an issue with it, return it at any time for a replacement or a refund. It isn't 100 percent free — you're on the hook for refund shipping — but it isn't laden with a bunch of caveats, either. 


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Outdoor Research
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Outdoor Research

$29 and up from Amazon
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This is some high-end outdoor gear, and Outdoor Research's Infinite Warranty has to do some heavy lifting. While it will repair or replace items with defects or shoddy workmanship, it draws the line at swapping out expensive gear after normal wear and tear, mishandling, accidents, defacement, or sale from non-authorized dealers.

Rainbow Sandals
Rainbow Sandals
Xicar Cigar Accessories
Amazon

Xicar Cigar Accessories

$11 and up from Amazon
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Cigar cutters and lighters are status pieces, and Xicar wants you spending more time flaunting them than fixing them. If your product fails to live up to expectations, just send it back and Xicar will repair it or replace it under warranty.

Peugeot Salt And Pepper Mills
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Peugeot Salt And Pepper Mills

Starting at $50 on Amazon
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This is one "lifetime" warranty for which it pays to read the fine print. Yes, the mechanism of this French company's salt and pepper mills are guaranteed for life. But the bodies are only guaranteed two years from the date of purchase for electric versions and five years for manual mills. Considering their sets start at about $30 apiece, and can cost as much as $210, that difference in coverage can get pricey. 


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