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    Just 22 Things For Your Kitchen Reviewers Say Will Last A Lifetime

    The crème de la crème of KitchenAid products, Le Creuset cookware, All-Clad pans, and products from other trusted brands.

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    1. An investment-worthy KitchenAid stand mixer with 40,000 5-star reviews. If you're a baker or someone who cooks every day, you'll be glad you spent ~the dough~ on this glorious machine — reviewers say it's a major time-saver and a workhorse in the kitchen.

    the light orange stand mixer making meringue

    The 10-speed mixer comes with a flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, a bowl and bowl lid, and a pouring shield. The 5-quart stainless-steel bowl can mix dough for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in a single batch!

    Promising review: "KitchenAid is the top-quality mixer without equal. It's built to last a lifetime and then some. It makes baking so much easier and faster." —Dovella

    Get it from Wayfair for $429.99 (available in 23 colors). 

    2. A Le Creuset enameled cast-iron braiser as gorgeous as it is pragmatic. This pan heats evenly *and* promotes caramelization (yum 😋), not to mention it is shock-resistant to resist chips and cracks. You'll be passing this pan down to your fam for sure!

    the pan in ombre orange with beef, potatoes, carrots, and peas

    Promising review: "Great for the hob or oven, what's not to love, this is quality and will last a lifetime and more. Volcanic Orange is the best by far, treat yourself, you know you want to! You won't be disappointed." —Chillichic

    Get it from Amazon for $249.95 (available in seven colors). 

    3. And a pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet to help you whip up a batch of mouth-watering blueberry banana pancakes or get a beautiful sear on a steak. We have this pan in my home and it often gets used multiple times a day, and it's definitely a go-to, durable, and affordable cast iron.


    Your other pans won't be able to hold a candle to this baby. It's pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil and has an assist handle for better control. Not to mention the 80,000 5-star reviews! Remember to never expose your pan to sudden extreme changes in temperature and follow the tips in the review below to ensure your pan lasts!

    Promising review: "I needed a new skillet and decided to go with another iron skillet and purchase this one from Amazon. It arrived in perfect condition. You will never be disappointed in this pan's performance. When properly cared for, your cookware should last your lifetime, be virtually nonstick, and be extremely low maintenance. NEVER use soap or detergent on your iron cookware you'll ruin the pan's seasoning with soap. If you do have a sticking when the pan has cooled add hot water only, allow to soak for about 15 minutes or so, and clean it as usual. NEVER allow your cookware to air dry. This will cause rust and you will most likely need to scrub with steel wool, rinse, dry, and re-season, and repeat many times to return it to a desirable condition. I hope my long-winded review has helped in some way. I love my iron skillets. I'll be back for more pieces." —Kenneth and Leslie Hill

    Get a 6.5-inch cast-iron pan from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in 12 sizes and four styles).

    4. A set of steel shelves ideal for anyone who wants professional-level functionality, durability, and style when it comes to their kitchen shelves. These won't let you down!

    a kitchen with the stainless steel shelves above the oven
    Ponoma Steel / Via Etsy

    Ponoma Steel is an Illinois-based small business specializing in home goods made from 304-grade stainless steel. They offer shelves, sculptures, tables, and more!

    Promising review: "Looks and feels amazing like they will last a lifetime! So happy with the shelves. They are high-quality. The seller did a custom order for us and it is perfect. Really clear communication from the seller and fast shipping. Very grateful, thanks!" —Leah Lopes

    Get it from Ponoma Steel on Etsy for $173+ (available in over 40 sizes). 

    5. An All-Clad stainless steel saucepan reviewers swear by for easy handling, perfectly even cooking, and long-lasting durability.

    a reviewer's photo of the stainless steel pan on an induction cooktop

    Promising review: "The D5s are even better than the three-layer All-Clad. The pan heats more evenly. The handle is longer and fits the hand well. The heavier lid and lid handle are more solid. These pans are a lifetime purchase." —Jeff Switzer

    Get it from Amazon for $139.95+ (available in four sizes). 

    6. A Bodum French press that just may be enternal, judging from the reviews and my own personal use!

    the French press next to a cup of coffee

    My family has had one of these for years, and it's still my favorite way to make coffee! Not only is this French Press durable, but it's easy to use and makes a rich and flavorful brew.

    Promising review: "You'll own your French Press for perhaps a lifetime, and the sugar creamer set makes for a stunning table display. It matches perfectly with both the stainless and the glass models. I find the French Presses equal in ease of use to my old Drip coffee maker (which, incidentally, is in perfect working order, and is now in the garbage). You do need fresh ground coffee. Trust me on this. When you see and taste that delicious, smooth, cup'o'joe with a very fine oil slick on top (fresh oils from the freshly ground beans!), you'll never be happy with canned, drip-brewed, stale coffee again! After emptying the grinds, simple rinsing and soft cloth drying is all that's needed after use."  —Anonomous

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in four sizes and six styles).

    7. A super-sharp Miyabi birchwood chef's knife reviewers say cuts through it all like butter. Plus, it's a lifetime purchase: The blade is crafted from 101 layers of steel that form a delicate Damascus pattern, and it is hand-honed using a traditional three-step honbazuke process.

    a and using the knife to thinly slice a grapefruit
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "Purchased the 8-inch Birchwood Chefs Knife for my kitchen. Lightweight, sturdy, and sharp. Favorite knife of all time. Will continue purchasing Miyabi Birchwood to add to my cutlery set. Beautifully crafted and feels like will last a lifetime." —neilp1

    Get it from Sur La Table for $299.95+ (available in two sizes). 

    8. And a sleek acrylic block and set of black knives so you always have a super-sharp knife for the right task on hand — including a cheese knife, because, priorities. Reviewers say these are likely to hold up forever.


    This block comes with 13 knives, a pair of kitchen scissors, a peeler, and a two-stage knife sharpener.

    Promising review: “I love everything about these!!! I NEVER put my knives in the dishwasher, it’s the best way to destroy them! These will last forever! I love the variety of blades. The handles are sturdy and comfortable. The stand is unique and very convenient. The knives are very sharp and the sharpener is easy to use. I’m very satisfied!” —Dean Maikranz

    Get them from Amazon for $49.99.

    9. An Always Pan with over 10,000 5-star reviews that'll be a dream to have in your kitchen, according to happy reviewers. This pan is so multi-functional, it'll replace eight pieces of cookware — use it to fry, steam, strain, stir, sauté, and make sauces in.

    the navy blue Always Pan
    Our Place

    Promising review: "Great pan. Nothing sticks to it  and I love that it's such a deep pan. Having the built-in spoon rest is wonderful and the cleanup is a breeze! It's definetly built to last a long time.” —Jeff T.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in eight colors). 

    10. An Instant Pot capable of doing it all, and fast as heck, too. This baby consolidates a rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker (and more!) into an absolute unit, and it can make 20-minute mashed potatoes. No wonder it has over 141,000 5-star reviews!

    the Instant Pot, featuring a digital display

    The IP's seven functions are: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer. I have one at home and I use it all the time to whip up quick meals. I love the sauté function — it gets nice and hot really quickly. I use my IP more than I use my oven TBH. 

    Check out Instant Pot Hacks from Tasty to see more fun ways you can use your IP.

    Promising review: "Yeah, I love it. I know so many people who have these now, and literally, every one of them loves it! Like 5-star loves it! It's really well-built and will last a lifetime." —kagy

    Get it from Amazon for $66.32+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A Le Creuset enamel-on-steel kettle reviewers say is built to last, and it's chip-resistant, non-reactive, and resistant to stains — essentially everything a good kettle should be!

    the ceramic kettle in white next to a bowl of oranges

    Promising review: "It's a great addition to my kitchen. I love the green color. It's very well made and stylish. I'm certain this kettle will last me forever." —Heidi 

    Get it from Wayfair for $56.25 (available in six colors). 

    12. A set of two nonstick All-Clad pans you'll count on to cook everything from morning eggs to burgers to sautéed veggies, for life!

    a reviewer's photo of the two pans on a kitchen counter top

    Promising review: "All-Clad will make you all glad you made this purchase. Hands down the best skillet you’ll ever use. F most skillets: You need a high flame but not with All-Clad. The skillet distributes the heat evenly. It's great for sautéing. It cleans up easily and you don't have to add a lot of fat or oil to cook with this. The surface is nonstick. Just follow the instructions on cleaning and care and these pans will last you a lifetime." —cold feet

    Get them from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in three sizes). 

    13. A glass cutting board reviewers say will hold up forever. I use this board myself and prefer it over wood and plastic for easier cleaning and durability.


    Promising review: "This one was a gift for my daughter-in-law, but I have had mine forever and I love it. It's durable, easy to clean and to sanitize. I highly recommend this product." —Dena Borba

    Get it from Amazon for $16.50.

    14. Or a set of colorful Tasty cookware made of nonstick ceramic you'll wish you discovered ages ago — reviewers who like All-Clad also adore this set. Ceramic gets nice and hot as you cook, and cleans up easily afterward!

    the colorful Tasty cookware set with frying pans, pots, saucepans, utensils, and small bowls

    This set includes an 8-inch fry pan, 9.5-inch fry pan, 1.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 2.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 3-quart sauté pan with glass lid, 6- quart stockpot with glass lid, a slotted turner, a serving spoon with measuring marks, three ceramic bowls, and a recipe booklet. This entire set is also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: “This is such awesome cookware! I have some really nice All Clad that I have used for a long time and it’s very good as well. I bought this set because I had been given the 5 qt. Dutch oven, in pink, as a gift and made a pot of chili in it. I thought for sure, chili would stain the white interior but no! Nothing sticks to it. The cookware is very sturdy, heats and cooks very evenly, and the lids are well made, have a steam escape hole, and fit perfectly. What I really like is the weight, it’s not light and flimsy but not too heavy to move around when using it. The bottoms are a non-scratch metal and are perfectly flat. When cooking with this, there is no need to turn the heat up high unless you are boiling a big pot of water. Because it sits so flat on the burner, the temperature stays even. There’s no scrubbing necessary with clean up, just a quick wash with a sponge and it is ready for the next use. These are of such high quality and will certainly last a lifetime!” —Ginny

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart $69.

    15. An (you guessed it) All-Clad stainless-steel roasting pan that comes with a nonstick rack for all your turkey-basting, chicken-roasting needs! The heavy-gauge stainless steel on this pan has a warp-resistant bonded base for a lifetime of use.

    a roasted turkey with lemon and fresh herbs
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "Excellent kitchen tool I've wanted this All-Clad roasting pan for a long time. This pan is very sturdy with large, easy-to-grasp (even with mitts on) handles. It should last a lifetime!" —Jennifer F

    Get it from Sur La Table for $159.95+ (available in three sizes). 

    16. A Simplehuman stainless-steel trashcan you'll find is worth the dough. Buying a kitchen trashcan isn't exactly the most thrilling purchase, but it helps to only have to do it once!

    the stainless steel trash can with a foot pedal

    Promising review: "This is a sleek looking trash can that opens/closes quietly and gently, thus, there are no worries about pinched fingers (which is especially important where kids are concerned). It's finger-print free, looks really nice, holds plenty of trash, and uses a standard trash bag that stays put and out of sight. While I initially thought it was quite expensive for a trash can, I realize it will last for years (most likely my lifetime!) and that it really is a terrific value." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three sizes).

    17. A 29-piece set of long-lasting cooking utensils so you can have quality tools to assist in creating all your delectable meals, for as long as you need them!

    the 29 pieces of stainless steel cookware

    This set includes measuring cups and measuring spoons, a skimmer, a slotted spatula, a slotted spoon, a cheese grater, a garlic press, a cheese knife, two spatulas, a tea strainer, a wine opener, a potato peeler, and more.

    Promising review: "Lovely quality kitchen utensils set! Bought as a gift for daughter's newly remodeled kitchen! The set contains every possible utensil. This is NOT just another lightweight, cheaply made set. It's made to last a lifetime!" —Carla Couch

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99

    18. A Le Creuset enameled Dutch oven you'll make thousands of family meals in, because it is seriously built to last (and cooks like a gem). My partner inherited one of these from their grandma, and it is still going strong!


    Promising review: "Exactly what I had hoped! 'Old world' craftsmanship you can feel that will last a lifetime and beyond. My 9-year-old daughter is excited about inheriting it already. =) One of those purchases that brings a lot of extra joy to cooking (which is already joyous)." —andy hong

    Get it from Amazon for $296+ (5.5-quart, available in eight colors).

    19. A 12-inch All-Clad frying pan that'll have you ghosting on your Teflon cookware, according to satisfied reviewers. You'll use this pan to flip, toss, fry, saute, braise, broil, and more — for life!

    the pan broiling ribs in the oven

    Promising review: "Wow. OK a bit of a shock but a month later with many cooking meals behind me, I love this All-Clad skillet. I am a serious foodie and a good cook. I use my pans often, they must be good or out they go. This pan had cooked cod in butter sauce with a wine reduction, potatoes, and onions, and if anything sticks, it is those two. But it didn't stick and the clean up was under one minute!! I seasoned the pan with coconut oil prior to using the pan, always do this before use. And always bring the skillet up to heat, and then add any oil or butter. Wait one minute then add your food. Olive oil is great. Rarely go over medium heat with this pan. I threw out my Teflon-coated pan. I love this skillet and for ease of use and easy clean up give it five Stars. Scrub clean after each use and trust me this skillet with last your lifetime." —K. Williamson

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95

    20. A Le Creuset grill pan designed for getting perfectly grilled steaks, fish, and asparagus on your stove top indoors. Reviewers say this pan is a lifer and that it even cooks better with age!

    the grille pan in blue with seared tuna steaks

    Promising review: "Wonderful cookware. Will last a lifetime and improve with age. This is a premium grill pan. It's extremely well-made and very attractive in any kitchen. I have read other reviews of this cookware and some people complain that food sticks to the cooking surface. I think this occurs because they are not following Le Creuset's directions for pan usage. This grill pan if used properly will over time develop a cooking surface patina and become very close to nonstick. Small amounts of fat and lower cooking temperatures are needed for good results. Follow the directions Le Creuset provides for usage and care, and you will have this pan for life! This new color Marseille is gorgeous, it's the color of the ocean." —All things kitchen

    Get it from Amazon for $129.98+ (available in five colors). 

    21. A classic Stanley thermos that's vacuum insulated, rust-proof, made with stainless steel and BPA-free materials, and WILL keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. In other words, pour hot apple cider into this thermos at home and it'll still be piping hot hours later when you go apple picking or camping this fall!

    a person pouring a hot beverage into the wide-mouth thermos

    We had one of these growing up and I can attest it is virtually indestructible and it will keep drinks tongue-burning hot seven hours after it was poured in, so be careful!

    Promising review: "It's a tank!! Seriously, this thing is so well built you can defend yourself in the Zombie apocalypse with it. The handle is solid and looks like it will last a long time. The top cap is smaller than the 1.5-qt version (that's a good thing if you want to drink a cup here and there all day. Your coffee will stay HOT from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and stay warm from 5 p.m. on. This is worth the money. The thermos is BIG at 2 qt. You can share with your friends. Also, it's pretty easy to clean (just add hot water, some soap, and shake...then let it dry out). Cons: None! I own three of these in various sizes. They are completely worth the money. This is a lifelong value item." —Daniela Engstrom

    Get it from Amazon for $17.82+ (available in two sizes).

    22. And a 9-piece Le Creuset cookware set that'll cover all your cooking needs for a lifetime and then some, so consider this buy an investment for the whole family!


    This set includes a 1.75-quart saucepan with lid, 2.75-quart oval Dutch oven with lid, 3.5-quart braiser with lid, 5.5-quart round Dutch oven with lid, and a 10.25-inch iron handle skillet.

    Promising review: "Will last a lifetime. It's a great investment that your grandkids can inherit." —Jerkymaster

    Get it from Amazon for $999.95 (available in five colors).

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