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22 Long-Lasting Products That Are Worth The Investment

You'll be able to pass these down to your children.

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1. This cast-iron skillet that could probably survive a nuclear apocalypse.

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Promising review: "I have been cooking for 25 years and Lodge never lets me down. This is my favorite one. Cooked like a dream and cleaned up in a few quick minutes. I am so happy I purchased this. This is a great, sturdy, and well-made product. Lodge cast-iron skillet is an amazing product for cooking up bacon, eggs, and pancakes." —WriterGirl

Get it from Amazon for $37 (available in three handle colors and in four sizes).

2. A handy multi-tool featuring 17 nifty tools to help you get through most of life's situations.

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Promising review: "I have had a Leatherman Wave for about 15 years and lost it. This is a replacement and it is so much better than the old one. The knife blades are sharper and the tools in the handles like the screwdrivers and scissors have locks on them now and they open easier. What an improvement." —Robert Sirotek

Get it from Amazon for $90 (available in nylon or leather sheaths, and in two packaging types).

3. This travel mug that makes taking small sips while driving safe and easy.

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Promising review: "This mug is EXCELLENT! I can now have my tea warm for a long time! I bought this mug with Autoseal, because I already owned a water bottle from Contigo with the same type of lid and it's the best I've ever had (and I've owned more than 10 water bottles, finally stuck to one now). The mug is on the tall side, which is good for cup holders. The lock feature is great for throwing it my backpack or just when I'm carrying it around and don't want to press by accident. Now to the CAREFUL part, it does keep drinks hot! So if you add boiling water to the mug for your tea, don't expect to drink from it without burning your mouth for at least an hour. I would recommend adding your hot beverage, and leaving the lid off until it's almost at drinking temperature. Yes, this will shorten from 5 to 2-3 hours of keeping your drink warm, but you won't burn your mouth. Just a tip!" —Alline L.

Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in 13 colors and 3 sizes).

4. A practical no-frills chef's knife sure to keeps its edge day after day.

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Promising review: "After using this sweet little knife for four BBQ Competitions, a huge wedding cater, and a great deal around the house, it IS my go-to knife for 90% of meat trimming, small vegetable tasks, and most anything. It's always in my hand. I love it to trim pork butts, ribs, and fine-trimming of brisket for BBQ competitions. It is easy to maintain a razor-sharp edge and is an absolute pleasure to use when trimming pork butts. Precision trimming is almost too easy with this thing." —Pigs on Fire BBQ Chef

Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in four lengths, and in two styles).

5. This powerhouse of a blender that'll destroy virtually anything you throw into it.

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Promising review: "I’ve easily spent more than $600 on assorted blenders over the years, so I decided it was time to get off the porch and run with the big dogs. I chose to take a trip to the top and get a Vitamix, and I’m so happy I did. This blender has all I need, and I’m still discovering the myriad other ways I can put it to use. I immediately fell in love with homemade peanut butter, and I have finally been able to turn my favorite tomato soup recipe into a velvet-like purée, seeds and all. It's so easy to use and easy to clean -- this blender is as good as it gets." —UpperDown

Get it from Amazon for $449 (available in black and white).

6. An extremely versatile single-cup, easy-to-clean coffee brewer.

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Promising review: "Stop what you're doing and make note of the date and time. Then, buy this. Your life will never be the same. I can't really think of anything to say that hasn't been said before, but this is basically the iPhone of the coffee world. It changes the game." —dwizum

Get it from Amazon for $30.

7. This impact-resistant water bottle able to stand abuse from even the most rugged backpacking trip.

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Promising review: "So, I have a bit of an obsession with Naglene water bottles. I keep a couple filled in my car at all times, one in my purse, a few in the house, in each of our emergency packs...you get the idea. They are a perfect size, the wide mouth makes them easily accessible when drinking and using most water filtration devices, and they fit an 18 oz metal cup on the base for cooking, etc. when camping/hiking. There have been so many times one of these water bottles will hit the ground and I will think it's the end, and surprisingly they survive without a crack." —Bethany Trimble

Get it from Amazon for $13+ (available in 3 sizes and in 39 styles).

8. These wool socks that'll take years to wear down and have a lifetime guarantee.

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Promising review: "Best socks ever! I'm a nurse full-time and a carpenter part-time. These socks are amazing, as are most high-content merino wool garments. But, these are are well-made American products! These are ALL I wear. It took four pairs, two years to wear down the external layer on the balls of my feet. Cost me a couple bucks to return them, but had new ones on my abused feet within a few short weeks! I'm good for a couple more years! Merino wool is amazing — no stink, no itch, durable, and feel great when it's hot or cold outdoors." —William

Get a pair from Amazon for $10+ (available in sizes S–XL, and in seven styles).

9. An 8-cup coffee brewer for maintaining steaming-hot temperatures, even if you leave for a few hours.

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Promising review: "I have been using this for about a year now. It brews very, very well, very quickly, and keeps the coffee hot for several hours without heating and burning the flavor, and doesn't take up any more space than necessary. I have had about a dozen different coffeemakers in the last 30 years and this is by far the best-made, best brewing, and feels to be the most durable I have owned, ever." —De Plume

Get it from Amazon for $126+ (available in four styles).

10. This edge-grain cutting board durable enough to be passed down through generations of your family.

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Promising review: "I'm so happy with this board. It's beautiful yet functional. It looks so nice I was reluctant to use it. I was afraid it would take on the scent of onions or garlic but it doesn't! Initially it didn't sit level on my counter but it is so heavy that after a couple days it formed it's self to my old and un-level counter top and no longer rocks! This board is so sturdy I truly believe this will be the last cutting board I'll ever need!" —Corey H

Get it from Amazon for $80+ (available in three sizes and three wood types).

11. A quality mechanical keyboard with keys that are rated to take over 50 million presses.

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Promising review: "As a retired aerospace engineer I've used many, many keyboards over the years and this one is by far at the top of the list. Beautifully made and executed. Solid metal frame and the clicky keys make typing a real pleasure. Very well laid out and a very sturdy feel. Very easy setup with this Mac-compatible keyboard. Love the red volume control nob, sleep button, and mute button. Perfect. Kudos to a super design team." —Wisteria Way Antiques

Get it from Amazon for $158 (available in two switch types, and with three keycap types).

P.S. I love keyboards and did a whole post on them you can read here.

12. This efficient stainless-steel mug for keeping soups, tea, or broth at piping-hot temperatures.

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Promising review: "I bought the 20-ounce Zojirushi the week after I got married so that I could keep my coffee warm on the commute to and from my new job downtown. It is literally the world's best travel mug. I could put steaming hot coffee in it in the morning, and if I forgot it in my truck I would still have steaming hot coffee for the drive home. No kidding! It's incredible." —William D. Powell

Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in three sizes and in seven colors).

13. This handsome toaster oven to keep you baking and toasting for years to come.

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Promising review: "I was reluctant to spend almost $150 on a toaster oven, but no other machine was as highly reviewed as Breville's. I also knew that I didn't want to spend $50 on a machine that would need to be replaced after a couple of years. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I love everything about this oven. It toasts everything evenly and quickly, the crumb tray is ridiculously easy to clean, the display is incredibly user-friendly, and the entire machine looks sleek and is very durable." —JFKennedy

Get it from Amazon for $142.

14. An electric kettle that will consistently heat your water to just the right temperature.

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Promising review: "I use this for hot tea, iced tea, cooking, and sometimes hot water for cleaning. I've probably averaged two to three uses a day for more than five years now and it still works fine." —BlueJay

Get it from Amazon for $72+ (available in frustration-free packaging).

15. This waterproof Bluetooth speaker you can submerge underwater for up to 30 minutes without issue.

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Promising review: "Great device! A little pricey but I'm completely satisfied. This speaker has very clear sound, and gets incredibly loud with no distortion until you completely max it out. Heck, it even plays underwater, (yes I tested). It charges conveniently with micro USB with a battery that seems to be living up to its claim. Going to strap it to the cooler and take it tubing on the river in a few weeks. I have little doubt it'll perform great." —G. Lindsey

Get it from Amazon for $150 (available in six colors).

16. A rugged AF backpack that'll hold up, even when you're crawling through the mud.

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Promising review: "This backpack is the embodiment of the phrase 'mise en place,' everything in its place. I am known for being a stickler for organization and this backpack absolutely allows me to do it all. It's sturdy when I need to go camping, it's a great overnight night back that allows me extreme organization." —Aaron206

Get it from GoRuck for $295.

17. An enameled dutch oven that can resist chipping and cracking for hundreds of oven cycles.

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Promising review: "It is outrageously expensive, but we definitely use this for anything with any tomato sauces, can use for stew into the oven then take out and toss on stove top and add roux to it to thicken, use it for Mexican, biscuits and gravy, you name it. Cleans up extremely easily. Seems like quite a solid kitchen utensil and the wife uses it multiple times a week. Bite the bullet, buy this and you won't be disappointed." —Christopher

Get it from Amazon for $330 (available in 12 colors).

18. This vacuum insulated water bottle able to retain your cold drink's temperature for up to 24 hours.

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Promising review: "I like my water bottles like I like my men: frigid and able to keep everything bottled up inside. This water bottle is like my Prince Charming! It never leaks, keeps water just as cold as it was when you put it in, and is very durable. I'm assuming these characteristics aren't just specific to the green color, so I'd recommend you buy this in whatever color suits your fancy." —Sara

Get it from Amazon for $22+ (available in 4 sizes and 14 colors).

19. These famous leather boots that will likely outlast any other pair you own.

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Promising review: "I love my pair of Doc Martens. I ordered them in navy leather, and they're a really pretty shade of blue! They have an almost teal tint in the sun, and they look black at night. They're my go-to shoes for anatomy dissections, chemistry labs, rainy days, and drunken nights in the woods. They seem almost indestructible so far, and they've completely replaced my rain boots, which I've always thought were really uncomfortable." —Lily

Get a pair from Amazon for $64+ (available in sizes 5-16 US, and in 25 styles).

20. This workhorse of an electric mixer—it won't let down even the most avid baker.

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Promising review: "Seriously, this is one amazing engine and mixer for the modern kitchen. I don't know how I didn't discover KitchenAid mixers until just recently. The motor has its hub upon which many, MANY different appliances can be attached. One thing I did buy was the ice cream maker, a bowl which you freeze and use with the paddle, which is included. As far as the mixer, it is heavy and substantial. It's not nearly as loud as I thought it would be. The motor starts with plenty of torque. Really, you can't go wrong this machine. I think it will be an heirloom. They've been made since 1919!" —LizzieB444

Get it from Amazon for $279 (available in 45 colors).

21. An induction rice cooker for preparing a flawless bowl of rice every day.

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Promising review: "I'm born and raised in Hawaii, and also half Japanese — so we eat lots of rice all the time. This makes absolutely delicious rice, oh my God what have I been missing all my life. Well worth every penny. The rice is evenly textured all the way through — 36 hours later my rice still tastes like it was just made. Never thought my cheap rice could taste this much better!" —808State

Get it from Amazon for $251 (also available in a 1.8L size)

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