22 Things You'll Actually Use For Years After You Buy Them
Durable, useful finds you'll wish you'd had in your life sooner.
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OXO pop containers because they keep pantry staples fresh for longer than the original packaging ever possibly could and they'll make everything easy to find — that's money + time saved.
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In 2029, you'll STILL be marveling at how well they work: they're designed to be incredibly efficient with the space on your shelves, the rounded corners make for easy pouring, and you press the button on top to open and seal the containers.
Promising review: "I bought the really big set a while ago and was hooked. No longer will my white rice/grains/rolled oats/grits go wormy ( I know...yuck), my cat's kibble is stored in a clear container so I can see when it's running low. (FYI: the pet food container is not included in this set, but is worth the additional purchase.) I love these containers. They are lightweight so there's no strain on my wrists, yet heavy enough that they don't tip over easily. The lids are easy to clean, and you could apply labels to distinguish between flours and sugars. They are expensive, but I believe you get what you pay for — quality costs extra money. If I need another set in the future, I will buy it." — Judith A Loue
Get a five-piece set on Amazon for
belt made with full-grain leather, aka a thick single piece that won't break, tear, crack, fray, or split, even if you wear it every single day, year in and year out.
Seriously, these belts have a 100-year warranty because they mean it. The buckles are easily replaced, too, if you have one you like better.
Promising review: "I can’t express how happy I am to have found this product. In 2017 alone I went through 5 belts! From torn belts to broken fasteners, I’ve seen it all. I purchased this belt in Jan 2018, and have thrown everything at it and it hasn’t blinked! I’m a big guy, and recently dropped a few pounds. Where I would normally have to buy a new belt, with this one I grabbed a drill and made a few new holes that are holding up just as well as the original ones. I also pull my belt very tight to keep my pants from sagging from lack of a backside, so my belts tend to warp and start to roll a little. Not Hanks, this belt is freaking rock solid as the day I opened the package." — Steven McDowell
Get one on Amazon for
$54.99 (three colors, sizes 32-60).
three-in-one avocado tool that you definitely need if you eat at least one avocado a week — you'll be able to cut it open, pit it, then slice each half into seven perfectly even pieces before you can say "toast".
Promising review: " I’ve owned mine for over three years now and use it regularly at home. The knife is more than sharp enough to cut an avocado in half quickly and easily but not sharp enough to cut skin. I’ve let my ten-year-old granddaughter use it all the time since she was seven. Pitting couldn't be easier or safer: three slightly rounded, blunted, recessed blades grab the pit, and the finger hole allows you to push it out easily. My blades are still fine after three+ years. Then in one fast easy motion I have seven even slices of avocado ready for my sandwich or salad. I didn’t even need to scrape it out with a spoon." — Tony C
Get it on Amazon for
tip-out drawers for your kitchen sink, so every time you do dishes from now until who knows when, you have an incredibly convenient storage spot that keeps clutter at bay.
Plus they let you take advantage of all the extra storage space hiding behind those fake drawers!
Promising review: "Love this! No more clutter of sponges and stoppers around the sink. We installed these when swapping out the sink. Installation with no sink in place is a breeze; otherwise I can see how it might be tricky. The hinges work well. They were a little stiff at first but loosened up in a day or two. They still close with a little "snap," which one time jettisoned the sponge into the under-sink cabinet — now I know where to look if it ever goes missing. The trays can be slid off their mounting screws and rinsed out when they get a little dirty." — Lisa
Get it on Amazon for
$17.55+ (available in 14- and 11-inch lengths).
leather jacket that will become your signature piece anytime and anywhere the thermometer dips below 68 degrees.
Many reviewers note they sized up so they could layer sweaters underneath, FYI!
Promising review: "I looooove this jacket! It's a great mix of modern shapes with a classic, clean look (not a ton of extraneous grommets and zippers and tabs) that I can dress up or down. The stretch panels in the arms make it very comfortable to wear and the material is buttery soft. I love that it's a little bit edgy and fashionable, but not overly trendy in any way. I feel like I'll be able to wear it for several years. The jacket itself is not super, super warm — definitely more a fall purchase." — aysinnyc
Get it from Nordstrom for
faux-leather jacket because, yes, you *can* skip the animal products and still enjoy a durable, timeless, stylish staple.
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Plus you save more than a few pennies!
Promising review: "This simple fit with a cute peplum detail in the back is particularly perfect, because it looks just as great over dresses as it does paired with jeans. It’s fairly lightweight, but it hugs you snugly when zipped up, and keeps you warm when the AC or the wind is blasting. There are stretchy panels on the sides that make it extra comfy and flattering (plus, there are perfectly sized pockets!), and the pleather material is flexible enough that you can tie it around your waist. Sometimes I throw it around pell-mell like I would a hoodie, which is why I had to get a second one...after three years. When you consider the fact that I wore it almost every single day, it’s amazing that it even lasted that long." — Katy Herman (abbreviated from her full review).
Get it from Express for
$128 (11 colors, sizes XXS-L; several cuts/styles available).
A pair of classic
L.L. Bean duck boots sewn in Maine and designed to reliably keep your feet warm and dry season after season.
The premium full-grain leather sheds rain and snow, the rubber chain-tread bottom keeps you stable even when it's slippery, and you can get unlined styles for warmer weather or shearling-lined styles for the cold.
Promising review: "My two pairs of Bean Boots are about 30 years old and still going strong. They survived many northern winters before moving south. I was quite happy when my teenage daughter asked for a pair for Christmas — they are very in once again. What a great opportunity to both give a gift that will last a lifetime, and to gloat about things I've worn for decades being in style." — NCMom3
Get them from L.L. Bean for
$135+ (whole sizes 5-11, narrow and wide options available with different lining options, heights, and colors). The pictured limited edition red heart pair's $119, if you need 'em!
A pair of
precision-point tweezers so durable that the ones in the pictures below have literally been run over by several cars and hardly look worse for the wear. Plus, they easily attach to your keychain so you have them wherever you need them.
Reviewers swear they're great for splinters (even metal splinters!) and ticks, along with all kinds of other little things. (No mention of eyebrows, though, lol.)
Promising review: "My husband and I have each had a pair of Uncle Bill's Sliver Gripper Tweezers on our key rings for OVER 20 YEARS near as we can guesstimate! They're still perfect! LOVE them. A friend saw my husband using his, asked what they were as he had never seen them before, and that friend's birthday is next week." — Roxana
Get them on Amazon for
A cabinet door
organizing rack to free up an extra shelf or drawer. Every time you reach for the foil from now until the year 2040, you'll be able to easily grab it without pulling out the wax paper and parchment paper first.
I know, this seems random, but this reviewer convinced me. Save yourself thousands of small inconveniences!
Promising review: "I had one of these for over thirty years, but it eventually it cracked. When we removed it to paint the cabinets, I was delighted to find they still made it! It's a very good product!" — Gemkat
Get it from Walmart for
One Line A Day journal: each page asks you to record a little about that calendar date over the course of five years, so as you flip through each year again, you get to reflect on what's changed — or hasn't!
Promising review: "This is my second One Line A Day. I started the first one the day I got it... no reason to wait til Jan 1 — that's the beauty of it! I HATE journaling, but this is totally manageable. I write small and don't actually do "one line;" I just write about my day. The best thing is you can easily look back on what you did on a particular day up to five years ago, and you can compare each year. Kind of cool. It's interesting to note coincidences, like I happened to be sick at the same time a few years in a row — weird. And my kids saw a movie one year, and three years later saw the sequel, to the day, with the same friends, even though they'd moved away!!" — Cleanin' Mommy
Get one on Amazon for
Want to learn more? Read our
One Line A Day review.
A pack of
six wool dryer balls that are good for at *least* 1000 loads: that means you could use them in one load every single day for over two and a half years without wearing them out.
And you're definitely not doing laundry THAT often. These also replace SO many dryer sheets *and* help your clothes dry faster! (Some reviewers do note extra static — to avoid, lower your temp so you don't end up over-drying.)
Promising review: "I was pretty skeptical about these but thought the the price was minimal enough to try them out. I gotta say that I love them. I use all six of them in each load, which has shortened the drying time by about 10 mins and my clothes come out fluffy and with less static. I wishes I had tried them sooner! I've been using for a few weeks now and the balls have held up nicely. I don't even take them out of my machine, I leave them in there when not in use. They couldn't be easier to use." — KrisE
Get the pack of six on Amazon for
rubber jar opener so you can effortlessly open the stubbornest of lids with just a simple twist – both now and literally decades from now.
Promising review: "These work when nothing else does. I stole one from my mom 20 years ago when I moved out. I have used it numerous times for all these years, and it just gets better as it gets older. It will open anything, and makes my grip strong. I always wanted another one to keep on my RV. Then I found these — same product! Every home should have at least one." — Dianne
Get one on Amazon for
A set of three
knives with micro-serrated edges that you can chop with every single night for the next ten years without ever needing a sharpener, as long as you take care to hand wash them every time you use 'em.
And store them somewhere like a
universal or magnetic knife block, where their blades won't hit against other knives. Promising review: "These are not professional knives. They each have a micro-serrated edge that keeps the knife sharp and very useful for daily needs. I've had a set for six years and they still cut as good as new. If you want a knife that can cut paper-thin tomato slices these aren’t the type. They will do all your ordinary slicing and dicing without the worry of finding you have a dull knife." — Mike Murphy
Get the set on Amazon for
cookbook packed with all kinds of delicious, simple recipes that you'll reach for time and again to figure out what, exactly, you want to make for dinner.
Promising review (for the original version): "This is my cookbook. There are many like it, but this one is mine. I purchased it in 2005. I figure thirteen years is a long enough trial period so I'm finally writing a review. Before this book I could grill steaks and cook pasta from the box but that was about the extent of it. Thanks to this book I can make eggs any way you want, or lobster bisque, or truss a bird efficiently. I appreciate that Bittman lays down fundamentals (what equipment you should have, or what you need to know about buying fish) and also suggests variants for recipes. If you're already a chef you won't pick up anything new but if you're just starting out in the kitchen, you'll find it invaluable." — Amazon Customer
Get them on Amazon: the original for
$19.60 or the vegetarian edition for $23.67. (Or pre-order the completely revised 20th anniversary edition for $25.90; it releases on October first.)
zip-top sandwich bag that can replace hundreds — if not thousands — of the single-use ones without sacrificing any of the useful function that those old-school ones offered.
I LOVE these. I've been using the same two for almost three years now, and tossing them in the top rack of the dishwasher for the past two years: they still look perfectly brand new AND they've pretty much completely replaced disposable plastic bags in my life.
Promising review: "I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren't usually dishwasher safe. There are other silicone one that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean." — Megan A.
Get one on Amazon for
$11.99 (three sizes available — snack, sandwich, or storage — in up to 12 colors).
Jansport backpack — they're ultra-durable, come with a lifetime warranty, and these days you can get them in all kinds of colors and patterns.
Yes, even after years of wear and tear, you can get it
fixed or replaced for free, and continue carrying it for many more years to come. Promising review: "I bought this three years ago and it's still holding up. I use it every single day, and when it starts looking rough I just throw it in the washing machine and it comes out looking nearly brand new. The color still looks great and hasn't faded too much. Sometimes I pre-soak it and scrub it with a soft or silicone brush to get the deep-set dirt stains out. Definitely looking forward to using this backpack for the next couple of years if not more." — Aleah
Get them on Amazon for
$20-30, depending on the color/pattern — there are at least 100 to browse through.
countertop hydroponic garden kit that will make it unbelievably easy to grow fresh herbs, salad greens, and cherry tomatoes through every season, even the next six winters.
Goodful / Macy's
Growing tons of fresh greens with this thing takes basically zero effort: you fill the tank with water, insert the little pods, set the light to shine at the same time every day, and watch 'em grow! My co-worker Yi
tested and reviewed it if you want even more details.
Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for
$189.99 (two colors).
refillable water pitcher perfect if your fridge doesn't have a dispenser in the door — besides reducing your water's mercury, copper, and chorine content, it'll also make the stuff from the tap taste soooo much better.
Meaning you can switch to reusable water bottles, too. One of my former roommates has owned hers for nearly eight years now and it's still going strong. All you have to do is replace the filters every few months (two with the
original filters, six with the "longlast" ones). Promising review: "I chose this because some of the bigger pitchers are just too heavy once they are filled. This is a nice size and I like the indicator on the handle that tells you when to replace the filter. We have very hard water and the city uses a lot of lime in processing the water, so filtering is a must. And all my Brita pitchers have lasted forever, this is a well-made product that does what it's supposed to do. Tip: be sure you have your filter seated in the top part and don't run the water over the filter, let it settle around it. Great tasting water!" — Snowbird
Get them on Amazon: this small five-cup one for
$19.99 (three colors) or a bigger ten-cup one for $26.99.
compact umbrella designed to withstand winds up to 70 miles per hour, repel rain, and open and close at the touch of a button. You'll face so many storms together that by the time this umbrella retires, it'll feel like a good friend.
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Well, as much as any product can feel like a friend. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Promising reviews: "Here in the midwest we can get some pretty strong storms with wind gusts to over 30 mph. So far it has held up well without bending or breaking in the wind. And the no-wet fabric does seem to work better at not dragging in a bunch of water into the house." — Alex P
"It works great, the button open makes life easy. I had one previously that lasted me eight years before I decided it was time to replace it." —
"Three years in NYC and still going strong." —
Get it on Amazon for
$19.39+ (available in black or two patterns).
wine-saver that will keep all your opened bottles fresh for an extra day or two — and up to a full week — so you get to enjoy every last drop of every single bottle you buy, now until eternity.
It literally creates a vacuum seal: you wet the rubber cork, stick it in, then use the pump to suck out all the air remaining in the bottle. When it makes a *click* sound, you know you're done! I've owned one of these for eight years now, and my parents have had one they've used regularly since the early nineties. Just think of how many glasses of wine just those two have saved!
Promising review: "So, you know how you open a bottle of wine for a glass and then the bottle sits there until it turns undrinkable? LOL...me neither. Still, there are times when I open a bottle and I know it's going to be several days before I finish it. This helps. A lot! It's easy to use, it's small enough to fit into my silverware drawer, and it really does draw all the extra air out of the bottle so your vino doesn't get all ickish before you finish it." — V. Daniels
Get a starter set on Amazon (which includes the pump plus one stopper) on Amazon for
$9.95 (two colors).
Stanley vacuum bottle you truly can count on to keep your coffee (or tea or soup) hot for hours, both tomorrow morning and a morning thousands of tomorrows from now.
You can always get
replacement parts, but the lifetime warranty's what makes this really worth it! Promising review: "I recently filled my 20+ year old Stanley with coffee and by lunch it was cold. I decided to shop for a new one, when wow!...I realized that my original was still under warranty. After a phone call and a couple of emails, they shipped me a new one...under warranty! I was a little skeptical since they are now made in China and mine was made in the USA. Well, it works great!!!! Still looks like the original but is a little lighter (which I like) and I think it works better than the original one! Stanley still makes a great product and I would recommend to anyone." — TnVol64
Get a one-quart bottle from Walmart for
$26.99+ (two colors).
A few pairs of hiker-favorite
merino wool socks that stay in place no matter what your day brings, wick moisture away from your skin, resist odor, and best of all, last for miles and miles without any holes.
Oh, and the company has an
unconditional lifetime guarantee, so if / when they do wear through, you can get a new pair, no problem. Promising review: "I originally purchased one pair of these socks in Alaska for hiking. Liked them so much that I bought a second pair the following year. I lived in those socks for three years before they wore out. Bought replacements and realized they had a lifetime guarantee. Returned the two worn out pairs and received replacements. Got a couple of pair for my husband and he loves them. I also purchased the light weight ankle socks for myself and my daughters for summer biking and hiking. Not so expensive when you can keep returning them for replacements." — Sylvia
Get them on Amazon for
$16.96+ (most pairs around $22; sizes small-large, six colors/patterns).
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