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    33 Long-Lasting Things That You'll Probably Only Need To Buy Once

    Including a cast-iron pan, the best travel mug, and a hair dryer that dries 50% faster.

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    1. A Lodge cast-iron skillet that'll just get better the more you use it. Use it to sear steaks, brown veggies, or even bake a cake. It's basically indestructible so you can pass it on to your kids...and they can leave it to theirs.

    Cast-iron skillets may seem intimidating to first-time users, so check out our explainer on how to care for a cast iron before you buy to figure out whether it's the right cookware for you.

    Promising review: "If you want to sear and brown meat, fish, etc., there's nothing better than a cast-iron skillet. This Lodge skillet was pre-seasoned, which takes a lot of work out of using it the first time. I don't believe there's a better production cast iron skillet in the USA (maybe the world?) than the ones made by Lodge. You will be able to pass this baby along for several generations!" —Thomper

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88+ (available in 14 sizes, varieties).

    And! Don't forget to read BuzzFeed Review's picks for the best cast-iron skillets.

    2. Or, a cast-iron Dutch oven for baking breads, brewing soups and stews, and braising meat.,

    Promising review: "I bought this YEARS ago and it’s fantastic and still in excellent condition! It’s my go-to for making bread and I love it!" —Plath27

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

    3. Tweezerman tweezers that'll witness your brow's many styles, including barely there and furry caterpillars.


    Promising review: "I have three of these now, one of them is 20 years old. Simply the best. Will capture the smallest hair. You can restore sharpness by drawing it through an emery board every month or so." —B. Rockefeller

    Get it from Amazon for $13.81+ (available in nine colors).

    4. A pair of Darn Tough socks so you can finally toss out your socks with holes, which, honestly, may be all of them. These socks come with a lifetime guarantee so you can replace them if they aren't the most durable socks you've ever owned. / Via @darntoughvermont

    Promising review: "Durable, good looking, and richly padded. I have washed them hundreds of times and they do not degrade with time. I wear them when I am just kicking around and not hiking. They are plush and super comfortable provided that your shoes are supple and are sized properly for you feet. Too thick to wear with your tux and tight shoes, but great for just about any other type of casual shoe. They are made sturdy with the finest materials and are guaranteed for life. I have owned them for about five years and never have returned them. The guarantee seems legit and the premium price is worth it. They really can last for a lifetime." —Ben and Diane

    Get it from Amazon for $16.79+ (available in sizes S–2XL and seven colors).

    5. A KitchenAid stand mixer, the crème de la crème of kitchen appliances, so you can pass something along to your grandkids.


    Promising review: "My husband purchased this for me at a steal for Christmas seven years ago, and I am still madly in love with it. I have never had any issues with it. It cleans easily, is gorgeous, and definitely the best mixer I have ever used. I have recommended KitchenAid mixers to people and will continue to do so. It is worth the money if you like to bake!" —Kris G.

    Get it from Amazon for $379 (available in five colors).

    6. A Conair InfinitiPro hair dryer for drying your hair 50% faster than the one you're using now. This means it'll last three times longer, too. Talk about blowing its competitors away! / Via @conair

    Promising review: "I have had this particular hair dryer for almost eight years! I got it as a Christmas gift because I wanted to get a 'higher end' one versus just picking up the same old regular, lower priced one. This hair dryer dries my hair so fast. I do have fine hair, but it’s amazing how fast it dries! Anyone that uses this always says, 'Wow! I love your hair dryer!' From A to Z, overall, it’s definitely a great purchase! I’m going to purchase another one because mine will eventually die! (Eight years is longer than most last!) Most of the time I usually try other products just to change things, but why mess with something that I am 100% happy owning?! Would recommend this product to everyone!" —Holly Meade

    Get it from Amazon for $24.94+ (available in six colors).

    7. An 11-piece cookware set that's reinforced with titanium so you'll never have to buy another pot again.


    Promising review: "Very pleased with the red Tasty set I received for Christmas. The set has lasted very well! I cook for seven-plus people nightly and put them in the dishwasher pretty much daily. The fact it has lasted through my spouse and teen daughter is phenomenal! Few scratches here and there from a knife but I highly recommend this set to anyone." —TexasTaylor

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $69+ (available in four colors).

    8. Plus a set of non-stick baking pans to complete your kitchen's arsenal. These are things you'll use every day, so why not splurge on a set that'll last you?


    Promising review: "This is a great beginner bake set. Each piece is a crucial edition to a starter kitchen. I love the tiny pops of color, and each piece that comes in this set is absolutely necessary and super versatile. It gives you the capability to bake vegetables, meats, cakes, cupcakes, breads, muffins, banana nut breads, and everything in between. They work great, they're durable, and they're a cute set." —Amy

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $42.88.

    9. A set of Pyrex measuring cups that'll come in handy whenever you're in the kitchen — and they'll look so much nicer (and last so much longer!) than your scratched plastic set.


    Promising review: "Arrived so very well packaged that I actually saved the box for moving. The product is standard Pyrex; not much to be said. Thick and sturdy glass that should last you forever.... if you don't drop it on a tile kitchen floor... in that case, be prepared for an explosion. R.I.P. to my trusty old cup of 13 years." —CLP

    Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $23.94.

    10. The MakeUp Eraser, a super soft cloth made to dissolve every last bit of waterproof mascara and longwear foundation, though it may not be as effective at deleting last night's memories of drunken tabletop dancing. OK, we know these won't last you forever, but they are supposed to survive 1,000 washes or three to five years, which is longer than any of my relationships. 🙂 That means you'll end up replacing them only two or three times every decade.

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    Promising review: "I was so ready to write a review about what a piece of crap this is; boy was I wrong! This actually works! I usually use the Neutrogena cleansing cloths, which work OK, but this MakeUp Eraser blows them out of the water. I can't believe how great it is. I went to a show last night and got the dreaded hand stamp. Of course, because they use ink developed my NASA, I couldn't wash it off. I can't show up to work with a giant robot stamped on the back of my hand so I scrubbed and scrubbed. When my skin was gone but the stamp wasn't, I tried the Makeup Eraser as a last resort. That sucker damn near got the whole thing off!!! I'm so impressed by this thing I'm going to get another one just in case they stop making them!" —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's personal MakeUp Eraser review as well as BuzzFeed Review's deep dive into the best makeup remover (the MakeUp Eraser won as our mid-price pick).

    11. A Victorinox chef's knife so you can slice and dice like a pro. It'll last you years with proper care, plus a good knife can shave minutes (pun intended) from prep time.


    You'll want to pick up a knife sharpener too if you don't have one already.

    Promising review: "I decided to get another knife as a spare. Realized I've owned this one for 10 years. Still works great! I sharpen and hone it regularly. Hand wash or top shelf of the dishwasher. I'm sure it'll last another 10 years." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (available in five sizes, styles).

    P.S. This won as our budget pick for the best chef's knife on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. A set of 24 glass food storage containers to store your leftovers instead of wasting money on plastic containers that are bad for the environment and eventually get so stinky that you have to toss them.

    Promising review: "These are heavy duty containers built to last and last. I really like the size and shape assortment; it means I pretty much have a container for any size leftovers or anything I want to store and know it will still be fresh when I go to enjoy it again. I do meal prep and they work wonderful. The leakproof snap-on lids allows me to keep things like olives in the containers with out any worry of it leaking all over the fridge." —AmazonShopper

    Get them from Amazon for $39.99.

    13. A hair straightener with tiny sensors to regulate temperature and evenly distribute heat so you need fewer passes. It's made with high quality ceramic plates that'll straighten (or curl) your hair long after your cheaper straighteners have died.

    Promising review: "Mine is maybe five years old and it still works how it did when I first bought it. Best purchase I’ve made." —Nataly

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    14. L.L. Bean boots to withstand rain and mud in the spring and sleet and snow in the winter. We'd be surprised if you needed more than one pair in your lifetime. And! L.L. Bean will repair your boots for cheap as part of their pledge to help customers "Reduce, Reuse, Resole." / Via @llbean

    Promising review: "My mom had Bean boots when me and my siblings were growing up. When our feet stopped growing we could get a pair. I got my first pair a few years ago and I cannot express how much I love them. They survived trudging through floods of hurricanes, through snow, and all weather. These are my everyday boot. I have the regular pair and I love them to pieces. I recommend them to all of my friends and are a fabulous investment." —Lindsay

    Get them from L.L. Bean for $139 (available in sizes 5–11, three widths, and two colors).

    15. Or, Dr. Marten boots you'll only need to invest in once because they can survive years of wear. / Via @drmartensofficial

    Promising review: "Classic Dr. Martens boot. Need I say more? Needs some breaking in when you get them. Once broken in, they're good for life. My last pair I wore since 1990 until the sole cracked in half after being worn down. Lasted me 24 years of HEAVY use." —Greg Burrow

    Get them from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in sizes 4–16 and 23 colors).

    16. Panasonic earbuds to accompany you on long runs, morning commutes, and through nighttime routines. Trust us, you'll lose them before they stop working. Fortunately, they're cheap enough that you won't feel bad about ordering more.

    Promising review: "I bought them over four years ago and use them daily, and they still work perfectly. I used to go through at least two pairs of headphones every year, but I haven't had to buy another since buying this one pair. They've been carelessly tossed in bags, pulled out by one earbud, tangled, dropped, chewed on, spilled on, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The cord is slightly dingy/discolored looking in a few places, but NOT frayed or damaged. The ear buds are still securely attached to the wire, and the aux end is also miraculously in great condition. The bright color actually makes them easier to find when I'm digging in my bag or when I've dropped them behind/under something. They're super comfortable in my small ears; I've had issues with other brands/styles being too large and painful to keep in for more than an hour. I frequently wear these for eight hours at a time without issue, and I've even slept comfortably with them in quite a few times. Good noise-blocking for the money too; I have to only wear one side at work so I can hear if my phone rings or someone calls my name." —Moferr

    Get them from Amazon for $7.36+ (available in 15 colors, styles).

    17. A dishwasher-safe OXO avocado slicer for the person who's singlehandedly supporting the avocado market. This little green guy will last you through many, many avocado toasts.


    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 10-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-plus 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 from Amazon for $9.98.

    18. A compact automatic LifeTek umbrella to replace all the crappy ones you've lost or broken. This sturdy rain repeller will become a must-have in your bag.

    Promising review: "I don't think I've ever owned an umbrella that lasted this long. Well worth the money. I've had this umbrella since 2015 now, and I carry it in my backpack daily and use it pretty much every time it rains. It's still going strong despite the rain and wind of NYC." —Ben

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95+ (available in three colors, two sizes, and two styles).

    19. A set of four reusable shopping bags for toting your groceries home in an environmentally sustainable way. Plastic bags pollute and rip, but these carriers will conceal your pints of ice cream without judgement until you stash them in your freezer.


    Promising review: "LOVE these bags. Have been using one from a promotional campaign at a store for 12+ years, and it's just now started to show some age. It gets used/abused several times a week with much heavier loads than recommended. With the carabiner and draw cord, it clips right on my tiny purse and I never forget it at home or in the truck when I go to the store. Bought these for gifts for a couple of environmentally aware friends, I'm positive they'll love them as much as I do." —M. Miller

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors, styles).

    Check out BuzzFeed Reviews' deep dive into the best reusable grocery bags.

    20. And eco-conscious reusable silicone bags to reduce your plastic waste. Unlike regular plastic sandwich bags, these are dishwasher-safe so you can use them over and over again.


    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 ones 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 them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in five sizes and nine colors).

    21. A lightweight Nalgene so you can finally ditch plastic bottles. / Via @nalgene

    Promising review: "I've used my wide-mouthed Nalgene for EIGHT years, every day at every job I've had. We were inseparable. All the lunches we had together, the late nights, early mornings, fears of bosses, laughing at co-workers...ah the joys we had together. I didn't even treat it that well, dropping it on concrete, down stairs, throwing it in my car, and not a single leak. One time I threw it in my car without the lid on all the way, and it reminded me gently with spilled water that I needed to tighten the lid. I've left it behind almost everywhere, but we always found each other. Until one work meeting when I left it in the conference room. I'm guessing someone grew quite jealous of our affection, and swiped it! NOO! Truly an end of an era. There really was a connection here. Well eight years of daily use later is a good enough review for me to come back and buy the same water bottle. :)" —amznbuyer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 29 colors, styles).

    22. Or, a Hydro Flask water bottle that's basically unbreakable and will politely remind you to stay hydrated. It's made of stainless steel and is insulated to keep your cool drinks cold and your warm drinks piping hot.

    Promising review: "I bought several of these as gifts for my nieces and nephews, but I've had my own Hydroflask for years now. I've been using the same one and I've never had a single issue with it. It keeps my drinks cold, it's a slim design so it fits in my bag, it's durable for hiking (mine has been beat up and it's still doing a great job), and the seal-proof lid really works for me. I recommend these to anyone looking for a new water bottle." —Savannah

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in four sizes and 21 colors).

    23. A durable, long-lasting pet collar to replace the one your fur baby already chewed through.,,

    Promising review: "I bought this for my cat almost two years ago when he was a kitten! It still fits him well and it’s in great shape!! He has no problems with it, and I think it looks great!! I didn’t want a collar with a bell on it because he plays with bells and it would drive him crazy. So I’m glad this was so great!" —erika

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in four sizes, 31 colors, and five styles).

    24. A ceramic coffee dripper for the perfect cup of pour over. Coffee makers will break down over time, but this dripper will last you ages — until you accidentally drop it and it shatters, in which case you won't feel bad about paying a few bucks to replace it. Now imagine if your $500 espresso machine broke...


    Promising review: "This is our second one of these. Our first lasted 8 years before I dropped it on the tile :( It makes the best coffee! We use it for two and it works perfectly." —Davi

    Get it from Amazon for $7.75+ (available in three sizes, four styles, and nine colors).

    25. And a reusable hemp coffee filter so you can be kind to the environment while still enjoying your morning cup (or two) of coffee. Hemp is naturally mildew- and bacteria-resistant so you don't have to worry about it making you sick over time.


    Promising review: "This is a godsend! I got tired of using disposable coffee filters and bought one of these half a year ago. It is in perfect condition and easy to clean! I don’t use soap; I just rinse it with warm water after I brew my coffee. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to go zero waste or save money on coffee filters!" —Laura Quattrochi

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in four sizes and packs of one or three).

    26. A Retro 1951 Tornado Rollerball Pen to make you feel fancy — and to save you money on your usual disposable ballpoint pens. No more buying pens in bulk and then slowly losing them throughout the year.

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    While this pen will last you a lifetime, the ink won't — so stock up on replacement ink cartridges.

    Promising review: "This pen has a really nice, balanced feel to it. It's the only pen I've used for the last eight years." —Ben Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in 12 colors).

    Check out BuzzFeed Reviews' roundup of the best pens.

    27. A set of sandstone coasters that'll withstand moisture better than your cardboard coasters ever could.

    Promising review: "I bought these six years ago and use them every day — coffee in the morning and strong ale (for me!) in the eve. We have lovely natural polished wood Mission-style tables, but they get water stains in spite of the acrylic finish, so we use coasters. These are our favorites. They absorb the small spills and condensation and in all these years never a leak through to the cork base. We love natural materials and this fits right in. We like the way they look like sand dune landscapes too." —Bufatutu

    Get them from Amazon for $13.95.

    28. A Timex Weekender to help you pass the time — literally! This is one of those classic watches you can leave to your kids or grandkids.

    Promising review: "Great, simple watch...not interested in status — just want to be able to read the watch and see it at night. Timex always last forever (my last one was good for 15 years of abuse!)" —Hank Reardon

    Get it from Amazon for $25.48+ (available in 10 colors).

    29. A stainless steel Swiss Army knife able to get you out of many tricky situations and comes with a lifetime guarantee against defects. It comes with seven hidden features, including scissors, a nail file, nail clippers, and a toothpick.

    Promising review: "I finally lost my old Swiss Army knife, which I had for the past 10+ years. It worked great, and lasted through just about everything I have put it through. This includes burying it in the ground at concerts and other places that would confiscate it (for days at a time in some cases). It is durable and useful all the time in everyday activities." —M. Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 27 colors).

    30. Waterproof Tevas you'll find yourself wearing year-round. They're surprisingly supportive on summertime hikes, plus you can wear them in the winter with socks.,

    Promising review: "My second pair in 21 years, why you ask?!?!? Because that's how long my first pair lasted. They would've kept going too, however, my dog ate the strap. I gladly immediately purchased another pair to be my hiking, kayaking and water shoes as they have held up so well over the years." —Shoeless Joe Jackson

    Get them from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and nine colors).

    31. Or, a pair of well-made leather sandals you can slip into without thinking because they go with everything. It's time to ditch those cheap rubber flip-flops that fall apart after a few wears.,

    Promising review: "I love Rainbows! My first pair are close to 20 years old; they still look great, and I still wear them every summer! I just came back for another pair in black. They provide protection to your feet while feeling like you're not wearing anything, which is important when it's so hot out. Rainbows mold to your feet over time. They actually get better the more you wear them and manage to still look great year after year, rather than deteriorating like most other shoes. I truly love that they stand up to anything you put them through; mine have survived numerous beach trips (heat, ocean, and sand), 120-degree desert heat where you can literally cook an egg on the sidewalk (most flip-flops fail this test), Midwest torrential rain (they actually stay on your feet in this situation instead of becoming slippery and sliding off you feet), and normal everyday life for years. Consider this an investment not just another crappy pair of flip-flops you throw away in two weeks. These last forever!" —HLU777

    Get them from Amazon for $54.95+ (available in sizes 5.5–11.5 and nine colors).

    32. A Thermos travel mug to keep your drinks warm. Almost 5,000 people swear by the durability of its vacuum insulation. / Via @thermosbrand

    Promising review: "I've owned this Thermos for two years and it still works like a charm. I work as a nurse and use it for my coffee just about every night. If I pre-heat the Thermos as suggested, my coffee stays too hot to drink the majority of my shift (12 hours — hot hot!). If I don't pre-heat it, it will be 'hot hot' for the first four to five hours and then cools to drinkable hot/warm by morning. I like the included cup so that I can pour fresh hot cups as I feel like drinking it and let it cool to the exact temperature I like. If I don't finish it (very rare occasion), when I go to clean it, the coffee is still warmish ~24 hours later! The midnight blue body still looks good and the Thermos has actually survived a few drops with no damage." —Nursepeps

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five colors).

    33. A Kong Extreme so your pup can finally get their chewing fix. RIP that squeaky toy that lasted all of five seconds.,

    Promising review: "This is the only chew toy my dog can't destroy. He's a 50-pound boxer and terrier mix with an ENORMOUS head that's too big for his body and jaws of steel. You can easily pick him up off the ground by his Tug of War rope. Those big beef shank bones just seem to DISSOLVE once he gets hold of them. And other brands of dog chews don't last five minutes. I've got a Kong Extreme that lasted two years and is still in perfect shape — or at least it was last time I saw it. He hid it somewhere and forgot, so I had to get him another, but it's a good investment since they are SO durable." —Rachel Mackintosh

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and in two-packs).

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