10 Kitchen Favorites That Last a Lifetime
The best kitchen products you'll enjoy for years to come.
It seems like every year there’s a hot new kitchen gadget that promises to cook better-tasting meals or make prep and cleanup a breeze. Alas, kitchen gadgets come and go, and many homeowners spend their hard-earned cash on items that just aren’t built to last. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the 10 best kitchen favorites that will last you a lifetime. From top-notch cutlery to durable baking pans, here are our 10 favorites.
When it comes to glassware, Pyrex is probably as unbreakable as it comes. Developed 100 years ago, Pyrex is made of nonporous glass that won’t break, warp, or stain in situations where lesser containers would fail. The product is oven-, microwave-, fridge-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe and comes with a 2-year warranty, but its devotees know that it can last much longer than that.
Get it at Amazon for $27.22
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Le Creuset’s iconic cast iron Dutch oven is one of the most beloved items in any home cook’s kitchen for the way it evenly distributes heat and cooks dishes to perfection. Although the initial cost of investment is a little steep for the average homeowner, the product is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, making it an essential that can be treasured for years—and even passed on to the next generation. Get it at Amazon for $329.95.
Hard to Top Tupperware
When it comes to trustworthy kitchen and cookware brands, Tupperware’s 71-year-old legacy is hard to top. This household name continues to produce essential and innovative products to date, like these Wonderlier bowls. This nestable set features lidded bowls in three sizes—6-, 8-, and 12-cup capacities—that just about do it all, from mixing to serving, and from storing to transporting munchies. Plus, you can count on them to last a lifetime, thanks to the generous warranty Tupperware bestows on most of its products. Get it at Amazon for $39.72 (for 3).
Sure, you can sharpen any blade with practice, but quality kitchen knives often cut well for longer periods of time and without risk of say, falling apart at the handle, due to decades of use and wash. With 16 million knives sold since it began in 1949, Cutco knows quality, this set of three-sheathed knifes (perfect for storing safely or taking out on a picnic) are no exception. The “Forever Guarantee” on these American-made knives means that any Cutco product can be sent in for sharpening or repair and will return like new—”no receipt or registration required.” Get it at cutco.com for $299 (for 3)
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Glad About All-Clad
A meal is only as good as your cookware, so you’ll want to invest in a high-quality set like this one from All-Clad, which includes a 3-quart saucepan, 3-quart sautee pan, 10-inch fry pan, and 8-quart stock pot. With a stainless steel surface and aluminum core for even cooking, the dishwasher-safe pans should last for years to come. The set even comes with a lifetime warranty. Available at Amazon for $499.99
Easy to Open
Do you have an ancient can opener with a knack for jamming and slicing fingers? Then it’s time to upgrade to a new-and-improved option like this one from Rösle. The dishwasher-safe opener has an ergonomically shaped thumbscrew and integrated pliers for easy use. You’ll get smooth edges every time, and the lid won’t touch the food inside the can. If the stainless steel tool stops working, you can rely on its lifetime warranty for a replacement. Get it at Sur La Table for $55.
A Great Bake
High-quality pans can make all the difference between a good bake and a great one. With heavy-gauge steel that distributes heat evenly and interlocking nonstick layers that make removing your delicious creations an easy feat, the Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware set is exactly what you need. The 10-piece set includes the essential baking pans, plus the very important cooling rack. After you get to enjoy your yummy goodies you can quickly clean the pans in your dishwasher. Get it at Amazon for $99.99
Spot of Tea
Every kitchen should have a kettle, but this necessary accessory shouldn’t be something you have to replace every few years. The Circulon Teakettle will last a lifetime—literally, it has a lifetime warranty—while looking pretty on your stovetop. The stain-resistant kettle boils up to two quarts of water and will let you know when it’s ready with a gentle whistle. There are plenty of rounds of morning teas and hot cocoas in your future. Get it at Amazon for $49.99
Crazy About Cast Iron
The oldest cast-iron cookware maker in America—and indeed, the only one still that remains in business today—Lodge has been producing heirloom quality kitchen essentials since 1896. Perhaps the company’s versatile product is its sturdy, virtually indestructible Pre-Seasoned Skillet, which offers slow, even heating on the range, in the oven, and even over an open flame. Care for it properly, use it for decades, then pass it on to your kids. The price? Very reasonable. Get it at Amazon for $19.90.
A Greener Cut
Despite its lifetime replacement warranty, the Bamboo Cutting Board from Greener Chef wouldn’t be your first choice if you rarely bother with knife sharpening. That’s because bamboo boasts an exceptional hardness level, surpassing that of maple or even mighty oak. Simply put, when you have a bamboo cutting board, your knife blades go dull long before the bamboo shows any sign of wear. Want something able to withstand the rigors of regular use? Look no further. Get it at Amazon for $19.99.