Buy It For Life: Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix blenders, manufactured in Cleveland since the 1940s, are truly industrial-strength devices. Built like tanks, they are widely used in restaurant kitchens due their durability and long warranty. It is Consumer Reports’ top scoring blender.

A Durable Kitchen Knife: Wushtof Classic Chef

The Wushtof company, based in Germany, makes carbon-steel kitchen knives that get high ratings from most credible reviewers (including Cook’s Illustrated and Consumer Reports).

Buy It For Life: Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

The Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop was invented by Sherman Kelly in Florida in 1935, and the design has remained virtually unchanged since then. Kelly’s innovation was simple but effective — the scoop contains liquid freon inside, which is warmed by the user’s hand, allowing the scoop to slice through ice cream like butter.

Buy It For Life: Arc’teryx Veilance Clothing

Arc’teryx, known primarily for its outdoor gear, has a line of very durable urban clothing called Arc’teryx Veilance. The clothing is developed for outdoor performance, but is intended to suit the needs of person who lives and travels in the city.

2

The Most Durable Pillow: Natural Latex

The most durable pillows are made with natural latex, the milky sap of the rubber tree. Latex is a yielding but highly resilient material. You can expect a natural latex pillow to hold its shape and retain it springiness for 15 years or more. The pillows don’t require cleaning or fluffing like feather pillows. Latex also has natural antimicrobial properties, and resists …

iPad Cases That Are Handcrafted In The U.S.

DODOcase puts a lot attention to detail into the design of their iPad cases. DODOcases have a hand-machined bamboo interior that fits the shape of iPad precisely, holding it place.

Buy It For Life: Small Kitchen Appliances

Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven

In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature very durable products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that come with lifetime warranties, and are made in the U.S.

Buy It For Life: Khlip Ultimate Clipper

The Ultimate Clipper by Khlip is a uniquely designed nail clipper, manufactured in the U.S. It has a forward facing lever that allows you to apply pressure directly over a nail. According to Khlip founder, Andrew Johnson, this allows for better control and ergonomics.

1

Buy It For Life: Safari-Beans PR5 Bag by RedOxx

RedOxx, a company based in Billings, Montana, specializes in constructing very practical and durable luggage. The company was founded by two former military parachute riggers. Their bags are built with tough canvas (1,000-denier Cordura), huge zippers and strong handles.

Buy It For Life: Curved Titanium Flask By Snow Peak

This Curved Titanium Flask is made in Japan by the Snow Peak company. It’s four inches high and weighs just 2.5 ounces. Titanium is a light, inert metal that’s stronger than steel. It is highly resistant to corrosion, and it does not impart a metallic taste into your drink.

2

Buy It For Life: Old Town Penobscot 16 RX Canoe

The Old Town Penobscot 16 RX canoe (MSRP $1,499.99) is built to last. Designed for versatile performance in calm water, waves, and whitewater, the Penobscot can handle a large range of needs. It is constructed with Royalex, a layered composite of vinyl, ABS plastic, and ABS foam. The exterior vinyl layers provide abrasion resistance and UV protection. Underneath the vinyl, …

5

The Best Alternatives To PayPal

PayPal makes sending and receiving money easy, but there are drawbacks. For one, PayPal isn’t always free. Because of fees, receiving money usually means you’ll see fewer dollars than you were expecting. There are also an increasing number of complaints about transaction delays, holds, and account freezes. While PayPal is still a reliable way to send and receive money online, …