12 Reliable Products That Have Stood the Test of Time

Published on: Aug 5, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
products that have stood the test of timeDesign: Lindsay Lange, Credit: Target

We all want quality products that are effective and will last us years and years, even after normal wear and tear. But figuring out what’s worth investing in can be tricky. So we did a bit of crowdsourcing to find the items that have proven themselves to last for the long haul. We asked our fellow Skimm HQ’ers what they love, and more importantly, what’s really lasted. Without further ado, let us introduce you to a dozen reliable and durable products that have battled time — and won.


cuisinart food processorAmazon
A Cuisinart 14-cup food processor that can blend and mix like a pro…

It can also act as a potato masher. So it really is the VIP of kitchen products. It may be a bit clunky to store, but trust us, it’ll be worth it in the end. Once it’s dirty, you can take the bowl apart and pop the pieces directly into the dishwasher. Your prep time just got chopped in half. ($349.95, Amazon)

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l.l.bean rolling duffle bagL.L.Bean
A rolling L.L.Bean duffle bag for any and every adventure…

Thanks to the durable, water-resistant fabric and thoroughly tested zippers, this bag will make travel a breeze. If you’re skeptical, let’s look at the facts: Over 5.5 million have been sold and the bag has thousands of 5-star reviews. One Skimm HQ’er has used it for 15+ years. Long-lasting and highly functional? It’s in the bag. ($119, L.L.Bean)

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nylon reusable bagAmazon
A Baggu reusable shopping bag that’ll end your dependency on single-use items…

Made from 40% recycled nylon, these bags won’t rip. And each one can hold up to 50 pounds. Once they get dirty, you can toss them right into the wash. Easy peasy. ($12, Amazon)

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calphalon cookware setTarget
Calphalon nonstick cookware that cleans like a dream…

This 9-piece set will become your go-to. From the fry pan to the saucepan, each piece is heat-resistant and durable. The huge bonus? Everything nestles together so you can save major space in a kitchen cabinet. One Skimm HQ’er has had the set for nearly five years and raves about them. ($249.99, Target)

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bar keepers friend powder cleanerAmazon
Bar Keepers Friend, which can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors…

Get ready for some sparkling cookware and faucets. This bleach-free formula can remove rust, tarnish, mineral deposits, and tough stains. It’s also safe to use on stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, fiberglass, brass, bronze, chrome, and aluminum. Once you’re done getting baked-on food off your oven walls, you can head to the bathroom and sprinkle it over your tub floor for some scrubbing. One cleaner, many uses. ($9.71/2 pack, Amazon)

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pond's cold cream cleanser and makeup removerTarget
A Pond’s cleanser that can remove makeup gently…

Even waterproof mascara. It works quickly and effectively to wipe away the dirt and grime that sits on your skin all day. It’s safe for sensitive skin, it won’t clog pores, and it can double as a moisturizer. You = glowing. ($4.99, Target)

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kitchenaid stand mixerAmazon
A KitchenAid 6-quart stand mixer for the avid baker…

With 10 attachments and 10 speeds, this mixer is the definition of a do-it-all appliance. It can knead dough, whisk liquids, and beat batters. The power hub can even fit attachments like a pasta maker. So it’s versatile even for those who don’t consider themselves master bakers. Don’t believe us? One Skimm HQ’er has had one for nearly 15 years and says that it still works as well as it did when she first bought it. That’s wow-worthy. ($529.99, Amazon)

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faberware cutting boardAmazon
A Farberware hardwood cutting board that’ll last you a looong time…

If you’re looking for a dependable kitchen must-have at a reasonable price, this cutting board is the perfect option. It’s made with drainage grooves and is big enough to act as a serving board for charcuterie or other spreads. It won’t dull your knives and can be easily hand-washed to resist smells and stains. ($19.97, Amazon)

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straightening iron for hairAmazon
A straightening iron that’ll heat quickly and is easy to maneuver…

One Skimm HQ’er has owned this hair tool for over 10 years and still uses it regularly without any issue. Thanks to the lightweight body, it won’t leave your hand aching. The Nano Titanium technology can also protect your locks from heat damage. Aka no burnt-hair smells. ($99.99, Amazon)

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pyrex glass baking dish set and food storage setMacy's
A Pyrex glass container set that can keep leftovers fresh…

The 18-piece set also includes two mixing bowls and two baking dishes. The other storage pieces can double as serving platters. Everything is dishwasher-, oven-, and microwave-safe. Now you can meal prep and store everything in dishes that won’t crack or leak. Phew. ($35.93, Macy’s)

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aquaphor healing moisturizer creamAmazon
Aquaphor moisturizer for dry skin that’s cracked and irritated…

Although it’s highly recommended for hands, this moisturizer can be used anywhere: elbows, knees, lips, and feet. The formula works to soothe dry skin while also providing a protective barrier to keep it feeling smoother longer. It’s also fragrance-free and dermatologist-approved. Time to hydrate and heal. ($9.58, Amazon)

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birkenstock sandalsDSW
Birkenstock sandals with lots of toe room…

The contoured footbed helps distribute weight and promotes proper posture, while the deep heel cup acts as a cushion. Psst...Birkenstock has been around for over 240 years for a reason. Each shoe is expertly made and will feel molded to your feet. Who can say no to that kind of comfort? ($99.99, DSW)

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