One surefire way to save money is to purchase goods that will last a lifetime. Impossible? Not if you buy things that come with lifetime warranties.
First, a word of caution. There’s no universal legal definition of a lifetime warranty, according to Consumer Reports, so be sure to read the fine print before you buy. One company’s lifetime warranty may be good for only a year. Or, a warranty may be good for the life of the product, the life of the original owner or the usual life of the product.
Here are five products to try with lifetime warranties:
The made-in-the-USA Polar Bottle offers an unconditional lifetime guarantee on its water bottles and caps. “Every bottle goes through several levels of quality control before it is shipped out, and our products are designed to last for years,” according to the Colorado-based company’s website, PolarBottle.com. “That being said, we understand that things happen, so we offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our products.” Bottles must be returned to the company before a replacement is shipped.
Jansport and Osprey
From elementary school to college and beyond, Jansport backpacks are a great choice for durability. Just be sure to pick a design you can live with, because Jansport’s packs, bags and luggage are covered by a lifetime warranty. “If your pack ever breaks down, simply return it to our warranty center. We’ll fix it or if we can’t, we’ll replace it or refund it,” according to the company’s website, Jansport.com.
Osprey’s “All-mighty Guarantee” for its high-performance bags and backpacks states that “Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it.”
Craftsman makes power tools and tool storage cases, but it’s the hand tools that come with a “full warranty,” according to Craftsman.com. If your Craftsman wrench, screwdriver, claw hammer or other “hand tool ever fails to provide complete satisfaction, it will be repaired or replaced free of charge.” Instituted by Sears when the company began selling the Craftsman brand in 1927, the warranty does not include “consumable” items: A hacksaw frame is covered by the warranty, but the actual blade is not.
The outdoor gear and clothing company offers an unconditional lifetime guarantee, which was implemented by founder Eddie Bauer. “Eddie’s philosophy guides us to this day. Every product we sell is designed to be the best and built to last. If anything you buy falls short of those standards, you’re invited to return it at any time,” according to EddieBauer.com.
All products from Lands’ End are “Guaranteed. Period.” LandsEnd.com reads “If you’re not satisfied with any item‚ simply return it to us at any time for an exchange or refund of its purchase price.” Lands’ End is known for its sensible, all-American clothing and also offers school uniforms, tote bags, luggage and home goods.