These 15 Brands Will Fix Anything You Buy From Them for Free — Forever
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Posted by: Anne Piacentino
Source: The Penny Hoarder
We’re always looking for ways to save money, and one surefire way to do that is to buy products that last.
You can also buy products from companies that will replace them if they break — no matter what the reason.
You may spend a bit more up front, but quality items — and ones with awesome lifetime warranties — can end up saving you money in the long run.
From backpacks to knives, here’s a list of 15 brands that offer lifetime warranties on useful products.
Companies With Lifetime Warranties
1. Polar Bottle
If you buy one of its water bottles and it breaks or is somehow faulty, Polar Bottle will replace it for you.
“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.
“That being said, we understand that things happen, so we offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our products.”
Polar Bottle also offers a free replacement if you lose or damage your water bottle cap.
Knife-maker Cutco was founded in Olean, New York, in 1949. It offers a “forever guarantee” that extends to knives given as gifts or hand-me-downs.
“Cutco knives have been handed down from mothers to daughters, grandfathers to grandsons and between friends,” according to the company’s website.
“If at any time you are not satisfied with the performance of your Cutco product, we’ll make it right.”
Parents sending their kids off to school have long recognized backpack-maker Jansport for its top-notch warranty. This company, founded in 1967, guarantees nearly all of its backpacks, messenger bags, fanny packs and hiking bags.
“If your pack ever breaks down, simply return it to our warranty center,” Jansport says on its website. “We’ll fix it or if we can’t, we’ll replace it or refund it.”
This California-based company guarantees many of its yoga mats for life, even if the product wears out from regular use.
A Manduka PRO yoga mat will cost you $108, but the price tag may well be worth it if you practice regularly and your mat wears out.
Feetures! is a family owned sock-maker in North Carolina. This company makes high-performance socks for runners and other athletes, and it’ll offer you a replacement pair or refund at any time.
“We stand behind the quality of our socks and want you to have a great experience with every product we make,” the company says on its website.
6. Eddie Bauer
This outdoor gear and clothing maker stands behind its products so much that it offers an unconditional lifetime guarantee.
This warranty was implemented by founder Eddie Bauer in the company’s early days. After 50 years in business, Bauer said it was his greatest contribution to customers.
“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,” states the company’s website.
Talk to someone who uses tools on a regular basis and you’ve probably heard about Craftsman’s warranty.
Many of the company’s tools, including wrenches, hand tools, gardening and pruning tools, are eligible for replacement, free of charge, over the lifetime of the product.
You’ll need to present proof of purchase when asking for a replacement item, according to Craftsman’s website.
Osprey’s “All Mighty Guarantee” ensures that if you buy one of the company’s bags or backpacks, it’s guaranteed for life.
The company’s motto: Any reason, any product, any era.
“Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge — whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday,” Osprey’s website says.
“If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it.”
9. Lands’ End
Lands’ End offers a “Guaranteed. Period.” warranty on its products, which include clothing for men, women and kids.
“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 promises on its site.
10. Vermont Teddy Bear
If you buy a stuffed bear from Vermont Teddy Bear, it’s backed by the company’s lifetime guarantee.
The company has some fun with it too, and encourages you to send your bear to its “Bear Hospital.”
“Every once in awhile, a tragedy will strike — a dog attack, a chance meeting with a lawn mower,” the company says. “We are talkin’ FREE, full coverage health care for your bear’s entire lifetime.”
11. Duluth Trading Company
Duluth Trading Company, which makes clothing, outerwear, footwear and other items, offers a “No Bull” lifetime warranty on all of its products.
“If you’re not 100% satisfied with any item you purchase from Duluth Trading, return it to us at any time for a refund of its purchase price. Simple, unconditional, no nonsense, NO BULL,” the company says.
Invest in a sturdy Davek umbrella (prices range from $89 to $350) and it’s backed by the company’s unconditional lifetime guarantee.
Owners must register their umbrellas to be eligible for the lifetime warranty.
Zippo makes lighters, handwarmers and knives. Their warranty motto: “It works or we fix it free.”
“We don’t make that promise lightly,” Zippo says.
“We know that behind every Zippo product sent for repair is an owner depending on our promise to get it back in working order. Whether a windproof lighter is five years, 25 years or 50 years old, it will serve as a dependable source of flame for years to come. We guarantee it.”
Leupold is based in Beaverton, Oregon, and makes binoculars, scopes and rangefinders used by golfers, hunters, security personnel and police.
The company will replace its products — whether you’re the original owner or not — forever.
“You don’t need proof of ownership. Or a warranty card. And there’s no time limit,” the company says.
“We do this because we believe in superior quality and craftsmanship, and we’re confident your Leupold won’t let you down.”
15. Red Oxx
Red Oxx travel bags are covered by the company’s “No Bull” lifetime warranty, which means it will repair or replace its products, no questions asked.
This unconditional lifetime warranty is completely transferrable and applies to any product made by Red Oxx at any time in history. The warranty also extends to bags you buy used.
How to Save When You Buy These Brands
While these companies offer stellar lifetime warranties, the upfront costs can be a bit steep. Here are a few ways to save money on their products.
Sign Up for Email Lists or Take Surveys
Right now, Polar Bottle is offering a 30% discount if you’ve purchased one of its water bottles before and you take a survey.
Zippo will send you exclusive offers and sale information if you sign up for its email list.
Watch for Regular Sales
Eddie Bauer holds a semi-annual sale offering up to 60% off many products.
Look for Free Shipping Offers
You’ll get free shipping on orders over $100 when you buy a lifetime-guaranteed Davek umbrella.
Eddie Bauer also offers free shipping on orders over $99.
Get Credit Card Rewards or Cash Back
Even if a company isn’t offering any deals, you can make money by purchasing its items with a cash-back credit card.
Also, check a site like Cashback Monitor to see whether you can earn cash back on your purchase.
Use Coupon Codes
Tons of browser extensions will do the work for you — they’ll find any and all coupon codes available for whatever store you’re shopping at.
Some of these brands, like Red Oxx and Cutco, don’t care if you’re the original owner of their products — they’ll guarantee them anyway.
Be sure to read the fine print to learn a company’s warranty policy on used items before purchasing.
Your Turn: Do you buy from brands that offer lifetime warranties? Did we miss one of your favorites?
Sarah Kuta is an education reporter in Boulder, Colorado, with a penchant for weekend thrifting, furniture refurbishment and good deals. Find her on Twitter: @sarahkuta.