Living on a budget is challenging, especially when you need to keep replacing household items. That $30 blender might be the perfect price, but what about when it dies in 8 months and you need to buy a new one? The reality is that sometimes the best value for your money isn’t the most affordable item and that purchasing a higher-quality (and thus higher-priced) item will actually save you money down the road. Here are just a few household items that follow the rule of quality over quantity.
Love a smoothie? Maybe you like making frozen cocktails for friends? Sometimes budget blenders struggle to crush ice or blend things with an enjoyable consistency. Without enough power, the blender will also struggle to circulate the liquid well, and sticking a utensil in to mix it up yourself can be dangerous.
The Ninja® Foodi™ Power Blender & Processor System with Smoothie Bowl Maker and Nutrient Extractor is a powerful blender that is not only a blender but a powerful food processor, too. The smoothie bowl maker includes a built-in tamper, allowing you to safely help mix the ingredients.
Everyone needs a powerful vacuum, but especially those with carpets and/or pets. We want something that isn’t going to lose its suction over time and that is powerful enough to get even the deepest dirt out. This is hard to find on a budget, but a high-quality vacuum cleaner that is maintained properly will last you years.
For those who value easy maneuverability, the Shark® Rocket® Pet Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum is the best of both worlds. Plus, maintenance is easy with the self-cleaning brushroll - no more tangled pet hair!
Or, for those willing to spend a little more to be almost completely hands-off when it comes to vacuuming, the Shark® IQ Robot Self-Empty™ XL Vacuum not only vacuums on its own, but even empties itself into its base that holds up to 30 days worth of dirt and dust. And if you’re wondering - this one is also pet-friendly!
Good quality cookware will not only help ensure that things cook evenly, but superior quality stainless steel cookware can last a lifetime. We love the Henckels Aragon 10 Piece Cookware Set and can attest that this stainless steel set is durable, perfectly weighted and cooks evenly. With proper care, you might not ever have to purchase a new set!
Finally, knives. Splurging a bit on a knife set will make sure you have the right knives for the right tasks, and often come with either a self-sharpening block or sharpening steel. This Zwilling Gourmet 7 Piece Self-Sharpening Block Set includes the former, providing you with some staple kitchen knives that will be perfectly sharp every time.
Good quality knives like these will stay sharp longer, won’t chip or break and will make cooking smooth as butter. As with all other products on this list, proper care is essential. To best preserve knives, remember to hand wash only!
Which will be your next splurge? That blender has certainly caught our attention…