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Buyers, Keepers: Our Made for a Lifetime Category

We all know that if you buy something made with solid workmanship or quality materials, it’s going to last longer.

But most of us have been on the verge of buying something and trying to decide if we should buy the less expensive product and hope it lasts—or should we spend a little more, knowing it will last and won’t have to be replaced . . . maybe ever?

As our CEO Jules Pieri recounted in a recent Medium post:

“Growing up in Detroit, my autoworker dad was firmly committed to buying the very products he built. He extended that behavior and his values to other household purchases. With four kids and one blue-collar income, we admittedly lived paycheck to paycheck. Yet my parents believed, ‘We don’t have enough money to buy cheap stuff.’ They saved up to buy quality, or did without.”

Starting today, “Made for a Lifetime” joins The Grommet’s Personal Values categories of Crowdfunded, Handcrafted, Independent Makers, Made in the USA, Philanthropy, Social Enterprises, Sustainable Living, Tech & Innovation, and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs.


Much like the rising ‘Buy me Once’ movement in the U.S. and Europe, many Grommet community members value high-quality, durable products. They want items that are made to last—and they’re willing to pay a little more for this benefit.

But what does “Made for a Lifetime” specifically mean? That The Grommet Makers represented in this new collection will honor a lifetime repair/replace warranty. You can identify these products by our new diamond icon—as these are products are “as tough as diamonds.”

There are some common sense exceptions to that warranty, like following the Maker’s instructions for use and maintenance. But overall, these Makers guarantee that with regular use and care, their products will last.

The Discovery Team at The Grommet has long experienced that enduring products provide real value. Adding this category will help our community to discover them, while supporting the small businesses who produce products with integrity.

Today, we launch SOLIDTEKNICS’ AUS-ION steel pans from Australia. These iron steel cooking pans cook like cast iron, but handles more like French steel. The Maker believes in the pans’ longevity, and backs them with a multi-century guarantee.

This Friday and Monday, we’ll be launching two more “Made for a Lifetime” Grommets—one from Faribault, Minnesota and one from Dundee, Scotland. Be sure to check back in after they launch at 10 AM EST.

Additional “Made for a Lifetime” products will be launched in the coming months, so be on the lookout.

Have suggestions of other durable products you’d like us to consider launching on The Grommet? Be sure to leave a comment with information below.


  • Priscilla Cassidy Says:

    Is this pan okay to cook on a glass top electric stove????

  • Zack Says:

    Hi Priscilla, these pans work really well on an glass top electric stove! The thick metal will hold heat between electric burner cycling on and off. Since it's formed steel, it will heat up more evenly than cast iron, the handle won't get too hot, and it weighs half as much!

  • Lynn Says:

    Does it work with Induction cooktop?

  • Tori Says:

    Lynn, Great question. Yes, these pans work well on an induction cooktops.

  • Iris Says:

    WH ATI S the price?

  • Marketing Says:

    Iris, you can see the different pans and pricing here: https://www.thegrommet.com/solidteknics Thank you.

  • Ralph Lake Says:

    How much?

  • Barbara Says:

    Do you need to treat like cast iron skillets?

  • Jim Says:

    you did not answer the last question as to what is the price

  • Jim Says:

    Is there only one size or are there multiple sizes?

  • Tori Says:

    Barbara, The pans should be treated and seasoned the same way as cast iron.

  • Tori Says:

    Ralph, the price depends on the specific pan. You can get all that info here: https://www.thegrommet.com/solidteknics

  • Tori Says:

    Hi Jim, You can see each pan and the price here: https://www.thegrommet.com/solidteknics

  • lillian tscherter Says:

    I wish this generation could understand what you make in America has to meet a certain standard and not the cheap crap produced in the Chinese and their neighboring countries. cheap labor equates crap.

  • Sandi Belcher Says:

    If you have to cook it should be in a pan that is worth its salt. there are so many garbage pans on the market I am shocked at their poor quality. French and cast iron pans are expensive but they cook like a dream. they keep foods hot when the burner is off, easy to clean and looks like a million on your stove top. Stay away from cheap anything in your kitchen. It pays for itself.

  • Craig Says:

    Could you please tell me the cost.

  • Deb Says:

    Can this pan be used for cooking in the oven after browning on stove top?

  • Tori Says:

    Hi Craig, the cost will depend on which size/type of pan. You can see them all here: https://www.thegrommet.com/solidteknics

  • Tori Says:

    Hi Deb, It sure can. This pan can go right from the stove to an oven.

  • Elena Says:

    Some of my pans specifically indicate not to use spray oils; what types of seasoning for real time cooking should be used.

  • Tori Says:

    Hi Elena, The Maker recommends that you heat pan and drop a teaspoon of flax seed oil, canola oil or
    shortening into warm pan, or dampen a cloth with the oil.

  • terry Says:

    can you use olive oil? that is what i use on cast iron

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