Your best money ever spent - Shill-All

Everyone happens across some service or product at some point or another that is worth every penny of the purchase price - something you can't believe you ever got along without. Sometimes these are surprising and not something you would have thought of otherwise, so let's share some of them here!

One of my greatest purchases was this Breville toaster oven. Kind of bought it on a whim a few years back when my toaster died and I figured I'd get something a little more robust. Little did I know it would end up being used more than any other kitchen appliance.

I use it for anything that I would normally put in the oven that fits. Chicken, fries, pizza, bagels and toast (of course). Best part is it preheats in seconds and cooks very well - uses much less energy than the oven. Because it's so convenient I end up using it more than the microwave, and for meals that can go in the microwave or the oven, I think they always end up tasting better out of the oven.

Meundies.

Very surprisingly, their tagline "The World's Most Comfortable Underwear" seems to be pretty much on the money. Their "Underpants Of The Month Club" is also super great - I ran it for over a year and now my undies drawer is 100% Meundies and my balls are cossetted.

The single best thing I ever bought was probably a set of Energy Take 2 speakers, back in the 1980s. I still use them, almost every day. I'm listening to them right now. They were demoted from the front room to being computer speakers, but they're outstanding in that role.

Audio electronics come and go, but speakers last. Buy something great, and you'll have it for decades.

The Tile

I lose my wallet, keys, phone, etc. all the time. This has saved me hours of not having to look for those things.

Electric toothbrush

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It was a gift so I didn't pay for it, but gods damn it was magical back in the day.

Jonman wrote:

Meundies.

Very surprisingly, their tagline "The World's Most Comfortable Underwear" seems to be pretty much on the money. Their "Underpants Of The Month Club" is also super great - I ran it for over a year and now my undies drawer is 100% Meundies and my balls are cossetted.

I'll second this. I just got a pair for my birthday and it's not quite "ball on a cloud" level of comfort, but it's darn close. These are easily the comfiest underwear I own. I like them better than my silk pair.

UpTolsomorphism's post reminded me about my Tribe wallet. It's one of my favorite possessions. I've long been a champion of minimalist portables and this thing is the greatest wallet I've ever owned. It fits so comfortably into my front pants pocket that I sometimes think it's not there. Combined with my new KS Key Disk key chain and my pockets feel like they're empty!

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

The Tile

I lose my wallet, keys, phone, etc. all the time. This has saved me hours of not having to look for those things.

Might have to try this out. I usually take my wallet out of my back pocket while driving and sometimes I forget to bring it into the house. If I can't find my wallet in the morning I'm never 100% sure if it's in my car or somewhere in the house, so I end up running outside and back in. Pretty sucky on cold days.

I bought a smoker from walmart on a whim for about $30 several years ago. Everytime I use it I am so glad I did! No prep beforehand just hickory chips and charcoal and everything comes out tasty.

Smoker

PaladinTom wrote:

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It was a gift so I didn't pay for it, but gods damn it was magical back in the day.

It's sad that even though I've been out of cable for a while now, I still get a twinge of utter hatred and loathing from seeing a picture of a damn TiVo. I had a service call years back where a guy had 12 series 3 units, and 2 series 4 units. He called in because a couple weren't getting all the channels, and the rep ended up deleting all the pairing info on his ENTIRE ACCOUNT. Took me 5 hours to straighten out, going box by box... all the series 3's had two cablecards each, and the two 4's and one each, for a grand total of 26 cable cards, and 78 different pairing codes that had to be entered individually into the system by my dispatcher. UG!

The only thing that comes to mind for the thread would be a Belkin 5-button optical mouse that I bought in the late 90's, and still use for laptops, but I used that as a gaming mouse for years until I bought RAT5. It wasn't a Belkin branded mouse, but that's the exact same hardware with the logo slapped on the back. IIRC, I only paid around $15 for it, and used it so long I rubbed the paint off of it in the shape of my hand.

Totally this rice cooker

I made it the old fashioned way for years and then bought a cheap Cuisinart cooker that overflowed and burned the bottom all the time. On a whim I bought this beauty. Best. Idea. Ever!

Perfect hot rice, all the time, anytime, with easy cleanup. No messes and it even makes brown rice perfectly!

I just spent $35 on a phillips One Blade electric shaver and it is amazing!
It is definitely the best electric razor I have ever used. It works. It gets all the areas that typically only razors can get but without the razor burn and bleeding.
Now it isn't as close a shave as a razor but it is the closest I have found compared to other electric razors.
Typically I've had to use the closest beard trimmer setting before using the electric shaver. The One Blade cut closer without the pre-trim.
Highly recommended!

Skiptron wrote:

UpTolsomorphism's post reminded me about my Tribe wallet. It's one of my favorite possessions. I've long been a champion of minimalist portables and this thing is the greatest wallet I've ever owned. It fits so comfortably into my front pants pocket that I sometimes think it's not there. Combined with my new KS Key Disk key chain and my pockets feel like they're empty!

I like the looks of that Tribe wallet, nice to have ideas this time of year.

This is a good topic! I'm going to have to think about this, though; the best money I ever spent was probably for a camping trip with the then-fiancee in the dawn of the century, but that's not what you meant...

TAZ89 wrote:

Totally this rice cooker

I have that exact model, and it's pretty much flawless. I use it constantly.

edit: oops, I have the NS-LAC05, not the LHC05. Mine doesn't do brown rice all that well; it comes out okay, but not as good as white rice. It is still an excellent appliance.

second edit: also, the Teflon is just starting to show a little wear, up at the very top. This is why I don't like buying things with Teflon; it degrades with heat, so anything with Teflon will always wear out. If I could get a straight metal cooking bowl for it, I'd think of it as the perfect appliance.

Malor wrote:
TAZ89 wrote:

Totally this rice cooker

I have that exact model, and it's pretty much flawless. I use it constantly.

edit: oops, I have the NS-LAC05, not the LHC05. Mine doesn't do brown rice all that well; it comes out okay, but not as good as white rice. It is still an excellent appliance.

second edit: also, the Teflon is just starting to show a little wear, up at the very top. This is why I don't like buying things with Teflon; it degrades with heat, so anything with Teflon will always wear out. If I could get a straight metal cooking bowl for it, I'd think of it as the perfect appliance.

Yeah, I have the NS-LAC05 version, and it's been wonderful. I also have a bit of Teflon wear on edges, but overall it's still fine. I've had it 2 or 3 years now. I see that some models have jasmine rice and steel cut oat settings. I do them fine in this version, but I'll probably upgrade quite a bit if I ever have to. Zojirushi's are a hell of a thing.

A good santoku knife is my other "best money ever spent" item. I just have this Miyabi.

All I ever cook in mine is jasmine rice, and it comes out perfect with the standard cycle.

You can spend a heck of a lot more money on a Zojirushi cooker, but this midrange one is really, really good. I'm not at all sure the more expensive ones are much better.

Malor wrote:

All I ever cook in mine is jasmine rice, and it comes out perfect with the standard cycle.

You can spend a heck of a lot more money on a Zojirushi cooker, but this midrange one is really, really good. I'm not at all sure the more expensive ones are much better.

Yeah, I do short/medium grain white rice, short/medium grain brown rice, quinoa (on the quick cook setting), jasmine rice, and steel cut oats. You have to figure out some of the weird things like quinoa, but it's relatively easy.

This mini dehumidifier!

I lived in an old upstairs terraced flat (built after WW2 here in England) and a lot of these houses, being so old, are cramped and have problems with damp. Drying clothes caused a lot of problems since I had to do it indoors, but this little thing sorted it right out! Just stick it under a clothes horse or in a room where things are drying and not only does it dry things faster, it prevents damp!

I had that rice cooker, but I let the kid take it when he went off to college. I should really buy another...

Serengeti wrote:

I had that rice cooker, but I let the kid take it when he went off to college. I should really buy another...

Where do you buy another kid? Babies r us?

Ego Man wrote:
Serengeti wrote:

I had that rice cooker, but I let the kid take it when he went off to college. I should really buy another...

Where do you buy another kid? Babies r us?

Craigslist. As long as you want a boy. Named Craig.

Without a doubt, the best ten bucks I ever spent was on a leaf chute . It does one thing (make bagging leaves easier) and does it exceptionally well. If anybody needs to bag leaves this fall, I can't think of a single other thing that is as big a time/hassle saver as one of these things.

Malor wrote:

All I ever cook in mine is jasmine rice, and it comes out perfect with the standard cycle.

I lied. I looked at the bag today. It's basmati rice, not jasmine. Oops!

CAD 300 for one skydive. It was amazing.

Aeropress. It's the best money someone can spend on making better coffee for themselves.
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I was thinking about what item that I own that's given me the most utility, and the clearest answer is my LLBean laptop backpack. I got it something like 14 years ago and have been using it basically daily since then. The front clasp is broken and it looks pretty beaten up but it still works just as well as it did then.

I want to redo my answer.

My toaster oven is great, but my Lasik was far and away the best money I ever spent. I had it down I think 16ish years ago now, give or take a year, and my vision has been somewhat better than 20/20 ever since. It's easy to lose appreciation for something you don't have to do anymore, like dealing with glasses or contacts, so I didn't even think about it when putting this thread together.

If you're a candidate, and you can afford it, you'll never regret it!

Spoiler:

Unless you're one of the 0.001% whose eyes explode, I guess.

Serengeti wrote:

I want to redo my answer.

My toaster oven is great, but my Lasik was far and away the best money I ever spent. I had it down I think 16ish years ago now, give or take a year, and my vision has been somewhat better than 20/20 ever since. It's easy to lose appreciation for something you don't have to do anymore, like dealing with glasses or contacts, so I didn't even think about it when putting this thread together.

If you're a candidate, and you can afford it, you'll never regret it!

Spoiler:

Unless you're one of the 0.001% whose eyes explode, I guess.

I can second that. I had it at least 5 years ago and now have 20/15 vision which is better than all my non-Lasik friends. I love the fact that don't have to worry about prescriptions & contacts. Also, just being able to throw on any cheap set of shades when I forget my own is life changing.

A question for the Meundies aficionados: do the briefs remain comfortable after a few washing cycles? I have bought briefs from different brands that were really comfortable at first, but started to creep up towards the groin after a few wears.