You may be surprised to discover that there are a number of apparel companies out there that offer truly comprehensive lifetime warrantees with no strings attached. We’ve compiled the top five clothing warranties available to help you in your quest for quality and peace of mind.
These companies offer such incredible coverage that, buying their products is like having a free insurance policy included! No kidding!
There are plenty of great clothing companies out there that offer very generous warrantee’s , but they all stop short of “unconditional.” The fine print clearly excludes wear and tear or accidental damage from warrantee claims. These companies are certainly worth your business and have plenty of anecdotal accounts of top notch warrantee care, but they don’t match these 5 companies insane warrantees.
These are the top five clothing warranties with the most comprehensive lifetime guarantees in writing. No fine print. No “Wear and Tear” exclusions. No redefining of the term “Lifetime” to mean the “Lifetime of the product” etc..
These are straight up warrantees for life. Period.
5. Outdoor Research– “Infinite Guarantee”
(Edit: Aug 2018 Sadly, O.R. just downgraded their “Infinite Guarantee” to something not so “infinite.” It now reads: “Outdoor Research® gear is guaranteed to perform throughout the lifetime of the product.” Sorry, OR that’s weak sauce!! Outdoor Research will be replaced on this list shortly.)
Outdoor Research focuses on adventure sportswear like hiking, skiing, camping and climbing. They offer a solid range of products for the outdoor enthusiast.
According to their website, “Outdoor Research products are guaranteed forever” Plain and simple! Again, no small print, and no weasily little asterisks* to interpret in the footnotes.
They say, “We believe so strongly in the quality of the apparel and gear we make that if our product fails to meet your needs at any time, we are happy to replace it. Our products are guaranteed forever, and your total satisfaction with our product is our goal.”
“Guaranteed Forever” is a pretty darn comprehensive claim. Way to go Outdoor Reasearch! You’ve earned our love at WellRigged.com.
4. Duluth Trading Company
The Duluth Trading Company has had rave reviews from the hard core buy it for life crowd in the work wear category. If you’re looking for practically indestructible work pants Duluth is it.
Duluth offers a “No Bull Warrantee states simply and plainly:
If you are 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.
Duluth’s product range includes underwear, work wear, footwear, select tools, accessories and outerwear. I see they also have some high quality duffles and leather goods. They care plenty of real top quality and durable products.
3. Eddie Bauer- “Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee”
“Every Item we sell will give you complete satisfaction or you may return it for a full refund.™”
Eddie Bauer has a very extensive product line extending beyond men and women’s clothing to footwear, bags, luggage and bedding.
Similar to L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer has built it’s reputation on legendary product support and guarantees.
Its been around for a long long time. According to their website , their founder Eddie, “was one of the first retailers to offer an unconditional guarantee in writing-he was that confident and committed to the quality of his products. And after 50 years in business he said, ‘My greatest contribution to the consumer was our 100% unconditional lifetime guarantee. That guarantee was part of what I sold.'”
Outdoor Research and Duluth’s warrantee are almost identical. However, Eddie Bauer’s long track record and legacy of honouring their warrantees earns it higher marks.
Because of this, Eddie Bauer earns #3 on WellRigged.com’s top five for clothing warrantees. We tip our hats to you Eddie Bauer for doggedly preserving a culture of quality in a market place of compromise.
2. Lands’ End– “Guaranteed. Period.”
Similar to Eddie Bauer in many regards, Lands End has a wider range of products stretching beyond apparel to house and home. They offer a lineup closer to L.L Bean’s(another stellar company that didn’t quite make the cut).
Their Warrantee simply reads:
“The Lands’ End guarantee has always been an unconditional one. It 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.” We mean every word of it. Whatever. Whenever. Always. But to make sure this is perfectly clear, we’ve decided to simplify it further: Guaranteed. Period.®'”
For being willing to offer such a generous warrantee over a wider range of products, Land’s End edges out Eddie Bauer for #3 of our top 5 clothing warranties.
1. Darn Tough Socks– “Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee”
We must admit that we are shameless fans of Darn Tough and for darn good reason! Darn Tough from Vermont, is a family owned business that manufactures the most durable socks on the planet. Their top quality Merino wool blend socks last practically forever.
“Buy it For Life/Buy it Once” aficionados swear by them . Good luck finding a top list of “buy if for life” products that does not include Darn Tough socks. Seriously.
Not to be outdone by Feeture’s socks, Darn Tough raises the bar with this warrantee statement:
“Our unconditional lifetime guarantee is simple and without strings or conditions. If our socks are not the most comfortable, durable and best fitting socks you have ever owned, return them for another pair. No strings. No conditions. For life.”
Darn Tough makes their unconditional guarantee as clear and blunt as possible. There is no shadow of doubt that they really, really mean “unconditional.”
For having the most extreme warrantee offering in the clothing world, Darn Tough deserves the # 1 spot. Go Darn Tough!!
Honorable Mention: L.L Bean:
L.L. Bean once ranked in the top 5, however they have sinced canceled their unlimited return policy due excessive abuse by customers.
L.L. Bean still cranks out top quality clothing and deserves honourable mention here for their outstanding reptutation and devotion to high quality buy it for life products over many years.
Special Thanks to themanual.com. I relied heavily on their “Buy It Once, Have It Forever: The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties” post to sift out the very best warrantees from an already amazing clothing category. Head on over their and check out the full list.
Reddit: I can’t recommend Reddit’s BuyItForLife forum enough! Its a wealth of information and inspiration for this website. Go Redditors!