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4 Affordable, High Quality Products That Are Made In The USA

By S.G. Cheah·· 4 min read
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Since June 2019, thousands of people in Hong Kong have been arrested for participating in a pro-freedom movement against the encroaching tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party. Hong Kong is at war, and the war is for democracy and freedom.

It's therefore difficult for me, in good conscience, to continually purchase products that are made in China. For those who aren’t aware, since China is (presumably) a Communist nation, everything is thus owned by the state. To put it simply, whenever you purchase Chinese goods, you're inadvertently putting money into the pocket of the Communist Party of China.

When you buy Chinese goods, you're inadvertently putting money into the pocket of the Communist Party of China.

Fortunately, I've found plenty of high quality, made-in-America products that are even better alternatives to China-made goods. Here are some of the made-in-the-USA products that you too can purchase if you’re looking for these options.

Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers

I first saw these food storage containers on an episode of America’s Test Kitchen equipment review. America’s Test Kitchen is consistently on point with their product recommendations. I have yet to be disappointed with any item I’ve bought that they’ve tested and recommended.

These food storage containers are no different. Just like they claim, they're leak-proof, stain-proof, durable, and easy to use. These look beautiful with their clear plastic that shines like crystal but is unbreakable (unlike glass).

Best of all? They're incredibly affordable. I bought a set of these from Target for under $20.

All-Clad Stainless Steel Fry-Pans

I recently purchased the All-Clad to replace my old non-stick skillet when I switched from an electric to an induction cooktop. Generally priced at around the $120 mark, it might seem a bit pricey to call it “affordable.” But considering how the cost of a few manicures will be about the same, paying slightly over $100 is an affordable investment because it's a “one and done” deal. Meaning, you’ll only need to purchase it once and you’re set for a long time.

You’ll only need to purchase it once and you’re set for a long time.

Understandably, something over $100 is a lot to pay for a frying pan when you can easily purchase one for less than $20 at TJMaxx or Walmart. The problem is, those dinky cookwares simply won’t hold up over time. In the long run, not only will you be spending more money in order to replace them, but you will also be cooking with subpar tools every time you make a meal.

One way to purchase this more cheaply is to wait for one of those huge Macy’s “lowest price of the season” sales to make this purchase. That was how I managed to buy mine for a cheaper price. Note, if you're getting married, this is a great product to add to your wedding registry.

Nordic Ware

One of my very first purchases when I first came to America was a Nordic Ware wok. That was over a decade ago, and I'm still using that same wok today. Since then, I’ve bought a few more Nordic Ware items and have always been pleased with how they perform.

The item which stood out the most was their 9-inch leak-proof springform pan. It bakes everything nicely and the non-stick surface works well, which makes baking easier. Bed Bath and Beyond sells these for a cheaper price than the Nordic Ware website, especially if you use one of their 20% off coupons.

MyPillow

I’ve personally never seen a MyPillow infomercial, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about these pillows. Curiosity got the better of me when I saw them for sale at a discounted price at Costco. I remembered how MyPillow was manufactured in the USA and not in China, so I bought a pair to try.

My verdict? I agree with the positive feedback of others. These pillows are pretty great. I don’t know how, but it definitely does contour to your head and neck when you lay on it. Sleeping on it is indeed very comfortable. The only complaint would be how these pillows sleep a bit warmer than my previous cool-gel pillows. But this might not even be an issue for you, especially if you live in a colder climate.

Closing Thoughts

These are just four examples of products that are made in the USA, which I own and vouch for. There are a plethora of other great goods that are American made. You can also consider products that are made in other countries like India or Mexico, though they might be pricier than things that are made in China.

Made in America products generally tend to be superior.

Even for someone who doesn’t care about the Hong Kongers in their war for freedom, and therefore isn’t conscientiously objecting to buying cheaply made Chinese goods, it’s still true that when it comes to quality, made in America products generally tend to be superior.

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