Check Out Thursday's Best Amazon Deals

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, September 7.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Ailihen I35 Stereo Lightweight Foldable Headphones Adjustable Headband Headsets with Microphone 3.5mm for Cellphones Smartphones Iphone Laptop Computer Mp3/4 Earphones (Black/Orange) for $19.98 (list price $29.98)

Selfie Stick, TOMPOL Bluetooth Monopod 3 in 1 360°Rotatable Selfie Stick with Built-in Remote Shutter and Bluetooth Charging Cable for iPhone iOS, Android and Camera for $21.97 (list price $49.99)

Cell Phone Wallet, HUO ZAO Silicone Credit Card Id Holder with Adhesive Stick-on fits Apple iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphones, Table, Refrigerator, Door, Mixed Colors - 10 Pack for $9.90 (list price $29.99)

Action Camera ,Amuoc Waterproof 30m Sport Camera Full HD 1080P 2.0 Inch LCD Display 120 Degree Wide Angle Lens Sport Recorder Car Camera with Outdoor Accessories (Black) for $39.99 (list price $69.99)

iPhone 6 / 6s Battery Case, Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6s (4.7 inch) with 2850mAh Capacity / 120% Extra Battery [Apple MFi Certified] (Black) for $55.99 (list price $99.99)

Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More for $25.99 (list price $49.99)

Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery with High-Speed Charging Technology, Power Bank for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and more for $17.99 (list price $49.99)

Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colors Backlit Keyboard with Built in Rechargeable Battery, Black for $19.99 (list price $79.99)

Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron Quad-Core N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FM for $269.00 (list price $299.99)

Genuine Leather Swees Amazon Kindle Voyage Case Cover With Smart Auto Sleep/Wake Function for 2014 Version Kindle Voyage 6" (Not Fit Kindle Paperwhite) +2x Free Anti-glare Screen Protector, Black for $19.99 (list price $42.99)

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon) for $179.00 (list price $199.00)

Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II Black for $229.99 (list price $279.00)

KITCHEN

BUNN NHS Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer for $119.00 (list price $150.93)

Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Silver for $70.99 (list price $76.14)

Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set - 6 Piece Stackable Set with Spout for $21.99 (list price $64.99)

Oster Large Capacity Countertop 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven, Black/Polished Stainless, TSSTTVMNDG for $75.44 (list price $102.44)

VonShef 3 Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set with Pouring Spouts, Handles and Non Slip Silicone Base for $28.99 (list price $79.99)

Vremi 13 Piece Mixing Bowl Set With Handle - With Nesting Colorful Measuring Cups Spoons Colander Mesh Strainer - BPA Free Plastic Stackable Nested Mixing Bowls Large Small Pour Spout Baking Cooking for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

Epica 6-Temperature Variable Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle for $41.95 (list price $59.95)

Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet (12.5 inch) by Utopia Kitchen for $25.99 (list price $99.99)

FORLIFE Stainless Folding Handle Tea Infuser with Carrying Case for $10.88 (list price $15.00)

Hoan Bagel Guillotine Slicer, White for $16.89 (list price $17.99)

Sweese 1111 Porcelain Fluted Bowls - 18 Ounce for Cereal, Soup and Fruit - Set of 6, Assorted Colors for $27.95 (list price $34.99)

HOME

Cosco Vinyl 4-Pack Folding Chair, Black for $59.64 (list price $71.00)

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser, 200ml Wood Grain Aromatherapy Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode, Waterless Auto Shut-Off, 7 Color LED Lights & 4 Timer Settings for $23.99 (list price $79.99)

Customized Acrylic TV Remote Control Holder Organizer - Bedside, Coffee or End Table Remotes Caddy - Thick Black Lucite with Clear Dividers - by Unum for $21.99 (list price $29.99)

Wooden Storage Bin Container - Decorative Closet, Cabinet and Shelf Basket Organizer Lined With Machine Washable Soft Linen Fabric - White, Extra Small - By Creative Scents for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Set of 2 Brown Country Rustic Wall Mounted Openwork Metal Wire Storage Basket Shelves / Display Racks for $39.99 (list price $79.99)

Winsome Capri Set of 6 Foldable Fabric Baskets, Beige for $23.20 (list price $30.00)

HyLoft 00967 45-Inch by 15-Inch Wall Shelf, Off White, 2-Pack for $53.35 (list price $79.99)

Simpli Home Acadian Tall TV Media Stand for TVs up to 60", Rich Tobacco Brown for $295.78 (list price $599.99)

Updated Periodic Table of Elements Shower Curtain. PVC Free, Odorless Non-Toxic Fabric. for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Gold Stapler for Modern Office Space with Top Modern, 20 Sheet Stapling Capacity, With Staples for $17.26 (list price $28.95)

Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 14 Count for $15.00 (list price $40.33)

Five Star Flex Blue NoteBinder, 1-Inch Capacity, 11.5 x 11 Inches, Notebook and Binder All-in-One (72011) for $11.90 (list price $14.19)

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Side-Spiral Notebook, 4 5/8" x 7", Tan Cover, Universal Pattern (No. 973T) for $7.22 (list price $11.30)

SimpleHouseware 6 Trays Desktop Document Letter Tray Organizer, Black for $24.87 (list price $29.99)

Bulletin Board Set - Cork Board 24 x 18" + 10 Color Pins - Small Wall Hanging Tack Message Memo Picture Board for Home Office School Cubicle - Presentation, Display and Planning (Cork 24x18") for $24.89 (list price $49.95)

Kootek 118 Inch Cable Management Neoprene Cord Cover Sleeve Wire Hider Concealer Organizer Protector System for Desk TV PC Computer Home Theater, DIY by Yourself, Black and White Reversible for $10.99 (list price $17.99)

Rolodex Mesh Collection Drawer Organizer, Black (22131) for $11.60 (list price $13.74)

LAMPAT Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, Black for $26.99 (list price $139.99)

Well Desk Adjustable Standing Desk Riser - Simple and Solid Stand Up Desk Converter - Made in the USA of Premium Birch Plywood - Relieve Back Pain and Improve Productivity for $159.99 (list price $199.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Moisturizing Calming Body Wash, 16 Fl. Oz for $5.97 (list price $10.00)

Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower And Bath Gel, Body Wash, Original, 16 Fl. Oz. for $9.20 (list price $13.99)

Puracy Natural Body Wash, Sulfate-Free Bath and Shower Gel, Citrus and Sea Salt, 16 Ounce Pump Bottle, (Pack of 2) for $20.99 (list price $35.97)

ORGANIC Exfoliating Body Scrub - "COOLING CUCUMBER" - 100% Pure Dead Sea Salt Scrub / Ultra Hydrating & Moisturizing with SKIN SMOOTHING Jojoba, Sweet Almond & Argan Oils - 12oz for $22.95 (list price $28.95)

Burt's Bees Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream, 1.8 Ounces for $12.15 (list price $19.99)

Best After-shave Balm, Sandalwood Scent, Premium Aftershave Lotion, Soothes and Moisturizes Face after shaving, Does Not Dry The Skin, Eliminates Razor Burn For A Silky Smooth Finish for $16.97 (list price $29.99)

Braun Series 7 790cc Cordless Electric Foil Shaver for Men with Clean and Charge Station - Packaging May Vary for $169.41 (list price $289.99)

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes & Wipes, Refill Pack, 25 Count (pack of 6) for $19.72 (list price $37.14)

Baebody Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo 16 Oz - Sulfate Free - Volumizing & Moisturizing, Gentle on Curly & Color Treated Hair, for Men & Women. Infused with Keratin. for $13.95 (list price $29.99)

Hair Straightening Brush, GLAMFIELDS Electrical Heated Brush Irons Hair Straightener with Faster Heating MCH Technology and Auto Temperature Lock for $42.99 (list price $169.99)

Beard & Mustache Balm / Oil / Wax / Leave In Conditioner 2 oz - 100% Natural, Soothes Itching - Thickens, Strengthens, Softens, Tames & Styles Facial Hair - Brooklyn Botany for $9.49 (list price $24.99)

Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen: SPF 30+ - Contains Vitamins B, C, E & Seaweed Extract - Rehydrating Skin Protection - Paraben & Fragrance Free - Broad Spectrum UVA / UVB Protection for $24.95 (list price $31.95)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

MoKo Armband for iPhone 7 / iPhone 6s / 6, Sweatproof Sports Running Armband Workout Arm Band Cover for iPhone 7, 6S, 6, 5S, 5, Galaxy S7, Moto G, BLU 5.0, Black (Fits Arm Girth 10.8"-16.5") for $5.99 (list price $12.99)

Picnic Mat Cozyswan 59''x79'' Striped Handy Mat with Strap Mildew Resistant and Waterproof for Picnics, Beaches, RVing and Outings for $15.99 (list price $20.99)

Nalgene Grip-n-Gulp Water Bottle - 3 Pack (Pretty Pink) for $25.98 (list price $27.75)

Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent for $60.44 (list price $71.88)

Rose Pruning Gloves for Men and Women. Thorn Proof Goatskin Leather Gardening Gloves with Long Cowhide Gauntlet to Protect Your Arms Until the Elbow (Medium) for $25.95 (list price $39.99)

Essy Beauty Waterproof Facial Sunscreen Cream with Ultra UVA/UVB Protection SPF 60 (50 ml) for $11.99 (list price $59.00)

Compact Umbrella,Black Automatic Folding 10 Ribs,Travel Umbrella, 60Mph Windproof Reinforced Canopy, Ergonomic Non-Slip Handle, Auto Open/ Close for One Handed Operation (Black) for $16.95 (list price $29.95)

HOLYLUCK Men & Women Outdoor Sport Gym Sack Drawstring Backpack Bag - Purple for $8.98 (list price $17.00)

Merax JK1603E Easy Assembly Folding Electric Treadmill Motorized Running Machine (Red) for $197.50 (list price $299.99)

Large Exercise Mat 72" Long x 48" Wide (6'x4') x 6mm Thick. Comes With A Storage Bag and Storage Straps. Perfect Fitness Mat To Use With Cardio, Plyometric, MMA, & Aerobic DVD's. Square36 for $99.99 (list price $189.99)

Exercise Ball for Stability, Strength, Balance, Yoga, or Desk Chair by Zoetic Fit Anti Burst, 55cm, 65cm, 75cm with Hand Pump (Blue, 65cm) for $24.95 (list price $39.95)

Large Yoga Mat Bag by Yogiii | The YogiiiTotePRO | Large Yoga Mat Tote Sling Carrier w/ Side Pocket | Fits All Size Mats (Ash Gray) for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

TOOLS

CCbetter 30W Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun Kit with 25pcs Hot Glue Sticks High Temperature Energy Efficient for DIY Small Craft and Quick Repairs, Yellow for $12.99 (list price $18.99)

DEWALT DW1354 14-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set for $12.99 (list price $15.99)

CLC Custom LeatherCraft 5-Pocket Cell Phone/Tool Holder - 1105 for $8.48 (list price $14.95)

Dynabrade 56815 Dynorbital Supreme Non-Vacuum Random Orbital Sander, 5-Inch for $190.25 (list price $245.00)

DEWALT DWE6421K Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5" for $59.00 (list price $64.00)

ProSensor 710 Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder Yellow for $51.95 (list price $74.95)

Tacklife Advanced Laser Measure 131 Ft Digital Laser Distance Meter with Mute Function Large LCD Backlit Display Measure Distance,Area and Volume,Pythagorean Mode Battery Included Black&Orange for $30.97 (list price $63.99)

BOSTITCH BTFP3KIT 3-Tool and Compressor Combo Kit for $199.00 (list price $530.00)

ORIA Precision Screwdriver Set, 60 in 1 Magnetic Driver Kit with 54 Bits, Professional Electronics Repair Tool Kit for iPhone/ Cell Phone/ iPad/ Tablet/ PC/ MacBook and Other Electronics for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

FrogTape Delicate Surface Painting Tape, 1.41 in. x 60 yd. Roll, Yellow (280221) for $8.37 (list price $11.49)

Make Taking Out the Trash Your Easiest Chore With This Self-Sealing Trash Can

townew
townew

“What died in here?” is a question most homeowners (and renters) have asked themselves at some point after discovering that their kitchen trash can is no match for the festering odor of raw chicken trimmings, rotting cantaloupe rinds, balsamic vinaigrette runoff, and everything else that they've discarded that week.

The folks at Knectek Labs have invented a trash can that’ll ensure you never have to ask yourself, or anyone else, that question again. The multi-talented gadget, called townew, not only seals in odors, it also seals and changes the trash bag for you. All you have to do is press a button, wait a few seconds for townew to seal the bag, then toss it in the dumpster while townew replaces the bag for you.

Townew is also smart enough to detect when the trash can is overflowing (which is always your roommate’s fault and never yours, of course) and will lift the entire top compartment in order to seal the bag without any spillage.

To open the lid, simply wave your hand over the top of townew; it’ll stay open for several seconds and close automatically. Need it to stay open for longer? Tap the button on the front of the machine and townew will keep its lid open until you tap the button again. When the bin is full and it’s time to take out the trash, hold the button for three seconds, and townew will seal the bag for you.

Townew is manufactured with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, an engineering-grade plastic built to withstand humidity and temperature changes as well as chemical and physical impacts, so it won’t let a mid-summer heat wave stink up your kitchen and it won’t get demolished by your mischievous dog. It’s the same plastic that LEGO uses for many of its bricks—and if you’ve ever stepped on one of those, you know just how durable it is.

Just once a month, you’ll have to do two small tasks: replace townew’s recyclable refill ring, which contains 25 trash bags, and charge its 2000 mAh battery for 10 hours.

A townew trash can in an office
townew

The 15.8-inch-tall trash can comes in teal or white, and its sleek, tech-chic design will blend seamlessly with the decor of any room. Indiegogo’s early bird special includes the trash can and four refill rings for $70—shipping is free, and estimated delivery is scheduled for this September. Check out other buying options here.

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7 Useful Products With a Lifetime Guarantee

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It’s worth it to splurge on a new pair of shoes or a set of good knives if you know they'll last forever—or if they don't, that their maker will repair or replace them for free. Here’s a round-up of seven useful everyday items that come with a manufacturer's lifetime guarantee.

1. Le Creuset Cookware

A Le Creuset cookware set
Le Creuset's five-piece cookware set in cherry
Le Creuset, Amazon

We know that $350 seems like a steep price to pay for a 5.5-quart Dutch oven. However, plenty of cooking enthusiasts are willing to shell out top dollar for iconic French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset’s enamel cast-iron pots, casserole dishes, and skillets.

The colorful kitchen tools are attractive and durable, plus they distribute heat evenly. An added bonus? Each item comes with a lifetime limited warranty. "Defective cookware will be replaced free of charge, or replaced by a similar product or one of equivalent value if the product is no longer in production," Le Creuset’s website states.

Of course, you can’t just swap your grandmother’s ancient Le Creuset casserole dish (or the one you bought on eBay) for a new model if it chips or breaks. You have to be the item’s original owner. The warranty also "does not cover damage from abuse, commercial use or other non-consumer use, neglect, abnormal wear or tear, overheating, or any use not in accordance with the cookware instructions provided with the utensil." In other words, it needs to be obvious that the cookware has worn down with consistent use (and that you didn't accidentally scorch it in a kitchen fire).

Get one of the brand's signature Dutch ovens (or a five-piece set) on Amazon, Sur La Table (which regularly runs sales on its pricier cookware) the Le Creuset website, or at these other retailers:

2. Zippo Lighters

A black Zippo matte pocket lighter
Zippo, Amazon

We’re not endorsing smoking, but portable butane lighters can be useful if you’re camping and need a quick and easy fire source. Plus, many people find flicking a lighter’s tiny switch to be less intimidating than lighting a match.

If you do plan on purchasing a lighter for household or outdoor use, make it a Zippo. Founded in 1932, the iconic company’s trademarked slogan is “It works or we fix it free." No matter how old or damaged your pocket lighter, you can ship it to Zippo. They’ll promptly repair or replace it—but keep in mind that this warranty only extends to real Zippos, and not toward counterfeit lighters. (Factories in China reportedly make around 12 million fake Zippos a year.) Wondering if you own the real thing? The Wall Street Journal produced a handy video back in 2011 that teaches you how to distinguish a genuine Zippo from a fake.

Get one of Zippo's genuine Windproof Lighters on Amazon for $10 and up.

3. JanSport Backpacks

A black JanSport backpack
JanSport's SuperBreak backpack
JanSport, Amazon

If the trusty JanSport backpack you purchased in high school is starting to look a little threadbare, you can send it—or for that matter, any one of the brand’s packs, bags, or luggage items—back to its warranty center in Alameda, California. Depending on the damage, JanSport will repair it, replace it, or refund it.

Repairs will take anywhere from four to six weeks, depending on the season, and while you pay the initial shipping charges, JanSport absorbs the bag’s return costs. However, JanSport doesn’t claim responsibility for “direct, incidental or consequential damages." Your pack's wear and tear should stem from good old-fashioned use—not because, say, it got shredded by a luggage carousel.

Get one for yourself from JanSport's website or on Amazon, where the classic SuperBreak model is currently $33. It's also available at Backcountry.com ($36) and Walmart $32 and up).

4. Craftsman Tools

A 193-piece tool set
Craftsman 193-piece mechanic’s tool set
Craftsman, Amazon

While Craftsman also makes work clothing and lawn and garden equipment, the brand is most famous for its hand tools. Most of them are advertised as having an unlimited lifetime warranty, meaning they'll be repaired or replaced free of charge if they're no longer in tip-top shape. (For a full list of which tools qualify, visit Craftsman’s website.)

Stores take Craftsman's warranty pretty seriously. In 2009, Consumer Reports’s website, the Consumerist, wrote that a California man was refused a full warranty when he visited Sears and tried to trade in some of his grandfather’s old Craftsman tools. (At the time, Craftsman was controlled by Sears Holdings, though it has since been acquired by Stanley Black & Decker.) The man was reportedly denied replacements because some of the tools had rusty sockets.

He sent an angry letter to Sears, and one of the corporation’s vice presidents, David Figler, replied by issuing a statement to the Consumerist: "Craftsman tools have a heritage of performance and trust,” Figler wrote. “I want to assure you and your readers we stand behind the warranty—complete satisfaction—period.” He assured the website that he had communicated with Sears's sale associates to rectify the error.

Check out Craftsman's products at Amazon, Lowes, or Sears. You can get a 230-piece Craftsman mechanic's tool set on sale for $99 at Sears right now.

5. HARDENCO Jeans

A pair of denim jeans
HARDENCO's 010 Jean

Founded in 2010, HARDENCO (also known as Hartford Denim Co.) is a small, old-school clothing manufacturer in Connecticut that produces raw denim jeans. Made by hand on antique sewing machines, they're designed to last forever. However, since all jeans rip and fray, the company's clothing also comes with a lifetime of free repairs. (On their website, the company. explains that it gets the chance to “improve our work and get to know our customers a little better" by mending your pants gratis.) And if you own a pair of worn jeans that weren't made by HARDENCO, they'll still fix them up for you for a charge.

The company's classic jeans are $285.

6. Eagle Creek Bags

An Eagle Creek cargo backpack
Eagle Creek's 60-liter Cargo Hauler

All products sold by the California-based outfitter Eagle Creek—which happens to be one of our favorite eco-friendly brands—comes with what it calls a "no matter what" warranty. "Eagle Creek is synonymous with quality," the company's warranty page assures customers. "Every buckle, zipper, and fabric choice is meticulously selected and then analyzed after rigorous lab testing. After it’s built, we take it to the road to make sure it can handle real-world travel abuse. And it does." If anything does go wrong with your bag, you can send it back to Eagle Creek, which will repair or replace it for you. (However, the guarantee doesn't apply to accidents that fall outside the scope of "normal use" of your duffel bag or pack: " For instance, Eagle Creek wheels can withstand cobblestone streets, but are not built to be run-over by a train," the company warns.)

If you're not sure where to start with Eagle Creek, our favorite product is the Cargo Hauler duffel bag, a water-resistant duffel with removable backpack straps, an inner divider to keep your stuff organized, and lockable zippers. When it's not in use, it can be folded up to fit in its own front pocket, making it easy to throw in a larger suitcase if you're planning on returning with more stuff than you're taking. (It also makes it a cinch to store once you get home.) It comes in 40-liter, 60-liter, 90-liter, and wheeled 110-liter options.

Eagle Creek also makes a ton of other travel essentials, from packing cubes to airplane pillows to laptop bags. You can check out all its offerings here.

7. L.L. Bean Boots

If you own a pair of L.L. Bean boots, chances are they’ve outlasted every other pair of footwear in your closet. The durable rubber-and-leather shoes are hand-stitched in the company’s Brunswick, Maine factory. They’re designed to survive every single camping trip, rainy day, or hiking excursion—but if they don’t, L.L. Bean will let you trade them in for a new pair, no questions asked, for up to a year. In fact, this policy extends to every single store purchase.

"We stand behind all our products and are confident that they will perform as designed," the company writes on its website.

Up until early 2018, L.L. Bean's famously generous return policy—which didn't even require a receipt—was good for the entire lifetime of the company's products. Apparently, enough unscrupulous customers abused the program (buying items from garage sales and then returning them for full credit, for instance) that it cost the company as much as $250 million in one five-year period. As a result, the no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee now only applies to products purchased before 2018.

However, when it comes to product defects, L.L. Bean is still true to its original policy. If you bring a product in that has a defect or has broken down due to poor craftsmanship, the company will still consider it for a return regardless of the purchase date.

Shop the company's beloved boots for men, women, and children here.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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