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It seems crazy to be talking about Black Friday deals already, right? Here's the thing. Not to scare you, but the holiday season is short this year. Thanksgiving is late, meaning you have less time between consuming turkey and opening presents to shop—and to score the best deals on kitchen products. Luckily, we're on the hunt for early Black Friday deals and will be continually updating this list with our favorite kitchen products as we see them go on sale. Because getting a discount on gifts for your loved ones doesn't mean you love them any less; it means you're being smart. Here are the best kitchen products to buy on sale so far:
Moccamaster by Technivorm Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe
This coffee maker won our product test. Technivorm’s Moccamaster is an iconic coffee maker that subsequent brands have attempted, but failed, to replicate. The Moccamaster pioneered the now ubiquitous shower head feature, and for a long time was known as the only good drip machine. While this coffee maker can’t be programmed, froth milk, or tell you the time, it does make a well-extracted brew with just the flip of a switch. We tested a glass carafe model, but a thermal, stainless steel option is also available.
BUY IT: Moccamaster by Technivorm Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe, $240 (originally $330) at Williams Sonoma
Breville Smart Oven Air
The smaller version of this toaster oven from the high-end appliance line came out on top, both in our initial product review and when we tested it against newer budget models. It won thanks to its consistency, ease of use, and thoughtful features (like a Fahrenheit-to-Celsius converter, a button that tells the oven you’re cooking something frozen, and an indicator that tells you how long the cooking or toasting cycle is, so you’re not just waiting for who-knows-how-long for your toast. It’s easy to clean, too.).
It was, time and again, simply the most intuitive to use and reliable of the bunch. It toasted bread evenly and without incident, though in order to achieve color, we recommend setting it a notch or two past the medium setting of four. It takes 3.5 to 4 minutes to brown, well within range of the other countertop ovens we tested, whose toasting times varied from 2 to 5 minutes. It produced the most consistent results in other tests: cookies were golden on top with browned bottoms and soft interiors; frozen pizza had evenly melted cheese; and chicken was roasted to crisp-skinned perfection.
Instant Pot Smart Wifi
The defining feature of the Instant Pot Smart is that you can pair it with your iPhone or Android. This doesn't mean you can press start while you're at your office and come home to your Instant Pot braising ribs (you have to be within 30 to 45 feet of the pot to maintain the Wifi connection). The real perk is that you can create your own recipe scripts on your phone and upload them to the multi-cooker. Its cooking functions are similar to the Duo, the main difference being that it has three different "keep warm" temperatures.
BUY IT: Instant Pot Smart Wifi 6 Quart Multi-use Electric Pressure Cooker, $90 (originally $150) on Amazon
Robot Roomba E5 (5150) Robot Vacuum
Okay, so it's not strictly speaking a cooking tool, but it will clean up the messes in your kitchen. For the gadget-obsessed cook on your holiday shopping list, this little vacuuming robot is perfect at keeping kitchen floors clean of food crumbs and scraps. Don't pretend you don't drop stuff when you're scraping garlic and onions from the cutting board into the skillet.
Rubbermaid Sous Vide Container
These large storage containers are great for sous vide, proofing bread, and dry brining poultry, like chicken.
Material Sauce Pot
What sets this sauce pot apart? The copper core. Usually only seen in pots and pans at a way higher price point, this pot's copper core helps it heat up quickly and evenly—and stay hot. At three quart capacity, it's a perfect medium size for pasta, boiling eggs, or reheating soup. Another reason to shop this deal—the brand will donate the difference in cost from the original price to a non-profit of your choice.
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precisions Cooker
Sous vide—the cooking method whereby vacuum-sealed food is cooked in temperature-controlled water—was once relegated to professional chefs and only the geekiest, tech-obsessed home cooks. We've learned that this once seemingly challenging tool is actually a weeknight game changer and an easy way to ensure perfectly cooked proteins. Our editor found the Anova immersion circulator to be an unfussy model that preforms well. If you don't want to have to download an app to cook, this is the best sous vide wand for you. The nano is nice and petite, and it even comes with a vacuum sealer.
Mauviel Copper Saucepan
Always wanted to own a beautiful French copper pot? Now's the time to invest because this classic saucepan from Mauviel, which was founded in Normandy in 1830, and remains the big name for copper cookware in Europe, is massively on sale. It'll look pretty on your pot rack, sure, but it will also serve you well cooking sauces and getting the perfect Maillard browning on your beef stew thanks to copper's superior heat retention and conductivity.
Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender
The Vitamix 5200 was by far the best blender for smoothies in our test of the best blenders. It produced one of the silkiest smoothies in our batch. The final product was velvety and creamy, not gloopy or over-blended. Not only did it crush ice to perfection, but it was quieter than any other blender. It's also very easy to set up and the base is heavy but not unbearable. The blender’s controls are on the simple end with an on/off switch, a high/variable switch, and a dial for varying the power level yourself. This is an extremely efficient, high-performance blender with a ton of power.
Snowe Wine and Cheese Set
Want to be the kind of person who hosts parties but don't know where to start? This elegant walnut cheese board comes with three different Italian-made cheese knives and four red wine glasses. Pair with a few good cheeses and a bottle of red and you're good to go.
All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Sets
If you've ever flipped through a food magazine or watched an episode of a cooking show, chances are you're already familiar with All-Clad frying pans. For decades, the company's range of bonded tri-ply cookware has been consistently rated best in class by publications like Bon Appétit and Cook's Illustrated.
In our test of the best stainless steel fry pans, the All-Clad skillet was surprisingly comfortable to maneuver. It was hefty enough to hold up to serious use but not so heavy as to cause strain.
In both the flour and the onion tests, the contents of the skillet browned consistently across the surface of the pan, without evident hotspots. The pan also seared chicken thighs deeply and evenly, and, because it is oven-safe up to 500°F, transferred effortlessly to the oven to roast.
Each pan is crafted with 100% American steel at the company's longstanding mill in Canonsburg, PA, outside Pittsburgh. Sure, All-Clad skillet is expensive, but you really do get what you pay for—and each pan is protected by a limited lifetime warranty.
All-Clad Roasting Pan
The All-Clad roasting pan did not win our product test even though it shared many of the positive characteristics of the winner. Mainly, it came down to price: the Cuisinart offered the same advantages for less. Now, though, you can get a roasting pan from the Cadillac of cookware brands on sale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
OXO Glass Storage Container
These are our absolute favorite storage containers—for leftovers, for bringing lunch to work, and even for serving! They're durable, elegant, and they have tightly-sealing lids that will keep your leftovers fresh.
A Favorite Cast Iron Skillet
Starting today, this stellar cast iron skillet brand has a buy in bulk deal. When you buy one skillet, you get another half off; buy two, you get one free; buy three, get two free. If you're in need of a new skillet and want to get some of your holiday gifting done in the same stroke, this deal's a great one to scoop up. This pan had the smoothest surface of every one we tested in our product test—that means as soon as you build up a nice seasoning, it's prime for cooking even the most delicate fish fillets. Our writer found that the ergonomic handle felt good in her hand, and that the general thoughtfulness of the design really stood out.
BUY IT: The Field No. 8 Skillet, $125 (buy one get one half off, buy two get one free, buy three get two free) at The Field Company
Our Winning Air Fryer
The Philips is four or five times more expensive than some competitors. But it distinguished itself with panache in our product test when we filled it up with sweet potato fries: Whereas the next best alternative turned out a batch of fries that were burned in spots and undercooked in others, the Philips cooked a pound and a half of fries with uncanny consistency. They were crunchy. They were evenly browned, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.
The Philips, as well, had both the easiest and the most attractive interface of all the machines tested, centered around a super-intuitive dial controlling the time and temperature. It’s not just even-cooking and easy to use—it’s also efficient. In all instances it cooked food a few minutes quicker than the other air fryers. Now, you can get it on sale.
A Nespresso Vertuoplus Deluxe with Aeroccino3 Frother
A two-in-one coffee and espresso maker that serves up smooth brews for under $200 is hard to come by. This model by Nespresso not only makes both coffee and espresso in two cup sizes, it also comes with an Aeroccino milk frother. Capsules in the VertuoLine of Nespresso machines spin up to 7,000 rotations a minute and the final product has a naturally formed crema. The milk frother is great if you're looking to make a cappuccino with deliciously rich whole milk or light coconut and almond milks.
BUY IT: Nespresso Vertuoplus Deluxe By De'Longhi With Aerocinno3 Frother, $162 (originally $378) at Sur La Table
All-Clad's Winning Waffle Maker
We could talk about this waffle maker all day. It won our product test thanks to the perfectly-crisp, golden waffles it produced. Each batch was as uniformly beautiful as the next. Our tester even went as far as to say that the waffles had more depth of flavor than any of the others in her test. It's a hefty machine at 14 pounds, yes, but the four square design means you can feed a family in one fell swoop, instead of laboring over the machine endlessly.
All-Clad Nonstick Skillet Sets
At Sur La Table, you can score All-Clad nonstick pans, either in a 2-piece set that includes one 8-inch skillet and one 10-inch skillet or a three-piece set that also includes a 12-inch skillet. All-Clad is a tried-and-true brand we love at Epi, and when you give someone these nonstick skillets you're also giving them the potential for buttery French omelets that slide seamlessly onto the plate and salmon fillets with zero percent of the crispy skin sacrificed to the curse of pan-stickage.
Our Favorite Ceramic Nonstick Skillet
If you're looking for a nonstick pan made of completely natural materials, choose a ceramic pan. The downside is that we've seen more ceramic pans lose their nonstick ability over time than non-ceramic PFOA-free pans. However, GreenPan is different. The pan is constructed from hard anodized aluminum, which provides even heating, and has a ceramic nonstick coating that's PTFE- and PFOA-free. It's scratch-resistant, induction-friendly, and oven-safe up to 600 degrees—a huge benefit if you often cook with your nonstick pan in the oven.
BUY IT: GreenPan Venice Pro Holiday 11" Stainless Steel Covered Frypan, $45 (originally $90) at Macy's
Instant Pot Ultra
The Ultra is the most high-tech, sophisticated Instant Pot model. The main difference between it and other models is that it gives the cook custom control over all settings, so you can warm, slow cook, and pressure cook based on your own preferences. Be warned: The ability to control the settings is great for an advanced user, but can be a little confusing for a beginner. The Ultra Instant Pot also has an auto-closing pressure valve that streamlines the process of pressure cooking without fear. If you want a slightly bigger display screen and creative control over your Instant Pot programs, this is the way to go. Read our guide to selecting the right Instant Pot model for you here.
Our Favorite Dutch Oven
The Epi Test Kitchen uses Le Creuset Dutch ovens, so we know that they hold up to wear and tear. The enamel doesn’t seem to ever chip and the pot can withstand high temperatures, frying, braising, boiling, and whatever else we throw at it. In our test of the best Dutch ovens, the Le Creuset gave meat and vegetables a nice brown crust and showed great heat distribution. Its large handles are thin and have lots of room to stick your hand through, even if you're wearing bulky oven mitts. It's a classic, beautiful piece of kitchenware that you—or the person you give it to—will own forever.
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