Labor Day means the end of summer. The end of summer is sad. You know what always makes you feel better when you're sad? Buying things. That's why we've rounded up the best kitchen products to buy at a discount during the long weekend. Great news: There's an Instant Pot sale and a Vitamix sale. So, take a break from your burger, bring your spritz over to the computer, and shop the best 2019 Labor Day sales.
Sur La Table
Through Monday, get Le Creuset tableware 20-percent off, Shun knives 45-percent off, and KitchenAid products are up to 30-percent off at Sur La Table. Plus, you'll get free shipping on orders over $59. Here are a few of our favorite products to nab at a discount from Sur La Table this weekend.
KitchenAid Meat Grinder Attachment
Speaking of burgers, if you're ready to take yours to the next level, grinding your own meat is any easy step. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, it's as simple as buying the meat grinder (technically, and inclusively called a food grinder). It’s fast and consistent and easy to clean and assemble, and really does a nice job of grinding meat at home (and even grinding seasonings—like garlic and fresh herbs—into the mix alongside hunks of chuck or chicken). It’s also got two sausage-stuffing tools (one small one for lamb casings and one larger one for pork). By the way, if you don't have the mixer that goes along with this, you can nab one of those a discount down below.
Vitamix Explorian Blender
Have you been waiting for the next Vitamix sale to buy a high-powered blender? Vitamix Explorian 310, the brand's more affordable model, did not win our product test of the best blenders—the Vitamix 5200 did. It's an incredible machine and performed almost in the same capacity as the 5200, but we found it to be a bit louder. Still, it's a top-of-the line blender that will give you silky smooth green smoothies and blend perfect nut butters. It's totally worth buying—especially at a discount (you'll just have to crank the new Taylor Swift album a little louder when you're blending your almond milk).
Shun Classic 9" Bread Knife
Yes, summer unofficially ends after Labor Day weekend, but the best part of summer, tomato season, lasts well into September. You need to be mainlining as many of them as you can right now and the best way to do that is tomato toast. For tomato toast on crusty sourdough, you're going to need a bread knife update. The Shun Classic Bread Knife is a winner in our product test of the best serrated knives. It's our best bet for home cooks with small hands. It has a 9-inch blade and is easy to control, especially if you're cutting through a large loaf of bread.
Anova Sous Vide Wi-Fi Precision Cooker
The Anova was a winner in our product test of the best immersion circulators. The temperature control is precise, and the machine is easy to use straight out of the box. The temperate appears clearly and legibly on the front of the machine as you adjust it. Plus, the Anova connects to your phone via Wifi or Bluetooth and has an app with recipes and recommended temperatures for foods you’re cooking.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
This model is similar to the Classic, with a few exceptions: it has a pouring shield that fits onto your mixing bowl to help prevent messes when adding ingredients; there are over 50 creatively-named colors—like Boysenberry, Guava Glaze, and Matte Violet—to choose from; and it has a larger capacity. You can make 9 dozen cookies or 4 loaves of bread in a single batch.
All-Clad Nonstick Fry Pan Set
Technically, All-Clad's nonstick pan did not win our product test. Truth be told, we had a hard time finding a winner for the test because so many performed well and came with rave staff reviews. Digital Director David Tamarkin stands by his All-Clad Nonstick Pan, which, like the other top performers, has an aluminum core and multiple layers of PFOA-free coating. That aluminum core means you'll get a level of superior even heating that many cheaper nonstick pans won't afford. Ultimately, it was the expense factor that kept All-Clad from our top spot, even though we trust the brand.
Now that price factor is irrelevant since you can get the nonstick pan at a discount. In fact, you can get two of them for a total of $60 at Nordstrom right now. Essentially, you're getting two of the highest quality nonstick pans for just a little more than the price of one. (And if you prefer larger pans, All-Clad's set of 10 and 12-inch nonstick pans are also offered at a discount right now.
Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6-Quart
Man do we love an Instant Pot sale. What's great about this model? It steams! It sautes! It makes rice! And, uh, so do all the other Instant Pots. But this one is the perfect starter: not too big (though you can buy this model in the 8-quart size), not too small (though the 3-quart is great for dorm rooms), and not quite as complicated as some of the more expensive models. Plus, this one makes yogurt! This is the best Instant Pot for entry-level multi-cooker users. The 3- and 8- quart Instant Pot DUOs are on sale as well.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender
With five speeds, a pulse button, and an ice button, everything about this blender is no-frills. In our product test, it crushed ice perfectly for a cocktail and though it took some extra time to work its way through the frozen banana and kale, it yielded a fine smoothie. It was also a cinch to clean. We tested it after using the high-performance KitchenAid blender ($500), and quite frankly, we found it laughable how much better this smaller appliance handled all the same tasks.
At $80 on sale, this is a great option for easy tasks like daily breakfast smoothies and batch cocktails. If you want to handle heavier tasks, like making nut butters and turning rough kale fine, go for the Vitamix sale above.
Crock-Pot Stainless Collection 8-Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker
In our test of the best slow cookers, the straightforward Crock Pot produced perfectly tender and very moist fall-apart chicken with a gorgeous, almost clarified broth. The machine is just the right size—not unnecessarily bulky like some other varieties—and it has an automatic warming function that switches on when your cooking is complete, meaning you can leave this machine running even if you're going to be gone longer than the time it takes your recipe to cook. The final bonus: the insert for the Crock Pot is ceramic, so it's naturally nonstick.
Brevillle Fountain Juicer
In our product test of the best juicers, Breville made our favorite thanks to its (rare for a juicer) easy set-up and the simplicity of operating it. It also has a wide chute, meaning you don't have to cut your fruits and vegetables into pieces before you juice them. This was also one of the only machines we tested that had a lidded pulp collector and juice jug—a huge plus. The machine would be ideal in a household that favors quantity and speed—if you want to make a lot of juice in a short span of time, get it.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious