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Quarantine has made amateur chefs of us all. We finally have time to unearth all those forgotten gizmos we got as wedding and housewarming gifts years ago, and even whip up a new recipe or two. But with all this extra time in the kitchen, those appliances we kept in boxes for years look (and feel) outdated — and the meals they can help create take more effort than they’re worth.
No need to spend a fortune upgrading that rickety old blender or that ancient toaster — Amazon just slashed up to 50 percent off Calphalon’s line of sleek, efficient and easy-to-use appliances. From smoothies to steak to perfectly crispy toast, these kitchen must-haves make it easy for seasoned chefs or aspirational amateurs.
Here’s what you can scoop up:
It’s easy to write off the importance of a good toaster. Toast is simple, you think — a high school student can manage that.
But then you find yourself waiting for your coffee to kick in, fiddling with dials and levers trying to hit that sweet spot between bland limp bread and burnt to a crisp. The right toaster could save you a whole lot of struggle at breakfast time, especially when you’re half-asleep.
The Calphalon Precision Control Toaster is an easy and intuitive way to ensure that whatever challenges the day ahead holds, a bagel that’s been reduced to ashes isn’t one of them. Sporting a countdown timer, six shade settings and even a one-step defrost option, this toaster offers a consistent crisp every time.
“Anyone who toasts bagels or English muffins in a toaster knows how frustrating it is when half the muffin is burned while the other half is barely done,” a shopper declared. “This toaster solves that problem! It toasts slowly to produce perfectly toasted bagels/muffins every time.”
Shop it: Calphalon Precision Control 2 Slice Toaster, $45 (was $60), amazon.com
Smoothies just taste better when they’re perfectly pulverized — and the Calphalon ActiveSense 2 Liter Blender makes it as easy as pressing a button. With a 1200-watt reversible motor, five different settings (including salsa, milkshake and of course, smoothie), and even an “add liquid” alert to help you achieve the perfect blend, people are raving about the possibilities.
“I was not expecting to love this blender, but it turned out to be the best one I’ve ever used,” one shopper shared. “I have a Ninja and this blows it out of the water. It actually scared me how well it did at blending smoothies, sauces, and even cake batter...I definitely did not expect it to blend things automatically as well or easily as it did. You literally select the item you’re blending from a scrolling menu, tell it to start, and it takes off on its own, changing speeds and adjusting as needed to get the exact consistency.”
Shop it: Calphalon ActiveSense 2 Liter Blender, $120 (was $230), amazon.com
It’s fitting that the convection oven one reviewer called “The James Bond of toaster ovens” would be a gadget worthy of Q branch. With 12 different settings including air fry, bake, toast, broiling and even pizza (it can fit a pie up to 12”), the Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Oven makes it easier to prepare meals quickly. It’s also Amazon’s No. 1 new release in toaster ovens.
Shop it: Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven, $210 (was $300), amazon.com
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