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As the Strategist’s kitchen and dining writer, I live and breathe the equipment, tools, tableware, and ingredients you need to make your cooking (and serving) as efficient, effortless, and fun as it can be. Cyber Monday, of course, is the perfect opportunity to buy anything you might be missing, whether that’s an upgrade to the coffee maker you’ve been using since college, a chili crisp you never knew you needed (you do), a holiday gift for the chef in your life, or a fancy new appliance that’s usually out of your price range. But it’s also true that the sheer number of discounted items out there can be more overwhelming than exciting — and we all know that decision fatigue can lead to a regretful purchase, or even no purchase at all.
To help you navigate all that’s available, I did the work for you and rounded up some of the very best kitchen products on sale right now. There are options from some of our favorite smaller companies, like Material Kitchen’s gorgeous new table linens and a collection of Fly by Jing’s essential condiments, as well as choice picks from larger retailers like Amazon and Target that are some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen. And to make it easier to sort through, this list has been organized alphabetically by merchant.
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It’s no secret that Amazon loves a good sale. While the site is at the top of our list for good Cyber Monday deals, the volume of discounted products it offers can be a lot to take in — which is why we picked out a handful of kitchen products here that we’ve written about (and strongly endorsed) in the past. But for even more Amazon promotions, check out our dedicated (and highly curated) post.
An air fryer is basically a small convection oven that heats up in no time and results in the most evenly cooked, crispy food you can imagine. This one from Breville is an expert-recommended model that doubles as a toaster oven. Food writer and editor Alyse Whitney says it’s so efficient that she uses it as her regular oven most days of the week (and as an extra oven when she’s hosting).
If your coffee maker needs an upgrade, consider this one from tried-and-true brand Oxo. “The real selling point for me is that it has a valve hole in the lid for the coffee to brew directly into the carafe,” says Noah McKeown, a general manager at Go Get Em Tiger in Los Angeles. “It traps heat and aromatics better, and it’s safer because the liquid doesn’t splash out.”
Or if you prefer a single-serve model, consider this compact machine from Keurig. You can brew an eight-, ten-, or 12-ounce cup, and the water reservoir holds up to 42 ounces so you don’t have to refill every time. The drip tray at the bottom is removable, too, which means you can fit your taller travel mugs directly underneath the dispenser.
Buying a full knife set can be tricky, given that they often come with more blades than you need or without the particular pieces you might want to use. That said, this one on the larger end will have you fully covered if you’re starting from scratch. It includes all the basics, plus kitchen scissors and a collection of steak knives.
For kitchen scissors that don’t come apart, this small but mighty pair will do you well. They’re a chef favorite because the shorter blades mean you have greater control over delicate tasks like snipping herbs — but they’re so sharp they can cut through tough foods, too.
Staub is one of a few companies that reigns supreme when it comes to quality Dutch ovens. This five-quart one in a sleek matte black will look handsome set out on both the stove and table, and fits enough food to comfortably feed at least four people.
We’ve written about how great Stasher’s reusable bags are many times over the years. They come in so many different shapes and sizes to hold anything you would otherwise store in a disposable plastic bag. “They can go in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher; absolutely never stain or leak; and even though I’ve washed mine in the dishwasher hundreds of times, they haven’t fallen apart or degraded in any way,” Strategist contributor Alison Freer says.
We’ve declared that Hydro Flask makes the very best water bottle because of how many people endorse it — including many members of the Strategist’s own team. It’s incredibly well-insulated, keeping hot and cold drinks at their respective temperatures for hours (even in intense situations, like ice water inside a car on a sunny day). They’re also durable and long-lasting, and come in many shapes, sizes, and colors with lid variations (straw, twist cap, handled, etc.) depending on what fits your lifestyle.
If you tend to put the cork back into an unfinished wine bottle to save it for later, upgrade your system with a set of these basic but well-made stoppers for 30 percent off. They come in dark and muted tones, are easy to rinse off after each use, and seal perfectly well.
This air fryer is one of the simpler models on the market but works especially well for baking, says Gracie Bensimon of Gracie Baked. She leaves it on her counter set to around 370 degrees, and whenever the need for a cookie strikes, she simply turns it on and plops a ball of dough (which she always has on hand) onto a piece of parchment paper inside. Eight minutes later, it’s done.
For an air fryer with even more functionality, try this Ninja. It has options to air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate — the last of which is only otherwise found on the much more expensive Breville above.
The First Mess’s Laura Wright says that Vitamix’s 5200 model makes the best smoothies, which she blends and drinks every single day. She’s tried a good handful of other machines before, too (Vitamixes and non-Vitamixes alike) for that job specifically — and none besides this one create the optimal thick-and-creamy texture she is after.
The problem with most blenders is that they’re big. If you don’t have room for the Vitamix above but still want a regular smoothie fix, the Magic Bullet is a much smaller (and less expensive) appliance. Bonus: It comes with multiple sizes of blending cups, all of which you can detach with your drink inside and take on the go.
We always anticipate Brightland drops, so you can imagine our excitement to learn that the California-based olive oil company is holding its own Cyber Monday sale. If you spend $100, you get 15 percent off; if you spend $200, you get 20 percent off; and if you spend $300, you get 30 percent off — plus free shipping on all tiers. The discounts last through November 28 (at 12 a.m. PT).
Though Brightland is known for its olive oil, it also sells honeys and vinegars. This two-pack includes the balsamic and Champagne varieties. “We tried dozens and dozens of types of vinegars and producers and purveyors of all sizes and ultimately, we went with a husband-and-wife team,” founder Aishwarya Iyer told former Strategist writer Nikita Richardson. “They have blackberries on their farm, which they use to double-ferment their balsamic, and they get citrus from a nearby farm for the Champagne vinegar.”
Through the end of today, coffee company Cometeer is offering $60 off your first four boxes of its flash-frozen capsules and $25 off if you buy one box.
Though Cometeer’s product looks a lot like your standard coffee pod, they’re anything but. The capsules are filled with extracted coffee made from beans sourced from some of the best roasters in the country, which the company then brews at ten times the strength of a normal cup and flash-freezes to lock in flavor and freshness. You simply defrost one at a time and add hot or cold water for a cup as good as any you’d find at your local coffee shop.
Pretty much every time Fly by Jing discounts its products, we let you know — and this Cyber Monday is no different. The food and condiments company, which makes its products in the Sichuan province of China, is offering up to 20 percent off its dumplings, up to 30 percent off its sauces, and up to 50 percent off of its sets through November 28, a favorite of which you can find below.
This collection of Fly by Jing’s essential sauces includes its Sichuan Chili Crisp, the tingly, crispy condiment multiple famous folks have told us they can’t live without. But that’s not all: You’ll also get the extra-spicy version (not for the faint of heart); the sweet, tangy, umami-rich dumpling sauce; and the signature potent spice mix, the backbone of many Sichuan dishes.
Food52’s shop is a go-to for some of the most beautiful and useful kitchen tools around. From now until November 28, it’s marked down everything on the site by 20 percent if you use code CHEERS20, a rare offering (usually only select items are on sale at a time). It’s worth perusing everything, but here, we’ve pulled a few products we’ve written about before.
Another beloved product by the site’s own brand is this adjustable rolling pin — perfect for all your pie- and cookie-baking needs for the rest of the season (and beyond). The spacers allow you to roll out dough evenly, which ensures a better final product in both taste and look.
In our exhaustive guide to the best flatware, this set was recommended by Liza Curtiss, principal at Le Whit design studio. She calls it “playful yet refined,” and with 18 different color options (including mixed sets), you’re sure to find one that fits your style.
A cake stand makes any dessert look grand (even a pile of cookies), but it can also function as a fruit plate or a platter for pretty much anything else if you like the idea of varied height on your table. These Mosser ones are classic, come in a range of sizes and beautiful colors, and offer the option of adding a glass dome.
Great Jones is having its biggest sale ever, with up to 50 percent off most of their beloved cookware until November 28. Plus, if you spend over $200, you’ll get a free Holy Sheet, its nonstick sheet pan, with code HOLYSHEET. And on November 28, its special electric-kettle collab with cult-favorite coffee brand Fellow will be $25 off.
Speaking of that sheet pan, multiple professional cooks and recipe developers have told us how much they love it — and not just because it looks more fun than your standard metal ones. Recipe developer and cookbook author Erin Jeanne McDowell says “its beautiful appearance hasn’t caused its capabilities to suffer in any way. It hasn’t warped, scratched, or chipped.”
There’s no dispute that Lodge’s classic cast-iron skillet is great, but if you want something that stands out, the King Sear will give you all of the function with a bit more style. It comes in three of Great Jones’s signature colors: bright blue, forest green, and mustard yellow.
Wellness and superfood brand Golde is marking down everything on its site by 25 percent until November 28. Below, a few products we’ve written about before that we particularly love.
Strategist contributor Aisha Rickford first tried Golde’s latte blend to help with digestive issues. But what she didn’t expect was for it to “become my go-to for calming my stomach, clearing my skin, boosting my energy, and even serving as the secret ingredient in lots of my homemade baking recipes,” she says.
Along with latte powders, face masks, and supplements, Golde makes a rechargeable milk frother; you simply plug it into a USB. There’s one simple button that goes from fast to superfast and then off, and the whisk head can be detached for easy cleaning.
For Cyber Monday, kitchenware brand Goldilocks is offering an exclusive to Strategist readers: You can get 20 percent off sitewide using the code STRAT20 from now until November 29.
When Strategist editor Maxine Builder tested a bunch of products from direct-to-consumer kitchenware companies years ago, she found that Goldilocks made the best professional-grade gear overall. In particular, she was fond of its 12-piece utensil set, which she still uses to this day. It includes basics like tongs, two types of spatulas, a wooden spoon, ladle, and microplane-style grater — but also bonus pieces you wouldn’t necessarily think qualify as utensils, like mixing bowls, measuring cups, and a colander.
Macy’s Cyber Monday sale is one for the books, with steep discounts on items across all departments. But here a few kitchen items that caught our eye.
We named the Crux the best air fryer for its price — which is now a whopping 70 percent off. Ben Mims, a Los Angeles Times cooking columnist and the author of a cookbook devoted to the appliance, has been using his regularly for years and it has held up great. If you’re interested, act quickly, as this deal only lasts until tomorrow.
Bodum makes one of the best-known French presses around, and we particularly love this one in rose gold, a striking replacement for its classic silver press. If you didn’t know, you can also use a French press as a milk frother, which several experts say works just as well (or even better) than electric versions.
We named Joyce Chen’s 14-inch flat-bottomed wok our favorite in a story dedicated to this particular type of pan. The carbon-steel material means it heats up and cools down with precision, and the high sides allow you to toss ingredients with gusto; both features will have you making the best stir-fries of your life.
Made In is offering great discounts on much of its cookware and tableware from now until December 4. You’ll find 30 percent off glassware sets, its bakeware set, and its carbon-steel grill set; 25 percent off some of its stainless-steel sets and nonstick frying-pan set; 20 percent off of its Dutch oven, knife set, wok, baking dishes, and more; and 15 percent off its nonstick pans and plates, bowls, mugs, and platters. A couple of standouts are below.
We named this comprehensive cookware set the very best you can buy. If you’re stocking your kitchen from scratch or giving it a complete rehaul, you’ll get every piece you could possibly need: two sizes of saucepans, a large stockpot, a sauté pan, a stainless-steel frying pan, a carbon-steel frying pan, and a nonstick pan — the last of which White Bark Workwear founder Charlie Pennes told us has held up for three years with no scratches.
Made In has you covered when it comes to knives, too. This four-piece set has the essentials — a small paring knife, a chef’s knife, and a serrated knife — plus the addition of a straight-edged Nakiri knife. While the Nakiri is not strictly necessary like the others, it’s particularly great at slicing through vegetables with ease.
Material’s holiday sale has been going on for a bit and will run until November 30. You’ll find 20 percent off its products sitewide, including its just-launched glassware and linens. Not only that, but for every purchase you make, you have the opportunity to direct a portion of your savings to the Lower Eastside Girls Club, an easy way to give back.
If your nonstick skillet needs an upgrade (and let’s face it: It often does), consider investing in this super-high-quality one. The standout feature is the core, which is made from copper, a material that conducts heat, retains heat, and cools down in an incredibly exacting way. Plus, it’s one of the most attractive options on the market.
Plastic cutting boards get a bad rep — and with good reason. Many are poorly made so that they stain and warp with time and need to be replaced pretty frequently. Not so with the reBoard, which so many professional cooks own and love that we named it the very best one you can buy. The surface is slightly textured to prevent it from slipping; the build is super-sturdy but still lightweight; and it’s easy to clean, holding up for years with no wear. Additional plusses are that it’s made from recycled materials and comes in a range of “deep and saturated” colors, says food stylist Judy Kim.
Nordstrom’s sales are notoriously good, and this Cyber Monday, they’re keeping up their reputation with discounts on many actually nice (and giftable) items. For a full list of all the best products, you can head here — but we’ve also rounded up our favorite kitchen items below.
The Stagg EKG is one of those products that has been recommended so many times, it’s almost Strategist royalty. Just about the sleekest-looking electric kettle on the market, it’s built with exacting temperature control and a gooseneck spout for ultra-precise pouring. “The design is amazing,” says Kyle Ramage, co-owner of Black & White Coffee Roasters in Raleigh, North Carolina. “It’s sturdy and eloquent.”
Speaking of the holiday season, if you’re hosting out-of-towners, what better way to feed a crowd than with waffles? This All-Clad model is a favorite of Diaspora Co. founder Sana Javeri Kadri, who says that in a “sea of cute-but-useless” versions, she’s found it to be “super-sturdy — like industrial grade.”
These Sophie Lou Jacobson wineglasses are a bit different than your standard set — but undeniably gorgeous. With details in colored glass, they’ll stand out on your bar cart and make you feel stylish every time you sip from them.
Omsom, a Southeast Asian and East Asian spice-mix company, is offering 20 percent off sitewide with the discount applied as soon as you add any item to your cart. Plus, you’ll get free shipping if you spend $35 or more.
In collaboration with some of the most accomplished chefs in New York City, sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham launched a line of spice mixes that pack all the flavor into dishes like larb, lemongrass barbecue, bulgogi, and more. A set of their best sellers would make an excellent gift for the food-loving person in your life who doesn’t always have the most time to spend in the kitchen.
Until November 28, you’ll find up to 30 percent off of Our Place’s cookware, 25 percent off its tableware, up to $125 off its best sellers, and up to $150 off its bundles.
You’ve probably seen this pan around Instagram — and we think it lives up to the hype. While Our Place says it’s meant to replace eight different pieces of cookware with all its different functionalities, the most impressive feature is the high sides, which give it a level of versatility that most nonstick skillets don’t have. You can braise, steam, sauté, and make sauces in it, all while capturing splatter that would otherwise end up on your stovetop.
This tabletop set is owned and loved by multiple Strategist staffers. Junior writer Brenley Goertzen says she loves “the just-thin-enough plates and speckled detailing.” Especially impressive, though, are the stackable glasses, which “feel wonderfully hefty in your hand, look more expensive than they are, and are great for drinking everything from water to old-fashioneds to wine,” writer Dominique Pariso says.
If your pantry or fridge needs an organization overhaul, Our Place’s pretty storage containers that come in amber, teal, and clear will surely inspire you. Strategist senior editor Chelsea Peng says “it’s actually kind of happy-making to see them in the fridge,” where the tinted glass helps make leftovers seem more appealing (and more likely to be used).
Like Amazon, Target has so much to offer that it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. So we sifted through and pulled the best deals, all of which you can find here, with even more kitchen-specific picks below.
Most immersion blenders come with a cord attached — and while many of those function well, the benefits of a cordless model are obvious: It gives you greater flexibility when blending over the stove or counter. Whitney told us that the charge on this one “lasts for a really long time” or 25 uses.
Maybe 2023 is the year you get into vacuum sealing. It’s a great way to sous-vide, but also to preserve everything from meat in the freezer to dry goods in your pantry. Multiple experts recommended FoodSaver to us, the most popular brand on the market for home use because of its straightforward functionality.
For the air-fryer curious, the Dash is a great place to start. The price is always on the lower end, but especially so today, when you can snag it for just $40. Recommended by recipe developer and blogger Madeline Park, it’s small and simple to use, with just two dials for temperature and time. “I live alone and only cook one portion at a time,” she says. “I can cook a dish in 20 minutes, and it’s really intuitive to use.”
Sur La Table is a one-stop shop for some of the nicest kitchenware around, and its Cyber Monday deals are nothing to sleep on, with up to 60 percent off on tried-and-true brands like Vitamix, Breville, Staub, All-Clad, Cuisinart, Zwilling, and more. Plus, it’s offering free shipping if you spend over $75.
If you’re not in the market for an entire knife set like the one above, Global’s chef’s knife is the cream of the crop — so much so that we named it the best overall in our deep dive into the subject, with many experts citing it as their favorite. It has a comfortable grip, balanced weight, and super-sharp edge.
For a go-big purchase, consider an Ooni pizza oven, which is “brilliant at achieving very high temperatures near 900 degrees,” cookbook author Nik Sharma says. “And not only is this oven wonderful at cooking pizza, I’ve also found it to be an amazing tool to replicate the conditions inside a tandoor oven. Naan, tandoori chicken, and all sorts of kebabs turn out wonderfully.”
Or you could invest in one of the best blenders on the market. Vitamix is by far the most-mentioned brand whenever we talk to chefs and recipe developers about the appliance. This one is on the slightly smaller side compared to other Vitamixes (good for storage) and has manual controls instead of predetermined settings.
The Click and Grow allows you to grow herbs inside, no matter how much natural light you have in your house. It’s small — about the size of a loaf of bread, Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo says — but with enough space and power to support three plants at a time. It’s also very easy to maintain, she notes. We think this would make a sweet holiday gift for anyone who is mourning their summer garden.
Walmart is another retailer that goes big on Cyber Monday, offering a wide range of discounts on all sorts of products. Below, one we think is particularly great.
This Instant Pot includes its classic function: pressure-cooking. But it has the addition of an air fryer if you want a workhorse that can turn out pretty much any dish. “It preheats in minutes and I’d argue outperforms the oven for various tasks,” says Courtney Kassel, co-founder and co-writer of the newsletter Sifted. Because it does so much in one, “I can further justify the space it eats up in our limited kitchen storage,” she goes on, “and it’s a lifesaver on nights when the ‘What’s for dinner?’ conversation doesn’t even kick off until 7 p.m.”
A cast-iron skillet is an absolute necessity in the kitchen because it can pretty much do it all: get really hot and retain that heat, go from the stove to oven, and hold a fairly nonstick surface if seasoned properly. (Lodge cookware comes pre-seasoned, which is really helpful, though it might require some upkeep.) You can sear, sauté, braise, fry, and bake with it — and it will last you a lifetime and then some.
Williams Sonoma has tons of deals through November 28, including on some higher-end products. See below for some favorites.
This “really is the Ferrari of steam ovens,” says Strategist writer Ambar Pardilla, who tested it out for a story on the best toasters. You pour a teaspoon of water into a top opening to create steam, which allows your bread to get crisp and golden brown on the outside but stay super-soft and fluffy on the inside. “The effect really re-creates the taste of just-baked bread, as promised,” says food writer and editor Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner.
If you don’t own a microwave, it’s pretty much impossible to reheat a cup of coffee. Enter the Ember mug, which former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson says is the best of its kind on the market. She calls it “sleek and streamlined” and appreciates that the settings hook up to an app on your phone, which gives you exact degrees to choose from.
Cuisinart reigns supreme when it comes to food processors, and at 20 percent off, now is a great time to buy one. This sleek-looking model has simple controls and an extra-large feed tube to make adding ingredients without taking the lid off easy.
Taiwanese general store Yun Hai is offering 15 percent off sitewide through November 28. Just apply the code XIEXIE15 at checkout.
Food writer Cathy Erway told us that her rice cooker, ubiquitous in Taiwan, works like an electric steamer: Instead of mixing rice and water directly together, the Tatung heats water in a larger compartment around the bowl that holds the rice. This generates steam and helps the individual grains cook super evenly. But it also means that “you can steam other foods, like eggs or broccoli, without boiling them,” she says. Yun Hai is currently the sole distributor of Tatung in the U.S. and worked with it to make the machine in these striking colors it had never produced before.
For less than a tenner, throw in this underground “It” bag that’ll provide a fun contrast to your winter fits. It’s “sheer, small, colorful, and light, but the woven nylon can hold the weight of a MacBook comfortably,” Peng says.
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