These Ice Cream Makers Aced Our Tests, and They’re Still Marked Down at Amazon’s Big Spring Sale

Shop the best deals on ice cream makers at Amazon’s Big Spring Sale before discounts disappear. These three Cuisinart ice cream machines aced our tests, and you can snag them on sale for a limited time.

Roundup/One-off: BSSE Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Deal
Serious Eats / Marcus Millan

Amazon’s very first Big Spring Sale ends tonight at midnight PST, but there’s still time to score great discounts on cookware, tools, appliances, and more. As the weather warms up, our cravings for hearty meals are usurped by a renewed appetite for all things frozen. The familiar Mr. Softee jingle is the soundtrack to spring, but if you’re anything like us, you’ve also thought about experimenting with homemade ice cream. 

This spring, put your curiosities to rest. For an easy way to make professional-quality ice cream, ditch the no-churn recipes and snag one of our test-winning ice cream makers from Cuisinart before discounts disappear. 

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Deals at Amazon

Cuisinart 1.5-Quart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker

Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker
Amazon

Why It Won Our Review

Simple, straightforward, and speedy, this ice cream maker has been Serious Eats’ test-winning pick for years. While it’s small (measuring 9.5 by 9 by 11.25 inches), affordable (now only $56), and unassuming, it consistently churns out smooth, fluffy ice cream you won’t want to stop eating. The machine features an asymmetrical paddle for even mixing, it can make ice cream in just 20 minutes, and thanks to its wide opening, it’s easy to add the mix-ins of your choice. This is a great entry-level ice cream machine in terms of price and ease of use. It uncomplicates the ice cream making process with just one single button, and now that it’s 20% off at Amazon, you can snag it for just $56. 

Good to Know 

  • Style: Canister
  • Capacity: 1.5 quarts
  • Material: Plastic
  • Canister freezing time: 16 to 24 hours
  • Churn time: 20 minutes
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 9 x 11.25 inches
  • Warranty: 3 year limited

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Qt. Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-30BCP1 Ice Cream Maker
Amazon
Oatmeal cookie ice cream on the dasher

Why It Won Our Review

With a sturdy stainless steel base and powerful motor, Cuisinart’s Pure Indulgence was another favorite during testing. It’s just as easy to use as our top pick—simply freeze your bowl ahead of time, add in your ice cream base, and flip the switch to “on.” With a 2-quart capacity, it’s slightly larger than our test winner, which is why we named it the “best larger capacity ice cream maker.” Best of all, while it has the largest capacity of our picks, the machine also has the smallest countertop footprint and fits easily into most kitchen cabinets. Hurry to Amazon and snag yours while it’s still 21% off. 

Good to Know 

  • Style: Canister
  • Capacity: 2 quarts
  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic
  • Canister freezing time: 16 to 24 hours
  • Churn time: 30 minutes
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 8 x 11.25 inches
  • Warranty: 3 year limited

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
Amazon

Why It Won Our Review

Maybe you’re not the type to plan ahead, or maybe you don’t have room in your fridge to pre-freeze your bowl. Either way, this highly-efficient model from Cuisinart is your best bet. Our superlative-winner for “best ice cream maker for ice cream on demand,” the machine allows you to make ice cream with zero forethought required. The machine takes only 40 minutes to whip up a batch of ice cream, and just like Cuisinart’s canister-style machines, this compressor model is easy to operate. While it looks sleek and churns out professional-grade ice cream, the machine only has three buttons: an on/off switch, a timer and a start button. 

Good to Know 

  • Style: Compressor
  • Capacity: 1.5 quarts
  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic
  • Canister freezing time: N/A
  • Churn time: 40 minutes
  • Dimensions: 16.73 x 12 x 9.33 inches
  • Warranty: 3 year limited

FAQs

How long does an ice cream maker need to freeze?

Every model is unique, but our top canister-style picks from Cuisinart require a 16 to 24 hour pre-freeze for best results. However, if you decide to go with a compressor-style ice cream machine like the Cuisinart ICE-100, you can skip the pre-freezing step altogether.

How much does an ice cream machine cost?

The options vary, but our test-winner costs $70 when it’s not on sale, while our priciest pick from Breville costs $500.

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes, and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and has been known to go through an entire pint of ice cream in a single sitting. Her favorite flavor is cookies and cream.
Cuisinart 1.5-Quart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker and its parts displayed on wood surface with bowl of ice cream
Serious Eats / Eric Miller

Amazon’s Big Spring Sale Is Here, and Some of Our Favorites from All-Clad and Le Creuset Are Up to 50% Off

Amazon’s inaugural Big Spring Sale is here, and some of our favorite tested kitchen items are on rare sale right now. Score up to 50% off top brands like Cuisinart, Lodge and All-Clad today.

Best Big Spring Sale Kitchen Deals
Serious Eats / Tyler Roeland

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Hunting down coveted items at a fraction of their original price is an American pastime, not unlike a summer barbecue. And Serious Eats editors love to get in on the fun: We spend hours every week reviewing the latest and greatest kitchen tools, cookware, appliances and more, and now that Amazon’s inaugural Big Spring Sale Event is here, many of our test winners are on major sale. 

We narrowed it down to the 9 best deals worth grabbing—including our favorite cast iron skillet, Dutch oven and air fryer—and prices start at $25. The event only runs through March 25, so don’t wait to cash in on deals up to 50% off from All-Clad, Le Creuset and more.

Best Deals at Amazon’s Big Spring Sale

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder
Amazon

We’ve been recommending this simple, sleek cast iron skillet for years thanks to its versatility and reliability. The pan is virtually indestructible—a few of our editors have owned theirs for years and claim they still look as good as new. This one measures 10.25 inches in diameter, making it great for single servings and sides, though it comes in a wide variety of sizes. This one even comes with a silicone handle cover to protect your hands from accidental injuries.

An overhead view of many of the cast iron skillets in this test, before they were used to cook anything.
Vicky Wasik

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer

Instant Vortex Plus 6QT XL Air Fryer
Amazon

Air fryers make quick work of crispy, crunchy foods like chicken tenders, fries and roasted brussels sprouts, and they’ve recently become one of the most popular small appliances in America. If you haven’t yet hopped on the trend, you’re in luck: Our favorite air fryer is a whopping 44% off right now. The Instant Vortex beat out the competition thanks to its large, 6-quart capacity and user-friendly controls. It cooks food fast and evenly, and it promises to stand the test of time.

three air fryers side-by-side on a biege countertop
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker 2.0

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker 2.0
Amazon

Vacuum sealers are surprisingly versatile. They can extend the shelf life of produce and meat, or you can use them to experiment with sous vide cooking. We tested 20 different models, but the Anova Precision Cooker won us over thanks to its useful features, like a built-in bag holder. Plus, unlike others we tested, the Anova can seal liquids inside, making it ideal for preserving foods with lots of natural moisture and oils.

Three vacuum sealers on a marble countertop beside a bag of vacuum-sealed vegetables.
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

Cuisinart Elite Griddler

Cuisinart GR-300WSP1 Elite Griddler
Amazon

Warm, crusty sandwiches can make any day a good day. Luckily, panini presses like Cuisinart’s Elite Griddler are versatile enough to merit a place in any crowded kitchen. This model comes with high-tech features like a built-in timer and separate temperature controls for the top and bottom plates. It can open flat to convert into a mini indoor grill or griddle, plus, the plates are removable and reversible, so you can cook with or without grill marks depending on your preference. 

a person placing a sandwich onto a panini press and a small sheet tray holding another sandwich sitting besides the panini press
Serious Eats / Ashlee Redger

All-Clad Electrics Stainless Steel Immersion Blender

All-Clad Electrics Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
Amazon
Vitamix Immersion Blender on Counter with carrotts, onions, and cutting board
Serious Eats / Tamara Staples

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven with Lid, 5.5 Quart
Amazon

If you don’t own a Dutch oven, you don’t know what you’re missing. These weighty, durable pots can do it all, making them a great workhorse, even in minimalist kitchens. We tested 20 of the most popular models, and Le Creuset’s classic enameled cast iron Dutch oven tied with Staub for the number one spot thanks to the heritage brand’s reliability. This 5.5-quart model may be on the pricey side, but it'll last you a lifetime or longer. Grab it today while it’s 28% off.

two hands with oven mitts on removing a Dutch oven from an oven
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Amazon

Stainless steel water bottles are more than just a passing trend—they’re an essential way to stay hydrated without contributing to plastic waste. We tested seven popular brands including Hydro Flask and Yeti, but it was the Owala FreeSip that reigned supreme thanks to its versatile spout and aesthetic appeal. The bottle comes with a straw for sipping as well as a larger opening for large gulps, both of which are protected by a leak-proof cap. And best of all, it’s small enough to fit in any cup holder. 

Seven stainless steel water bottles on a grey surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

OXO Good Grips Thermocouple Thermometer

OXO Good Grips Thermocouple Thermometer
Amazon

Whether you fancy yourself a grill master or take sourdough very seriously, you know that a good instant-read thermometer is a must-have. Of the 18 thermometers we tested, OXO’s Thermocouple Thermometer was the easiest to read. It comes with a 225 degree-rotating probe, which makes numbers legible at practically any angle, and since it has a black background with white numbers, we could read the results in any lighting—even a pitch-black oven. Plus, it was one of the fastest and most accurate models we tried.

a bunch of instant-read thermometers on a marble countertop
Serious Eats / Irvin Lin

Messermeister Avanta 5” Fine Edge 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

Messermeister Avanta 5” Fine Edge Steak Knife Set
Amazon

Dull dinner knives are no match for proteins, so if you don’t already own a good set of steak knives, now’s the perfect time to take the leap. This four-piece collection from Messermeister performed as well as sets triple its price, and right now, it’s 31% off at Amazon. The knives feature sharp blades that easily slice through skirt steaks and tough vegetables like cauliflower and eggplant, and their elegant wooden handles felt comfortable to hold and work with.

a variety of steak knives in their boxes on a wooden surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

You’re in Luck: Our Favorite Meat Thermometer Is On Sale for Saint Patrick’s Day

The Themoworks Thermapen ONE meat thermometer won our tests thanks to its accuracy, fast response time and easy-to-read display, and it’s 25% off in green right now in time for St.Patrick’s Day.

One-Off: Green Thermapen / St. Pattys Tout
Serious Eats / Madison Woiten

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by snagging the cookware and tools on our wish lists (in shades of green, of course). And it must be the luck of the Irish, because our review-winning instant-read thermometer is on sale in green for a limited time in celebration of the holiday. The ultra-accurate Thermapen ONE helps you easily achieve juicier steaks and fluffier breads, so if you’ve been waiting to add a meat thermometer to your kitchen tool collection, now’s the time. From March 15 to 17, Thermoworks is taking 25% off the green Thermapen ONE, meaning you can now snag yours for just $82.

Thermapen ONE

Thermoworks Thermapen® ONE
Thermoworks

Why It Won Our Review

Out of the 18 instant-read thermometers we tested, the Thermapen ONE was our number one pick thanks to its ultra-fast, ultra-accurate design. Its auto-backlit display and large, high-contrast numbers made it easy to read results, even in a dark oven. And thanks to the thermometer’s auto-rotating display, you don’t need to strain your neck to read it, even at awkward angles. While most thermometers only tilt 180° (if at all), this one tilts a full 360°, meaning you can hold it in any direction and still make out the numbers on the screen. 

As its name suggests, the Thermapen ONE takes only 1 second to deliver accurate results. It was  the fastest thermometer we tested, and delivers readings with accuracy to ±0.5°F. We also found it easy to use—the thermometer turned on as soon as we pulled out the probe, so there’s no need to hunt for a tiny on and off switch. While it doesn’t come without a price, the Thermapen ONE is waterproof enough to be submerged in water for 30 minutes and comes with a 5-year warranty, meaning it’ll last you a lifetime. Snag yours in time for St. Patrick’s Day now that it’s 25% off in green.

Good to Know

Temperature range: -58.0 to 572.0°F 
Accuracy:
±0.5°F
Response time:
1 second
Dimensions:
6.1 x 1.7 x 0.74 inches
Warranty
: 5 years
Battery life:
2,000 hours
Number of colors:
10

FAQs

How do you use a Thermapen ONE?

The Thermapen ONE automatically turns on when you pull out the probe, so all you have to do is insert it into the thickest part of your meat or bread and wait a second or two for results.

Where can I buy the Thermapen ONE?

The Thermapen ONE is available at thermoworks.com or kingarthurflour.com.

Is Thermapen ONE worth the money? 

The Thermapen ONE was one of the priciest thermometers we tested, but it won our tests thanks to its fast, accurate readings. We think it’s worth the investment—especially since the brand offers a 5-year warranty.

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes and EatingWell.
  • Katie is a vegetarian but loves using her meat thermometer for baking bread.
a bunch of instant-read thermometers on a marble countertop
Serious Eats / Irvin Lin

All-Clad’s Waffle Maker Aced All of Our Tests, and It’s 30% Off Right Now

When we tested 22 waffle makers, All-Clad’s stainless steel waffle iron won us over thanks to its nonstick plates, deep indents and deliciously crispy results. While it won “best splurge” in our reviews, it’s currently on sale for 30% off.

One-Off All-Clad Waffle Maker tout
Serious Eats / Reese Herrington

Waffles are one of the world’s most beloved breakfast foods for a reason. Their toasty outsides and soft, fluffy insides make them oh-so satisfying to crunch into, while their divots conveniently store syrup without getting soggy (pancakes could never). And with the right waffle maker, they’re also easy to make. When we tested 22 models across a number of popular brands, All-Clad’s four-slice Belgian waffle iron came out as the “best splurge” pick—but now that it’s a whopping 30% off, you don’t have to break the bank to snag one of your own.

All-Clad 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker

All-Clad Gourmet Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle
All-Clad

Why It Won Our Review

All-Clad’s was the priciest waffle iron we tested, but it also had the performance to back it up. The plates heated up faster, stayed hot longer and generally ran hotter than other top contenders—resulting in waffles with beautifully browned and crispy exteriors with spongy, tender interiors. It also made the waffles with the deepest divots, so they could hold plenty of syrup without overflowing.

The waffle maker comes with six browning levels which you can adjust to your preference and whips up batches in only four minutes. During testing, we found that the appliance worked well for various types of batters, from yeasted to buttermilk, producing mouthwatering textures every time. We also love that it can make four 4.5 by 1 inch waffles at a time, which is especially helpful if you love hosting brunch or live in a full house and need to serve a crowd. 

At 15.6 by 10.8 by 5.9 inches, All-Clad’s four-slice waffle maker is small enough to fit on nearly any kitchen counter. It’s easy to store, easy to use, and easy to clean between uses. The square plates are removable and dishwasher-safe, allowing you to make quick and easy work of weekend waffles. Snag your waffle maker before this rare 30% off discount disappears.

Good to Know

Material: Stainless steel
Size:
15.6 x 10.8 x 5.9 inches
Browning levels:
6
Wattage:
1600 watts
Cleaning instructions:
Dishwasher-safe plates
Price at time of publish:
$280
Batch size:
Makes up to 4 square waffles at a time

FAQs

How do you clean the All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker?

The All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker features removable plates, so we recommend washing them on the top rack of your dishwasher.

How long does the All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker take to cook waffles?

The All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker can cook up to four waffles in just 4 minutes. It comes with an indicator light that tells you when they’re ready to go (though we’ve found that it can take a little bit longer, so we recommend checking for yourself).

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and eats waffles at least once a month.
A waffle cooking in a waffle iron.
Serious Eats / Dera Burreson

Great Jones Is Slashing 20% Off Its Entire Site Just for Serious Eats Readers—Shop Our Top 3 Picks

For a limited time, Great Jones is offering Serious Eats readers an exclusive 20% discount on products sitewide. We rounded up our test-winning favorites to shop now, including a saucier, casserole dish and loaf pan.

Great Jones Exclusive Sale Tout
Serious Eats / Madison Woiten

Our editors test countless kitchen products  every year, and rarely do we find design-forward pieces that actually deliver on performance. Great Jones is one of the few exceptions. The brand is known for its brightly-colored and patterned pieces—several of which have passed our rigorous tests.

From today through March 1, Great Jones is offering an exclusive 20% discount for Serious Eats readers with the code SERIOUS20. The promotion is available sitewide (excluding limited-edition items, gift cards, engraving, individual lids and pantry products), but we rounded up our three favorite products to get you started. Shop our review-winning saucier, casserole dish and loaf pan before this discount disappears.

Saucy Saucier 

Great Jones Saucy
Great Jones

Why It Won Our Review

Sauciers are the perfect shape for recipes like risotto, gravy and pastry creams. Like a shorter sauce pot with rounded edges, it’s the optimal shape for repetitive motions like whisking and stirring, allowing spatulas and whisks to reach into every nook and cranny, eliminating stuck-on bits. When we reviewed sauciers, Great Jones’ Saucy impressed us with its great look and user-friendly features. It conducts heat well, heats up faster than any other model we tested and comes with a looped helper handle and easy-pour spout. We can also attest to the pot’s sturdiness: “I've owned the Great Jones saucier since 2018 and it's been phenomenal,” says senior commerce editor Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm.

Good to Know

  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 18.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Volume: 3 quarts
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Oven-safe temperature: 500° F
  • Care instructions:  Dishwasher-safe
  • Price at time of publish: $96
five sauciers stacked on top of one another
Serious Eats / Tim Chin

Hot Dish

Hot Dish
Great Jones

Why It Won Our Review

After going in search of the best casserole dishes—and baking 12 pounds of mac and cheese along the way—Great Jones’ came out as one of our favorites thanks to its fun retro look and impressive performance. The ceramic pan is incredibly versatile, and with a 4-quart capacity, it can handle larger batches of lasagnas, brownies and everything in between. We loved its spacious handles and long-lasting durability. In fact, Riddley has owned her hot dish for four years and says it still looks as good as new.

The dish comes in pink, yellow, green and blue, all of which would look great on any dinner table or kitchen countertop. It’s an item you’ll find yourself reaching for on a daily basis, which is why you’ll love that it’s dishwasher-safe and easy to hand-wash.

Good to Know

  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9 x 13 x 3 inches
  • Volume: 4 quarts
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Oven-safe temperature: 500° F
  • Care instructions: Dishwasher-safe
  • Price at time of publish: $72
six casserole dishes on a green backdrop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Breadwinner

Great Jones Breadwinner
Great Jones

Why It Won Our Review

When we tested 10 loaf pans, the breadwinner was, well, one of the breadwinners. It performed as well as our other winners while adding a bright pop of color to the kitchen. “The bright pink Great Jones loaf pan brings me immense joy,” Riddley says. It’s made of nonstick aluminized steel and features sharp, squared-off corners to create breads with crisp-looking edges that don’t stick to the pan. In our tests, the breadwinner cooked food evenly and resulted in tall, well-risen loaves of sandwich bread, banana bread and lemon loaves.

Good to Know

  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 3 inches
  • Volume: 6 cups
  • Material: Aluminized steel
  • Oven-safe temperature: 450ºF
  • Care instructions: Dishwasher-safe, handwashing recommended
  • Price at time of publish: $28
a hand taking a loaf of bread out of the oven in a pink loaf pan
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes, and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and previously worked as an editor at VinePair.

These Breville Espresso Machines Aced Our Tests—and They’re Both on Rare Sale at Amazon

When it comes to luxury espresso machines, Breville remains one of our favorite brands. These machines are easy to operate, even for beginners, and consistently brew cafe-quality espresso. Snag them both at Amazon now for 20% off.

Roundup Breville Espresso Machines Sale Tout
Serious Eats / Reese Herrington

Brewing cafe-quality espresso is a science. It depends on several factors, including water temperature, extraction pressure, and dosage of freshly-ground coffee beans. And all of this precision  can make some people hesitant to brew their own espresso at home. But after multiple rounds of rigorous testing, Breville’s machines have consistently impressed our editors with their user-friendly design. The Barista Express Impress and Touch Impress machines came out as our favorite beginner-friendly machine and the best machine with a built-in grinder thanks to their intuitive design, customization optionality, and automation capability. 

Both of these models include high-tech features that make perfect shots of espresso every time, so whether you’re a budding barista or want to upgrade your current machine, snag these tested favorites while they’re on rare sale at Amazon.

Breville Espresso Machine Deals at Amazon

Breville Barista Express Impress

Black Friday Amazon Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Amazon

Why It Won Our Review

The Breville Barista Express Impress makes it easy to brew high-quality espresso in a flash thanks to innovative features typically found only in professional machines. The machine features smart technology that regulates temperature automatically and calibrates dosage perfectly every time, plus a built-in 25-setting grinder. It also comes with a tamper that lets you regulate the size of your cup, and the machine’s sensor automatically alerts you when you’ve added too much (or too little) coffee, so it’s almost impossible to brew a bad batch. 

Thanks to its powerful steam wand, the machine quickly turns milk and cream into silky microfoam that’s perfect for those who want milk-based drinks at home. This user-friendly machine from Breville offers an affordable way to make customizable barista-level drinks in just one minute, and right now, it’s a whopping 20% off at Amazon.

Good to Know

  • Dimensions: 13 x 15 x 16 inches
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Power: 1750 watts
  • Capacity: 2 liters 
  • Grind settings: 25
  • Warranty: 2-year repair, replacement warranty
The Breville Barista Express Impress on a white marble countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

Breville Barista Touch Impress

Breville Barista Touch Impress Espresso Machine with Grinder
Amazon

Why It Won Our Review

If you’re working with a bigger budget, go for the latest and greatest espresso machine with all the luxury features you need to brew foolproof batches of espresso every morning. The Barista Touch Impress comes with all of the same user-friendly functions we loved in the Express Impress, but with a high-tech touchscreen system that takes you through each step of the drink-making process and coaches you through each pull of espresso in real time. Another thing that sets it apart is its 30-setting grinder, which we thought pulled tastier shots than the Express Impress during testing. 

Like the Express Impress, the Touch Impress comes with all the accessories you need to make drinks like lattes, flat whites, and cappuccinos, including a stainless steel milk jug, filtration tools, cleaning products, and more. This machine will make you feel like you have your own personal barista, so snag yours now while it’s 20% off at Amazon.

Good to Know 

  • Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 13.5 inches
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Power: 1750 watts
  • Capacity: 12 ounce bean hopper, 68 ounce water tank
  • Grind settings: 30
  • Warranty: 2-year limited product warranty

FAQs

How do you clean a Breville espresso machine?

As with any espresso machine, we recommend regularly wiping down your steam wand, keeping up with daily cleaning tasks, and descaling the machine monthly. Instructions may vary depending on your particular model, so be sure to check the user manual for your machine.

Which Breville espresso machine should I buy?

When we tested espresso machines, the Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine was our overall winner, thanks to its beginner-friendly control panel, quick-heating capabilities, and automatic steam wand. We also named the Breville Barista Express Impress the best machine for beginners.

Are Breville espresso machines worth the price? 

Unlike competitors of similar price, Breville’s espresso machines come with features that you’d typically only find in professional espresso machines, including algorithm-driven computers that regulate boiler heating temperatures within a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit.

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes, and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and previously worked as an editor at VinePair.
three espresso machines on a kitchen countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

Presidents Day Is Nearly Here—Shop Deals on Rigorously-Tested Gear from Breville, Vitamix, and More

Presidents Day is days away, some of our favorite kitchen gear is already deeply discounted at Amazon. We rounded up our favorite deals to grab now, and our picks include test-winning cookware, appliances, tools, and more, up to 44% off.

Roundup: Best Presidents Day Deals on Tested Gear Tout
Serious Eats / Madison Woiten

You don’t have to wait until Presidents Day to take advantage of great holiday sales. Amazon is already brimming with deals on test-winning kitchen gear from brands like Cuisinart, Vitamix and Breville. We rounded up our favorite early Presidents Day deals, and whether you want to ball out on a luxury espresso machine or start small with a 10-piece set of all-purpose Swedish dishcloths, there’s something here for every need and budget. Read on to score discounts up to 44% off these editor-approved top sellers, starting at just $14.

Our Favorite Presidents Day Deals

Swedish Wholesale Dishcloths

Swedish Wholesale Swedish Dish Cloths
Amazon

Kitchen messes are inevitable, and single-use paper towels can be expensive (not to mention wasteful!). That’s why we love Swedish dishcloths. They’re highly absorbent and easy to clean, and you can use them again and again. We tested eight dishcloths, and Swedish Wholesale came out on top thanks to their ability to sop up spills efficiently and air dry quickly. Each set comes with 10 towels, and now that they’re on sale, each cloth costs only $1.40.

 Best Swedish Dishcloths
Serious Eats / Eric King

Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan

Amazon Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan
Amazon

Nonstick frying pans come in handy almost daily for frying, sauteing and more, but since their coatings have relatively short lifespans, we recommend opting for inexpensive pans like this one from Tramontina. It won our review thanks to its lightweight design, affordable price and ergonomic handle. It comes with a removable silicone grip to protect your hands when using it on the stovetop. It’s also oven safe up to 400°F, and right now, it’s 38% off. 

two stacks of various nonstick skillets against a white background
Serious Eats / Donna Curie

Instant Pot Pro 8-Quart 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker
Amazon

If you’re looking to invest in a versatile appliance ahead of spring, this 10-in-1 pressure cookware from Instant Pot is the way to go. You can steam, saute, sous vide, make rice, and more in this 6-quart pot. It’s easy to use, with a user-friendly control panel and steam release button. We also like that the internal bowl comes with easy-to-grip handles, making it easy to remove and clean. Snag yours now that it’s 29% off.

four pressure cookers on a white tile surface
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan

Amazon Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan
Amazon

When our editors tested 11 popular carbon steel woks, this one from Yosukata came out on top. This heat-treated, pre-seasoned pan features wide, tall sides for mess-free stir-fry and more. It’s durable, promising to perform for years, and now that it’s 25% off, it’s a no-brainer buy. The pan is 13.5 inches in diameter, giving you plenty of cooking space, and it heats up both quickly and evenly.

three woks on a kitchen surface
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker

Amazon Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Machine
Amazon

Our favorite large-capacity ice cream maker is now 21% off at Amazon. The stainless steel appliance aced our tests, producing smooth, airy ice cream and sorbet every time. A larger version of our test winner, the Pure Indulgence from Cuisinart has a 2-quart capacity and features an intuitive knob that makes it easy to control. Best of all, it churns delicious batches of ice cream in just 30 minutes.

Cuisinart 1.5-Quart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker on a wooden surface with a bowl of ice cream beside it
Serious Eats / Eric Miller

Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender

Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
Amazon

Blenders are a multifunctional kitchen appliance, essential for everything from sauces to smoothies to purees. Our favorite high-end pick from Vitamix creates smooth, creamy emulsions and features a motor powerful enough to crush ice and blend frozen fruit with ease. The Vitamix 5200 features a simple design and is versatile enough to take on a multitude of tasks. It’s 28% off right now, so don’t wait to grab yours.

The Vitamix 5200
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer

Amazon Prime Day Nesco Deluxe Food VS-12 Vacuum Sealer
Amazon

When we put 20 vacuum sealers to the test, Nesco VS-12 came out as our co-winner (tying with the Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro). It won us over thanks to its user-friendly controls and powerful suction. The machine creates a strong double vacuum seal that keeps food fresh—never freezer burnt—and right now, it’s 28% off.

multiple vacuum sealers on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

Messermeister Avanta Steak Knife Set

Amazon Messermeister Avanta 5” Fine Edge Steak Knife Set
Amazon

Every host needs a solid set of steak knives, and luckily, we tested 22 popular sets to find just six that won our reviews. 10.5 pounds of meat later, the Messermeister Avanta steak knife set came out as one of our top budget-friendly picks. We thought they performed as well as knives three times their price, featuring razor-sharp blades that cut through steak with ease. This set comes with eight stainless steel knives—enough to accommodate every guest at your next big dinner party. 

a variety of steak knives in their boxes on a wooden surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Breville Barista Express Impress Espresso Machine

Amazon Breville Barista Express Impress Espresso Machine
Amazon

If you’re looking to take your morning cup up a notch, this model from Breville is the perfect pick. Thanks to its intuitive design, automatic portioning system and built-in tamper, the Barista Express Impress is designed for novices. It also comes with a built-in grinder, and even its steam wand is beginner-friendly. It has every feature you need to make cafe-quality espresso, lattes, and more, and right now, it’s 20% off at Amazon. 

three espresso machines on a kitchen countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes, and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and previously worked as an editor at VinePair.

We’re In Love With This Vitamix Immersion Blender—And It’s on Sale for Valentine’s Day

The Vitamix immersion blender won our review thanks to its razor-sharp blades, five blending speeds, and plastic blade guide. It was by far the most powerful model we tested, and it’s 17% off in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Vitamix Immersion Blender over a white and yellow grid background.
Serious Eats / Daisy Rodriguez

Valentine’s Day is growing near, and if you’re still in search of the perfect gift for your loved one, we’re here to help. While you can’t go wrong with heart-shaped candies and red roses, great kitchen products are just as swoonworthy and can last a lifetime (just like your love). Vitamix’s ultra-powerful immersion blender makes a great, unexpected gift (I mean, who would expect a blender?), and it’s on rare sale until February 24.

We put the Vitamix through numerous tough tests—such as crushing ice, whipping cream and pureeing fibrous celery—and it won us over with its powerful motor and convenient plastic pan guard. Whether you’re looking to mix things up this Valentine’s Day or simply can’t resist a great deal (we’re with you), don’t miss your chance to snag yours while it's 17% off.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

Vitamix Immersion Blender
Vitamix

Why It Won Our Review

After passing our tests with flying colors, the Vitamix was named our top pick “with a pan guard.” Unlike some of our other winners, this blender comes with a built-in plastic tip that protects nonstick and enameled cast iron pans from scratching and other damage. The blade guard also makes the immersion blender safe to use in almost any container, from plastic storage containers to metal mixing bowls.

But its “silly powerful” motor is what really separated the Vitamix from the pack. It had the highest wattage of any we reviewed, producing a strong vortex that combines ingredients quickly and efficiently. In our tests, its ultra-sharp four-way blades pulverized celery into soup in just seconds, leaving very few stubborn fibers left behind. Plus, since the convenient button placement lets you change speeds easily, the Vitamix hand blender is also easy to operate with one hand—a win for multitaskers. This versatile tool promises to become part of your loved one’s daily rotation for years to come, and what’s more romantic than a gift that keeps on giving? Don’t wait: Grab your Vitamix immersion blender today before the discount disappears.

Good to Know

  • Dimensions: 18 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic
  • Horsepower: 625 watts
  • Speeds: 5
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Cord length: 5 feet
  • Care instructions: Hand-wash
  • Warranty: 3-year full warranty
  • Price at time of publish: $120

FAQs

Are immersion blenders worth it?

Thanks to their versatility and compact size, we think that immersion blenders are an essential addition to any well-stocked kitchen. Handheld blenders can stand in for blenders, food processors, and other large appliances with just a fraction of the countertop footprint.

Does Vitamix make an immersion blender?

Yes! Vitamix’s immersion blender lets you puree, mince, chop, and more using just one hand. It’s ultra-powerful and came out as one of our top picks out of 16 options.

How do you use a Vitamix immersion blender?

Vitamix’s immersion blender is easy to operate: All you have to do is plug it in and start blending with the touch of a button.

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes, and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and previously worked as an editor at VinePair.
Vitamix Immersion Blender on Counter with carrotts, onions, and cutting board
Serious Eats / Tamara Staples



Nordstrom Has Great Deals on Our Favorite Le Creuset and Staub Cookware—Up to 44% Off

Nordstrom is offering huge discounts on cookware brands Le Creuset and Staub—including seven of our tested picks. Shop our favorite enameled cast iron Dutch ovens, skillets, and more, with prices starting at just $50.

Le Creuset and Staub Sale at Nordstrom tout
Serious Eats / Reese Herrington

From our years of testing kitchenware, there are certain brands that stand out for consistency, versatility and durability. Among those are French icons Staub and Le Creuset, both of which have been producing quality cast iron pieces for decades. We’ve been recommending the heritage brands’ Dutch ovens, skillets and more for years—and right now, seven of our top-tested picks are on sale at Nordstrom.

In our rigorous tests, these colorful pieces won us over with superior quality and countertop appeal. While both brands typically come in at a higher price point, you can now buy our review-winning cocottes, fry pans, and more for up to 44% off at Nordstrom. 

Le Creuset and Staub Deals at Nordstrom

Le Creuset 3.5-Quart Dutch Oven 

Nordstrom Le Creuset 3 1/2-Quart Signature Round Enamel Cast Iron French/Dutch Oven
Nordstrom

Le Creuset’s Dutch oven is a kitchen icon for good reason. It’s a multifunctional piece that you’ll find yourself reaching for on a near daily basis—plus, it’s gorgeous enough to double as decor, coming in an ever-expanding range of colors. Not only does the enameled cast iron brown food evenly and consistently on the stovetop, but it’s oven-safe up to 500°F. The pan is made to last a lifetime, so you can plan to pass it down for generations (but it also comes with a lifetime warranty, just in case). Right now, it’s 30% off in four colors at Nordstrom.

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Braiser, 3.5-quart
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

Staub 7-Quart Cocotte 

Nordstrom Staub 7-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Nordstrom

When we tested 20 Dutch ovens, Staub tied Le Creuset for first place—and luckily, its cocotte (the French term for Dutch oven) is also on sale. Like the Le Creuset Dutch oven, Staub’s has great countertop appeal and offers a reliable lifetime warranty. This pot features a black, textured interior that’s great for achieving delicious crusts on meat and vegetables. Plus, its 7-quart capacity comes in handy when you’re cooking for a crowd. Snag it in graphite gray while it’s 26% off.

two hands with oven mitts on removing a Dutch oven from an oven
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

Le Creuset Stoneware Mugs 

Nordstrom Le Creuset Set of Four 14-Ounce Stoneware Mugs
Nordstrom

Le Creuset’s stoneware mugs are now 20% off in Le Creuset’s recently released shallot shade. They come in a set of four and feature the same concentric circles embossed on Le Creuset’s cookware. They impressed us during testing thanks to their ideal size (14 ounces), glossy design and surprising durability. Senior commerce editor Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm has owned her set for years and says they still look as good as new.

Several dinnerware place settings on a grey surface
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Fry Pan

Nordstrom Staub 11-Inch Enameled Cast Iron Fry Pan
Nordstrom

Enameled cast iron skillets are perfect for everyday use, thanks to their easy-to-clean surfaces. They don’t require seasoning, can withstand high temperatures, and some (like this one from Staub) can even go in the dishwasher. During testing, this pan stole the show thanks to its flared ability to cook food quickly and evenly—and now it's on sale for 28% off in cherry red and matte black. When we cooked eggs and steak in this pan, each crisped up beautifully and neither stuck to the bottom. 

a stack of enameled cast iron skillets in multiple colors
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet 

Nordstrom Le Creuset 9 Inch Enamel Cast Iron Skillet
Nordstrom

Le Creuset’s cast iron pan also aced our tests thanks to its “naturally” nonstick interior. Like Staub’s skillet, this one easily releases everything from cornbread to seared chicken and heats food evenly. We can also attest to its durability: Associate editor Grace Kelly says her family has been using the same one since the 90s with no chips in sight. Snag it for 42% off in your choice of six colors: flame (orange), white, cerise (red), artichaut (green), Marseille (blue) and oyster (black).

Vintage Le Creuset Enameled cast iron skillet on a black marble backdrop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Staub Rectangular Baking Dish Set

Nordstrom Staub Ceramic 2-Piece Rectangular Baking Dish Set - Dark Blue
Nordstrom

At 44% off, these Staub casserole dishes are a total steal. We love their large ergonomic handles, tall sides, and ability to withstand ultra-hot temperatures (they’re heat-safe to 570°F). While it was the 9-by-13 inch dish that won our tests, we love the versatility of this two-piece set. The now-$50 duo comes with a 7.5-by-6 inch and 10.5-by-7.5 inch pan that nest together for easy storage.

two hands removing a red Dutch oven from an oven rack
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan

Nordstrom Staub 10-Inch Round Enameled Cast Iron Double Handle Grill Pan
Nordstrom

You don’t have to wait for warm weather to start enjoying delicious food fresh off the grill. When you’re craving charred carrots or burgers with crispy grill marks but don’t want to brave the cold, snag this enameled grill pan from Staub. This round version of the pan we tested fits perfectly on the stovetop and distributes heat evenly to produce food with deliciously crispy exteriors. Grab it in grenadine (dark red) while it’s 33% off.

three grill pans on a kitchen countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

Shockingly, We *Actually* Recommend Buying This TikTok-Trendy Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is easy when you have the right water bottle. If your New Year’s resolution is to drink more water, snag our review-winning stainless-steel water bottle from Owala now that it’s 20% off at Amazon.

Amazon Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Serious Eats / Jaclyn Mastropasqua

The world is currently obsessed with stainless steel water bottles. Whether you’ve been coveting the array of travel mugs, tumblers, and cups floating across your For You page or resolved to drink more water in the new year, now’s the perfect time to snatch up a great water bottle that’ll outlast the TikTok trends. There are tons of options out there, and while much of the internet swears by Stanley Cups, it was the Owala Free Sip water bottle that aced all of our rigorous tests.

Of the seven stainless steel bottles we tested, the Owala came out on top thanks to its dual mouthpieces, its leakproof design, and its cup holder-friendly size. Snag one while it’s up to 24% off at Amazon.

Owala Free Sip Vacuum Water Bottle

Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel 32-ounce Water Bottle
Amazon

Why It Won Our Review

If you bring your reusable water bottle wherever you go, you’ll want one that’s durable, fits in your cup holders, and won’t leak in transit. The Owala Free Sip checks all of those boxes. The 24-ounce vessel is just over three inches in diameter, meaning it fits in most cup holders, and is topped with a locking lid that prevents leaks. Plus, with its triple insulation, it keeps drinks cold for up to 27 hours.

The dual spout is the feature we loved most about the Owala Free Sip. The built-in straw is great for sipping slowly throughout the day, and when you’re extra parched, you can tilt it back to access the wide spout and chug to your heart’s content. In our tests, we found that both options were mess-free (no drips or spills here!).

Now that the Owala Free Sip is up to 24% off, there’s never been a better time to invest in the everyday water bottle you’ve been looking for. Buy yours at Amazon before the discount disappears.

Good to Know

  • Materials: Stainless steel and plastic
  • Capacity: 24 ounces
  • Dishwasher safe: Lid and straw only
  • Weight: 13.7 ounces
  • Dimensions: 10.75 x 3.25 inches
  • Price at time of publish: $23

FAQs

Where can I buy an Owala water bottle?

Owala water bottles are widely available in stores and online. You can buy them at Amazon, Target, the Owala website, and more.

Are Owala water bottles dishwasher safe?

While the lid and straw are dishwasher-safe, the stainless steel cup is hand-wash only.

Do Owala water bottles fit in cup holders?

Yes. In our tests, the Owala Free Sip — which has a 3-inch base diameter — fit snugly in a car cup holder. 

Why We're the Experts

  • Katie Brown is a commerce writer for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, Allrecipes, and EatingWell.
  • Katie has been writing about food and drinks for over five years and previously worked as an editor at VinePair.
Seven stainless steel water bottles on a grey surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly