Breville’s Most Popular Espresso Machine Is Nearly 30% Off for Prime Day

The Breville Barista Express espresso machine has everything you need to start making espresso at home, including a built-in grinder and automatic steam wand. Grab it for 30% off for Prime Day.

 One-Off Breville Express Espresso Machine Deal
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Breville has so! many! espresso machines. We even tested all of them to find out which ones were worth their salt. The Barista Express stood out as a beginner-friendly machine: It had a built-in grinder, precise temperature control, and an automatic steam wand. Really, it came with everything you need to make a great cappuccino at home (including a tamper and frothing pitcher!)—except for the beans, of course. Right now, for Amazon Prime Day, it’s a rare $200 off.

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
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Why It Won Our Review

During our tests of Breville’s many espresso machines, the Breville Barista Express proved itself to be a great entry-level option. While its features aren’t as fancy as some of Breville’s other models (for example, it doesn’t have a touchscreen or dual boiler), the Barista Express is straightforward, reliable, and more affordable. 

Its clearly labeled buttons make it easy to operate and the built-in grinder has 16 settings. You can also adjust how much coffee is dosed into the filter basket. Thanks to its precise temperature control, the Barista Express produces great-tasting espresso, and its steam wand is powerful enough to make silky smooth microfoam. This Amazon Prime Day, you can get the Barista Express for $200 off.

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 13.8 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 23 pounds 
  • Portafilter diameter: 54 millimeters
  • Capacity: 2 liters 
  • Grind settings: 16
  • Comes with: Dosing funnel attachment, single and dual wall (1- and 2-cup) filter baskets, the Razor precision dose trimming tool, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning kit, water filter
  • Care instructions: Backflush with coffee detergent according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Warranty: 1-year limited product warranty

FAQs

What’s the difference between all the Breville espresso machines?

We tested all of the Breville espresso machines and compiled our findings in this guide.

What other Amazon Prime Day deals are available?

We’ve gathered the best Amazon Prime Day deals on kitchen equipment here.

Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer for Serious Eats and Food & Wine
  • We’ve rigorously tested dozens of espresso machines, from beginner-friendly models to commercial-level machines.
  • An is a coffee enthusiast and enjoys making her own espresso drinks at home daily.

Our Favorite Personal Blender Makes Smoothies in 20 Seconds—and It’s 23% Off for Prime Day

The Nutribullet Ultra personal blender shreds through kale, blends in seconds, and cleans up easily. It’s 23% off for Amazon Prime Day.

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While full-size blenders like the Vitamix 5200 can do it all, they can take time to assemble and clean, which feels unnecessary if you just want a quick, on-the-go smoothie. That’s where the personal blender comes in. It comes together with a simple twist of a cup. After testing 19 of them for power, usability, and durability, we found the Nutribullet Ultra personal blender to be efficient, wicked fast, and powerful. For Amazon Prime Day, it’s 23% off.

Nutribullet Ultra Personal Blender

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Why It Won Our Review


In our tests, the Nutribullet Ultra wowed us with its powerful motor that shredded a kale and mango smoothie in a mere 20 seconds. The 32-ounce blending cup was the largest one we tested and was capable of holding multiple servings. Given the cup’s size, we didn’t have to spend time squishing down ingredients before blending. It was also easy to twist the extractor blade lid on and off without fear of spilling (sadly, we couldn’t say the same for squat cups).

Notably, the Nutribullet Ultra has a small footprint and a sleek gray exterior. It’s also straightforward to use, with two buttons: one for an automated smoothie cycle and a manual option. For taking your smoothies to-go, the Ultra also includes two travel lids. All this to say: You can see why we were excited to find the Nutribullet Ultra $30-plus off for Prime Day.

Key Specs

  • Weight: 9.68 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7.72 x 12.01 x 15.94 inches
  • Cord length: 30 inches
  • Capacity: 32 ounces
  • Materials: Plastic, stainless steel
  • Wattage: 1200 watts
  • Voltage: 110 volts
  • Accessories: 32-ounce cup, 24-ounce cup, 24-ounce handled cup, and 2 to-go lids

FAQs

How do I clean the Nutribullet Ultra personal blender?

All parts (aside from the motor base and extractor blade) are top-rack dishwasher-safe. The brand recommends keeping the rubber gasket attached during cleaning. The motor base can be wiped down with a damp, soapy sponge or dishcloth.

What’s the best full-size blender?

We’ve recommended the Vitamix 5200 for 10 years, reviewing a dozen blenders to land on our top pick.

What other Amazon Prime Day deals are available?

Here’s our guide to the best Amazon Prime Day deals.

Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer for Serious Eats and Food & Wine
  • We’ve tested blenders for years, reviewing models of all sizes and price points.

The Breville Smart Air Fryer Toaster Oven Makes Crispy, Crunchy Fries—And It’s 30% Off for Prime Day

We were wowed by the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer’s crispy fries and crackling chicken wings. It’s easy to use, heats up quickly, and it’s on sale for 30% off.

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When we tested air fryer toaster ovens, we set out to find a versatile model that could toast bread as well as it could make perfectly browned French fries and crispy, crackling chicken wings. Our top pick, the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro, out air-fried the competition by a long shot. It was easy to use, crisped evenly, and was even spacious enough to fit a whole chicken. Right now, it’s 30% off for Amazon Prime Day.

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro
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Why It Won Our Review

Like Breville’s other toaster ovens, the Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro is sleek and intuitive to use. It has clearly labeled controls and dials so you can quickly adjust the setting, time, and temperature. We especially like that the cooking timer pauses when you open the door—no seconds are lost when you need to rotate or flip food. 

During our tests, the Breville turned out crispy, crunchy French fries and golden brown chicken wings. The spacious interior was big enough to accommodate a whole chicken or pizza, making it a versatile all-in-one appliance. Plus, for a countertop oven with a larger footprint, we appreciated that its fan is cleverly installed behind the control panel, so it doesn’t look hulking. It’s an oven that can truly do it all, and right now, you can grab it for 30% off.

Key Specs

  • Weight: 23 pounds
  • Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.5 x 12.7 inches
  • Type and dimensions of air fry basket: Standalone wire basket; 12 x 15 inches
  • Interface type: Manual, with three dials and 6 push-buttons total, including super convection
  • Functions: Toast, bagel, broil, bake, roast, warm, pizza, proof, air fry, reheat, cookies, slow cook, and dehydrate
  • Minimum temperature: 80°F
  • Maximum temperature: 480°F
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

FAQs

What other deals can I access on Prime Day?

We’ve collected the best kitchen equipment Prime Day deals here.

When is Prime Day?

This year, Prime Day is on July 16 and 17.

Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer for Serious Eats and Food & Wine
  • To find the best air fryer toaster oven, we tested 12 models and air-fried 12 pounds of French fries.

Prime Day Is Here, and Serious Eats Staffers Are Eyeing These 10 Deals

We spend all year reviewing kitchen equipment and now that Prime Day 2024 is here, these are the best deals we’re recommending.

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Serious Eats / Reese Herrington

Prime Day is here! You’ve got two days (July 16th and 17th) to finally make that toaster oven upgrade or spring for a new chef’s knife. As year-round kitchen equipment testers, we’ve amassed quite the wish lists ourselves, including pizza ovens and espresso machines. So, we turned to our editors to see what they’re eyeing this Prime Day. Here are 10 recommendations from our very own kitchen gadget experts.

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops Towels

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops Towels
Amazon

I tested kitchen towels last year, and my kitchen is now stocked with the winners. I keep a set of Coyuchi's Waffle Dish Cloths for hands and dishes, but when it comes to the real work of sopping up messes, I turn to the Utopia Towels kitchen bar mop towels. They're cheap enough that I don't think twice about using them to mop spills and clean messes—but durable enough that they do the work of pot holders and oven mitts. I'm restocking this Prime Day! — Rochelle Bilow, commerce editor

OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Amazon

My sister is still using a spice grinder to grind her coffee beans, which is especially upsetting to me since I gave her a super-nice drip coffee maker. So, I'll be buying her one of our favorite coffee grinders and holding it until the holidays. This OXO burr grinder couldn't be simpler to use: It features a top that twists to adjust the grind setting and just one start/stop button. — Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm, senior commerce editor

Instant 4-in-1 Milk Frother and Steamer

Instant Pot Instant Milk Frother
Amazon

Confession time: I love my Breville Barista Express espresso machine, but I can never make the silky microfoam of my latte dreams. It takes more skill than you'd think to use a steam wand, and the fruit of my frustrated labors is often just a sad, limp pour of scalded milk (cry). Last Christmas I gifted this Instant Pot frother, one of our top milk frother picks, to one of my friends, and now I'm wishing I kept it for myself. She and her roommates absolutely ADORE it and can whip up a cafe con leche, London Fog, or fluffy hot chocolate on the reg. I'm jealous, and the green monster of envy has won out. While our top pick isn't on sale, I'm eyeing our best budget milk frother, also from Instant, for myself on Prime Day. — Grace Kelly, associate commerce editor

Gozney Roccbox Pizza Oven

Amazon Roccbox Pizza Oven by Gozney
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After eyeing outdoor pizza ovens for years, I'm finally thinking of getting a Gozney Roccbox this Prime Day. It heats to 900°F in just 30 minutes and cooks pies evenly. I've had it bookmarked since I first learned about it from one of our tests and this might be the summer I become a pizzaiolo, especially now that the Roccbox is 20% of ffor Prime Day. — An Uong, commerce writer

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

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I'm a multiple-times-a-week ice cream enjoyer, even during New England winters, so I'm definitely tempted to snag our top ice cream maker pick, the Cuisinart 1.5-quart ice cream maker. It was already inexpensive and now that it's on extra-sale for Prime Day, I'm daydreaming about all the flavors I want to experiment with. Plus, it was the fastest out of all the models we tested, and as someone who wants her ice cream ASAP, I love the idea of whipping up a batch in just about 20 minutes. — An

Homeffect Knock Box

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Amazon

What nobody told me about getting an espresso machine: You also need a knock box. (Trust me—unless you don't mind having crusty coffee grounds sprayed all over your trash can.) There's no reason to splurge on a fancy knock box, and this one from Homeffect is cheap, on sale, and the winner of our review. — Rochelle

Rubbermaid Brilliance Airtight Food Storage Containers

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Food storage containers are like the socks of my kitchen: the lids always go missing. And just like you can't just wear one sock, it's hard to use a container without its lid. I'll be replenishing my storage container supply with our favorites from Rubbermaid. They have leak-proof seals and lids with latches. Plus, this set comes with so! Many! Sizes! — Riddley

OXO Half-Sheet Pan

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Half Sheet Pan
Amazon

The bigger (and, ugh, fine, pickier) my toddler gets, the more frantic meal-prepping I find myself doing each Sunday. That's all well and good, except I'm currently operating with two half-sheet pans, a bunch of quarters, and far more miscellaneous to-be-roasted vegetables than that!! I'm planning to stock up on these OXO half-sheet pans in order to allow for more efficient Sundays and less opportunity for "nonononONOOOOOOOs." A girl can dream! — Tess Koman, executive editorial director

Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner

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I use my salad spinner for washing almost every piece of produce we eat. In my opinion, it's a staple product everyone should have. So I am planning to buy one of our top picks, the Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner, on Prime Day for my sister. It's not the most glamorous of gifts, but it's practical, and I know it will be well used. — Leah Colins, senior culinary editor

Hiware Parchment Paper Sheets

200 Pcs Unbleached Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Amazon

Is it a bit silly to purchase parchment paper from Amazon? Maybe. But I can't deal with the rolls of parchment they sell at the grocery store—I must have these Hiware parchment paper sheets that are flat and cut into half-sheet size for ease and convenience! — Genevieve Yam, culinary editor

FAQs

When is Prime Day 2024?

According to Amazon, Prime Day 2024 is on July 16 and 17 (that’s today and tomorrow!). 

How do I access Prime Day deals?

To shop Prime Day deals, you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership. If you’re not a Prime member already, you can sign up here for a 30-day free trial.

Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer at Serious Eats and Food & Wine.
  • An has been reviewing kitchen equipment for nearly two years.

Our Favorite Breville Espresso Machines, Toaster Ovens, and More Are Up to 30% Off at Amazon

Ahead of Amazon Prime Day 2024, Breville already has deals on our favorite tried-and-true espresso machines, toaster ovens, air fryer ovens, and more. Grab them while they’re up to 30% off.

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Over the years of testing kitchen equipment, Breville has won top spots in quite a few of our reviews. The brand’s appliances, including espresso machines and air fryer ovens, are built for performance and longevity. After using Breville appliances in the test kitchen and at home for years, we can say with confidence that Breville products are worth the investment. With that in mind,we’re always excited to see our top Breville picks on sale. Right now, you can grab our favorite air fryer toaster oven and one of our favorite espresso machines on rare sale for up to 30% off.

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro
Amazon

The Breville smart oven air fryer pro out-fried the competition during our tests, producing crunchy French fries and crispy chicken wings. It’s also easy to navigate, with clear buttons and knobs for adjusting times and heat settings. Its larger capacity also easily fits whole chickens and frozen pizzas. And, right now, it’s 25% off.

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Breville Smart Oven

Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven Convection Toaster Oven
Amazon

The only difference between the Breville Smart Oven and our top toaster oven pick, the Breville Smart Oven Pro, is that the Pro has an internal light. Otherwise, performance was nearly identical between the two toaster ovens during our tests, with the Breville Smart Oven delivering golden slices of toast and evenly cooked pot pie. If you don’t care about a light, it’s on sale for 20% off.

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Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
Amazon

When we tested all of Breville’s espresso machines, we found the Breville Barista Express espresso machine was a great entry-level machine with a built-in grinder. It’s easy to use, features the same PID temperature control as other Breville machines, and its grinder has 16 different settings so you can home in on your perfect brew. It’s also 27% off.

Breville Barista Touch Impress Espresso Machine with Grinder placed on a counter
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Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine

Amazon Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine, 67 fluid ounces, Brushed Stainless Steel, BES880BSS
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The Barista Touch espresso machine has a built-in grinder that boasts upgraded burrs from Baratza. Its touchscreen system also walks you through each step of the espresso process to achieve even better results. It’s a great deal at $200 off.

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Breville Joule Turbo Sous Vide

Breville Joule Turbo Sous Vide
Amazon

The now-20% off Breville Joule is lightweight, compact, accurate, and fast—what more could you ask for in a sous vide machine? During our tests, this model quietly heated up cold water in just 22 minutes. Plus, we liked its magnetic base that lets you stand it up in a stainless steel or enameled cast iron pot.

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Breville Sous Chef Pro Food Processor

Breville Sous Chef Pro 16 Cup Food Processor
Amazon

One of the quietest food processors we tested, the Breville Sous Chef offers a generous 16-cup capacity, great attachments (like an adjustable slicing blade), 24 settings, and a powerful motor that excels at chopping consistently. Plus, it’s on sale for nearly 30% off.

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Breville Super Q Blender

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The Vitamix 5200 will always be our all-time favorite blender, but the Breville Super Q impressed us with its quiet motor. Its five presets and 12 variable speeds made quick work of emulsifying soups, crushing ice, and blending smoothies. It also has an LCD screen that’s clear and easy to read. You can get one for $50 off.

Orange liquid is blended in the Breville Stainless Steel Super Q Blender
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FAQs

When is Prime Day 2024?

Amazon announced that Prime Day will be on July 16 and 17 (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Do I need a Prime membership to get these Breville deals?

While you don’t need a Prime membership to grab these Breville appliances on sale, you’ll need one if you want to access other exclusive member-only deals on Prime Day. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.

Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer at Serious Eats and Food & Wine.
  • An has been reviewing kitchen equipment for nearly two years.

Our Favorite Fourth of July Kitchen Deals (Including KitchenAid, Vitamix, and Le Creuset)

Fourth of July is just around the corner and we found deals on some of our favorite kitchen equipment that we’ve recommended for years, starting at just $11.

Roundup: Best Fourth of July Amazon Kitchen Deals
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Fourth of July weekend is just a stone’s throw away, and if you’ve been patiently tracking the price of a Kitchenaid stand mixer or Le Creuset Dutch oven, now’s the time to take action. At Serious Eats, we put stainless steel pans, blenders, gas grills, and much more through rigorous tests to find out what’s truly the best. We especially love when our top picks are on sale, since we can shout about them from the rooftops for all to hear. This Fourth of July, we rounded up deals including our favorite ice cream maker and the most powerful blender we’ve ever tested.

The Best Fourth of July Kitchen Deals, at a Glance:

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Machine

Amazon Prime Day Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Machine, 1.5 Quart Sorbet, Frozen Yogurt
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The Cuisinart ice cream machine can make a silky smooth batch of ice cream within 20 minutes and with little fuss thanks to its asymmetrical paddle that scrapes the sides clean. It out-churned the competition with its pre-frozen, coolant-lined canister and simple controls (seriously—it just has one on/off button). You can grab it for 30% off.

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Serious Eats / Will Dickey

Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
Amazon

We’ve recommended the Vitamix 5200 for ten years and counting. It’s a professional-grade blender that leaves other models in the dust when it comes to turning hard, fibrous, or sticky ingredients into smooth emulsions. It has our favorite tapered jar design that creates a strong vortex and the simple control switches and dial lets you decide the level of power you need. Right now, it’s on sale for 26% off.

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Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Gas Grill

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We’ve recommended the Weber Spirit II E-310 through several rounds of testing. It has three individually controlled burners, even heat distribution, and 529 square inches of cooking space, making it a fantastic grill for beginners and experts alike. It’s 20% off right now.

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KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head 5-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt Head Stand Mixer
Amazon

The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-quart stand mixer is a workhorse that will cream butter, whip up egg whites or heavy cream, and knead pizza dough with ease. The 5-quart capacity makes it the perfect size for a casual baker and the tilt-head is convenient for when you need to scrape down the sides or add more ingredients to the bowl. Rarely on sale, the mixer is now 24% off.

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Anova Culinary Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro

Amazon Anova Culinary Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro
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The Anova Culinary precision vacuum sealer pro uses double-seal technology to keep bags sealed, whether they’re in high temperatures or prolonged freezer storage. It’s one of the only models we tested with moist and dry, as well as built-in bag storage and a bag cutter. settings. Its simple controls were easy to use and we loved being able to seal bag after bag with no refractory period. Plus, 33% off should seal the deal.

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Swedish Wholesale Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths
Amazon

Messes, spills, and splatters of all kinds were no match for the Swedish Wholesale Swedish dishcloths during our tests. Our editors buy them in bulk and reach for them daily to clean up their kitchens. It only takes a few swipes to sop up a mess thanks to their super absorbency and they air-dried quicker than other dishcloths we tried. At $11 for a 10-pack, these are barely over $1 apiece.

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GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Air Fryer

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One of the largest air fryers we tested, the now-44% off GoWISE 7-quart air fryer crisped large batches of fries and wings to perfection during our tests, and with room to spare. It also has a touchscreen display with both text and pictographs, making it easy to operate.

The GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Air Fryer on a marble counter
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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven

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A dependable Dutch oven is essential in the kitchen. It can braise, stew, bake, roast, and go straight from the oven to the table. Few (if any) do it better than our favorite from Le Creuset. During our tests, the Le Creuset yielded the most even heat distribution and retention and we can personally attest to its durability, having used it for years in the test kitchen and our own homes. It’s nearly 30% off at the moment.

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Mac Knife 8-Inch Hollow Edge Chef's Knife

Amazon MAC Knife Professional series 8
Amazon

Our favorite mid-priced Japanese chef’s knife makes slicing and dicing a true pleasure. The Mac 8-inch chef’s knife has a super sharp hollow edge that produced exceptionally smooth cuts during our tests. It’s also thin and lightweight with an ergonomic handle, making it comfortable for extended use for righties and lefties alike. Right now, its price is slashed by 24%.

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Traeger Grills Pro 780 Electric Wood Pellet Grill

Traeger Grills Pro 780 Electric Wood Pellet Grill
Amazon

This Traeger 780 electric pellet grill was simple to assemble and even easier to use during our tests. The intuitive app and digital control panel made it rather effortless to operate and it delivered noticeable grill marks with a moderate smoky flavor. Already affordably priced, it’s now 20% off.

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Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer with Food & Wine and Serious Eats.
  • We’ve tested kitchen equipment for years and some of the products on this list have been our top picks for over a decade.

11 Deals on Tried-and-True Grilling Accessories to Grab Before Your Next Cookout, Starting at $8

For all your upcoming cookout needs, we rounded up the best deals on our favorite grilling accessories, including grill gloves, extra-long tongs, wireless thermometers, and more.

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Serious Eats / Francesca Fasciglione

Every pit expert (we’re talkin’ about you) should have their essential grilling tools. If you don’t, the good news is that summer—peak grilling season!—is the time for sales. So, we combed through early Fourth of July deals to round up the best discounts on grilling tools and gadgets, whether you prefer cooking on gas or charcoal.

The Best Grilling Accessory Deals, at a Glance:

Outset Collapsible Camping Grill and Chimney Starter

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Amazon

If you own a charcoal grill, you need a chimney starter. After burning through 78 pounds of charcoal, we named the Outset collapsible camping grill and chimney starter as one of our favorites. Built with a zinc body and chrome grates, it’s easy to assemble by unfolding and popping in two grates. During our tests, it was the fastest briquette-lighting model, taking 26 minutes to light six quarts and 20 minutes for three. It was also easy to light thanks to its large bottom holes. Plus, it can double as a mini camping grill and it’s 24% off right now.

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Comsmart BBQ Gloves

Amazon Comsmart BBQ Gloves
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If you’re an avid griller, you’re poking, prodding, and flipping within close proximity to very high heat. To keep your hands protected, grill gloves are non-negotiable. These Comsmart BBQ gloves accomplish that and are long enough to cover some of your forearms. On sale for just $14, they’re a steal.

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ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer

ThermoPro TP20 500FT Wireless Meat Thermometer
Amazon

The ThermoPro TP20 is our favorite budget wireless grill thermometer, and it’s on sale for $45. It’s fast, and accurate, and had a lightning-fast 6.3-second response time in our tests. Itt uses radio frequency to transmit temperatures from its probe to its base, which can be less prone to connectivity issues compared to Bluetooth or WiFi.

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Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal

Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal
Amazon

Lump charcoal burns cleaner is good whether you want intense fire or low-and-slow heat. While it can be pricey, our top pick, from Jealous Devil, is nearly 30% off at the moment. During our tests, this charcoal was the best at maintaining a consistent temperature.

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TUO Meat Slicing Knife

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For slicing and serving your sirloin steak or pork tenderloin after they’re on the grill, you’ll need a blade that’s thinner and longer than a typical chef’s knife to get clean cuts of meat. In our tests, the TUO slicing knife produced razor-thin slices of prime rib and its blade easily maneuvered around bones. The blade’s uniform thickness ensures even slices every time and it features a rounded, ergonomic handle that’s comfortable to hold. Already reasonably priced, it’s even more affordable with a 10% onsite coupon.

A person cutting a roast with a carving knife
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MIU France Large Stainless Steel Slotted Turner

Amazon MIU Stainless Steel Fish Spatula
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The humble fish spatula makes easy work of flipping thick burgers, delicate pancakes, and more. After testing 12 models, we chose the now-$25 MIU stainless steel turner as a great budget option. Thanks to its angled and offset blade, it easily gets under food.

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Weber 12-Inch Three-Sided Grill Brush

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Amazon

Every grill enthusiast should have an efficient and thorough grill brush While we love the Grillart, the Weber three-sided grill brush is another great option, and happens to be on sale for $15. Its triangular-shaped head and all-over bristles help it conform to the grill grates, scrubbing them clean quickly. 

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OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Grilling Skewers

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A great grilling skewer should hold onto foods and pierce them easily. The OXO Good Grips skewers did just that during our tests. Thanks to their super-sharp tips, we never had to puncture foods multiple times. Their flat stems prevented food from spinning around and their broad handles were easy to grip.

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Broil King Baron Barbecue Tong

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The now-$9 Broil King Baron barbecue tongs are easy to open and close—a must for when you’re moving quickly around the grill to make sure nothing gets too charred. In our tests, they gripped and flipped with great stability, even when tackling a floppy piece of flank steak. At 16 inches long, they also allowed us to work while keeping some distance from the heat.

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Bellemain Cast Iron Grill Press

Amazon Prime Day Bellemain Bacon Press 8.5-Inch Round
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If you don’t mind hand-washing your grill press, the Bellemain cast iron press offers60 square inches of coverage and three pounds of weight. In our tests, it was wide enough to cover multiple slices of bacon and heavy enough to hold down a steak. Throughout our testing, the Bellemain impressed us (pun intended) by producing evenly cooked bacon and beautifully browned grilled cheeses. It also happens to be 34% off.

an array of grill presses on a marble surface
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Zwilling Pro Le Blanc 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

ZWILLING Pro Le Blanc 4-pc Steak Knife Set
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In our quest to find steak knives that could slice through meat like butter, the Zwilling set stood out. The handle was just the right weight and the design was undeniably elegant. Throughout our tests, it made easy work of slicing through tough and tender steak alike. Normally over $400, the set’s on sale for a whopping 45% off.

a variety of steak knives in their boxes on a wooden surface
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Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a commerce writer for Serious Eats and Food & Wine.
  • Despite being a vegetarian, An loves to eat (and cook!) grilled foods. She recently made oyster mushroom skewers with chimichurri sauce.

The Best Summer Deals on Amazon Include Up to 50% Off Vitamix, Breville, and Le Creuset

We rounded up the best summer deals on Amazon right now, including up to 50% off of brands like Weber, Vitamix, and All-Clad.

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As people who test a lot of kitchen equipment—be it sous vide machines or pizza ovens—we’re also devoted to tracking the prices of said equipment. With summer sales happening left and right, we couldn’t help but notice that Amazon has up to 50% off on some of our favorite appliances and gadgets that we’ve tested and loved for years. We scoured through the site to find the best deals, including the Le Creuset Dutch ovens we use in our test kitchen (and homes) and the best Vitamix blender we’ve ever tested.

The Best Summer Deals on Amazon, at a Glance

Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix 5200 Blender
Amazon

The Vitamix 5200 has been our favorite blender for 10 years and running. It has a powerful motor that outperforms every other blender and features a tall, tapered jar that creates the optimal vortex for blending and puréeing. Throughout our tests, the Vitamix 5200 left no discernable pulp or fiber in soups, smoothies, nut milks, and more. With a 10-speed dial that offers full control based on your need for speed, it’s a kitchen workhorse that will last years and years.

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Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker 2.0

October Amazon Prime Day Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Amazon

It’s not every day that one of our favorite immersion circulators is 50% off. During our tests, the Anova sous vide precision cooker was accurate, consistent, and easy to use. It cooked tender chicken and produced a perfect soft-poached egg. Plus, its onboard display made setup and calibration simple since we didn’t have to fiddle with a phone to control it. 

four immersion circulators against a blue background
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Whynter Automatic Ice Cream Maker

Whynter ICM-220CGY 2-Quart Capacity Automatic Compressor Ice Cream Maker
Amazon

When we tested ice cream makers, the Whynter automatic ice cream maker impressed us by churning out silky smooth ice cream that taste testers called “better than anything you could buy in a store.” It also has a simple digital control panel that clearly illuminates times and functions. While it’s an investment for making ice cream at home, it’s currently $100 off.

A person using a spatula to spoon ice cream out of the Whynter 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker and into a container
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Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Grill

Black Friday Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
Amazon

For grilling enthusiasts who want a gas grill that performs well and is durable, the Weber Spirit three-burner grill is our top gas grill pick. In our tests, it boasted simple ignition, accurate temperature control, and a spacious 529 square inches of cooking surface. It also has three independently controlled burners for versatile grilling, and it’s nearly 20% off.

a two-burner gas grill on a patio
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

All-Clad D3 3-Ply Stainless Steel Fry Pan

All-Clad D3 3-Ply Stainless Steel Fry Pan
Amazon

We’ve tested a lot of stainless steel cookware, and All-Clad continues to be a top performer due to its excellent heat conductivity, retention, and responsiveness. A favorite in the Serious Eats test kitchen and in our own homes, the All-Clad stainless steel fry pan sears beautifully and is comfortable to hold. It’s usually pricier than other comparable pans, but at nearly 50% off right now, it’s too good to pass up.

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Vicky Wasik

All-Clad Electrics Stainless Steel Immersion Blender

Amazon Prime Day All-Clad Electrics Stainless Steel Immersion Blender 2 Piece Turbo
Amazon

A great immersion blender is a tool you’ll reach for again and again, whether you’re blending soups straight in the stockpot or whipping up some homemade mayo. The All-Clad immersion blender passed all our tests with flying colors. It crushed ice, puréed celery, and emulsified mayo with lightning fast speed and ease. Its extra-long neck also ensures that it can maneuver inside deeper pots and bowls. Plus, it’s 30% off right now.

Vitamix Immersion Blender on Counter with carrotts, onions, and cutting board
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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven

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Amazon

We’re strong believers that every home cook should have a Dutch oven. Both in the test kitchen and in our own homes, we reach for the Le Creuset enameled cast iron Dutch oven time and time again for braises, stews, roasts, and much more. While it’s worth its usual price tag, it’s on rare sale now for a whopping 32% off.

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Lodge 10-Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Amazon Prime Day Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet
Amazon

Be it steaks or cornbread, the Lodge cast iron skillet excels in heat retention and distribution. It’s a no-frills skillet that outpaces the competition every time thanks to its performance and durability. Contrary to popular belief, it’s easy to clean and maintain.The already affordable kitchen essential is now even cheaper at 42% off. 

cornbread in cast iron skillets
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker

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Amazon

In a world with so many Instant Pots, it’s hard to tell which one’s worth the investment. The Instant Pot Pro rose to the top during our tests, and has been a staff-favorite ever since. It heats up quickly, is easy to use, and has 10 convenient functions, including pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sauté, sous vide, and more. Plus, we love that it has a simple (and safe!) one-button valve release for letting out pressure.

Breville Pizza Maker

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Amazon

The Breville is a great indoor pizza oven for beginner cooks who want to make fuss-free pizza at home. When Kenji reviewed it, the Breville machine cooked 10-inch pies in about seven minutes and produced decent charring and crispy crusts. Compared to pizza cooked in a regular, stone-less convection oven, the Breville pie had a puffier lip and crispier bottom crust. Right now, it’s 22% off.

A person opening the lid of the Breville indoor pizza maker with a pizza inside
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Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a Commerce Writer for Serious Eats and Food & Wine.
  • We’ve tested kitchen equipment for years, and spend our days looking out for the best deals.

Steep, Pour, Sip: The 18 Best Teas You Can Buy According to Serious Eats Staffers

We rounded up 18 editor-approved teas, including toasty oolong and bright herbal options, and got a few tips from experts on how to brew the perfect pot.

Our Favorite Teas You Can Buy Online
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Before my mom was my mom, she biked around Saigon making deliveries for her parents’ tea roasting business. They specialized in jasmine tea and after my parents and I immigrated to the United States, they sent us carefully packaged bags of jasmine tea that would fill our tiny apartment with the most delicate floral aroma. While my grandparents’ tea business has since closed, tea is still a huge part of my life. Every day starts with Bellocq Breakfast with milk and honey and ends with Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime—bless that little bear! 

When I started building out my tea collection at home, I discovered the tea world can be just as nuanced as the coffee world with its variety of water temperatures and brew times—not to mention the seemingly infinite array of blends and flavors. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we spoke to staff and experts to get 18 picks that would make worthy additions to your tea cabinet. We have flavorful bagged blends for the emerging tea enthusiast and strong, complex offerings for the aficionados in the crowd— in other words, a little bit of something for everyone.

Some of Our Favorite Teas, at a Glance

Black Teas

Herbal Teas

Green Teas

Other Teas

What We Learned

What Is Tea?

While most of us may hear “tea” and think “anything you can soak in hot water,” tea is traditionally understood to come from the plant Camellia sinensis. The many varieties of this plant provide us with our beloved white, green, oolong, and black teas. When the leaves are picked, they undergo an oxidation process, deepening their aroma, flavor, and strength. The degree of oxidation depends on the type of tea and its intended flavor profile. For example, white teas aren’t allowed to oxidize too much since the flavor is meant to be more delicate and floral. Conversely, black teas are often fully oxidized, which results in a rich, bold flavor.

What about herbal teas, you ask? Those are technically tisanes—that is, herbs, spices, or other plants, such as mint, chamomile, rooibos, honeybush, or hibiscus (to name a few!) that can be brewed to impart their flavors and fragrances.

When picking out high-quality teas, Rishi Tea president Jeffrey Champeau says, “Tea is very much like wine. It has a character and a sense of place. I would seek out brands that can articulate that direct trade, that sense of place, and what that does for the flavor profile of the tea.”

What is Pu’Er Tea?

In Chinese tea tradition, Pu’er is “true” black tea, and what Western tea drinkers know as black tea (English Breakfast, Assam, or Keemun) is actually red tea. For our guide, we’ll use black tea and Pu’er, respectively. Pu’er is a tea that undergoes fermentation, further intensifying its earth flavor. These teas often come pressed into a brick or cake, and change in flavor over time as you chip away bits of tea for each brew. Since the process is more time and labor intensive than creating a sachet, good quality pu’er is often quite pricey. 

What You Need to Brew a Good Cup of Tea

The joy of tea is that it can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, with nearly any flavor preference. All you really need are these four critical components: hot water, a vessel, a strainer, and the tea of your choice. Whether sitting at a ceremonial tea table or balancing a thermos mountainside, tea is best enjoyed in whatever vessel works best for you.

But the number one tip that all tea experts we spoke to agree on? Getting water temperature right. Amber Jackson, owner of The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop in Providence, RI, puts it best: “Temperature! If the blend is mostly tea leaves, you want to be sure that you're steeping at the right temperature. Scorching the tea leaves can cause the tea to be bitter.” For tea drinkers looking to get more technical about the tea brewing process, there’s an entire world of tools and gadgets (both new and traditional) that you can explore to bring out the best flavors from your teas. Here are a few we recommend: 

Different teas require different brewing temperatures (more on that later). The Breville Smart Kettle Luxe topped our electric kettle review because of its accurate preset temperatures and for its speedy heating times.

I’m a big fan of basket tea infusers, which steep tea leaves while keeping them contained. When we tested tea infusers, the Fenshine Stainless Steel Tea Infuser was our top basket infuser pick. Its fine mesh contained even the smallest tea bits, and the folding handles make it a drawer-friendly model.

While this mug is a top contender in our coffee mug review, there’s no reason not to recommend it for tea drinking. Sometimes, you want a giant mug full of your favorite tea, and this stylish update to the classic diner mug hits the mark. It has a flat handle for your thumb, a sturdy base that keeps your brew warm, and a thinner lip for smooth sipping.

In Chinese tea traditions, slowing down to enjoy the complexities of a tea happens through gong fu, a layered process designed to bring out the full range of flavors in a tea. This method utilizes a gaiwan: a vessel consisting of a cup, a lid, and a saucer. You brew the tea directly in the cup, then use the lid to hold back the leaves as you serve the tea. In our tea gear essentials guide, we recommend the Moyishi Chinese Gaiwan, which is simple, easy to use, and affordable. “It’s like a stick-shift car vs. an automatic car,” says Shunan Teng, owner of Tea Drunk, where tea-experts-to-be can learn every nuance about ceremonial tea experiences. “How fast we can separate water and tea is crucial to managing the finesse of time in brewing tea. For a skilled brewer, there’s no better way to control the separation of water and tea than with a gaiwan.”

While I tend to eyeball a spoonful of tea leaves for my morning brews, for best results weigh your tea leaves. While you might think to reach for your standard kitchen scale, it likely won’t be able to register the featherlight weights of a few scoops of tea leaves. In this instance (and when measuring coffee, too), we recommend this precision OXO model; it’s fast, accurate, and easy to use. 

Do Different Teas Need to Be Brewed Differently?

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Just like wines and coffee, there are a myriad of different methods to brew a great cup of tea. The beauty of tea is that it’s very forgiving, but there are nuances in flavor and fragrance that are easily missed if a tea is over-steeped or over-brewed. Some teas, such as delicate white or green varietals, steeping for too long or in water that’s too hot often leads to a brew that’s overpowered by the bitter tannins in the leaves. However, other teas, such as herbals, need piping hot boiling water to really unlock their flavors. 

While most loose leaf tea brands include directions in their instructions, we’ve put together a handy little table as a general guide.

Our Favorite Teas

Boisterous Black Teas 

For those especially groggy mornings, Serengeti Kenyan Safari Breakfast Black Tea helps you get going. This tea is extremely smooth, with fruity tones and a hint of malt unique to Kenya’s Nandi region where this tea is grown and harvested. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a bit of milk and honey.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 215°F
  • Steep time: 3–5 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Serengeti Kenyan Safari Breakfast Black Tea
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Bug-bitten leaves never tasted so good—yes, you read that right. Spirit Tea Ambrosia Tea is made from black tea leaves grown in Santikhiri, Thailand. When jassid bugs bite the leaves, the plant releases a scent that’s captured when the leaves are picked. The result is a subtle tea with mead notes and hints of stone fruit, perfect for sipping when cracking open a new book or taking a break mid-hike.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 205°F
  • Steep time: 3 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Spirit Tea Ambrosia Tea
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For the tea enthusiasts who love a beautifully executed signature blend, Bellocq Breakfast and Bellocq Earl Grey won’t disappoint. The Bellocq Breakfast is a perfectly smooth yet bright black tea that brings notes of malt and honey, while the Earl Grey is a lovely balance of fragrance and flavor with blue cornflowers and just a hint of Sicilian bergamot. A truly luxurious tea brand, Bellocq also carries the White Wedding Tea, an elegant, romantic tea full of delicate floral notes that senior commerce editor Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm received as a wedding gift.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 195°F
  • Steep time: 4–6 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
 Bellocq Breakfast
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A well-balanced chai blend is hard to come by and many concentrates in the market can be too cloyingly sweet. Commerce editor Rochelle Bilow favors Art of Tea Tali’s Masala Chai, which she’s convinced has superpowers—at least when it comes to the mid-morning slump. She shares, “It's nicely spiced, without too much cinnamon, and really shines with a generous pour of steamed milk.” The blend has all the right components for a stellar homemade chai: cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves mixed into a base of bold Assam tea. If you’re looking for a caffeine-free chai blend, we also like Flowerhead Tea Rooibos Chai Kit.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 206°F
  • Steep time: 3–6 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Art of Tea Taliâs Masala Chai
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A distant cousin to Earl Grey but with a bit more pizazz, Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea brings a gentle infusion of orange rind combined with a (secret!) blend of sweet spices. It’s a go-to for commerce editor Grace Kelly, who says, “It's cozy, comforting, and indulgent when hit with a splash of whole milk and a teaspoon of sugar.” To this day, only Bigelow family members know the full recipe, but anyone can enjoy it.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 2–4 minutes
  • Format: Bagged
Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea
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With a whopping three types of cinnamon in this tea blend in addition to orange peel, and cloves, Harney & Sons Classic Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea rates, unsurprisingly, high for “aroma” on the official Harney tea rating. Riddley, who lovingly calls this tea “Big Red gum in tea form,” loves to dunk a cookie or biscotti in this tea, and even got her parents hooked on this blend.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 5 minutes
  • Format: Bagged
Harney & Sons Classic Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

If you’ve ever wondered what hot chocolate might taste like as a tea, Black Leaf Tea CocoBae is your answer. The blend is super comforting without the sweetness you’d get with hot cocoa, which makes it a great alternative if you want something chocolate-related that’s low in sugar. Cacao nibs bring a nutty richness to the brew.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Black
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 4–5 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Black Leaf Tea CocoBae
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

Delectable Herbal Teas 

For those who like a non-caffeinated afternoon treat, the Smith Teamaker Rooibos - Meadow No. 67 is Riddley's go-to pick: “It's delicious. It's calming. It's packed with whole leaves and flowers that, when infused, look truly stunning.”

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Rooibos
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 5 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf and bagged
Smith Teamaker Rooibos - Meadow No. 67
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

Recommended by not just one, but two staff members, the Teapigs Liquorice & Peppermint Tea is naturally sweet thanks to the licorice, making it a nice treat for when you want something simple and comforting but still fun. VP of commerce Taysha Murtaugh says, “It’s perfect for cold-weather months and helping curb my late-night sweet tooth since it's caffeine-free.”

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Herbal
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 3 minutes
  • Format: Bagged
Teapigs Liquorice & Peppermint Tea
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Contrary to the tea’s name, there’s no lemon in the blend. The “lemon” actually stands for lemongrass, which lends its beautifully earthy tones to the final brew. Mingled together with chamomile buds and lavender flowers, this tea is the one I reach for if I’m ever reeling from a particularly heavy meal.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Herbal
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 4 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Mem Tea Lemon Chamomile Tea
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Pleasantly botanical, this tea is a soothing balm when you’re feeling under the weather. Quince lends a bright sweetness to the brew while eucalyptus clears the airways. Even if you’re not fighting sinus discomfort, this tea is the epitome of a quiet, breezy moment. If you’re unsure about quince and eucalyptus, dip your toes into another delightfully fruity tea, Masha Tea Hibiscus, which is a little tart and tastes great iced. 

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Herbal
  • Brew temperature: 200°F
  • Steep time: 5 minutes
  • Format: Bagged
Rishi Tea Quince Eucalyptus
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

Soba, or buckwheat, is beautifully aromatic and smooth when its kernels are roasted, resulting in a caramelized and toasty brew reminiscent of Scotch. Naturally caffeine-free, the Kettl Nagano Soba Cha can be had morning, noon, or night, either on its own or with a splash of milk and a drizzle of honey. The roasted kernels make for a delicately delicious topping sprinkled on frosted cupcakes or iced scones. We can also vouch for other just as magical, roasty blends, like Uji Genmaimatcha (Sencha tea with toasted rice) or Jou Yanagi Houjicha (roasted Green tea).

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Herbal
  • Brew temperature: 200°F
  • Steep time: 2 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Kettl Nagano Soba Cha
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Full-flower teas are as beautiful as they are tasty. For those who love a bit of a show with their cup of tea, this one does the job. The dried chrysanthemum flower springs into a beautiful, golden bloom upon contact with water, filling your cup with fragrance and gently wafting petals.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Herbal
  • Brew temperature: 200°F
  • Steep time: 3 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf
The Qi Royal Chrysanthemum Flower Tea
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

Green Teas 

Korean tea company OSULLOC grows its tea in the volcanic environment of Korea’s Jeju Island and makes beautiful blends from ingredients such as camelia, pineapple, rose petals, or tangerine. Serious Eats’ executive editorial director Tess Koman is particularly fond of their Honey Pear blend. “Honey Pear has my heart,” she says. “It’s just lovely from first sip to last and I always look forward to steeping it.” She especially appreciates that it strikes a perfect balance between flora and dulcet. 

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Green
  • Brew temperature: 158°F
  • Steep time: 1.5 minutes
  • Format: Bagged
OSULLOC Honey Pear Tea
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

Commerce editor Grace Kelly swears by this whole-leaf tea to brighten up a gloomy day. She especially appreciates the light citron note (think candied lemon peel), giving the tea a lively and fresh flavor without being overpowering.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Green
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 3 minutes
  • Format: Loose-leaf and bagged
Harney & Sons Citron Green Tea
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

Other Teas 

Oolong is semi-oxidized with an earthy and malty quality that sits between green and black tea. The Dobrá Tea Honey Oolong is an especially smooth variety thanks to the bug-bitten leaves (remember our bug friends from above?) that bring out notes of honey and plum.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Oolong
  • Brew temperature: 212°F
  • Steep time: 1 minute
  • Format: Loose-leaf
Dobra Tea Honey Oolong
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

For more adventurous tea drinkers who want to bring the ceremonial tea experience home, this full-bodied Pu’Er is fruity and tannic with light floral notes. This tea continues to develop its flavors and become cleaner with age.

Key Specs

  • Tea variety: Fermented black
  • Brew temperature: 195°F
  • Brewing instructions: See guided tasting

FAQs

What temperature is best for brewing tea?

Optimal tea brewing temperatures vary from tea to tea. Green and white teas need a lower temperature (175° F to 180° F)  so as to not become too bitter, while black teas and herbal tisanes need to be brewed closer to 212°F to capture their full flavor profiles.

Is loose-leaf tea better than bagged tea?

While there’s nothing wrong with tossing a bag of tea into a mug of water to save time, it’s generally understood that loose-leaf teas are higher quality since they contain whole leaves as opposed to torn or crushed leaves. Whole leaves hold more flavor and body, which are released when brewed. However, plenty of tea brands today are challenging the stigma of bagged teas by offering high-quality sachets.

What is the best tea I can buy?

The fuller the leaf, the better the quality. According to tea industry leaf gradings, the size and wholeness of the leaf will directly affect the flavor and clarity of the resulting brew. After higher-graded leaves are gathered and sold, what’s left are called “fannings,” or tiny bits of tea leaves that are then processed into bagged teas we might find on mainstream market shelves.

Are bagged teas bad?

Not necessarily! While there’s a stigma around bagged teas as being “low-quality,” many tea producers and purveyors today put their high-quality teas and tea blends into sachets with convenience in mind for the consumer.

What are the benefits of tea?

While tea has been consumed for medicinal purposes for centuries, recent research validates that certain teas have potential positive health effects, including cardiovascular health, metabolic benefits, and cancer prevention.

Why We’re the Experts 

  • An Uong is a news and deals writer for Serious Eats.
  • Prior to this, she wrote numerous articles as a freelancer for the brand. 
  • She consulted tea experts and sourced staff opinions to find teas for this piece. 
  • She’s fond of a cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea to end the day. 

The 11 Best Memorial Day Deals You Can Still Grab at Williams Sonoma, Including Ooni and Fellow

Memorial Day is coming to a close, but the sales sure aren’t. Williams Sonoma still has incredible deals, up to 40% off some of our favorite kitchen gear, including Ooni, Staub, Le Creuset, and more.

Collage of three kitchen items from Williams Sonoma we recommend on a gridded background
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Memorial Day Weekend may be coming to a close, but some of our best-testing kitchen gear is still on sale. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on last-chance upgrades, whether you’re looking for a more precise coffee grinder or a feature-packed pizza oven. Williams Sonoma is still brimming with great deals you can grab, and we’ve rounded up the best ones. Save up to 40% off tried and true favorites like the Staub grill pan and Fellow temperature control electric kettle

Last-Minute Williams Sonoma Memorial Day Sales

One of the Best Pellet Grills: 

Traeger Pro Series 780 Grill

Traeger Pro Series 780 Grill
Williams Sonoma

Pellet grills offer the best of both worlds: You can grill or smoke your proteins based on what you’re craving. During our tests of 21 pellet grills, we found that the Traeger Pro 780 grill offered great smoke and flavor for a model under $1,000. It also has a digital control panel and now, it’s on sale for an even more attractive price at $200 off.

two pellet grills (one black, one bronze) side-by-side
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

One of the Best Dutch Ovens: 

Le Creuset 6 3/4-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Wide Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Round Wide Dutch Oven
Williams Sonoma

It’s no secret that we love Le Creuset Dutch ovens. Over the years, they’ve held up in our home kitchens and at the test kitchen, consistently delivering even heating and browning, plus incredible heat retention. Right now, the wider model is 35% off, and it’s perfect for large roasts, whole chickens, and more.

Lifting the lid of a Dutch oven containing steaming jambalaya
Serious Eats / Emily Dryden

The Best Nugget Countertop Ice Maker:

GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker

GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker
Williams Sonoma

Iced drinks season is upon us, and we are once again reminded that there are only so many cubes an ice tray can make. For folks who like to pile ice into their drinks all day long, the GE Profile 2.0 countertop nugget ice maker delivers. It can make just over a pound of pellet ice in an hour, and thankfully, the storage bin can hold up to three pounds of ice. Thanks to a detachable reservoir, you don’t have to worry about lifting the whole machine, which is 38 pounds and comes in at 14.8 inches by 11.3 inches by 14.1 inches. While normally it’s a bit of an investment for on-demand ice, the machine is still a rare $100 off.

A person removes the water tank from the GE Profile Countertop Nugget Ice Maker V2
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The Best Kitchen Shears:

Shun Classic Kitchen Shears

Shun Classic Kitchen Shears
Williams Sonoma

During our tests of 12 shears, the best ones turned out to be the Shun Classic kitchen shears. This pair is super sharp, comfortable to hold, and has long blades (3.75 inches). It’s especially versatile thanks to the five additional features including a nutcracker, a jar opener, a bone notch, a bottle opener, and two screwdriver tips. You can also take it apart to easily clean the blades independently — a plus for busy home cooks. Grab the 20% off deal at Williams Sonoma.

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A Great Nakiri Knife:

Global Classic 7-Inch Vegetable Knife

Global Classic Hollow-Ground Vegetable Knife, 7
Williams Sonoma

The Nakiri knife excels at slicing and dicing through denser vegetables like sweet potatoes or more delicate produce like eggplant. One of our favorites is the Global 7-inch vegetable knife, which has a squared off, Nakiri-style blade that’s super sharp and durable. Thankfully, the price is still slashed 23% on this model.

One hand holding a nakiri knife with a thicker blade and another hand holding a nakiri knife with a thinner blade
Serious Eats / Ashlee Redger

The Best French Press: 

Fellow Clara French Press

Fellow Clara French Press
Williams Sonoma

For French press coffee lovers out there, our favorite Fellow Clara French press is 20% off at Williams Sonoma. It has a sleek design, plus double-walled insulation that provides excellent heat retention to keep coffee hottest for longer. During our test, we found that the Clara produced smooth, nougat-like coffee and was an absolute pleasure to use. It has a 24-ounce capacity so you can keep pouring from it throughout the day.

Six coffee makers on a wooden surface against grey background
Serious Eats / Victor Protasio

The Best Gooseneck Kettle: 

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
Williams Sonoma

As burgeoning coffee enthusiasts become more serious about their routines, a gooseneck kettle is essential. Especially for pour-overs, being able to pour water slowly and smoothly more evenly saturates coffee grounds, ensuring a full-bodied flavor in the brew. We love the Fellow Stagg EKG electric gooseneck kettle thanks to its precise temperature control settings that remained accurate throughout our tests. In fact, you can control temperature down to the degree, from 135°F to 212°F. Fellow products rarely go on sale, so even 15% off makes it worth grabbing.

water being poured from a gooseneck kettle into a pourover coffee maker
Serious Eats / Ashley Rodriguez

The Best Coffee Grinder for Pour-Overs:

Fellow Ode Gen 2 Coffee Grinder

Fellow Ode Gen 2 Brew Grinder
Williams Sonoma

The Fellow Ode Gen 2 grinder produced some of the most consistent grindings in our testing. It’s user friendly, has no static cling, and is impeccably stylish. Thanks to its vertically-oriented flat grinding burrs, which mimic high-end commercial grinders, the Ode Gen 2 yields impressive flavor clarity in each and every brew. It’s a whopping 30% off, a surefire sign that it’s time to upgrade your morning coffee once and for all.

the grind adjustment dial of the Fellow Ode Gen 2
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

A Great Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven:

Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven

Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven
Williams Sonoma

Outdoor pizza is one of the best parts of warmer weather, and the Ooni Karu 16 is a powerful pizza oven that’s full of helpful features, like an internal temperature gauge, a glass door for faster heating, and its ability to use multiple fueling sources. You can use gas, wood, or charcoal with this model, and it takes only 25 minutes to reach 950°F, according to our tests.It even comes complete with a pizza stone diameter of 16 inches, so you can churn out family-sized pies all day long. Williams Sonoma has the Ooni Karu 16 on sale for 20% off, so grab one just in time for your dough to proof.

A person checking the temperature of the Ooni Karu 16 with an infrared thermometer
Serious Eats / Stacy K. Allen

The Best Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan:

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan
Williams Sonoma

Who says superb grilling can only be achieved outdoors? The Staub enameled cast iron grill pan grilled its competition during our tests thanks to sturdy cast iron construction and ridged design. It grilled sandwiches and chicken breast beautifully, and even left impressively charred grill marks on burger patties thanks to its .2-inch grates (there are 13 of them!) that are deeper than most. While we feel it’s worth the investment at its normal price, it’s $100 off right now.

grill pans on a marble countertop
Serious Eats / Ashlee Redger

The Best Air Fryer:

Instant Pot 6-Quart Vortex Plus Air Fryer

Instant Pot 6-Qt. Stainless-Steel Vortex Plus Air Fryer
Williams Sonoma

If there’s one thing we love here, it’s precision and control. The Instant Pot Vortex is an air fryer that offers those very features with its ability to set the temperature in 5-degree increments. It’s been our top air fryer pick since 2021, thanks to its large capacity (though you can choose between a 6-quart model or an 8-quart model) and a user-friendly control panel. Plus, it makes truly crispy fries and tender chicken wings that still have a crunch to them — what more could you ask for in an air fryer? Luckily, it’s still 23% off at Williams Sonoma.

A person pouring fries from the Typhur Dome air fryer basket onto a sheet pan.
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

FAQs

How long will the Williams Sonoma Memorial Day sale last?

While Memorial Day sales tend to end after, well, Memorial Day, there are times when deals are extended. We’ll keep an eye on sales as they develop and update this list accordingly.

What are other Memorial Day sales happening right now?

We have several Memorial Day roundups that include the best deals on some of our favorite gear, including the Vitamix 5200 blender and Weber gas grill.

Why We’re the Experts

  • An Uong is a Commerce Writer for Serious Eats and Food & Wine.
  • An spends her working hours scouring the internet for kitchen deals. She loves a good sale and will hold up a checkout line if she has coupons that need to be used.