The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals, Including Our Favorite Vitamix Blender and Weber Grill

Amazon Prime Day 2024 includes thousands of kitchen deals, and our expert editors found all the best Prime Day deals on kitchen appliances and equipment we’ve tested and reviewed. Shop Vitamix blenders, Weber grills, Breville espresso machines, and more up to 30% off.

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Serious Eats / Francesca Fasciglione

It’s Amazon Prime Day, and, for the uninitiated, that means today and tomorrow (July 16 and 17) Amazon slashes prices on millions of items, including all things kitchen. Our editors sorted through dozens of pages of sales to bring you the best Prime Day kitchen deals. 

We take a lot of pride in how we review kitchen products. That is, we spend day after day testing gear side-by-side, in the exact same conditions to bring you our recommendations. We’ve spent a month testing gas grills. We’ve tested (nearly) all of the Vitamix blenders. And we’ve brewed hundreds of shots to land on the best espresso machines. This is all to say: We really know our kitchen gear…and we’re great at spotting deals on the best tools and gadgets.

Below, we rounded up our favorite Amazon Prime Day deals, exclusively featuring products we've tested and recommended or extensively used at home.

A Great Entry-Level Espresso Machine (with a Built-In Grinder!): Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
Amazon

We describe this coffee maker best here: "The Barista Express is Breville’s most popular espresso machine, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a simple, straightforward model with a built-in grinder." In general, we're huge fans of Breville's espresso machines: They make it very easy to make great coffee at home and streamline the trickier parts of the espresso process. Right now, you can snag this one for $200 off.

A person adjusting the portafilter onto the Breville Barista Express Impress
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

The Absolute Best Blender: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender

Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
Amazon

We’ve recommended this Vitamix blender since Kenji first reviewed it in 2014. Its tapered jar sucks ingredients into its blades, creating a vortex that produces super-smooth sauces, purees, and smoothies. Its control panel has just a couple of switches and a dial. It’s everything you need and nothing you don’t—and it’s 27% off. Vitamix blenders don’t go on super-sale often, so we don’t recommend skipping out on this deal if you’re even remotely interested.

Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender filled with orange smoothie
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

The Best Instant Pot: Instant Pot Pro

Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 6-Quart Pressure Cooker
Amazon

This Instant Pot has been our favorite for a few years. It has a handy control knob, a steam release switch (no prodding a valve with the end of a wooden spoon!), and handles on its cooking pot that stay cool and keep the pot from swirling around when you stir. For something cheaper, our budget Instant Pot pick is also on sale for Prime Day.

Instant Pot Duo Pro on countertop
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

The Best Instant-Read Thermometer: ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE
King Arthur Baking

This is simply the best instant-read thermometer there is. It has a lightning-fast response time and an automatic backlight and a blisteringly fast response time (we're talking one to two seconds). The deal's not on Amazon, but it's still worth mentioning.

A Thermapen one taking the temperature of a sous vide water bath set to 134 degrees
Serious Eats / Irvin Lin

The Best Espresso Machine for Beginners: Breville Barista Express Impress

Breville Barista Express Impress
Amazon

We know we mentioned another Breville espresso machine on sale above, but this one also is worth shouting out: We fell in love with the Breville Barista Express Impress when we first tested it. It's our best espresso machine for beginners and features automatic dosing, a tamping arm, and a whole of other features. You can get it for $150 off right now.

The Breville Barista Express Impress brewing coffee into a glass cup on a white marble countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

The Best Manual Citrus Juicer: Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer
Amazon

This manual citrus juicer is a longtime Serious Eats recommendation. Thanks to its hinge mechanism and bowl-shaped press, it gets every last bit of juice out of citrus halves. It's $10 off at the moment.

a yellow manual citrus juicer with its handle open
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

The Best Coffee Grinder for Most People: OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Amazon

This coffee grinder couldn’t be easier to use, with a single start/stop button and a top that twists to adjust the grind setting. It’s also the cheapest burr grinder we highly recommend. We even named it our top pick for most people.

Person turning the dial on the OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Best Sous Vide Machine: Breville Joule Turbo

Breville Joule Turbo Sous Vide
Amazon

We tested this new Joule earlier this year and were incredibly impressed by its improved speed and app, which is packed to the gills with helpful tutorials, videos, and recipes. It’s the best sous vide machine we’ve ever tried—and right now it’s 20% off.

A Breville joule turbo sous video machine standing upright in a Dutch oven
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The Best Wok: Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan

Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan
Amazon

With solid heat responsiveness, a wooden main handle that stays cool, and a looped helper handle, this is our favorite wok. It comes pre-seasoned, too, so it’s ready to cook straight away. 

Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan on a white counter
Serious Eats / Tim Chin

Steak Knives that Cut Through Meat Like Butter: Messermeister Avanta Steak Knife Set

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

Our longtime favorite steak knives have always been a good deal, but they're hard to resist at 20% off. The Messermeister Fine Edge knives have a sharp German steel blade and a comfy, elegant rounded wood handle. We can't say enough good things about their ability to slice through steak cleanly.

messermeister avanta set of four knives on a wooden surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

The Most Powerful Immersion Blender: Vitamix Immersion Blender

Vitamix Immersion Blender
Williams Sonoma

Vitamix’s handheld, immersion blender packs a punch and easily pureed and blitzed its way through our tests. It has a nonslip, grippy, silicone-coated handle, a variable speed button you can easily adjust with your thumb, and a head that twists off. This discounted, $70-off bundle includes a whisk attachment and a storage pouch. 

a Vitamix immersion blender broken down into two parts
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

One of the Best Pellet Grills: Traeger Pro Series 780 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker

Traeger Pro Series 780 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker
Amazon

For Prime Day, one of our favorite Traeger grills is $200 off. To own a Traeger is to know why they’re a juggernaut in the pellet grill space. The 780 features a digital control panel and consistent performance and its app is very easy to use. It lent a moderately smokey flavor to any food we cooked in it.

A person using tongs to flip chicken wings on a pellet grill
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Best Microwave: Toshiba Countertop Microwave Oven

Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven
Amazon

This fairly basic microwave has a heat sensor that, in our tests, led to even cooking and perfectly popped popcorn. It also did really well with frozen food. For its price meets performance, we named it the best microwave.

Person removing something from the Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven
Better Homes & Gardens / Will Dickey

The Best Stand Mixer for Casual Bakers: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in black
Amazon

Not kneading oodles of bread dough? Then you'll probably love this stand mixer. It's compact and powerful, and we love the large handle on its bowl. Its 5-quart bowl is big enough for most baking projects. It’s $100 off at the moment.

a red stand mixer on a marble surface
Serious Etas / Irvin Lin

The Best Gas Grill: Weber Spirit II E-310

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Gas Grill
Amazon

With three burners, responsive heat adjustment, spacious side tables, and large wheels for easy transport, this is the best gas grill. We should know: We spent a month testing them. Weber’s customer service is also known to be exceptional. 

A 3-burner Weber gas grill on a patio
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

One of the Best Air Fryers: Instant Vortex Plus ClearCook Air Fryer

Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart ClearCook Air Fryer
Amazon

With a see-through window so you can check in on food as it cooks, a touchscreen, and a control knob for easily toggling the temperature and time, we named this Instant model one of our favorite air fryers. We thought the basket was plenty roomy, too.

Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart ClearCook Air Fryer displayed on counter with cooked chicken and sauce
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

A More Tech-Heavy Vitamix: Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Blender

Vitamix Ascent Series A2300
Amazon

Thanks to a wide blending canister, an LED screen, and container-recognition capabilities, this is a particularly good blender for smoothies. It has a pulse button and a 10-speed control dial—a nice mix of techy and manual features. Right now, it's nearly $200 off for Prime Day.

Hand stirring blended peanuts in the Vitamix Ascent Series A2300
Serious Eats / Tamara Staples

A Durable Drip Coffee Maker: Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Coffee Brewer
Amazon

The Technivorm has the honor of being one of our favorite drip coffee makers. The brewer’s actually handmade in the Netherlands and has a stainless steel body and removable parts for easy cleanup. Commerce editor Grace Kelly is a huge fan. “For me, coffee is a simple pleasure (emphasis on simple). While many wax poetic about the virtues of a pour-over or spend hours homing in on the perfect grind size for an espresso, I prefer a no-frills cup of Joe,” Grace says. “So, for a long time, I thought any old coffee maker would do. Then, I got the Moccamaster, and the scales fell from my eyes: This drip brewer made a delicious pot of coffee—and fast. I can have a hot mug—that's balanced and smooth—in my hand in a jiffy.” Right now it (and all of Technivorm’s brewers) is 33% off for Prime Day.

Close-up of the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Coffee Maker during brewing
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

The Best Insulated Tumbler: Simple Modern Trek Tumbler

Amazon Simple Modern 40 oz Trek Tumbler with Handle and Straw Lid
Amazon

When we tested insulated tumblers, the Simple Modern bested the Stanley. Why? For starters, it didn’t leak at all. It also had the best cold retention, was reasonably priced, came with an extra straw, and was available in a variety of hues. 

An orange insulated tumbler on a countertop.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The Best Budget Waffle Maker: Krups Waffle Maker

Amazon Krups 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
Amazon

This is our longtime budget-friendly waffle maker recommendation. It has a large cooking surface, makes golden brown waffles, and has removable, dishwasher-safe plates for easy cleanup. Right now, it's about $30 off.

Krups Belgian-waffle iron, in closed and open positions
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

One of the Best Rice Cookers: Cuckoo Micom Rice Cookers

Cuckoo CR-0655F Rice Cooker and Warmer
Amazon

We’ve recommended this rice cooker for many years. It has oodles of functions and presets (including steaming and porridge) and cooks rice really, really well. Right now, it’s nearly 40% off.

Close up view of control panel on Cuckoo CR 0655f rice cooker

A Set of Small Sheet Pans Every Cook Should Have: Nordic Ware Quarter Sheet Pans

Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Quarter Sheet
Amazon

Quarter sheet pans are useful for food prep, toasting nuts, proofing dough, baking just one cookie…we could keep going. We think every cook should have at least a couple. These ones from NordicWare are the smaller versions of our half-sheet pan favorites.

steaks being salted
Vicky Wasik

The Best Air Fryer Toaster Oven: Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro
Amazon

This air fryer toaster oven blew every other model away, making perfectly browned fries and chicken wings with crackling skin. Its bigger size is helpful, too, and its digital screen and control dials are supremely easy to use. Right now, it's $100 off.

A hand holding a rack from the Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

The Best (Plastic) Food Storage Containers: Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers

Rubbermaid Brilliance 3.2-Cup Food Storage Container, 5-Pack
Amazon

Our favorite plastic food storage containers have leakproof seals and snap-shut closures and are made from super-durable plastic. They’re also very light, which is helpful for those who pack (and carry) their lunches. 

a plastic storage container sitting on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Eric King

A Wicked Sharp Nakiri Knife: Shun Premier Blonde Nakiri Knife

Shun Premier Blonde Nakiri Knife
Amazon

While this isn’t one of our winning nakiri knives, we do recommend it (knives are very personal and it’s hard to definitively call one blade the best for every cook). The Shun is gorgeous, with a dimpled, sharp blade and pakkawood handle. Right now, it’s 20% off.

four nakiri knives on a cutting board with a bowl of cut up sweet potatoes
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

One of the Best Knife Blocks: The 360KB

Amazon 360 KB Knife Block
Amazon

We’re not generally fans of knife blocks with slots (they’re hard to sanitize and the slot sizes are annoying). Universal knife blocks are different: These feature straight, magnetic sides that can accommodate blades of all lengths and shapes. We’ve never seen one of our top picks, from 360 Knife Block, on sale. It’s gorgeous, sturdy, and smoothly rotates. 

a wooden knife block on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

An Editor-Recommended Tumbler: Yeti Rambler Mug

YETI Rambler 14-Ounce Mug
Amazon

Our senior commerce editor Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm (hi, it’s me!) owns several of these Yeti mugs. They’re ideal for slow coffee drinkers who want to keep their joe piping hot and have a wide, looped handle that’s nice to hold onto.

An Excellent Cookware Set (Really!): All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Cookware Set

all clad 7 pc set
Amazon

Many cookware sets are padded with unneeded pots and pans. This set is not one of them (it’s the smaller version of one of our winners). It comes with our favorite stainless steel skillet, saucepan, and saute pan (as well as a 6-quart stockpot). 

a person pouring sliced mushrooms in a stainless steel skillet
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Best Vacuum Sealers: Anova Culinary Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro

Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro
Amazon

With built-in bag storage, a bag cutter, moist and dry settings, and no refractory period (that’s the time between sealings), it’s easy to see why this is our favorite vacuum sealer. In our tests, its seal held up well to long sous vide times and freezer storage, too.

A person using a vacuum sealer to seal a bag of rainbow carrots.
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

An Editor-Favorite Apron: Hedley & Bennett Smock

Hedley & Bennett Broccolini Green Smock
Hedley & Bennett

Many Serious Eats editors own this apron and are huge fans. “These smocks are durable, simple, and stylish, and are great for cooking and tackling household chores,” says our culinary editor Genevieve Yam. “As someone who never has enough pockets, I love that these smocks have not one, but two pockets!” For Prime Day, they’re 20% off.

The Best Swedish Dish Cloths: Swedish Wholesale Swedish Dishcloths

Swedish Wholesale Swedish Dish Cloths for Kitchen- 10 Pack Reusable Paper Towels for Counters & Dishes - Eco Friendly Cellulose Sponge Cloth - Blue
Amazon

Swedish dishcloths are like hybrids between sponges and paper towels...and we think most cooks will love 'em. You can use them for mopping up spills and washing and drying dishes. Right now, our favorites are even cheaper.

a stack of blue swedish dishcloths on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Eric King

Truly Great Olive Oil: Brightland The Duo

Brightland The Duo
Bloomingdale's

We tried a whole bunch of olive oils and really liked the ones from Brightland. As we said in our review, “We actually found Awake a bit bolder than Alive, with a potent peppery burn and strong bitter edge; a little will go a long way. Alive was a bit more mellow, fruity, and round, though it still had that back of the throat burn.”

two brightland bottles on pink marble surface with olives and bowl of oil
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

The Best Soda Maker: SodaStream Art

SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker
Amazon

Our favorite soda maker produces great bubbly water and a flip-out, cage-style CO2 loading system which is easy to use. For Prime Day, this bundle that includes the Art, two CO2 cylinders, two bottles, and some flavor drops is 30% off.

A hand loading a bottle onto the SodaStream Art
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

Microwave Cookware We Actually Recommend: Anyday Cookware Set

Anyday The Everyday Set
Anyday

When we reviewed the microwave-safe Anyday Cookware, we were pleasantly surprised. We called it “wonderfully functional” and “a great purchase for those hoping to make meal preparation microwave-friendly and uncomplicated.” The set’s $35 off for Prime Day.

Four Anyday dishes on a blue countertop (one with its lid off)
Serious Eats / Abigail Clarkin

The Best Large Food Processor: Breville Sous Chef Peel and Dice 16 Cup Food Processor

Breville 16-Cup Sous Chef Peel & Dice Food Processor
Amazon

One of our longtime favorite food processors, the Breville Sous Chef is fancy. It has a count-up timer and brightly lit buttons and purees and pulverizes with ease. For Prime Day, this set (which comes with a bevy of attachments) is $200 off.

Breville food processor lid locking onto bowl close up
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

A Great, Durable Salad Spinner: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Salad Spinner

Oxo Steel Salad Spinner
Amazon

The larger version of our favorite stainless steel salad spinner is $20 off for Prime Day. It has a non-slip base and a stop button and its base can even double as a serving bowl.

The OXO steel salad spinner with dry greens inside and its lid off
Serious Eats / Madeline Muzzi

A Great Set of Stainless Steel Skillets: All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Fry Pan Set

Two All-Clad stainless steel frying pans.
Amazon

It's hard to beat All-Clad's stainless steel. It performs well and lasts just about forever. We also like its handles: The indent that runs down their lengths prevents them from rolling in your palms. For Prime Day, this 10- and 12-inch pan duo is on sale.

Food tossed in skillet
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

The Best Coffee Maker with a Built-in Grinder: Breville Grind Control Coffee Machine

Breville The Grind Control Coffee Maker
Amazon

If you must buy a drip coffee maker with a built-in grinder, this is the one we recommend. It has adjustable grind settings and a smart water reservoir that only dispenses what you need.

a coffee maker with a built in grinder sits on a counter with a white background
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

The Best Cordless Electric Can Opener: Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener
Amazon

It's rather fun to watch this electric can opener spin around and open a can on its own. It also creates a blunt edge on can lids (safety!). Right now, the Kitchen Mama is nearly $15 off.

The Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener on a small can on a marble countertop
Serious Eats / Eric King

A Budget-Friendly Electric Wine Opener: Oster Electric Wine Opener

Amazon oster-cordless-electric-wine-bottle-opener-with-foil-cutter
Amazon

This inexpensive electric wine bottle opener easily and smoothly opened bottle after bottle in our tests. It even comes with a foil cutter and a stand.

oster electric corkscrew in stand on blue countertop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

The Best Dish Rack: KitchenAid Full-Size Dish Rack

KitchenAid Full-Size Dish Rack
Amazon

This dish rack is SUPER sturdy and can hold a ton of dishes at once. High side walls meant nary a plate was in danger of falling off the side during our tests. It's nearly 45% off for Prime Day.

kitchenaid dish rack on wooden countertop
Serious Eats / Madeline Muzzi

The Best Hot Water Dispenser: Zojirushi Micom Water Boiler and Warmer

Amazon Zojirushi Panorama Window Micom Water Boiler and Warmer
Amazon

We really love hot water dispensers, which basically offer hot water on demand 24/7 should you choose. This one has a digital display and a see-through window so you can gauge the water level.

A person dispensing hot water using the Zojirushi hot water dispenser.
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

Dinner Party-Ready Flatware: Lenox 815486 Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set

Lenox 815486 Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set
Amazon

This flatware set is large enough for a dinner party—not the case with many smaller sets we tested. They're easy to clean and surprisingly durable considering they're embellished with a beaded pattern on the flared handles. Right now, it's on sale for 45% off.

a set of stainless steel silverware on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Madeline Muzzi

A Small But Mighty Bread Machine: Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker

Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker
Amazon

Zojirushi dominated our bread machine test, taking two out of three winning spots. The Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker was our pick for best compact bread machine, and at 8.5 x 11.25 x 12.25 inches, it really delivers on that title. (It's also just 12 pounds.) Every style loaf we baked in it was tender, with a soft crumb. It's on sale now for almost $100 off.

Baked bread on metal rack next to Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

The Best Kitchen Towels for Spills: Utopia Towels Bar Mops

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops Towels
Amazon

When we tested kitchen towels, we quickly learned terry cloth was best for mopping spills and drying hands. You can spend a fortune on designer towels, but this set of 12 gets the job done, and can't be beat for durability. Commerce editor Rochelle Bilow uses them in place of paper towels for cleaning and says, "I stock up whenever they're on sale. The white color is best because I can toss a load in the washer with bleach."

An Impressive Handheld Coffee Grinder: Timemore Max Manual Grinder

Timemore C2 Max Manual Grinder
Amazon

Handheld coffee grinders are a morning-saver for coffee drinkers who travel often or like camping. The Timemore performed almost as well as the winner in our handheld grinders review, at a fraction of the price. The textured body is attractive and, more importantly, easy to grip when handling.

Hands holding Timemore C2 Max Manual Grinder with kitchen scale behind it
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

The Best Pasta Maker Attachment for a Stand Mixer: Antree Pasta Maker Attachment

Amazon Antree Pasta Maker Attachment for KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Amazon

We loved this pasta maker attachment, which is compatible with KitchenAid stand mixers. The rollers and cutters all live in the main body, so you don't have to swap them out as you're working. It works seamlessly with the stand mixer's motor, so you can use both hands to guide your pasta out of the cutters. The Antree has always sold less than the KitchenAid attachment (another one of our winners), but right now it's over 30% off.

A person adjusts the Antree Pasta Maker Attachment 3 in 1 Set for KitchenAid Stand Mixers
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

A Flat-Top Grill Worthy of Your Best Smashed Burgers: Weber 36-Inch Gas Griddle

Weber 36
Weber

Flat-top grills are key for lacy-edged smashed burgers, pounds of pancakes, and enough grilled cheese sandwiches for a crowd. The most important aspect of a good flat-top grill is a surface with even heating throughout: The Weber nailed it in our tests. We liked the click-to-ignite burners and disposable drip tray that made cooking and cleanup blissfully easy. It's currently on sale for an impressive 34% off.

A person flips pancakes on the Weber 36 Inch Gas Griddle
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

A Gorgeous Gooseneck Kettle for Pour-over Coffee: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
Amazon

The Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle is an elegant, incredibly accurate gooseneck kettle ideal for pour-over coffee. You can customize the temperature to the degree (135-212˚F), and it's certainly good-looking enough to keep on your counter at all times. Right now, it's on sale for 20% off.

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle
The Spruce Eats / Ashley Rodriguez

FAQs

When is Prime Day? 

This year, Prime Day will be on July 16th and 17th. That’s a Tuesday and a Wednesday! 

Do you have to have a Prime membership to shop Prime Day? 

Yes, you do have to be an Amazon Prime member to shop Prime Day sales. You can sign up here (you’ll even get a 30-day free trial).

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats and has been with the site since 2021. 
  • She previously worked for America’s Test Kitchen and Food52 and has been testing gear professionally for about six years.

Prime Day Was Just Announced—Here Are the Best Early Kitchen Deals You Can Get Right Now

We went through pages and pages of sales to find the best early, kitchen-related Prime Day sales you can buy right now.

Amazon Prime Day Deals
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon just announced its Prime Day dates…and they’re less than three weeks away (July 16 and 17!). There are bound to be deals, steals, and sales aplenty. Suffice it to say, we’re excited. Just like you, dearest reader, we wait all year to grab the Vitamix we’ve been eying, the kitchen towels we love for less than a dollar a piece, and an espresso machine that’ll fuel equipment reviews and recipe testing for years to come. 

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for Prime Day. There are some truly excellent deals already out there. We should know: We sorted through pages and pages of sales to bring you 10 that we think are worth buying.

The Absolute Best Blender: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender

Vitamix 5200 Blender
Amazon

We’ve quite actually recommended this Vitamix blender since 2014 when Kenji first reviewed it. Its tapered jar sucks ingredients down into its blades, creating a vortex that produces super-smooth sauces, purees, smoothies, etc, etc, etc. Its controls are simple, too: just a couple of switches and a dial. It’s everything you need and nothing you don’t—and it’s 26% off.

Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender filled with orange smoothie
Serious Eats / Will Dickey

One of the Best Sous Vide Machines: Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Amazon Anova Precision Cooker 3.0
Amazon

Slow and steady wins the sous vide race. This Anova Precision Cooker has been a longtime Serious Eats favorite. (Note: We currently recommend the 2.0 version, but will be testing the 3.0 one soon…it looks identical). It’s accurate, heats up water fairly quickly, and has an onboard display and a compatible app. Right now, it’s 36% off.

Finger adjusting settings on the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Best Sparkling Water Maker: SodaStream Art

SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker with CO2 and Two Carbonating Bottles
Amazon

Our favorite soda maker not only makes the best bubbles but features a cage-style CO2 loading system (much easier than inserting it into the bottom of the machine) and a sleek look, so you’ll actually want to keep it on the countertop. This on-sale bundle even comes with CO2 cartridges.

A hand loading a bottle onto the SodaStream Art
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

The Best Hand Mixer: Breville the Handy Mix Scraper

Breville The Handy Mix Scraper
Amazon

We called this “the Cadillac of hand mixers” in our review. It has every feature you could want, including rubber-coated beaters, a built-in timer, a digital display, and a light that shines into the mixing bowl. Right now, it’s $50 off.

A person using a Breville hand mixer to mix cookie dough.
Serious Eats / Afton Cyrus

The Best Wok: Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan 

Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan
Amazon

Pre-seasoned and with solid heat responsiveness (what you need for stir-frying), our favorite flat-bottomed, carbon steel wok is reasonably priced and has a slick surface. We like its wooden handle that stays cool even on high heat and its extra helper handle. Don’t forget to clip the extra 5% off coupon before adding it to your cart for the full discount.

a carbon steel wok on a marble kitchen surface
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Best Gas Grill: Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Gas Grill

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Gas Grill
Amazon

If someone were to ask us, generally, what gas grill they should get, the Weber Spirit II E-310 would be our answer. It has three burners, two side tables, tool hooks, and two large wheels for easily moving it. In our tests, it ignited easily every single time. Plus, you’ll get Weber’s truly phenomenal customer service.

A 3-burner Weber gas grill on a patio
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Best Dish Towels: Zeppoli Classic Kitchen Towels

Zeppoli Classic Kitchen Towels
Amazon

Every cook needs a stack of super-cheap, versatile kitchen towels they don’t care much about. These towels are exactly that, boasting a 141% absorbency rate in our tests—ideal for using as pot holders, mopping up spills, or drying herbs. Clip the coupon for 20% off right now, which makes the towels just a little over $1/piece.

A blue and white dish towel on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

A Pellet-Powered Pizza Oven: Ninja WoodFire Outdoor Pizza Oven

Ninja Woodfire 8-in-1 Outdoor Oven
Amazon

This is like a hybrid between a pizza oven and a pellet grill. In our tests, it didn’t get as hot as our other winners, but it yielded nice, slightly smokey pies. It has a range of other settings, too, like roasting (we’re interested in trying a whole chicken in it). We also liked its clearly labeled digital control panel.

A person using a temperature reader on the Ninja Woodfire 8-in-1 Outdoor Oven
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

One of Our Favorite (Cheap!) Chef’s Knives: Mercer Culinary Genesis 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

Mercer Culinary 8-Inch Genesis Chef's Knife
Amazon

With a grippy, rubber handle and a super, super sharp blade, this is a steal of a chef’s knife. We’ve recommended it for many years and it’ll serve you well for slicing and dicing.

Chef's Knives
Serious Eats/Dera Burreson

The Best Vacuum Sealer: Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro

Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro
Amazon

With built-in bag storage and a bag cutter, moist and dry settings, and no refractory period (that’s the wait time in between sealings), this vacuum sealer is our favorite for a reason. Right now, it’s $50 off.

A person using a vacuum sealer to seal a bag of rainbow carrots.
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

FAQs

When is Prime Day 2024?

According to Amazon, Prime Day 2024 will be on July 16 and 17 (that’s a Tuesday and Wednesday!). 

Do you have to be a Prime member to shop Prime Day?

Yes, you do have to be an Amazon Prime member to shop Prime Day sales. You can sign up here (including a 30-day free trial).

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats. 
  • She’s been with the site since 2021 and previously worked for America’s Test Kitchen and Food52.
  • Riddley's been reviewing gear professionally for about six years.

We Tested 12 Indoor Pizza Ovens to See Which Ones Could Bring the Heat (But Not Burn the House Down)

We tested 12 indoor pizza ovens to see which four could make exceptional pizzas, were easy to use, and were worth the storage space.

Three indoor pizza ovens on a kitchen countertop.
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

I’ve long considered myself a pizza eater but not a pizza person. You know, someone who slings pies in their backyard on the regular. But after attending culinary school in Italy, reviewing outdoor ovens, and testing Ooni’s first indoor model last year, that’s changed. I now love both eating and making pizza.

Let’s circle back to indoor pizza ovens, though. While Breville’s long had the Pizzaiolo, the Ooni Volt burst onto the scene boasting a ridiculously high temperature range. When I tested it, I was astounded by just how great the pizza it made was, how hot it got, and how the exterior managed to stay lukewarm to the touch even when the inside of the oven was at 850°F. 

I’ve used the Volt regularly since then. However, the concept of indoor pizza ovens, as a whole, has consumed me. As a New Englander who experiences cold weather 65% of the year, I’ve found that making pizza inside is often more reliable. But is the Ooni Volt truly the best there is? To find out, we put it to the test against 11 other indoor pizza ovens. 

The Winners, at a Glance

This indoor pizza oven got ridiculously hot, cooking pies in 90 seconds. Its touchscreen and dial controls were easy to use and the exterior stayed rather cool to the touch. While this oven is quite large, its built-in handles make it easier to move.

The Pizzaiolo has a sleek, stainless steel body that resembles a toaster oven. (It’s just a bit bigger than a microwave.) It reached temperatures over its stated 750°F, heated up quickly, and was easy to operate.

This model feels cheap in comparison to the Volt or Pizzaiolo—but it’s also a fraction of the price. Impressively, it still got up to 725°F and charred pizza in some spots.

Kenji actually reviewed this oven many moons ago. Instead of having to turn the pizza while it’s cooking, you place it on the Crispy Crust’s baking stone, close the lid, and let the machine’s top and bottom heating elements do the work. It takes longer to cook pies, but it’s more beginner-friendly.

The Tests

A person slices a pizza on a wooden cutting board.
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore
  • Temperature Test: We set the indoor pizza ovens to their maximum temperature and took readings of the stones at 20 and 30 minutes using an infrared thermometer.
  • Cheese Pizza Test: We made a cheese pizza in each model, taking the oven’s interior temperature before and after cooking and timing how long it took each to bake the pie. We also recorded the temperature five minutes after retrieving the pizza, to see how well the ovens recovered.
  • Pepperoni Pizza Test: We repeated the above test but with pepperoni pizza.
  • Usability and Cleanup Tests: Throughout testing, we evaluated how easy the indoor pizza ovens were to use and clean. We also noted how hot the exteriors got when in use. 

What We Learned

The Best Indoor Pizza Ovens Got Hot, Hot, Hot

A person removes a pizza from the Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven
If you're investing in an indoor pizza oven, it needs to perform comparably to outdoor pizza ovens.Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

If you’re after a pillowy, leopard-spotted crust (the hallmark of a good Neapolitan-style pizza), you need an indoor pizza oven that gets hot. We’re talking at least 700°F. Our winners all achieved this, with the exception of the Crispy Crust (it got to 605°F, but we think some cooks might be willing to trade performance for convenience). The Ooni Volt reached 850°F in just 20 minutes, resulting in pies that were ready in 90 seconds, with spotted bottoms and puffy edges. The Breville Pizzaiolo got to nearly 800°F—higher than its advertised temperature.

That said, just because the interior of an oven gets blazing hot doesn’t mean the outside should also. In fact, it ought to be the opposite: An appliance used inside should stay cool to the touch, or at least get no hotter than a toaster oven. The Ooni Volt has a carbon steel shell that rose to merely warm in our tests.

Dual Heating Elements Cooked Better

A pizza is placed into the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The best-performing indoor pizza ovens had heating elements on the tops and bottoms, blasting heat all over the pies and leading to even cooking. The Breville Pizzaiolo has one heating element under the ceramic deck and two concentric coils above the deck. The Ooni Volt has two heating elements and automatically adjusts their output depending on the selected temperature (though this can be manually overridden). As explained in our review of the Volt, “Different styles of pies require various temperatures and benefit from hotter upper or lower elements. If this sounds even mildly confusing, don’t worry: The oven includes a guide as to what temperature to use for each pizza type. For example, Neapolitan should be cooked at 850°F and the oven will favor the top heating element. New York pies, on the other hand, should be cooked at 650°F, and the heat will be much more balanced between the top and bottom elements.”

Digital Controls Were the Way to Go

A person adjusts the temperature on the Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven
Dials like this made it easier to adjust the temperature and time.Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

Both the Volt and Pizzaiolo have digital controls combined with dials for easily toggling the temp, time, and settings. This made for a vastly better user experience. That said, they’re also a lot more expensive. The analog controls of the Cuisinart worked fine but were clunkier. 

The Criteria: What to Look for in an Indoor Pizza Oven

An indoor pizza oven cooking a pizza
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The best indoor pizza ovens reached temperatures exceeding 700°F, resulting in beautiful pizzas we’d happily eat any day of the week. Plus, most home ovens can reach a maximum of 500°F, so a higher temperature makes a dedicated indoor pizza oven worth the investment. The controls should be intuitive (digital is best, though ovens with these are pricey) and the outside of the oven should stay relatively cool to the touch. 

Our Favorite Indoor Pizza Ovens

What we liked: The Ooni Volt is the most powerful indoor pizza oven we’ve ever tried. It reached 850°F in 20 minutes, cooked pizza in 90 seconds, and yielded pies with beautiful leopard spotting and pillowy crusts. It has two heating elements, which the oven will automatically adjust based on the selected temperature. The clear glass door opens and closes smoothly, and it has handles built into its side. The exterior also stayed fairly cool to the touch, even when we used it for hours. 

A person places the Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven onto a table
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

What we didn’t like: Of course, this oven is wicked expensive. It’s also heavy and huge—and we can’t imagine having a large enough kitchen where this could stay out full-time. So, you’ll have to have a dedicated storage spot for it.

Key Specs

  • Weight: 39.7 pounds
  • Dimensions: 24.2 x 20.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Temperature range: 150 to 850°F
A person places a pizza into the Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven to cook
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

What we liked: Sleek and about the size of a microwave, this indoor pizza oven has impressed us for years. It has three heating elements and, in our tests, it reached 797°F, which is higher than its stated maximum temperature of 750˚F. Pizza from it had beautiful char spots and pillowy crusts, and the heat recovered quickly in between pies. As we said in our dedicated review of the Pizzaiolo, “The Breville recovers its target temperature in the time it takes to stretch and top the next pizza, while a regular home oven takes some toggling (switching from broil back to bake) and at least a few minutes to come back up to temp.” Also a boon were its digital controls and dials, which were easy to operate and allowed you to choose from different pizza styles (like pan and thin and crispy).

A person adjusts the temperature on the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

What we didn’t like: Like the Volt, this is a very expensive indoor pizza oven. However, it didn’t heat as evenly as the Volt.

Key Specs

  • Weight: 32.3 pounds
  • Dimensions: 18.1 x 18.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Temperature range: 350 to 750°F
A person removes a pizza from the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

What we liked: This oven got up to 725°F—impressive, given its sub-$300 price. It took an acceptable 30 minutes to preheat and baked up nice pizzas, though it took longer than other ovens (more on this below). Its controls were analog and clearly labeled. This is not the fanciest indoor pizza oven, but that’s okay.

A person presses a button on the Cuisinart CPZ-120 Stainless Steel Indoor Pizza Oven
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

What we didn’t like: It took a full 4.5 minutes to bake a pizza, which resulted in a chewier-than-desired crust. There is also a hot spot in the back of the oven, so we had to be vigilant about turning pies.

Key Specs

  • Weight: 25 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 19 x 11 inches
  • Temperature range: 350 to 750°F
A person presses a button on the Cuisinart CPZ-120 Stainless Steel Indoor Pizza Oven
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

What we liked: Kenji reviewed this indoor pizza oven years ago and he liked it. We felt the same way after retesting it. As Kenji wrote, “Happily, I can report that the oven does indeed perform as advertised, pumping out 10-inch pies in about 7 minutes, crisp bottom crust, decent charring, and all.” It’s mostly hands-free, too: Pop the pizza on the stone, close the lid, and wait. There’s no pie-turning involved. 

What we didn’t like: It took a long time to heat up and bake pizza and didn’t reach the high temps of our other winners. It also offers less heat control. However, we think beginner cooks or those looking to make homemade pizza without fuss may like the Crispy Crust.

Key Specs

  • Weight: 14.8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 18 x 10 inches
  • Temperature range: Up to 572°F
A person pulling a a pizza slice off of a whole pizza.
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

The Competition

FAQs

Can I use an Ooni pizza oven indoors? 

You cannot use a standard Ooni pizza oven (or any outdoor model, for that matter) indoors. They use propane, kindling, charcoal, or wood pellets and have an open flame, which would be dangerous inside (not to mention the carbon monoxide risk). The Ooni Volt, however, is the company’s first electric indoor-outdoor pizza oven.

Is it worth getting an indoor pizza oven? 

If you love to cook pizza, live in an area prone to inclement weather, and lack outdoor space but have storage space, an indoor pizza oven could be worth it.

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats. She’s been with the site since 2021 and previously worked at America’s Test Kitchen and Food52. 
  • For this review, we tested 12 indoor pizza ovens, evaluating how hot they got, how long they took to heat up, the qualities of their pizzas, and more.

I Tested Breville’s New Soda Maker By Carbonating Lemonade and Cocktails (Yup, It’s Great)

We tested Breville’s new InFizz Fusion soda maker, which promises to carbonate any liquid, including juices and cocktails.

A person carbonating water with the Breville soda maker.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperelin-Schirm

When I started dating my now-husband, he hated seltzer. I could buy a case of it and it’d last me nearly two weeks. However, sometime between 2016 and now that changed dramatically. He’s become what I would call a bubbly water fiend, capable of easily consuming four to six cans a day. 

I said “capable” because I’ve banned store-bought seltzer for the sake of his tooth enamel (possibly) and our recycling bin (definitely). Instead, we’re now a soda maker household. Having to carbonate the water himself limits my husband’s seltzer consumption to a reasonable amount. 

This is all to say when I learned Breville released a new seltzer maker, I was excited. (Approximately 75% of my appliances are from Breville, so while this is not sponsored, come at me!) And when I found out said soda maker can carbonate anything—including lemonade or cocktails—my excitement bubbled up as if it were infused with CO2.

After testing the Breville, I’ve given it a permanent place on my countertop. While I do have a few qualms, it’s the most versatile soda maker I’ve tried yet.

The Tests

A Breville soda maker carbonating water.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
  • Carbon Dioxide Levels Test: I carbonated 800 grams of chilled water using 10 quarter-second bursts. I weighed the bottle before and after carbonating, removed the bottle’s FusionCap (more on this below), put the regular cap on, and popped it in the fridge for 24 hours. I then weighed it again, to see how much carbonation was lost. I repeated the test but placed the bottle in the fridge right after carbonating with the FusionCap still on. 
  • Taste Test: I again carbonated 800 grams of (fresh) chilled water and then tasted it. I took notes on its overall fizziness and bubble size.
  • Non-Water Tests: I carbonated sun tea, lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and batch palomas (made with fresh grapefruit and lime juice, tequila, and sugar) to see how the InFizz Fusion did with a variety of non-water liquids. 
  • Usability and Cleanup Tests: Throughout testing, I noted how easy the soda maker was to use—including attaching and detaching the bottle and inserting the CO2 canister. I cleaned the bottle and cap by hand after each test.

What We Learned

If You’re Gonna Carbonate Ahead of Time, Keep the FusionCap On

A person placing the Breville soda maker's bottle onto the soda maker.
The InFizz Fusion has helpful arrows showing you were to align the cap and the neck of the soda maker.Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The Breville InFizz Fusion comes with two caps: a standard one and a FusionCap. When carbonating, you must use the FusionCap, which is what twists onto the body of the soda maker and includes a nozzle for injecting the CO2. For my carbon dioxide levels test, I first swapped the FusionCap for the regular one before stashing the bottle in the fridge. After 24 hours, it lost seven grams of CO2. I repeated this test but kept the FusionCap on, transferring the bottle directly to the fridge after carbonating. After 24 hours, it lost zero grams of CO2. 

The takeaway: If carbonating ahead of time, keep the FusionCap on for maximum bubbliness. 

How Is the InFizz Fusion Able to Carbonate All Liquids?

The Breville soda maker carbonating strawberry lemonade.
Fizzy strawberry lemonade was delightful.Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Most soda makers (including SodaStreams) are only designed to carbonate water. If you try putting juice in one it could explode. 

Why, then, is the InFizz Fusion able to carbonate other liquids? It comes down to the FusionCap. “The FusionCap itself is designed to withstand the additional pressure that builds up while carbonating non-water liquids (like juice),” a Breville representative told me. The cap has three valves within it, so there are multiple fail-safes ensuring the seal stays intact no matter what’s carbonated.

You see, CO2 readily dissolves in water, but not in non-water beverages, which makes the numerous valves necessary as pressure builds. The cap also features a red switch on its side, which allows you to release pressure—again, this is especially key for carbonating non-water liquids. When I made palomas, the pressure released for a good 20 seconds before the cap allowed me to loosen and remove it. (Think of a pressure cooker: After cooking and releasing pressure, if the lid still resists when you go to open it, don’t force it—continue to vent). 

The lemonade and palomas I made with the InFizz Fusion were delightfully bubbly and stayed that way after an overnight stint in the fridge. The regular water had small, sweet bubbles that fizzed gently on the tip of my tongue. (I did not enjoy the sparkling sun tea, though that was purely due to its flavor and not because of the carbonator itself.) 

There Were Some (Small) Usability Quibbles 

The Breville soda maker on a pink marble countertop.
The one-liter bottle the soda maker came with was quite large for non-water drinks.Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

I’ll start with what I didn’t like. For starters, the FusionCap makes the bottle tall (about as big as a bottle of wine), which meant it could only fit under the highest shelf in my fridge. Also, the InFizz Fusion comes with one large, one-liter bottle. If you’re planning on carbonating anything but water, I’d recommend purchasing smaller bottles. To reach even the minimum fill line of the large bottle is a substantial amount of liquid—far more lemonade and batch cocktail than I (or two people) could drink in a single sitting. Additionally, I found placing the bottle onto the soda maker’s body to be somewhat finicky. Twice, the FusionCap unscrewed slightly when I twisted it on, causing the soda maker to sputter water up and out. 

I do, however, love that the InFizz Fusion comes with a flexible bottle brush that has a small scrubber housed in its handle for cleaning the FusionCap. I also liked that the brushed stainless steel finish easily disguised smudges and fingerprints. Overall, it’s one sleek-looking soda maker.

The Verdict

The InFizz Fusion did an outstanding job carbonating water, lemonade, and cocktails—and it lost no carbonation overnight when stored with its FusionCap on. It’s exceptionally well-made, available in a variety of colors, and thoughtfully designed with features like an O-ring that allows you to slant the soda maker’s neck to easily attach and detach the bottle. It performed well and has been added as a winner in our soda maker review. (My husband declared the bubbles better than store-bought, too.)

The Pros

For a soda maker that can carbonate whatever you want (soda that’s gone flat, any kind of juice, a vat of Paper Planes), this is an option that, indeed, also creates pleasantly sparkly bubbly water. 

The Cons

The large bottle is quite big for carbonating liquids other than water, so buy some additional small bottles if you plan on doing this. (For the high price, I wish the soda maker came with one large and one small bottle.) If you only ever want to carbonate water, I’d save $50 and buy the standard InFizz instead, which cannot handle other liquids. 

Key Specs

  • Materials: Brushed stainless steel with a die-cast lever; metal cap/base; BPA-free plastic bottle
  • Stated capacity: 1-liter
  • Dimensions: 16.9 x 5.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Care instructions: Hand-wash bottle and cap; drip tray and cleaning brush are dishwasher-safe; store bottle with the cap off
  • Warranty: 2 years
The Breville soda maker carbonating strawberry lemonade.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

FAQs

How do you insert a CO2 canister into the InFizz?

The CO2 canister for the InFizz (and the InFizz Fusion) can be inserted into the underside of the machine, where the neck of the soda maker is. Be sure to twist it so it’s securely affixed. 

How do you use the InFizz? 

After inserting the CO2 canister, fill the bottle to at least the minimum fill line (which is clearly marked), twist the FusionCap onto the bottle, and affix the bottle onto the neck of the soda maker. Press down on the lever on top of the soda maker to inject CO2.

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats. She’s been with the site since 2021 and previously worked at America’s Test Kitchen, EatingWell, and Food52. She’s been testing gear professionally for about six years.
  • For this review, Riddley used the Breville InFizz Fusion to carbonate water, cocktails, lemonade, and more. She evaluated how easy the soda maker was to use and clean and how well it retained its carbonation.

25 of Our Favorite Mother’s Day Gifts (Including a Candle That Smells Like Cereal)

We went through our kitchen equipment reviews and consulted our editors to find the best Mother’s Day gifts.

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Serious Eats / Kevin Liang

My mom is hard to buy for. She always says she doesn’t want anything. But, of course, that’s not true. (Mom: I’m not falling for it!) And with a lack of guidance, I go rogue. Often, I land on a great gift (she uses her Alexa in the kitchen all the time to set timers and listen to podcasts while she cooks). Occasionally, though, I’ll get a dud. For example, she never charges her temperature-controlled Ember smart mug, which entirely defeats its purpose. 

If you, like me, are looking for inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts, welcome. Below, you’ll find 25 kitchen-related Mother’s Day ideas that will put you squarely in the “great gift” category with the mom or parental figure in your life.

I’ve owned three of our favorite coffee grinders (job perks, I know) and the Breville has been my favorite. It accurately calculates grind size and time and dispenses coffee grounds with very little chaff winding up on the counter. It comes in some fun colors, too, like Red Velvet and Olive Tapenade

A hand adjusting the grind dial of the Breville coffee grinder
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

This candle smells delightfully and subtly like Fruity Pebbles. The vanilla and cinnamon Milk + Sugar candle is stronger, if the cereal candle is out of stock. 

“My mother appreciates the art of practical gift giving (I received deodorant and shaving razors last Christmas), so I always err on the side of unfussy, useful presents for her,” commerce editor Rochelle Bilow says. “A drawer organizer would be a perfect choice for her this year—she just renovated her kitchen!” 

Our favorite charcuterie board is handmade and oh-so-elegant, with contrasting stripes of wood. Snag some nice cheese, salami, and nice crackers to go with it.

ergerer
Serious Eats / Irvin Lin

I recently signed up for this coffee subscription and have massively enjoyed getting a new, freshly roasted bag of coffee delivered to my doorstep every few weeks. I’ll be getting it for my mom this year (don’t worry, she thinks this site is called Serious Recipes). 

Whether your mom or parental figure likes to grill, roast, bake, or deep-fry, an instant-read thermometer will be their friend, ensuring accuracy for all. The ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE has a lightning-fast response time, automatic backlight, and a rotating screen. 

My dad brings my mom a cappuccino in bed every morning, which is just incredibly lovely. Whether they’re making it for themselves or having someone do it for them, an espresso machine is the kind of top-notch, big-spender gift they’ll use daily. One of our favorite espresso machines is the Breville Bambino Plus. It’s easier to make good espresso with it than it is bad.

Espresso coffee brewing into glass mug from Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine on white marble countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

I love Levain Bakery’s packaging: the blue ribbons cinch it for me. Their new lemon cookies taste like spring, have delightfully squidgy centers, and are tart, not too sweet, and loaded with white chocolate.

If they’re a baker (or even not—these both make great display pieces!), a new, eye-catching cake stand may be the ticket. You could even make a cake and give it to them on the cake stand! They’ll be like “Oh, you made me a cake—thank you!” Then you can say, “I did, but the cake stand’s yours, too.” Lovely!

A plushy standing mat is half decor, half highly functional investment. This one from House of Noa “reminded us of a memory foam mattress” and comes in a range of patterns and lengths. (You might want to measure their space beforehand!)

A person walking across a stripped anti-fatigue mat on a kitchen floor
Serious Eats / Fred Hardy

Dairy fans will rejoice getting a gift of specially selected cheeses. A 3-month subscription is pricey, but you can also buy one-off curated boxes.

Great olive oil doesn’t have to cost a lot–and this Portuguese brand is proof. It’s grassy, floral, and fruity. Tie a ribbon around the neck of this bottle and your gift is done.

These petite, orb-like wine glasses are ideal for small pours, as well as cocktails. I have a set that I reach for over my full-size glasses. I love their colorful handles.

I gave my mom an insulated tumbler to long-term test and she has been drinking more water because of it. A huge step up from her previous zero glasses a day! This model from Owala is one of the few I tried that didn’t leak and it has excellent cold retention.

A pink Owala insulated tumbler on a pink surface.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

During the pandemic, my mom got very into making cocktails. I think any at-home bartender would appreciate this sleek bar cart with its wood construction and bronze details. I’ve owned this model for several years, and it’s a stunner that holds a stupendous amount of bottles (and bar tools).

My colleague Grace Kelly and I ate ourselves sick testing boxed chocolates so you can have the very best (and so can Mom). L.A. Burdick’s chocolates were some of our favorites, with crisp chocolate outer shells and beautiful fillings. Also, look at these chocolate mice! Irresistible. “Take a gander at their chocolate chip cookies, too,” Grace says. “Baked on the day they ship, they have an ooey gooey ganache center that makes them a real treat.” Grace has been sending these as her go-to gift lately, and the giftees have been delighted.

Our favorite electric wine opener opens bottles in a flash (you just have to press down on the cork to engage it). It’s also pricey, which makes it a great gift.

the peugeot elis corkscrew in its sand with the foil cutter
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

This Berry Ghia is tart, juicy, and not at all bitter. I love mixing it with seltzer and loads of ice. Its pink and purple packaging is adorable, too.

If Mom uses cookbooks regularly, a stand that keeps a book upright and on their selected recipe is a thoughtful present. No more having to prop open the page with random kitchen objects!

You could call this mortar and pestle beautiful…and you’d be right. Its smooth, marble interior and wooden pestle excels at making super-smooth sauces, like pesto.

close up of finished pesto in a mortar and pestle
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Honestly, I’d be thrilled to receive this seltzer as a gift. The flavors are spectacular, and this bundle includes two of my favorites (for those wondering, my other top picks are Pineapple Holy Basil and Grapefruit Elderflower). For the adventurous, the Flavor of the Month subscription is also wicked fun.

Our favorite steak knives slice like butter…and look good doing it. The ones from Material have pastel-hued handles and come with a wooden block for storage. 

My dad’s the paella maker in our family, but if yours is different than mine, then this sturdy paella pan works great indoors and on the grill. Pair it with a bag of bomba rice.

chicken, pork, and shrimp paella in the Garcima paella pan
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

Burlap and Barrel sell some of our favorite spices. “My favorite cinnamon of all time (and yes, I do keep a running list) is the cinnamon verum from Burlap & Barrel," Rochelle says. This set doesn’t include that particular spice, but it does have their Royal Cinnamon, which is also excellent. 

Our favorite tortilla press comes in eye-catching colors like pastel green Espuma and bright yellow Elote. Plus, it makes the best, thin tortillas. No form over function here!

FAQs

When is Mother’s Day this year?

Mother’s Day 2024 is on Sunday, May 12th. 

What day is Mother’s Day? 

Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday. Specifically, this year, it’s on May 12, 2024.

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor for Serious Eats. She’s been with the site since 2021.
  • Riddley previously worked for America’s Test Kitchen, Food52, and EatingWell.
  • She’s written our reviews of dinnerware sets, air fryers, and more.

Some Very Excellent Pantry Storage Ideas, From Some of Your Favorite Serious Eats Staffers

We asked Serious Eats staffers for their favorite pantry storage solutions—ones that keep their spaces organized.

Plastic box filled with containers of non-perishable Japanese pantry ingredients
Serious Eats / Sasha Marx

Pantry storage! It’s a pain! Who wants to fiddle with where to fit a bag of flour when there are chicken cutlets to shallow-fry, cookies to bake, or a sauce to make? However, a well-organized pantry will make you feel better (dare we say fresher) and certainly like a more efficient cook or baker. Imagine being able to find what you need in a snap or say hello to containers and goodbye to bags of sugar and flour that never actually reseal. Miracles! They happen. 

Here are a handful of pantry storage ideas from Serious Eats staffers. The below products might not be flashy, but they are highly functional. 

I've been getting a lot of mileage out of Container Store plastic boxes in a variety of sizes, which are perfect for organizing related pantry items into groups (some of mine: Chinese ingredients; grains and legumes; dried chile peppers; Japanese ingredients; baking pantry). I've also found reusable silicone bags to be helpful in capturing odds and ends that are no longer in their original packaging, like a half-finished bag of nuts, some loose crackers, or a stash of tea bags. Daniel Gritzer, senior culinary director

Plastic box filled with bags of dried beans and legumes
Serious Eats / Sasha Marx

I'm a big fan of OXO's Pop containers (ya know, the ones with the buttons on the lids), but they're expensive and thus I've slowly accumulated them. My favorite ones (and our top picks), though, are the giant containers meant to house vats of sugar, flour, rolled oats, and the like. They even have scoops that affix underneath their lids. I also have some of these smaller containers that I use to store various sugars and pantry goods. For brown sugar, I highly recommend this little orb that you soak in water and affix to the underside of the OXO’s lid. It works exceptionally well at keeping brown sugar soft and stays out of the way for scooping. Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm, senior commerce editor

three oxo food containers on a gray backdrop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Every spice deserves a little love, but if I can't see it in my pantry, then it will probably be forgotten and go unused. I (attempt) to avoid this by adding big labels to all my spices and making sure they are clearly visible when I tuck them away into my spice drawer. I'll also join in the symphony of praises for clear, large stackable containers for bulk items like assorted flours, sugars, and grains. I also rely on clear quart and pint-sized deli containers for dry good storage (rice, beans, bulk spices, salt). — Leah Colins, senior culinary editor

My pantry organizational skills are nearly nonexistent; I am the person who opens a cupboard and is greeted by a torrential downpour of mismatched food storage containers, lids scattering across the floor like grains of rice. Organization? What does that mean? That said, the one area I seem capable of containing my entropy is with dry goods like flour, sugar, and salt. Each gets their own container, with the sugar finding a home in a Le Creuset Storage Canister, salt in a flip-top cellar, and flour in the massive décor Tellfresh Superstorer. Rice is another lucky ingredient and lives in these glass Guzzini Grigio containers on my countertop.Grace Kelly, associate commerce editor

two dry food storage containers with rice inside them
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

I label everything with green tape and a Sharpie so things don't get lost in the ether, and stick to square and rectangular containers as much as possible. It's hard to squeeze in round containers! I use an assortment of Cambros, Mepal modula containers, and Rubbermaid Brilliance containers (our favorite food storage containers). They all have one thing in common: they're clear, stackable, and easy to wash and clean. Genevieve Yam, culinary editor

Four small plastic deli containers with blue tape labels on them.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

My pantry is small (literally a closet we put shelves in). I have to maximize the space I have. I recently purchased a utility cart, where I've taken to storing overflow or particularly bulky goods that eat up a lot of shelf space, like extra bags of flour. I like that I can roll the cart into and out of my pantry (ahem, closet) if I need to search for things on the bottom shelves. — Riddley

I will admit that I bought this baking storage set after seeing a TikTok video about it, but they have lived up to the hype. The containers are perfectly sized to fit their intended contents (meaning I can just dump a bag of flour or sugar inside with no leftovers), and the measurement markings allow me to easily see how much I have left. There are also handy magnetized or tucked-away accessories like an ingredient leveler for the flour, a shaker for the powdered sugar, and a terracotta disk for the brown sugar.

My spices are so much easier to store and find now that I invested in a tiered rack for my cupboard. I picked this one because the steps are large enough to hold smaller bottles of oil and vinegar, and the lips prevent the bottles and jars from falling down and shattering on the kitchen floor. — Taysha Murtaugh, commerce director

It's just so satisfying to have everything labeled—OXO containers, shelves, spices, organizing bins. Not only does it look nice and allow me to mindlessly know where things go, but in a house with two teens and a husband, it means everyone knows what goes where. — Michelle Edelbaum, SVP/GM

FAQs

How do I add space to my pantry? 

Adding stackable bins makes use of the (often unused) vertical space in your pantry. We’ve long recommended inexpensive ones like these

What are some cheap pantry storage ideas?

There are plenty of inexpensive containers out there that will make your pantry feel more organized and easier to navigate. Take, for example, this nine-piece set or these $4 stackable bins.

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats. 
  • Riddley's been working for the site since 2021 and has reviewed equipment professionally for about six years.
  • She wrote our reviews of air fryers and dinnerware sets, among others. 

I Tested 10 Insulated Tumblers (Including Stanley) to Find Hydration Heroes

We tested 10 insulated tumblers (including Stanley) to find the seven best ones for smooth sipping. We also evaluated if they leaked and their cold retention.

A group on insulated tumblers on a pink surface.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

I can’t say that I’m often ahead of trends, but I bought a Stanley tumbler years ago. And, reader, I hated it, as did my husband and even my dog. The tumbler caused us all to jump whenever it fell over with a thwack, water pouring out around its straw. With its tapered base and top-heavy design, topple over it did…all of the time.

Thus, I was happy to find out that the Stanley’s lid was redesigned, with a silicone seal that holds the straw in place and (allegedly) prevents the sort of splashes that have caused me to utter many an expletive. That, coupled with the virality of the aforementioned ginormous cup (if you’ve been on TikTok lately, you’d be unsurprised to find out Stanley’s sales jumped from $194 million in 2021 to about $750 million in 2023, according to CNBC), made me want to formally test insulated tumblers—those from Stanley, Yeti, Owala, Hydro Flask, and more. 

To evaluate these tumblers, I drank from them (duh), tested their cold retention, looked at how much they leaked when tipped over, and more.

The Winners, at a Glance

This insulated tumbler had the best cold retention of the bunch and didn’t leak even when fully tilted on its side—no small feat, as you’ll read below. It was great to drink from, comfortable to hold (thanks to its large handle), came in a range of hues, and was about $30.

The Owala was one of three models that passed the leak test. Its cold retention was great, too, and its handle had an indent that ran its length, which made it nicely grippy.

This Stanley tumbler’s lid is much improved upon compared to the previous iteration. Its silicone seal stopped water from flooding out (though it’s not leakproof). It had solid cold retention and felt well-balanced. The silicone portions on its handle were exceptionally nice to hold, too. 

The Yeti was the only model without a silicone seal around its straw that did well (but not perfectly) in the leak test. Its lid presses in and pulls out without much fuss, too. Its rectangular handle has rounded edges and is nice to hold onto and its wide straw provides smooth sips. It’s available in two smaller sizes, which are the same shape.

The third and final tumbler that soared through the leaking test (along with the Simple Modern and Owala), this 32-ounce cup is smaller, lightweight, and comes with a lifetime warranty. 

With a wide, stiffer silicone straw, the Hydro Flask was pleasant to drink from (a boon for those who’d rather not sip from hard plastic). Its lid pressed in easily and it had solid cold retention. 

With good cold retention and a silicone-lined handle, the Corkcicle is a perfectly fine insulated tumbler. And while not all of its colors are retro-looking, the Sunglass Tan, Purple Dolphin, and 80s Windbreaker certainly have Saved by the Bell vibes.

The Tests

A group of tumblers lined up side-by-side.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
  • General Use Test: I evaluated how easy it was to remove and put each tumbler’s lid back on and what it was like to hold and drink from. 
  • Leakage Test: I filled each tumbler with water, and then tilted it over the sink to see if it leaked.
  • Cold Retention Test: After filling each insulated tumbler with 100 grams of ice and cold (45°F) water, I placed the lids on and took the temperature every two hours for 16 hours using an instant-read thermometer.
  • Cleanup Test: I washed the tumblers by hand, then placed the dishwasher-safe models (which were all of them) in the top rack of the dishwasher to see how they fared. 
  • Long-Term Testing: All of my favorite tumblers have entered long-term testing (she writes, currently drinking from the Simple Modern). I will update this review with any notable findings. 

What We Learned

Twist-On vs. Press-In Lids

A group of empty insulated empty tumblers with their lids on.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The insulated tumblers either had twist-on or press-in lids. Neither was better or more secure (both styles had winners that leaked and others that didn’t), so it’s a matter of preference. For those with dexterity or hand strength concerns, the press-in lids were easier to add and remove. The Yeti and MiiR in particular had sizeable plastic tabs on their lids, which you can press your thumb upwards on and use to pop the lid off (though the Yeti requires more force).

As far as the twist-on lids, I struggled at one point to thread them all but managed after a try or two. Ultimately, other factors (like the straw) superseded any lid qualms. 

Straw Placement and Size

Owala, Yeti, and Stanley insulated tumblers side-by-side.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

A few of the tumblers (the Owala, Hydro Flask, and MiiR) had straws located in the center of the lids. For most (i.e. those who aren’t testing 10 insulated tumblers side-by-side) this placement will be unnoticeable. However, I did find straws that were located closer to the edge and set at a slight angle were more intuitive to drink from. This way, you don’t have to crane your neck over the top of the tumbler or tilt it when sipping. That said, this is somewhat splitting hairs and my winners include both straw placements.

The best insulated tumblers were also a joy to drink from, providing an ample amount of water effortlessly with each sip. A couple of the tumblers (the Swig Life and TeamVV) had narrower straws than the top performers, providing noticeably less water and more resistance when I drank from them. 

Leakage: Expect It

A person holding an insulated tumbler over the sink was water pours our of its lid.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Unlike water bottles, you shouldn’t expect most insulated tumblers to be leakproof. With their tapered, narrower bases and uncapped straws, they’re bound to be tip- and leak-prone. However, this doesn’t mean water should flood from them when tilted. 

Most of the insulated tumblers dribbled during the leak test, specifically around their straws. The ones that didn’t (the Simple Modern and Owala, most notably) had tighter silicone seals holding their straws put. It was to the point where I had to forcefully pull the straw out of the Simple Modern to get it to budge. If a leakproof tumbler is your priority, you now know which one to get. 

All of the Insulated Tumblers Kept Water Cold

All of the insulted tumblers had double-walled insulation (the Owala and Corckcicle were even triple-layered) and kept the water cold for a substantial amount of time. After six hours, most warmed just a few degrees—though the Simple Modern was the only one with ice still in it. Even once 16 hours passed, the warmest tumbler was at 53°F. That’s still chilly!

The Criteria: What to Look for in an Insulated Tumbler

A person holding onto a Stanley tumbler via its handle.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The best insulated tumblers have large, comfortable handles, excellent cold retention, wide straws that provide a smooth sipping experience, and a reasonable amount of (or no!) leaking when tipped over. 

The Best Insulated Tumblers

What we liked: With the best cold retention of all the models, the Simple Modern impressed me—especially at such a reasonable price. Its handle was ergonomic and comfortable and its straw was wide and at a slight angle. It’s also leakproof: Nary a drop of water came out, even when I rested the tumbler on its side. It comes in a ton of colors, too.

What we didn’t like: The screw-on lid has a low profile, giving your fingers just a quarter of an inch to hold onto and twist to remove. 

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Stated capacity: 40 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Other sizes available: 30 ounces
An orange insulated tumbler on a countertop.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What we liked: Another leakproof option, Owala’s handle was one of my favorites thanks to an indent that ran down its length, providing a comfortable place for my thumb to rest. It did the second best in the cold retention test and its screw-on lid was large and grabbable. 

What we didn’t like: The Owala’s straw is located in the center of the lid, though it can be tilted slightly. I found this to be less of a convenient placement. 

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Stated capacity: 40 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Other sizes available: N/A
A pink Owala insulated tumbler on a pink surface.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What we liked: Ah yes, the social media hydration superstar! However, this tumbler is actually great: Nicely balanced, its other highlights were a large handle with grippy silicone portions, a twist-on lid, an angled straw, and super-smooth sipping. 

What we didn’t like: It did leak a bit, but not the worst out of the bunch, and certainly not enough to not recommend it. 

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel; powder coat finish
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Stated capacity: 40 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Other sizes available: 14, 20, 30, 64 ounces
A green Stanley insulated tumbler with a handle.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What we liked: With a sturdy, press-in lid and angled straw, the Yeti is a joy to drink from. I like that its straw has a bumper on the bottom, so it can’t be accidentally pulled up and out of the lid. It didn’t have a silicone stopper but did shockingly well in the leak test. Unlike other brands, Yeti’s smaller sizes have the same shape and handle, so I can confidently recommend those, too.

What we didn’t like: It did well in the leak test, but it wasn’t impervious to drippage. 

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Stated capacity: 42 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Sizes available: 25 and 35 ounces
A pink Yeti insulated tumbler.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What we liked: This smaller insulated tumbler has a press-in lid that pops in and out with surprisingly little resistance. That said, it was one of the three models that didn’t leak (thanks to its press-in silicone straw that formed a tight seal on the lid). 

What we didn’t like: Its straw is located in the center of the lid, and it’s not available in a larger size. 

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel; powder coat finish
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Stated capacity: 32 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes, though hand-washing is recommended
  • Other sizes available: N/A
A dark blue MiiR insulated tumbler on a pink surface.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What we liked: Those with an aversion to sipping on a hard, plastic straw will like the Hydro Flask’s flexible, silicone mouthpiece. It did well in the cold retention test and was nice to drink from.

What we didn’t like: Water dripped from around the straw, which is located in the center of the lid. I wish the press-in lid’s tab was larger, as this would make the lid easier to remove.  

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Stated capacity: 40 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Other sizes available: 32 ounces
A light purple Hydro Flask insulated tumbler
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

What we liked: The handle on this insulated tumbler was great and grippy, thanks to a silicone piece that ran down the inside of it. It did very well in the cold retention test and if you get one of the brand’s multi-hued colors (bright blue and pink; pink and green!), the Corkcicle gives off a fun ‘80s vibe.

What we didn’t like: This model leaked around the straw and the lid’s slider.

Key Specs

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 1.34 pounds
  • Stated capacity: 40 ounces
  • Fits in a car cup holder: Yes
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Other sizes available: N/A
A blue and purple Corckicle insulated tumbler.
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The Competition 

  • Stanley IceFlow Stainless Steel Tumbler with Straw: Though this insulated tumbler had excellent cold retention, its straw (which locks into its lid) was hard to push up and press back down. 
  • Swig Life 40oz Mega Mug: The floppy silicone upper and overall smaller straw size meant this tumbler required more effort to drink from. It also leaked more than other models.
  • TeamVV 40 oz Tumbler: I liked the silicone bumper on this tumbler, but the thin straw was less pleasant to drink from and the dual-sided lid leaked substantially.

FAQs

Who makes the best insulated tumbler? 

After testing 10 insulated tumblers, I named models from Simple Modern, Owala, Stanley, and more as top picks. However, all of the tumblers had excellent cold retention and were fairly comfortable to drink from.

How do you clean an insulated tumbler? 

All of the tumblers I tested were dishwasher-safe (some specified they had to be placed on the top rack). However, insulated tumblers can also be cleaned by hand with a sponge and hot, soapy water. I recommend buying specific brushes to deep-clean their straws, though.

Which tumbler keeps water cold the longest? 

In my test, the Simple Modern tumbler kept water the coldest, with it being the only insulated tumbler that still had ice in it after six hours.

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats and has been with the site since 2021.
  • She previously worked at America’s Test Kitchen, Food52, and EatingWell. 
  • She’s been reviewing equipment professionally for about six years and has written many reviews for this site, including dinnerware sets and air fryers.
  • For this review, Riddley tested 10 insulated tumblers. She evaluated their cold retention, usability, leakage, and more.

17 Incredibly Great Kitchen Items I’ve Bought After Working at Serious Eats for Two-Plus Years

Our senior commerce editor recounts the gadgets and gear she’s purchased after working for the site for a couple of years.

The Breville Barista Express Impress on a white marble countertop
Serious Eats / Nick Simpson

When I started working at Serious Eats more than two years ago (time flies, etc, etc), I thought I had a well-stocked kitchen. But, then I started reading our reviews. And testing more gear for the site. And realizing just how thorough, thoughtful, and meticulously curated the products we recommend (and have recommended) are.

So, I spent: Outfitting my kitchen with our longstanding favorites and new top picks, replacing so-so products with standout ones. Here are 17 kitchen items I’ve bought since joining the team.

Our longtime favorite bread knife is truly unmatched: sharp enough to evenly slice whatever loaves you throw at it and flexible enough to peel butternut squash (truly!). We don’t recommend spending a lot on a bread knife since it’s a pain to sharpen. Instead, just buy a cheap one (like, ahem, the Tojiro) and replace it every handful of years.

TOJIRO Japan Hand Made Bread Knife Slicer Cutter, 14.75
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

We’ve featured this in its own review and as an air fryer toaster oven winner. And when my toaster oven was on its way out, the Joule Oven was the one I had to have. Its accurate temperatures, fast pre-heating, and sleek digital interface make it a standout. I also love its app integration: My phone alerts me when it’s preheated and even when it’s time to rotate the food.

Breville the Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

After working on our wok issue and wok review, I immediately purchased our favorite wok from Yosukata. We explained it best in our review: “The Yosukata Black Carbon Steel Wok is a pre-seasoned, stamped wok with a smooth, beautiful blue-black surface. It's a fast, heat-responsive pan that performed well in nearly every test.”

a carbon steel wok on a marble kitchen surface
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

Truly the best bench scraper around, the OXO has a non-slip handle and wide blade that effortlessly scrapes, scoops, and transfers. Its sharp edge is also great for portioning dough (gnocchi, biscuit, etc). I use mine every day, particularly during dinner prep.

using the oxo bench scraper to cut up pizza dough
Serious Eats / Eric King

Serious Eats has recommended this blender since 2014 and it’s truly the best one around. It effortlessly pulls ingredients down into its blades, creating a vortex that churns out super-smooth sauces, soup, smoothies, purees, and more. It’s also easy to use, with just a couple of switches and a dial.

a smoothie being blended in the Vitamix 5200 blender
Serious Eats / Tamara Staples

I immediately purchased our favorite drinking glasses after our review came out, donating the mismatched mason jars I’d relied on for years. My favorite part about them? I can nest multiple glasses together for easy storage.

bormioli rock bar glass on a blue backdrop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

I consider our coffee gear reviews some of the best in the business, so when we say an espresso machine is easy to use, we mean it. I’m a coffee fan, not an expert, which is why the Impress Express is perfect for me. Its tamping arm and built-in grinder eliminate two of the trickiest parts of making espresso.

an espresso shot with thick streams is dropping into a cup
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

This coffee grinder was actually a present from my parents last year, but I requested it and thus feel entitled to include it here. Baratza’s grinders are unmatched in their longevity, quality, and consistency. I use mine every morning to grind coffee for my auto drip machine.

Baratza Encore coffee grinder
Vicky Wasik

This cutting board is next-level—and truly worth every cent (and a lot of cents it is…). It's thick, has non-slip feet, and is gentle on knives. There’s a reason it’s been our favorite wooden cutting board for many years.

The fine finish on the BoardSmith's end-grain maple cutting board, showing light reflecting off the smoothly finished surface
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

I felt a twinge of regret when I ordered a $50 potato masher within minutes of publishing our corresponding review. But any maligned feelings went away as soon as the masher was in my possession. Simply put: It pounds spuds with prowess and its all stainless steel construction is built for the long haul.

A saucepan with mashed potatoes and a potato masher in it.
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

I absolutely adore our favorite chef’s knife. It’s solid, sturdy, and sharp. I have it in the delightful Purple Yam (lilac) color.

Using a chef's knife to dice an onion on a wooden cutting board
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Our favorite boning knife was under $30 when I purchased it, which made it an easy buy. I’m a general fan of Victorinox’s Fibrox line, which features a textured, grippy handle.

holding the victorinox boning knife
Serious Eats / Ashlee Redger

There’s something truly unpleasant about having to knock an espresso machine’s portafilter into a trash can. A knock box is the obvious solution and this pretty one from Crema Coffee actually looks swell sitting on the countertop.

an espresso grinder, espresso machine, knock box and tamper on a counter
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

It’s a delight to watch this can opener spin around and open a can on its own. This is a new purchase (our electric can opener review is very recent!), but I already influenced my mom to buy one after she used mine over Thanksgiving.

The Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener on a small can on a marble countertop
Serious Eats / Eric King

Banged-up, dented strainers be gone! This fine-mesh strainer is unparalleled: Capable of straining super-smooth sauces and purees and with a large bowl hook. Its handle is rounded, too, and very comfortable to grasp.

A fine mesh strainer straining strawberry sauce
Serious Eats / Eric King

This pie pan is CHEAP and also AMAZING (capitals—emphasis!). I now own two.

Norpro on blue countertop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

These stackable glasses are perfect for small pours of wine, batch cocktails, and plain ol’ water. You can also serve desserts in them (think: panna cotta or chocolate mousse). Whenever I have guests over for dinner, I set a stack of them on the table and let guests pour themselves beverages with abandon.

bodega glasses stacked up on a black countertop
The bodega glasses were easy to stack and store.Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

FAQs

What are kitchen gadgets called?

Kitchen gadgets can be called kitchen tools or utensils. 

Who makes the best kitchen utensils? 

It’s safe to say that no one brand makes the best of everything (hence: why we review products!). You can find our guide to common kitchen utensils here.

Why We’re the Experts

  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the senior commerce editor at Serious Eats. 
  • She’s worked for the site for more than two years and was previously employed at America’s Test Kitchen, Food52, and EatingWell.

Small Business Saturday Is Here—Our Favorite Sales Include Tinned Fish and Olive Oil

Small Business Saturday takes place the day after Black Friday. We went through our equipment and ingredient reviews to find the best sales to shop.

Small Business Saturday Collage
Serious Eats / Jaclyn Mastropasqua

I love a big-box deal on a wicked expensive blender or grill as much as the next person, but that’s not what we’re here for today. Because it’s Small Business Saturday!

Founded in 2010, Small Business Saturday aims at lifting up independent retailers during the shoppiest, spendiest time of the year. In this spirit, we rounded up our favorite kitchen-related deals from small businesses like Fishwife and Brightland, including picks from our reviews and editors. 

Now, I’d be remiss not to say that while these deals are phenomenal and absolutely worthwhile, so is heading out to your favorite local small businesses today and throwing some cash their way. Or maybe do both? I know I will.

Fishwife The Classic Smoky Trio

Fishwife Tinned Seafood Co. The Classic Smoky Trio
Fishwife Tinned Seafood Co.

“I used to be *strongly averse* to canned tuna. The smell gave me the ick, so it’s saying something that, today, I eat tinned fish with glee and relish (and sometimes with relish). Part of this is discovering recipes that go beyond mayo-loaded tuna salad, part of it is trying olive oil-packed tuna (a revelation), and the other big part of it is the re-brand that tinned fish has gotten in the past few years. And one brand that has made tinned fish trendy is Fishwife,” associate commerce editor Grace Kelly says. “When I tested tinned fish, their smoked salmon was one of my favorites—it makes a killer dip that goes great on a rice bowl, and sometimes I just eat it out of the tin with potato chips and sour cream. Old me would be horrified, but new me knows that this is the good stuff.” 

fishwife tinned fish open can of smoked salmon with lemon wedge and bread
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Vân Vân Bundle of Flavors

Van Van Bundle of Flavors
Van Van

Vân Vân’s single-origin spices are sourced directly from Vietnamese farmers. Their spices may be a bit different than what you’d expect: They’re meant to be rehydrated and used in place of fresh herbs or aromatics. This includes their purple shallots and Northern Mountain garlic, both of which are excellent in a stir-fry.

van van spices on a marble backdrop
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

The Boardsmith Maple End Grain Cutting Board

The Boardsmith MAPLE END GRAIN CUTTING BOARD
The Boardsmith

This is our longtime favorite wooden cutting board and for good reason: The amount of care The Boardsmith puts into their high-quality boards is next-level and evident from the minute you unbox one. We've used these boards for years at home and in the Serious Eats test kitchen and can tell you they're worth every penny. Right now, The Boardsmith's running a freebie promotion, depending on how much you spend:

  • $250+: Large Care Kit ($35 value)
  • $350-$650: Exotic Cheese Board ($90 value)
  • $650+: Sidekick of Choice ($180 value)
The fine finish on the BoardSmith's end-grain maple cutting board, showing light reflecting off the smoothly finished surface
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Coyuchi Organic Waffle Kitchen Towels 

Coyuchi Organic Waffle Kitchen Towels
Coyuchi

This California-based small business makes some of our favorite kitchen towels. They’re a splurge, to be sure, but are incredibly absorbent and good-looking. They also have a central towel hook, which is rarer in a kitchen towel than you might think. 

A biege dish towel on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Great Jones Breadwinner 

Great Jones Breadwinner
Great Jones Goods

This loaf pan comes in three bold colors for those who’d like to add a little pizazz to their quickbread (who wouldn’t?). In our tests, it baked up tall, evenly browned loaves and was nicely nonstick. It’s $10 off for Small Business Saturday. 

a hand taking a loaf of bread out of the oven in a pink loaf pan
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

Two Yuzuco Duos!

YUZUCO DUO
Yuzuco

“Fresh Yuzu is a revelation; it has an almost piney tinge to it like lime juice got a kick of juniper berries. It adds a zip and freshness to some of my favorite marinades, sauces (ponzu!), and dishes, like this steak salad with Yuzu mustard dressing,” Grace says. “And I’ve been obsessed with the Yuzu juice sold by Yuzuco—it's super fresh and comes in cute little plastic bottles with screw caps, making it easy to pour and store for later use.” Yuzuco’s sale gives you $18 off when you order two of their Duos.

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 

The Smart Garden 3
Click and Grow

Our indoor herb garden testing favored the Click and Grow for its slim profile and foolproof operation. You quite literally only have to add pods and water and the machine does the rest (including cycling on and off). Right now, Click and Grow is offering 30% off all of its smart gardens.

the click and grow herb garden with herbs in it
Serious Eats / Irvin Lin

Big Island Coffee Roasters Kona Coffee Collection

Big Island Coffee Roasters Kona Coffee Collection
Big Island Coffee Roasters

Big Island Coffee Roasters is offering 15% off sitewide at the moment. I’ve massively enjoyed every bean I’ve tried from them, including the (actually quite) boozy barrel-aged coffee.

Made In Stainless Clad Saute Pan 

Stainless Clad Saute Pan 3.5 QT
Made In

Made In’s sale includes oodles of favorites from our equipment reviews, including our top-rated saute pan (an essential piece of cookware, if you ask us). There’s also major discounts on their truly-hard-to chip dinnerware, elegant silverware, and the best saucier around. 

the Made In saute pan on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub

Bean Box Coffee Sampler

bean-box-coffee-sampler-subscription
Bean Box

“Bean Box has a variety of different subscription options, but I especially like their Coffee Sampler Box,” says commerce writer Jesse Raub. “It includes four sample-sized bags of coffee sent every month from a large selection of curated roasters—it makes a great gift, but it’s also a fantastic way to try new flavor profiles to find out what your coffee preferences truly are.”

Brightland The Essential Capsule

The Essential Capsule
Brightland

If you spend $100 at Brightland, you get 20% off. This set will get you there and comes with two olive oils (Awake and Alive) and two vinegars (balsamic and champagne). As we said in our review of olive oils: “We actually found Awake a bit bolder than Alive, with a potent peppery burn and strong bitter edge; a little will go a long way. Alive was a bit more mellow, fruity, and round, though it still had that back of the throat burn.”

two brightland bottles on pink marble surface with olives and bowl of oil
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp

Sichuan Chili Crisp
Fly By Jing

I’ve sung the praises of this chili crisp before. It’s incredible on eggs, excellent on roasted vegetables and proteins, and a wonderful topping for a fried chicken sandwich.  Right now, it’s 20% off.

I’ve Been Testing Kitchen Gear and Waiting for Black Friday All Year—Here Are 12 Things I Want to Buy

Our gear expert’s Black Friday sale picks, based on years of knowledge (and our equipment reviews).

Roundup: Editors' Early Deals Picks Tout
Serious Eats / Daisy Rodriguez

All year, I unbox oodles of products, test loads of gear, and edit and read hundreds (literally) of equipment reviews on everything from the best deba knives to electric smokers

Naturally, I have a running list of kitchen gear I want (need?) to buy. And because I know exactly how rigorously these items were tested to claim the top spots in our reviews, I know my money’s going towards something that will perform exceptionally well, be easy to use, and last. 

All of the products below are worth their full price, which means you should certainly snatch them up on sale. Lucky for you, Black Friday is nearly here (have you heard?), which means early deals are in full swing. Here are 12 items I want to buy, including dish towels and beer glasses, all of which are currently on sale. 

Made In Stainless Clad Saucier 

Made In Stainless Clad Saucier 3 QT
Made In

Serious Eats is firmly Team Saucier (over Team Saucepan). Thanks to its rounded corners and slightly flared walls that make stirring smooth and easy, a saucier can do everything a saucepan can and then some. In our tests, the Made In saucier excelled because of its ergonomic design and balanced weight (important for pouring without spilling). 

Making pastry cream in a saucier with a hand mid-whisk.
Serious Eats / Tim Chin

OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder 

OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Amazon

Okay, okay: I already own this coffee grinder. However, I will be buying it again (it’s a rare $20 off) to give as a gift to my sister. She’s still using a blade grinder and, uh, suffice it to say it’s time for her to upgrade. This burr grinder is consistent and has easily adjustable grind settings (just twist the top).

A hand turning the time dial of the OXO burr grinder
Serious Eats / Russell Kilgore

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE 

ThermoWorks Thermapen® ONE
ThermoWorks

Do I ever tire of singing the praises of an instant–read thermometer? No, but you should hardly need convincing to buy one. After all, it only takes one time of eating undercooked poultry to scar you for life. The Thermapen ONE is the very best money can buy, with a lightning-fast response time and loads of features, including an automatic backlight and rotating screen. It’s one of my favorite things to gift any cook or baker.

A Thermapen one taking the temperature of a sous vide water bath set to 134 degrees
Serious Eats / Irvin Lin

Made In Serving Platter 

Made In TABLETOP Serving Platter Black Rim
Made In

This is part of our winning dinnerware set and was one of our favorite serving platters overall. It won’t chip, it looks elegant, and it’s oven-safe to 580°F. Right now, it’s also 34% off.

made in platter on marble backdrop
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Spiegelau Beer Tulip Glass Set

Amazon Spiegelau Beer Classics Tulip Glasses
Amazon

Associate commerce editor Grace Kelly got me two of these beer glasses last year as a holiday present and I will be buying four more because they’re just so dang delightful to sip beer from. Their bell shape beautifully channels aromas to your mouth and nose and makes any ol’ beer feel (and taste) fancier. 

tulip glass with beer
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

All-Clad D3 12-Inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan

All Clad D3 Stainless 3-ply Bonded Cookware, Fry Pan with lid, 12 inch
All Clad

Don’t tell anyone else who works at Serious Eats, but I don’t own a stainless steel skillet. Which is a shame, since it’s one of the most versatile pieces of cookware out there. I will be buying this deeply discounted pan from All-Clad, which wasn’t quite our top pick in our review (solely due to its price) but was pretty dang close.

Food tossed in skillet
Vicky Wasik

Zeppoli Classic Dish Towels 

Amazon Zeppoli Classic Dish Towels
Amazon

I already own a set of our favorite kitchen towels but will be buying another. They boast a 141% (!!!!!!!!) absorbency rate and are ideal for using as side towels or just mopping up spills. They come in a pack of 15 and make me feel like the kitchen towel fairy, whipping out towels left and right. 

A blue and white dish towel on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

The Boardsmith Maple End Grain Cutting Board

The Boardsmith MAPLE END GRAIN CUTTING BOARD
The Boardsmith

Owning our longtime favorite wooden cutting board is quite actually a dream of mine. The amount of care The Boardsmith puts into their products is next-level: Everything is neat, pristine, and sturdy and can be customized (different sizing, feet, handles, and juice grooves are all available). For Black Friday, The Boardsmith is offering the following promotions (compiled into a bulleted list for your convenience), based on what you spend: 

  • $250+: Large Care Kit ($35 value)
  • $350-$650: Exotic Cheese Board ($90 value)
  • $650+: Sidekick of Choice ($180 value)
The fine finish on the BoardSmith's end-grain maple cutting board, showing light reflecting off the smoothly finished surface

Breville the Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro

Amazon Breville the Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro, BOV950BST, Black Stainless Steel
Amazon

I’ve had my eye on this oven since we reviewed it last year (it’s also one of our favorite air fryer toaster ovens overall). Breville makes elite toaster ovens, but this one’s app-compatible and has a mesh basket for air-frying. I’m also a sucker for the orange accents (any fellow Syracuse University alumni reading this?). 

closeup photo of the screen with the cooking functions
Serious Eats / Grace Kelly

Instant Pot Air Fryer Oven, 6 Quart

Black Friday Amazon Instant Pot Air Fryer Oven
Amazon

When I tested air fryers last year, I was astounded by how much I liked the appliance. Surely, I thought, I’m too serious a cook to like an air fryer. But, nope, they’re great and I use my Instant air fryer (our winner) multiple times a week. I will be buying one to give to my mom, who’s gone through THREE sub-par air fryers in the past two years. Right now, the Instant’s $30 off.

cooked fries in an air fryer basket with a hand pulling the basket out midway
Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperelin-Schirm

Rubbermaid Brilliance Glass Food Storage Containers

Rubbermaid 8-Piece Brilliance Glass Food Storage Container Set
Amazon

Food storage containers are like the socks of the kitchen. Where do all of the matching lids go??? Anyway, I will be buying yet ANOTHER set of containers—this time investing in our favorite glass models from Rubbermaid which are leakproof and have super-secure rubber latches. Wish me better luck this time, friends. 

a glass food storage container sitting on a marble surface
Serious Eats / Eric King

Hario V60 Mugen Coffee Dripper 

Amazon Hario V60 Mugen Coffee Dripper
Amazon

I forever want to be the person that methodically makes myself pourover coffee every morning. Alas, I am instead the one who’s woken to an alarm blaring at the last second and a dog licking my nose and then I have to scramble to set up an automatic drip coffee maker before the work day starts. But, we can aspire—yeah? The Hario is one of our favorite pourover coffee makers and is a cool $10 off at the moment. It pairs beautifully with this (also discounted!) carafe

an up close shot of coffee brewing in the Hario Mugen
Serious Eats / Jesse Raub