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Friday’s Featured Price Drop: Save 63% on Our Best-Buy Large Saucepan
The only thing better than a piece of kitchen equipment that works is a reduced-price piece of kitchen equipment that works.
09-27-2019
America's Test Kitchen

In the test kitchen, we pride ourselves on being smart consumers and identifying kitchen equipment that works. That’s why we’re always on the lookout when those two things combine in the form of a price drop on one of our favorite products.

Here’s a list of highly recommended equipment that we’ve noticed has dropped in price on Amazon, in case you’re in the market for a new slow cooker or garlic press. We’ll update this article every Friday if a product fits that criteria. (And since we can’t control how long these price drops will last, don’t wait if you see a product that catches your eye!)

  • Zojirushi Carafe

    Friday, 9/27/19: 29% Price Drop on the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Carafe ($45.96)

    Do you like to entertain? This insulated pitcher keeps coffee piping hot for 4 hours—perfect for brunch or a dessert table at a party. It also insulates cold liquids; milk was 40 degrees after 2 hours and just 41 degrees after 4 hours. This carafe can be completely disassembled for cleaning, and its snap-on lid seals with an audible (and reassuring) click. It also boasts a comfortable handle and a responsive button and pours with a steady, even stream that cuts off without dribbling.

  • Tramontina Gourmet Tri-Ply Clad 4 Qt. Covered Sauce Pan

    Friday, 9/13/19: 63% Price Drop on the Tramontina Gourmet Tri-Ply Clad 4 Qt. Covered Sauce Pan ($48.35)

    Cookware doesn’t get more important than a saucepan, since this is the vessel you’ll use to prepare everything from soups and sauces to pasta and grains to custards and puddings. This pan has the same tri-ply fully-clad construction as our top-rated All-Clad Pan and it performs almost as well. With its impressive performance and truly bargain price, this pan would make a valuable addition to any home cook's arsenal.

  • Braun Immersion Blender

    Friday, 8/30/19: 33% Price Drop on the Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender ($40.44)

    This blender is comfortable, easy to use, and has two well-calibrated speeds right on its grip. It effortlessly bounces from task to task, pureeing soups in their pots and making mayonnaise, salad dressing, and pesto. It also comes with a whisk for perfect whipped cream and a blending cup that contains splatter.

  • Chefn Citrus Juicer

    Friday, 8/16/19: 30% Price Drop on the Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer ($17.47)

    This efficient juicer has large, rounded handles that are easy to squeeze for testers of all sizes. It extracted far and away the most juice of any model we tested, and its slat-like holes also drained the most juice without splattering or overflowing. Plus, it’s durable: Its tough plastic exterior showed no signs of wear, even after squeezing more than 200 lemons, limes, and oranges.

  • 8 Inch OXO Nonstick Skillet

    Friday, 8/2/19: 25% Price Drop on the OXO Good Grips Hard Anodized Pro Nonstick 8-Inch Fry Pan ($29.95)

    An 8-inch skillet is a small but mighty addition to any kitchen. It's perfect for making a couple of fried eggs or an omelet, for cooking scaled-down recipes, and for toasting nuts, spices, bread crumbs, and more. And this OXO model is the best one available, for three simple reasons: superior nonstick ability, a comfortable handle, and a nicely shaped body that's perfectly balanced.

  • Krups Electric Spice Grinder

    Friday, 7/26/19: 37% Price Drop on the Krups Fast-Touch Coffee Mill ($18.94)

    This inexpensive blade-style electric coffee grinder is the standard for grinding spices in the test kitchen. It grinds spices of every size and density exceptionally fine in seconds, all with just the push of a button. It's also small and easy to store, and brushes clean easily.

  • RSVP Colander

    Friday, 7/12/19: 16% Price Drop on the RSVP International 5 Qt. Colander ($21.87)

    With all-over tiny perforations that don’t allow small foods to escape and a wide, tall base—1⅛ inches high—that keeps food elevated, our longtime favorite colander has a draining performance that remains unmatched. It also features slim but substantial handles and cleans up nicely in the dishwasher.

  • Old Stone Oven Pizza Baking Stone

    Friday, 6/21/19: 39% Price Drop on the Old Stone Oven Pizza Baking Stone ($30.52)

    This tough, durable, grill-safe stone has been a test kitchen favorite for nearly a decade. Pizza and bread come out deeply golden brown and crisp, light and dark turkey meat cooks evenly, and the raised feet built into the underside of this stone make it easy to grab and maneuver.

  • Swissmar mandoline

    Friday, 6/21/19: 20% Price Drop on the Swissmar Börner Original V-Slicer Plus Mandoline ($39.99)

    This simple, sleek mandoline makes cuts effortlessly with stunningly precise results. Its hat-shaped guard protects well, and cleanup and storage is a breeze, thanks to its compact vertical caddy. Even with just four cuts, all this adds up to a slicer that you'll use every day.

  • Friday, 6/14/19: 19% Price Drop on the Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup Food Processor ($161.94)

    With a powerful, quiet motor; responsive pulsing action; sharp blades; and a simple, pared-down-to-basics design, our longtime favorite food processor has aced every test we've ever put it through, surprising us time and again by outshining pricier, more feature-filled competitors.

  • Friday, 6/7/19: 25% Price Drop on the Prepworks Collapsible Party Carrier ($20.99)

    A smaller version of our favorite cake carrier, this collapsible plastic tote expands to accommodate even the tallest cream-topped pie. Its large, nonskid base holds 8-, 9-, and 10-inch pies perfectly in place, even on bumpy car rides. A bonus: It comes with two molded inserts for deviled eggs, one of which can be flipped upside down and used as a second tier for transporting two shorter pies at once.

  • Elite Cuisine Mini Slow Cooker

    Friday, 5/31/19: 33% Price Drop on the Elite Cuisine 1.5 Quart Mini Slow Cooker ($12.71)

    This highly recommended slow cooker does everything from keep dips warm at parties to slow-cook scaled-down meals, not to mention hide out in tiny dorm rooms or campers. Its trio of temperature settings allows you to select the perfect temperature for the task and it has an important safety feature that other models don't: a bright indicator light that lets you know when it's too hot to touch.

  • Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set

    Friday, 5/24/19: 49% Price Drop on the Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set ($16.99)

    Thanks to their shallow, gently curved walls and easy-to-grip rims, these bowls are comfortable to use and sturdy but never cumbersome. They're also resilient (they didn't break when we dropped them), they stack beautifully, and their tight-fitting lids keep food well protected. (Note: The set comes with four bowls and four lids.)

  • Mercer Culinary Millennia 10 Wide Bread Knife

    Friday, 5/17/19: 32% Price Drop on the Mercer Culinary Millennia 10" Wide Bread Knife ($14.99)

    This exceptional knife has a stellar blade with sharp points that bite into everything from the crustiest bread to the squishiest tomato. A mainstay of culinary schools, it comes sharp and stays sharp (unlike other serrated knives we've tested), cutting clean, wafer-thin slices after hundreds of uses.

  • Paderno spiralizer

    Friday, 5/10/19: 18% Price Drop on the Paderno World Cuisine Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer ($22.95)

    Simple, intuitive, and stable, this winner of our last two spiralizer tests easily turned apples, beets, potatoes, butternut squash, and zucchini into even, consistent noodles and ribbons with relatively little waste.

  • Cuisinart Cordless Wine Opener with Vacuum Sealer

    Friday, 5/3/19: 59% Price Drop on the Cuisinart Cordless Wine Opener with Vacuum Sealer ($30.99)

    This opener has a slow but steady corkscrew that drills straight into the cork and removes it without wobbling the bottle or making us struggle to keep it or the bottle in place.

  • Breville Citrus Press

    Friday, 4/19/19: 35% Price Drop on Breville Citrus Press ($155.95)

    This high-quality, attractive juicer uses a power-assisted lever instead of your hand to easily push fruit against the reamer, which extracts every last drop of juice smoothly and efficiently.

  • KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker

    Friday, 4/12/19: 46% Price Drop on KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker With Solid Glass Lid ($69.99)

    This model has won our last two slow cooker testings, handling every recipe with perfect results. Its thick stoneware crock, insulated housing, built-in thermal sensor, and crystal-clear controls put a well-thought-out design at your service, currently being sold for an unbeatable price.

  • Ninja Blender

    Friday, 3/29/19: 17% Price Drop on Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro ($49.99)

    This blender never flagged during our 100-smoothie and 100-milkshake abuse tests. With its well-designed travel lid, small footprint, and results as smooth as those from a highly recommended full-size blender, it encompasses all the best traits we want in a personal blender.

  • Weber Spirit

    Friday, 3/22/19: 20% Price Drop on Weber Spirit E-210 ($349)

    A slightly smaller version of our winning three-burner grill, the less expensive Weber Spirit II E-210 was able to accomplish all the same cooking tasks as on the larger grill with equally good results. Today's added discount makes this impressive grill a steal—right in time for spring.

  • Kuhn Rikon Garlic Press

    Friday, 3/15/19: 28% Price Drop on Kuhn Rikon Garlic Press ($32.50)

    We’ve used this stainless-steel garlic press in the test kitchen for years, so we can say with confidence that it's a good investment. It works seamlessly from start to finish, producing a uniform mince, handling unpeeled cloves well, and quickly rinsing clean.

  • Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

    Friday, 3/8/19: 18% Price Drop on Lodge 12” Cast Iron Skillet ($26.99)

    Our testers loved this skillet's satiny interior, large helper handle, and overall beautiful construction. This workhorse skillet is as good at browning food as it is indestructible.

  • Vitamix

    Friday, 2/26/19: 33% Price Drop on Vitamix 5200 ($299.99)

    For those who want an intuitive, quiet blender that can pulverize anything with the turn of a dial and will likely outlast its 7-year warranty, this has been our top recommended model for years.

  • Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

    Friday, 2/22/19: 30% Price Drop on Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop ($12.99)

    This scoop's gently curved oval bowl forms perfect round orbs that release easily. Even better, its comfortable handle contains heat-conductive fluid that slightly melts the ice cream so that it’s particularly easy to scoop.

  • Presto Waffle Maker

    Friday, 2/15/19: 42% Price Drop on Presto Waffle Maker ($28.79)

    Our Best Buy electric waffle maker makes impressive, well-browned waffles that are almost an inch and a half high.

  • Bob Kramer Carbon-Steel Knife

    Friday, 2/8/19: 20% Price Drop on Bob Kramer Carbon-Steel Knife ($239.96)

    Our winning carbon-steel chef’s knife has a “precise” tip and “samurai-sharp,” ultrathin blade that maintained its “samurai-sharp” edge throughout testing.

  • ChefSteps Joule

    Friday, 2/1/19: 20% Price Drop on ChefSteps Joule ($159.00)

    Our winning sous vide machine is slim and lightweight. In our testing, it heated water almost as fast as the biggest circulators and was the most accurate in our lineup.

  • Chef’sChoice Trizor XV Knife Sharpener

    Friday, 1/18/19: 15% Price Drop on Chef’sChoice Trizor XV Knife Sharpener ($126.98)

    This sharpener “purrs” with perfection, consistently producing edges that were sharper than on brand-new knives from edge to tip.