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When you review kitchen gear for a living, you end up with a long wish list of tools, gadgets, and appliances. We asked the members of the ATK Reviews team one question: What item would you freak out about if it was for sale on Prime Day?
Here’s what some of our team of professional reviewers are keeping an eye out for:
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An Impressive Immersion Blender: Braun MultiQuick Immersion Blender
My immersion blender is on its last legs. It did a good job (I got it for my wedding 10 years ago!), but I just cracked the cup. It also doesn’t have a whisk attachment, which I’ve been coveting (I don’t like hauling out my stand mixer unless I need to).
We just retested immersion blenders and our previous winner, the Braun MultiQuick, triumphed again. It’s light, comfortable to hold, easy to use, and has a perfectly designed blade guard that keeps food moving and prevents splatter. I can’t wait to upgrade. Come on Braun! —Hannah Crowley, Executive Editor, ATK Reviews
The Best Immersion BlendersFrom velvety purees to silky smoothies, a good immersion blender can handle it all. We put several to the test and found the best.
A Top-Tier Stand Mixer: KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
My stand mixer recently jumped off the counter while mixing pita dough. (I’m trying not to take this escape attempt personally; I’m not a terrible baker.) My boyfriend fixed it, but it hasn’t been quite the same since. (I’ve been using it on the floor, where it can’t hurt itself, but it still shuffles in circles until it ends up in the corner of the room, banging its head against the wall like Charlie Brown. Obviously this is not ideal for many reasons.)
So I would be so very, very excited if our winning high-end stand mixer, the KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, were to go on sale. I’ve used it at work, so I know how well (and consistently) it performs. And since I often cook for large crowds, I’d appreciate our high-end favorite’s roomy 7-quart capacity. I also like its handy bowl-lift feature, which saves you from having to knock the head of the mixer back any time you want to add ingredients or change the attachment. I’d need a pretty hefty discount to make this model fall within my budget, though, so . . . fingers crossed!—Miye Bromberg, Senior Editor, ATK Reviews
The Best High-End Stand MixersA stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all. Here are the ones worth your money.
A Fantastic Food Processor: Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
Back when I was just a fan of America’s Test Kitchen but not yet a member of the ATK Reviews team, I decided to buy myself a food processor. The assessment of the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor in Lisa McManus’s food processor review was glowing. But I thought, “I’m just one person. There’s no way I need a 14-cup food processor.” (Lisa, if you’re reading this, thank you for hiring me and please skip ahead to the next entry!)
I did the unthinkable: I ignored the review and bought a smaller model. I regret it. The bowl is always crowded, making it harder to pulse butter into flour to make flaky pie dough or puree soup without overflowing. The motor is also less powerful, so I always worry that my next batch of bagels will be its last. Whoever you are and however small your household or your appetite, you need a full-size food processor. And so do I. I’m going to jump if I ever see the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor on sale and keep my little model on hand for small tasks. —Kate Shannon, Deputy Editor, ATK Reviews
The Best Food ProcessorsOur longtime favorite is powerful and easy to use, but is it still the best choice?
A Portable Pizza Oven: Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Pizza Oven
When my partner and I moved in together, homemade pizza became a weekly staple. My baking stone makes surprisingly great pies, but when our friends hosted a backyard pizza party, I became an Ooni convert. The hotter your oven is, the better baking stones work, and some home ovens only go up to 500 degrees. As long as you have some sort of outdoor porch, patio, or backyard, the Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Pizza Oven can enable you to enjoy wildly impressive Neapolitan pizzas at home. It has a reasonably minimal footprint, heats up fairly quickly (to over 750 degrees!), and cooks up perfectly blistered personal-sized pizzas in just two or three minutes. —Sarah Sandler, Assistant Editor, ATK Reviews
Which Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven Is Right for You?It's a pizza lover’s dream come true— but only if you buy the right model.
A Reliable Roasting Pan: Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 16" Roasting Pan with Rack
The weather is getting colder, and the holidays are on the horizon. It's time for cozy roasts! A roasting pan with a rack can be helpful for a large Thanksgiving turkey or a special prime rib roast on Christmas Eve. In fact, it’s also the key to cooking for crowds year-round.
Our winner distributes heat well for even cooking, and can withstand high heat for searing cuts of meat directly on the stovetop. Its rack doesn't slide around, and its handles are nice and sturdy, both of which are helpful when maneuvering a heavy bird out of the oven. Its usefulness goes beyond big cuts of meat or poultry as well; use it to roast potatoes or other vegetables for a crowd, steam mussels in your oven, make paella on the grill, or even whip up a giant batch of beef stew without dirtying multiple pans. It’s a splurge, but a Prime Day sale just might have me clicking “add to cart.” —Chase Brightwell, Associate Editor, ATK Reviews
Roasting Pans with RacksWe went looking for a model that we’d want to use all the time, not just twice a year.
A Hot Grilling Gadget: Weber 2290 22-Inch Charcoal Rotisserie
I tested charcoal grill rotisserie kits last summer, and fell in total, unexpected love with our winner, the Weber 2290 22-Inch Charcoal Rotisserie, which sits on top of our favorite (and Best Buy) 22-inch charcoal kettle-style grills by Weber. I spit-roasted whole chickens and whole bone-in legs of lamb, and it was surprisingly, ridiculously delicious and easy—my all-time favorite combination. I reluctantly packed up that rotisserie when I was done with testing. But if it goes on sale this year, I’m going to grab it. —Lisa McManus, Executive Editor, ATK Reviews
All About Charcoal Grill RotisseriesThese simple kits allow you to spit-roast chicken, pork, lamb, and more on your kettle-style charcoal grill.
The Perfect Electric Pasta Machine: the Philips Pasta Maker
Making pasta at home is the best. I already have our favorite manual pasta machine. It’s great! But unlike manual pasta machines, an electric pasta machine can actually make extruded pasta–the pasta shapes that are the most fun to eat. Our favorite comes with a disk that lets you make penne, and you can buy additional disks to make shells, rigatoni, and macaroni.
The texture and flavor of fresh homemade penne is worlds beyond what you might buy in a box–it’s got a superior chew and a richer, more robust aroma. And making it requires zero muscle or effort: just press a button and the machine does almost all the work, kneading the dough and pushing it out through your chosen disk. (Yes, I am very lazy.) Finally, it’s just so much fun to watch dough get extruded. Like magic! Sadly, our favorite isn’t cheap, so I’m waiting for just the right sale. Here’s hoping, as ever! —Miye Bromberg, Senior Editor, ATK Reviews