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Amazon Prime Day 2022: The Best, Worst, and Somewhere-in-Between Kitchen Deals

The kitchen equipment you should scoop up during Prime Day—and what you should stay away from.
By Published Oct. 12, 2022

Amazon's Prime member-only sale is October 11 and 12! Looking to add something to your kitchen arsenal or to buy a gift for a fellow home cook? Maybe you’re doing a little early holiday shopping or buying a gift for a friend’s wedding? That tool or gadget youre eyeing might be on sale. 

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It’s easy to get carried away, but it pays to show some restraint. Some of the items that seem like a steal aren’t worth the money even at half their normal price.

Heres a list of the test kitchen winners that are getting Prime Day price drop treatment (while supplies last) as well as ones that arent worth the money.

And keep checking back! Well be updating this page with more Deals of the Day as theyre released. (Note that prices are subject to change during the Prime Early Access Sale.)

The Best Deals of the Day

Weve tested these models and were impressed by their performance. Theyre worth the money, with or without the sale.

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop 9600LS/BT-200DZ

On Sale: Lightening Deal - Wednesday afternoon

Sale Price: $79.60 (usually $139.99)

Amazon Discount: 43%

You Save: $60.39

This model features an intuitive and responsive control panel that makes it easy to adjust the time and temperature for various cooking tasks. It brought water to a boil in 24 minutes and kept cheese fondue at a constant temperature (140 degrees Fahrenheit) for more than 4 hours without scorching. However, this burner has some limitations. Its 6-inch heating coil means that it works best with smaller cookware—when we seared burgers in a 12-inch skillet, they browned unevenly. It also struggled in the deep-frying test, taking 20 minutes for the temperature to come back up between batches of zucchini fries, slowing our progress. 


Toshiba 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Fuzzy Logic

On Sale: Lightening Deal - Wednesday Afternoon

Sale Price: $96.85 (usually $149.99)

Amazon Discount: 35% 

You Save: $53.14

This model made delicious, evenly cooked rice in all our tests; its cooking bowl just lacked the helpful stay-cool handles of our winner’s. The light-colored measurement labels inside the dark-colored cooking bowl were easy to read. This rice cooker’s timer began counting down when a cooking cycle started, and it beeped audibly when a cooking cycle ended. In our tests, this model kept cooked rice at a food safe temperature for 12 hours. 


KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Stand Mixer

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $259.99 (usually $379.99)

Amazon Discount: 32%

You Save: $120

Our winning small stand mixer flawlessly completes everything from the most basic of tasks, from whipping egg whites to making enough frosting for a three-layer cakes. The speed controls and tilt-head lever are straightforward and simple to operate, and the bowl and attachments are easy to put on and take off. If you want a smaller machine, this is a great option.


OXO Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $130.99 (usually $199.95)

Amazon Discount: 34%

You Save: $68.96

Compact in profile and simple to set up and clean, with an especially easy-to-handle carafe that had a brew-through lid, this model was designed for delightful convenience. A huge ridged knob allowed us to open and close the carafe with silky smoothness and no ambiguity. We also appreciated that the manual provides an explicit coffee-to-water ratio using SCA standards. In our tests, its water temperature was in the ideal range for only 54 percent of the cycle. Tasters found the coffee “mild,” “rounded,” and “gentle.” When brewing a half carafe, you make that selection in two places on the machine and you must switch from a flat-bottomed basket and filter to a cone-shaped filter and basket, which are included; it’s slightly less convenient than models that don’t require this.


SodaStream Terra

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $99.99 (usually $159.95)

Amazon Discount: 37%

You Save: $59.96

It’s easy to use this model: Simply press the large button on the top of the machine until you’ve obtained your desired level of carbonation. The plastic water bottles connect to the machine easily and are dishwasher-safe. The machine uses SodaStream’s new “quick connect” CO2 canisters, which slide into the back of the machine and lock into place when you pull down a plastic handle. 

If you prefer glass water bottles, we recommend the SodaStream Aqua Fizz. It's about $60.00 off today.


Zulay Kitchen Milk Boss Electric Milk Frother

On Sale: All day Wednesday  

Sale Price: $14.39 (usually $14.99)

Amazon Discount: 28%

You Save: $5.60

 This frother consistently made satisfying foam at the push of a button. It created the richest cold foam of the handheld frothers we tested. In addition to being a great milk frother, it’s a handy tool for small cooking tasks such as making small batches of whipped cream and emulsifying vinaigrette. We loved the comfortable grip, and we appreciated that it took little effort to rinse the wand clean.


Vitamix A2500

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $498.97 (usually $549.95)

Amazon Discount: 9%

You Save: $50.00

This blender aced most of the tests, blending almond butter and hummus to smooth, even pastes and making creamy mayonnaise. It’s more expensive than our winner but offers additional user-friendly features, including a built-in timer that activates when you start blending, so you don’t need an additional timer when following a recipe. Because its jar is fairly wide, it makes slightly more aerated smoothies, though we still found these to be more than acceptable.


T-Fal Professional Non-Stick Fry Pan

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $26.77 (usually $59.99)

Amazon Discount: 55%

You Save: $33.22

This induction-compatible pan has a spacious and slippery surface. It's also very light and the squishy handle is comfortable to hold. It's a worthwhile buy at a great price.


Mercer Culinary M23210 Millennia 10-Inch Wide Wavy Edge Bread Knife

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $14.99 (usually $24.40)

Amazon Discount: 39%

You Save: $9.41

We’ve loved this inexpensive industry favorite for years, and for good reason. Its blade is long enough to span large loaves and pastries and tall enough to direct easily through thick sandwiches. It also has just the right number of tall, reasonably sharp serrations, ensuring that it sliced and chopped every food well. A long, rubbery handle was comfortable for hands of all sizes to grip.


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Dash Clear View Toaster

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $39.99 (usually $49.99)

Amazon Discount: 20%

You Save: $10.00

The price is right on this model, which made pretty toast without any fuss. We loved its glass window to monitor browning. A “reheat” button lets you warm up cooled toast or add a bit more browning. Its profile is compact, and the exterior stays cool. On the medium setting, toast was too light, but once we pushed the dial higher, it came out reliably golden and uniform on both sides; the highest setting made great “dark” toast. One thing to note: this model occasionally threw toast onto the counter or floor.


Instant Precision 6-quart Dutch Oven

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $159.99 (usually $229.99)

Amazon Discount: 30%

You Save: $70.00

One of the newest models from Instant combines a slow cooker and a Dutch oven into a single unit. When we used it as a slow cooker, its cast-iron construction was mostly a bonus. It retained heat well, ensuring that it maintained a consistent temperature over 12 hours and cooked food evenly every time. A manual mode lets you precisely manage the temperature in 1-degree increments. But its user interface wasn’t the most intuitive: There’s no guidance on which temperature ranges correspond to the “high” and “low” settings typically found in slow-cooker recipes. However, we were impressed by this model overall.


Philips Pasta Maker

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $226.42 (usually $299.95)

Amazon Discount: 25%

You Save: $73.53

This pasta maker took just 3 minutes to mix and begin extruding pasta and made top-notch spaghetti, fettuccine, and sheets of lasagna. While the penne from this model sometimes had slightly curved edges (à la macaroni), we were still happy with the overall result. This machine took a bit of effort to clean—we had to disassemble it, clean each part individually, and then reassemble it—but we liked its simple, intuitive control panel and its flat-edged tool (included) to cut the pasta. It came with four pasta shaping disks, but more can be purchased.


T-Fal Ultimate EZ-Clean Fryer

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $97.97 (usually $129.99)

Amazon Discount: 25%

You Save: $32.02 

This electric deep-fryer made food that was almost always perfect. Its large basket held a large quantity and made it easy to lower and lift the food during use; its high walls and lid contained messes nicely. A built-in filter and handy oil storage container made the cleanup process a bit easier than other models. One caveat: Like the other fryers, it maxes out at around 374 degrees, so it can't quite fry those quick-cooking, high-heat foods, such as tempura, as nicely as a Dutch oven can.


Mercer Culinary Renaissance 8-Inch Forged Chef's Knife

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $39.99 (usually $56.00)

Amazon Discount: 29%

You Save: $16.01 

This knife ran a very close race with our winner. It had a very sharp, gently curved blade that tackled every task well, and its rounded spine was easy to choke up on when we used a pinch grip. It’s a little heavier than our winner, but some testers actually preferred that extra weight, finding it “solid” and “authoritative” in their hands. And it’s just as inexpensive. One small quibble? The handle is made from a somewhat slick plastic that sometimes felt slippery when wet or greasy.


Deals Worth Considering

These are some models we reviewed and liked but might not have loved. Some lack a few useful features. Others are a bit smaller than ideal. Depending on the size of your household or how you plan to use each item, you might be unfazed by those drawbacks and thrilled to scoop something up at a good price.

To help you weigh the pros and cons, weve offered a suggestion for what you might want to buy instead. Read on to see whats right for you.

Philips Premium Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $139.95 (usually $249.95)

Amazon Discount: 44%

You Save: $110

We love this machine’s compact footprint, and we liked that its nonstick cooking basket was simple to clean and had a removable bottom for deeper cleaning. It's a little small; it can only handle small batches of frozen foods or air-fryer recipes intended to serve two people. BUY NOW AND SAVE 44%

What to Consider Instead: The Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart Air Fryer is not much bigger than the Philips but it sports an extra-large capacity big enough for food for people. Even an entire 4-pound chicken fits. It has intuitive digital controls and is easy to operate. It generally costs about $120.00.

Instant Pot Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Sale Price: $69.99 (usually $99.99)

Amazon Discount: 30%

You Save: $30.00

Its extra-quiet, slim, and compact. But its temperature display was consistently off by 1 full degree, so we suggest checking the water temperature with a thermometer and adjusting the temperature setting accordingly. Its clamp was fixed in place, so we could not attach it to shorter vessels such as our saucepan or Dutch oven. BUY NOW AND SAVE 30%

What to Consider Instead: If you plan to cook sous vide regularly, you need an accurate and versatile model. Look for our winner, the Breville Joule Sous Vide, or our Best Buy, the Yedi Houseware Infinity Sous Vide, instead.

Deals to Stay Away From (and What to Buy Instead)

We’ve tested many of the kitchen tools included in Prime Day, and some of the models just aren’t worth the money.

Here are the models that you’re better off skipping and the top-rated gear that we recommend buying instead.

Ice Cream Maker

Prime Day Deal: Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 Ice Cream Maker

On Sale: All day Tuesday and Wednesday

Why You Should Skip It: This expensive machine was easy to assemble and intuitive to use but it generally struggled to make good ice cream. The two canisters that came with the machine yielded only a pint of ice cream at a time, half of what our favorite ice cream maker makes. It took up too much space on our countertop for everyday use, and its heft made it a pain to lift and move. 

What to Consider Instead: Our longtime favorite ice cream maker, the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, reliably produces excellent ice cream and sorbet. It's compact, lightweight, and easy to use. At about $60.00, it also costs a fraction of the CREAMi.

Nonstick Cookware Set

Prime Day Deals: T-fal Ultimate Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece

On Sale: All Day Tuesday and Wednesday

Why You Should Skip It: We love nonstick skillets and have recommended several models from T-Fal for years. However, nonstick pots and pans aren't nearly as versatile and are usually a waste of money.

What You Should Buy Instead: OXO Good Grips Nonstick Pro 12" Open Frypan

Also Great OptionsAll-Clad Stainless 12" Nonstick Fry Pan and T-Fal Professional Non-Stick Fry Pan

Why We Love Them: The OXO is lightweight, durable, and its surface remains slick. Our favorite induction-compatible models, the All-Clad and the T-Fal, are roomy, sturdy, with slippery surfaces.

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