We all have that list of dream cookware—the Le Creuset Dutch oven, the fancy espresso machine, the hammered-steel chef’s knife—that we covet, but never buy, because we just can’t justify the price. Enter Amazon Prime Day: It’s the perfect opportunity to snag the expensive stuff you’ve always wanted, at a significantly lower price. Here’s a list of a few of our favorites:
(More in the market for kitchen tools under $25? We’ve got that list, too.)
A Hefty Hammered Steel Chef’s Knife
This steel chef’s knife is a good pick for anyone who likes a heavier knife (and one that’s razor sharp, of course). It’s crafted from Japanese steel, which is renowned for both its durability and its ability to maintain a sharp edge. The ergonomic handle is made from a strong fiberglass-like material.
A Dependable Coffee Maker
Cuisinart products are made to last—and if an old school coffee maker is the right move for you, this is a great option. The carafe is made of glass, not plastic, and the coffee maker features settings for bold or regular-strength coffee. It also has a warming feature, which means the early riser in your house can put on a fresh pot and keep it toasty for those who prefer to press snooze.
Our Favorite Brand of Robot Vacuum
A robot vacuum might just save you from the drudgery of constant house cleaning. “Roomba was first on the robot vacuum beat and they remain a top performer when it comes to affordable, solid vacuums,” explains our commerce editor Emily Johnson, who tested a ton of them to find our favorite (spoiler, it was a roomba model.) This is the premium model, which prides itself on being heavy-duty enough to handle pet hair, works in neat rows to never miss an inch, and gets to know your voice so it can take commands.
And a Less Expensive (But Still Impressive!) Option
This slightly less fancy roomba still boasts all the suction power of the 981 above, just with a slightly less powerful motor (and without listening to your voice). For most people, this is a great pick.
A Just-Right Sized Set of Ceramic Cookware
Usually, we urge readers to avoid cookware sets and instead buy pieces individually, as the big sets can often leave you with duplicates you don’t need. But, this set of one pan, two pots, and one lid is just the right size (and makes a great gift for a recent grad or someone who has just moved house). We love this hard anodized ceramic cookware from GreenPan—our test editor loved the ‘look, feel, and heft’ of these pans, as well as their scratch-resistant coatings.
An Unparalleled Blender for Smoothies, Soups, and Sauces
We can’t get enough of this blender. It has been our product-test winner three years running. In tests, it produced a tremendously silky smoothie, and crushed ice to perfection. It’s easy to use, quieter than its competitors, and has variable high and low speed controls, so you can blend to the perfect texture whether you’re making veggie-packed smoothies or velvety soups.
An Outdoor Fire Pit for Fall S’mores
October is still grill weather in most of America—and with a fire pit, November and December can be too. This one has a removable grate so you can use it as your grill should you wish.
The Gold Standard Stand Mixer (in A Limited Edition Shade)
If a standard KitchenAid stand mixer isn’t for you, how about a limited edition Passion Red one? This powerful 5-quart mixer can mix up to nine dozen cookies in one go, and it won’t spray flecks of dough or make too much noise in the process.
A Solid Maple Cutting Board
Boos boards are a favorite amongst Epi staffers—they are always solidly constructed, have a handy ‘juice groove’ to aid in easily clean up, and they just look good.
A Lasting Dutch Oven
No, Lodge isn’t quite as fancy as Le Creuset—but in product tests the difference is barely noticeable. And while I have one of each, I treat them interchangeably—the Lodge is just as wonderful as the day I got it and I use it on a daily basis.