The 5 best ice cream makers we tested in 2021

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  • If you love ice cream so much that you want to make your own from scratch, you’ll need a good ice cream maker.
  • A machine with a canister you pre-freeze is best for occasional ice cream makers, but a self-refrigerating machine with a compressor is better for regular use.
  • Cuisinart’s ICE-30 Pure Indulgence, which requires pre-freezing, is our top pick because it’s easy to use and can produce two quarts in one go.

In the immortal words of the 1927 song, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Considering that the average American eats more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, it’s a sentiment that just about all of us agree with.

Although it’s easy to get a scoop at your local ice cream shop, pick up a pint at the supermarket, or even order your favorite flavors online, there’s something undeniably special about ice cream you make yourself. That’s why we tested and did the research to find the best ice cream makers you can buy, from hand-crank ice and rock salt options to programmable self-refrigerating machines (you can read more about the different types of ice cream makers here).

Here are the best ice cream makers in 2021

The best ice cream maker overall

Our pick for the best ice cream maker overall, the Cuisinart's Pure Indulgence in stainless steel next to three ice cream sandwiches.

While most frozen-bowl ice cream makers only make a quart or so per batch, the Cuisinart ICE-30 Pure Indulgence produces up to two quarts of sweet, sweet goodness.

Pros: Large batch, easy to use and clean 

Cons: Loud, some complaints about icy or not-quite-frozen results

If you make ice cream for the family — or let’s be honest, if you just want a really, really big bowl of ice cream for yourself — you can’t go wrong with the Cuisinart ICE-30 Pure Indulgence. This baby cranks out up to two quarts of ice cream per batch, so you’ll have enough to share, although you might not want to.

This is a frozen-bowl machine, so you’ll have to remember to freeze the metal bowl for at least 12 hours before using it, but it’s really better to freeze the bowl for a full day. Go ahead and store the bowl in your freezer when not in use if you plan on using the ice cream maker frequently.

Once your bowl is frozen and your ingredients added, the machine takes over for you. Churning is automatic, and ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet is ready in around half an hour. That’s not so long to wait for delicious, creamy goodness.

Some Amazon shoppers have complained about the results being too icy or not-entirely-frozen, and the loudness of the machine (to be fair, that’s a fairly common complaint about nearly all automatic ice cream makers). If you find the ice cream to be a bit liquidy, pop it in the freezer for a bit to firm it up.

The best budget ice cream maker

best cheap ice cream maker

There’s no reason to spend big bucks when the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker turns out such good ice cream at a bargain price.

Pros: Budget price, large batch

Cons: You’ll need rock salt and a lot of ice

If you want ice cream and lots of it, but you aren’t interested in spending a lot of money or taking up a lot of storage space, and you don’t mind needing to keep rock salt on hand, you’ll love the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker.

There’s no need to pre-chill the bowl with this machine. It uses rock salt and ice, which you add to the outer container, to freeze the ingredients. Those go in an inner bowl, where a paddle automatically churns the batter until it’s frozen. You can produce delicious and creamy ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and gelato with this machine in roughly 45 minutes.

The best fast ice cream maker

Our pick for best fast ice cream maker, the Chef'N Bowl with pink ice cream being scraped up by a pink spatula.

If the dish is frozen in advance, you can have ice cream in minutes with the Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker.

Pros: No need for electricity, quick results, easy to use, fun for kids

Cons: Bowl must be frozen before use, small batches of ice cream, expensive for what it is

No electricity, no rock salt, and no lengthy churning. Just pour your ice cream batter onto the pre-frozen surface of the Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker, mix with the included spoon, and in just a few minutes, you’ll be enjoying your frozen dessert.

Basically, this is a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl, so the Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker is super-easy to use. You do have to plan in advance because the bowl must be frozen at least overnight, but once it’s frozen, you should be able to mix up a couple of batches of fresh ice cream before you need to refreeze the bowl.

You can make up to three cups of ice cream in a 30-minute session or use the device for adding mix-ins to softened commercial ice cream.

The best ice cream maker with a compressor

Three people, two men and a young girl, in a kitchen with the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.

The Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker mixes and freezes your ice cream for you, so all you have to do is turn it on, add ingredients, and enjoy your frozen dessert within the hour.

Pros: No need to freeze the bowl, large batches, countdown timer

Cons: Expensive, takes up storage space, some complaints of machine not working

Compressor ice cream makers are the top of the line when it comes to homemade ice cream. These machines house their own freezer mechanism, so there’s no need for you to pre-freeze a bowl, use rock salt, mix the batter by hand, or do any other hard work, other than deciding which delicious ice cream, gelato, or sorbet recipe you want to make.

The Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker is a state-of-the-art unit. The LED screen shows you exactly how many minutes are left until ice cream time, and it even has a 10-minute “keep cool” function if you won’t be able to get to your dessert right away (like that’s ever going to happen).

You can make up to 1.5 quarts of frozen dessert per session, and if you need more, go ahead and make it. There’s no need to wait for a bowl to chill in the freezer before making your next batch.

The best upgrade ice cream maker

The top of the stainless steel Breville Smart Scoop, showing a hand turning the knob below the LED screen.

If you think you’re going to become an ice cream, fro yo, and sorbet gourmet, go with the top-of-the-line Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker.

Pros: produces high-quality ice cream, wide range of automatic settings, pre-cooling feature, keeps your ice cream frozen up to three hours 

Cons: Expensive, bulky, parts need to be hand-washed

In my testing, Breville’s Smart Scoop produced the creamiest ice cream with the texture closest to what you’d find in a high-end scoop shop: rich, easy to serve, and free of ice crystals. 

What really sets this compressor machine apart is its vast range of automatic options, which, for a certain type of person — one who approaches new hobbies with equally high levels of enthusiasm and unearned confidence — can inspire hours-long deep-dives into gianduja gelato recipes and midnight orders of ube powder and frozen passionfruit pulp.

To start, it has 12 hardness settings, from super-soft sorbet to dense ice cream, and a unique “cool down” function that brings the Smart Scoop to the perfect temperature before you even add your ice cream base. I found the buttons to be intuitive, and getting started took a matter of seconds. I’d feel confident letting a kid use it. 

The machine beeps and flashes the words “add mix-ins” across its easy-to-read LCD screen when it’s time to do just that, and your chocolate chips or chopped strawberries can be tossed in easily through the flip-back lid. 

Once the Smart Scoop senses that your dessert has reached its perfect consistency, it’ll stop churning and play a little ice cream truck song to let you know it’s ready. And, if you happen to miss the machine’s serenade it will automatically enter “keep cool” mode, meaning your frozen treat will stay at a constant temperature for the next three hours. Aside from these sound effects, which can be turned off, the machine operates at a quiet hum. 

I should note that while it turned out smooth, perfectly-churned ice cream, I had to run my Smart Scoop on the hardest setting more than once to get there. The whole process took about an hour (45 minutes to complete the initial cycle, plus an additional 15) using David Lebovitz’s recipe for chocolate ice cream, although the results were worth the wait. With most other machines, you have to freeze your ice cream before you can enjoy it, but the batches I made in the Smart Scoop were ready to eat immediately. 

Cleanup is relatively easy, although I did find that you need to use a little force to detach the (somewhat sharp-edged) metal bucket from the base. The parts aren’t dishwasher safe, except for the paddle, which should only be placed on the top rack. This is a bulky machine — about 15 by 11 inches and 30 pounds — which is something to keep in mind if you have a small kitchen. 

Time to talk about the price. At $500, the Breville Smart Scoop is certainly a splurge. But let’s do some ice cream math. A pint of Haagen Dazs costs about $5. Assuming a family of four buys one pint per week (a pretty conservative estimate), the machine will just about pay for itself in two years. (I say “just about” because I’m not factoring in the price of the milk, cream, and egg yolks you need to make ice cream from scratch.) And if that family prefers a premium brand like Jeni’s or Ample Hills, the Smart Scoop will pay for itself in half that time. So, if you’re serious about making ice cream and want a high-quality, easy-to-use machine that lends itself to all kinds of frozen dessert experimentation, it’s a solid investment. — Caitlin Petreycik, Home and Kitchen Editor

The best frozen dessert maker

Adult woman and young girl using the Yonanas frozen dessert maker, shown with fresh fruit.

If you’re trying to eat healthier or avoid dairy, you’ll love the way the Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker turns bananas and other fruit into soft-serve “ice cream” without the fat and added sugar.

Pros: Great for those with lactose intolerance, healthy “ice cream” substitute, very easy to use

Cons: Noisy, fruit sticks inside the chute

Yes, it has a silly name, and yes, technically it’s not ice cream. But why nitpick when the results taste so good? With the Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker, your overripe bananas, mangoes, berries, or just about any other fruit are quickly converted into creamy, smooth soft-serve desserts.

The process is simple, but your fruit does need to be frozen and slightly thawed before using the machine. You then push the fruit into the chute, turn on the spinning blade, and push down on the plunger. Voilà, you’ve got a bowlful of nature’s goodness.

There are some shopper complaints. The device is noisy, and smushed fruit tends to stick inside the chute, meaning you’ll need to disassemble the device and scoop it out with a spoon. But those seem small annoyances compared to the joy of a delicious, healthy dessert.

What we’re testing next

The Whynter Ice Cream Maker is stainless steel, with a bowl of ice cream and various mix ins next to it.

For our next update, we’re looking forward to trying out the models below. 

Whynter ICM 15LS Automatic Ice Cream Maker($219.43): One of the more affordable compressor machines on the market, Whynter’s ICM 15LS may not have as many bells and whistles as the Breville Smart Scoop, but fans praise its smooth ice cream and fast cycle. 

Whynter ICM 201SB Upright Automatic Ice Cream Maker ($324.55): The Whynter 201SB has a larger capacity than the brand’s 15LS, as well as a more powerful motor and additional programmable features, but we’re curious to see if it produces better ice cream. 

Lello 4080 Lusso Mussino ($735.13): This machine churns ice cream incredibly fast, which means there’s less time for ice crystals to form, but we’re curious to see if it’s a worthy investment for those who plan to make ice cream often. 

Cuisinart ICE-70 ($149.95): A newer version of our current top pick, Cuisinart’s ICE-30, the ICE-70 promises a faster run time and more options for customization. 

What type of ice cream maker should I get?

Before you start shopping, here’s a rundown of the three main types on the market. Consider your budget, how frequently you plan on making ice cream, the amount of real estate in your freezer, and the size of the crowd you’re planning to feed before making a decision. 

Ice and rock salt

The most traditional — and, occasionally, the most physically taxing — ice cream makers, these machines feature an inner metal container surrounded by ice and rock salt in an outer bucket. (The rock salt lowers the temperature so that the ice cream mixture in the container will freeze; ice alone isn’t cold enough.) Some models operate by hand-crank — a feature that either provides old-timey fun or a workout that goes against the very nature of ice cream, depending on how you look at it — but most are powered by electric motors these days. It’s important to note that many motorized models can’t be opened to add mix-ins while churning. 

Pre-frozen

If you plan on making ice cream once or twice a week, a machine with a canister that you freeze is an affordable option. These types of ice cream makers do require a degree of advanced planning, though; the canister, which is filled with liquid coolant, typically needs to be placed in the freezer up to 24 hours in advance.

A pro tip: turn the machine on and get the paddle moving before you pour in the ice cream base. The motion will prevent the mixture from immediately freezing against the sides of the canister. 

Self-refrigerating

Also called compressors, these self-refrigerating machines are the easiest to use. They often require nothing more than pouring in your ice cream mixture, flipping a switch, and waiting 30 to 40 minutes. Unfortunately, that kind of convenience comes with a high price tag, and compressor models are often noisier and bulkier than their pre-frozen and bucket-style counterparts. Still, they’re a solid investment if you’re serious about frozen desserts. 

 

Does homemade ice cream really taste the same as store-bought?

Vanilla ice cream being scooped.

Yes and no. You may find that the stuff you make at home freezes harder than store-bought ice cream. That’s because commercial-grade ice cream makers are powerful enough to run at super-high speeds, meaning they can whip extra air (called overrun) into ice cream in a way that home machines just can’t.

Plus, your typical supermarket pint often comes with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients that make it easier to scoop. That being said, many people prefer the denser, richer texture of homemade ice cream — to retain a little softness, just scoop it straight from the machine or let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes prior to serving. 

Tips for making the best ice cream at home

ice cream

If you want delicious ice cream, you need to start with good ingredients. Go for real vanilla bean, quality mix-ins, and fresh cream. All ingredients should be as fresh as possible. If you’re shopping for groceries online, here are the best places we’ve tested and recommend.

Your ingredients should all be cold before pouring them into the ice cream maker. Once you’ve added your ingredients to the ice cream maker’s bowl, start the churning cycle right away. This helps prevent ice crystals or graininess.

While you can cut back calories by using low-fat milk, you won’t achieve the same creamy results, or the wonderful “mouth feel” that makes ice cream so good.

If you’re adding chocolate chips, nuts, or other solid mix-ins, fold them in near the end of the churning cycle. Chop any mix-ins into small pieces.

Finally, don’t refreeze partially melted ice cream because doing so creates ice crystals.

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Prime Day 2021 Nespresso Deals

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is here, and as always, there are deals galore, including discounts on home and kitchen equipment and accessories, like Nespresso machines.

Nespresso machines perform outstanding feats of coffee making given their price and size, and if you like starting your day with an espresso or three, they’re a convenient alternative to four-figure, counter-space-hogging espresso machines.

Plus, now that Nespresso machines have been popular for a while, there is no shortage of third-party brands making capsules for them using fresh coffee: Starbucks, Peet’s, Cafe Bustelo, Kauai Coffee…the list goes on. Since those capsules aren’t exactly cheap, Prime Day is the perfect time to stock up. You can read more about our favorite Nespresso pods below or in our coffee pod buying guide.

Make sure your Prime membership is up to date, as you can only take advantage of discounts if you’re signed up. For more Prime Day coverage, follow the best Prime Day kitchen appliance deals.

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The best Prime Day 2021 deals on Nespresso machines

Nespresso machines produce a velvety, viscous, frothy coffee that is about as close to espresso as possible without being espresso, precisely. Our favorite pod espresso machines from our buying guide include the Nespresso Pixie by Breville, which is currently on sale, and the Nespresso De’Longhi Lattissima One Espresso Machine. The Pixie is our go-to choice for a simple, compact machine that will get the job done. If you’re making espresso drinks requiring steamed milk, you may prefer the Nespresso De’Longhi Lattissima, which has a built-in frother. For now, we’re not seeing much in the way of deals on Nespresso machines. It’s worth continuing to check back regularly, though, because there’s still a chance some new ones might pop up.

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Best Prime Day 2021 Nespresso Pod deals

Nespresso pods are a quick and easy solution to an espresso-like drink at home, and because there are more and more third-party brands out there, there are plenty of options for fresh and even compostable Nespresso pods. If you’re more the DIY type, you can buy refillable capsules, which let you customize the pod with whatever coffee you desire. Read more about the best Nespresso pods in our guide. Here are the best Nespresso pod deals today:

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Best Nespresso accessory deals for Prime Day 2021

You can accessorize your pod machines with frothers, refillable capsules, capsule holders and storage boxes, tasting cups and drinkware, syrups, and more. Here are the best Nespresso accessory deals today:

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Other Great Prime Day 2021 coffee machine and coffee deals

Of course, Nespresso isn’t the only big name in coffee worth purchasing. We’re also seeing great deals on some of our favorite drip coffee machines, traditional espresso machines, and other pod coffee makers. Here are the best deals on coffee machines and accessories happening right now:

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How to choose the right Nespresso machine

Nespresso machines come in various forms, but the basic thing to consider is whether or not you want an ESE (paper) pod or capsule machine. Capsule machines are more versatile and what we primarily recommend, at least for now, because there are so many third-party options, including refillable capsules so that you can grind and load your own fresh coffee. Just keep in mind that this is time-consuming.

We tested pod coffee machines and really liked the Nespresso Pixie by Breville and the Nespresso De’Longhi Lattissima One Espresso Machine. The Pixie is the best choice for most people because it’s compact, easy to use, and not too expensive. The Lattissima might be a better choice if you plan on making espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, since it has a built-in frother, but it requires careful cleaning and we’re not sold on it. Keep in mind that the frother poses a significant upgrade in price – we usually see the Lattissima retailing for $100 more than the Pixie. Instead, consider a simple, inexpensive hand wand milk frother like the Powerlix Milk Pro, our top pick from our milk frother buying guide, to save a significant chunk of change.

FAQs

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s annual sales event exclusively for Prime members. During the event, there are millions of deals across every category imaginable. During the event, prices are competitive and can beat out deals we see during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day runs through Tuesday, June 22, but we expect to continue to see deals afterward. Some deals are only available on one of the two days, while others are available during the entire event.

Do I need to be a Prime Member?

Yes. If you’re already a Prime member, you’re all set to start shopping deals. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial right now to access Prime Day.

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Prime Day 2021 Nespresso Deals
Pod machines are fairly simple things, and our favorite, the Breville-Nespresso Pixie (above), is as affordable as they get.

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is here, and as always, there are deals galore, including discounts on home and kitchen equipment and accessories, like Nespresso machines.

Nespresso machines perform outstanding feats of coffee making given their price and size, and if you like starting your day with an espresso or three, they’re a convenient alternative to four-figure, counter-space-hogging espresso machines.

Plus, now that Nespresso machines have been popular for a while, there is no shortage of third-party brands making capsules for them using fresh coffee: Starbucks, Peet’s, Cafe Bustelo, Kauai Coffee…the list goes on. Since those capsules aren’t exactly cheap, Prime Day is the perfect time to stock up. You can read more about our favorite Nespresso pods below or in our coffee pod buying guide.

Make sure your Prime membership is up to date, as you can only take advantage of discounts if you’re signed up. For more Prime Day coverage, follow the best Prime Day kitchen appliance deals.

Prime 30-Day Free Trial (small)

The best Prime Day 2021 deals on Nespresso machines

Nespresso machines produce a velvety, viscous, frothy coffee that is about as close to espresso as possible without being espresso, precisely. Our favorite pod espresso machines from our buying guide include the Nespresso Pixie by Breville and the Nespresso De’Longhi Lattissima One Espresso Machine. The Pixie is our go-to choice for a simple, compact machine that will get the job done. If you’re making espresso drinks requiring steamed milk, you may prefer the Nespresso De’Longhi Lattissima, which has a built-in frother. We’ll keep an eye on those two models to see if they go on sale, but for now we’ve listed some solid alternatives below. These are the best Nespresso machine deals available today:

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Best Prime Day 2021 Nespresso Pod deals

Nespresso pods are a quick and easy solution to an espresso-like drink at home, and because there are more and more third-party brands out there, there are plenty of options for fresh and even compostable Nespresso pods. If you’re more the DIY type, you can buy refillable capsules, which let you customize the pod with whatever coffee you desire. Read more about the best Nespresso pods in our guide. Here are the best Nespresso pod deals today:

40-pack of Espresso Pods (small)Espresso Variety Pack (small)50-capsule variety pack (small)100-pack of Nespresso-compatible capsules (small)

Best Nespresso accessory deals for Prime Day 2021

You can accessorize your pod machines with frothers, refillable capsules, capsule holders and storage boxes, tasting cups and drinkware, syrups, and more. Here are the best Nespresso accessory deals today:

MilkBoss Milk Frother (small)Reusable Nespresso Capsules (small)

Other Great Prime Day 2021 coffee machine and coffee deals

Of course, Nespresso isn’t the only big name in coffee worth purchasing. We’re also seeing great deals on some of our favorite drip coffee machines, traditional espresso machines, and other pod coffee makers. Here are the best deals on coffee machines and accessories happening right now:

14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker (small)K-Slim Coffee Maker (small)100 Dark-Roast Keurig Pods (small)

How to choose the right Nespresso machine

Nespresso machines come in various forms, but the basic thing to consider is whether or not you want an ESE (paper) pod or capsule machine. Capsule machines are more versatile and what we primarily recommend, at least for now, because there are so many third-party options, including refillable capsules so that you can grind and load your own fresh coffee. Just keep in mind that this is time-consuming.

We tested pod coffee machines and really liked the Nespresso Pixie by Breville and the Nespresso De’Longhi Lattissima One Espresso Machine. The Pixie is the best choice for most people because it’s compact, easy to use, and not too expensive. The Lattissima might be a better choice if you plan on making espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, since it has a built-in frother, but it requires careful cleaning and we’re not sold on it. Keep in mind that the frother poses a significant upgrade in price – we usually see the Lattissima retailing for $100 more than the Pixie. Instead, consider a simple, inexpensive hand wand milk frother like the Powerlix Milk Pro, our top pick from our milk frother buying guide, to save a significant chunk of change.

FAQs

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s annual sales event exclusively for Prime members. During the event, there are millions of deals across every category imaginable. During the event, prices are competitive and can beat out deals we see during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is live now and runs through Tuesday, June 22, but we expect to continue to see deals afterward. Some deals are only available on one of the two days, while others are available during the entire event.

Do I need to be a Prime Member?

Yes. If you’re already a Prime member, you’re all set to start shopping deals. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial right now to access Prime Day.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021, which runs from midnight PDT on June 21 through June 22, is quickly approaching, and with it are many discounts on cookware, countertop appliances, and kitchen essentials. Early deals have started dropping, and we are updating this post regularly with the best kitchen deals available.

Competing retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have also announced they will offer steep discounts or price matching to coincide with Prime Day, so there will be plenty of opportunities to snag a bargain, even if you aren’t a Prime member. We’ll be here in the lead-up to Prime Day, helping you shop the best kitchen and cookware discounts online.

While Amazon hasn’t released much information about what kitchen deals to expect, we’ve been covering the event for years and typically see sales on hot-button items like Le Creuset cookware, Instant Pot multicookers, and Nespresso machines. Some deals are already live – we’re showing you the best early deals below.

Early Prime Day kitchen deals happening now

Here are the best kitchen deals from Amazon you can shop now. We’ll be updating this list as more deals become available.

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What kitchen deals should I expect?

Amazon recently teased that SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker bundles, Stasher reusable storage bags, and Dash immersion hand blenders will be on sale, in addition to 40% off AmazonBasics kitchen products.

There should also be top deals on Cuisinart, Instant Pot, Le Creuset, and Nespresso, among other kitchen tools and small appliances.

What’s the best Instant Pot to buy?

We tested 10 Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers and found the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker to be the best, based on ease of setup, cooking, and cleanup. For a budget option, the Instant Pot DUO is comparable, while the Chef iQ Smart Cooker is another great option for modern, smart features.

If you’re interested in getting the most multi-use appliance you can, we really love the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, which was not only named a pick in our guide to the best Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers, but also our guides to the best sous vide machines and the best air fryers.

What’s the best Nespresso machine to buy?

For at-home, cafe-style coffee, you can’t go wrong with Nespresso. The Nespresso Pixie by Breville is our favorite coffee and espresso pod machine and was also named a pick in our comprehensive guide to the best espresso machine.

For a machine that comes with a separate milk frother and pod sampler, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine is perfect for whipped-up brews.

What are the best Le Creuset products to buy?

Le Creuset is a leading kitchen brand, namely for its enameled cast iron cookware and Dutch ovens (which we love). Some products to watch out for this Amazon Prime Day include its classic mugs, kettle, frying pan, and casserole dish.

Other Amazon Prime Day FAQs

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is a perk exclusively for Prime members, so we suggest signing up for a free 30-day trial if you’re looking to shop.

When is Prime Day?

This year, Prime Day 2021 runs from June 21 to June 22. The savings will kick off at midnight PDT on the 21st. Be sure to sign up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of the big savings.

Though Prime Day began as a one-day event, it has been extended to a two-day sale in recent years. And, to help you score the best deals the internet has to offer, we’ll also be covering competitor sales, like Target’s and Walmart’s.

Do I have to be a Prime member?

Yes, you have to be a Prime member to qualify for the event. Be sure to sign up below for your 30-day free trial.

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The 4 best toaster ovens we tested in 2021

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  • A good toaster oven is easy to use, preheats quickly, and stays at the temperature you set it to.
  • We cooked whole chickens, frozen pizza, cookies, and toast in eight toaster ovens to find the best.
  • The Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven is our top pick with its fast and even cooking.

Toaster ovens are the unsung heroes of kitchen appliances. If your living situation doesn’t allow for a standard oven, a toaster oven allows you to bake, roast, and make anything else you might cook in a regular oven, only on a smaller scale.

During the holidays when a big turkey is hogging the oven, you can prepare your sides in the toaster oven. And, in the summer, you can cook meals efficiently without heating up your home.

Many convection toaster ovens are now marketed as air fryers. You should know that “convection cooking” and “air frying” are the same thing. Both methods brown your food by using heat and a fan. So, if you see that a toaster oven is an “air fryer,” know that it also does convection cooking and vice versa. We use both terms in our guide.

So, what’s the difference between the two? Convection toaster ovens give you the option of baking or broiling, while air fryers tend to only have one function: convection baking. Also, the typical toaster oven looks like a miniature standard oven with a window, while most air fryers have a small drawer that you put your food in.

For this guide, I roasted, toasted, air fried, and baked 32 pounds of chicken, eight dozen chocolate chip cookies, eight pizzas, and four loaves of bread in eight toaster ovens.

I also consulted with Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore, known as “The Electrified Cooks” and authors of the new toaster oven cookbook Toaster Oven Takeover.

I have reviewed kitchen appliances for four years and have developed many objective tests to determine which models are best for different needs and budgets. You can find details about how I test toaster ovens here.

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Our testing methodology

A cooked whole chicken on a baking sheet

I tested all of the toaster ovens in this guide. I put each through many objective tests, and during the testing period, my traditional oven sat idle as I relied exclusively on the toaster ovens. When testing toaster ovens, the most important factors to consider are ease of use, temperature accuracy and consistency, and how quickly it preheats.

Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:

Ease of use: I evaluate ease of use several ways. First, I look at how intuitive the functions are. I was able to get all but the Anova up and running without the use of instructions. I see how easy it is to clean each, if there’s a removable crumb tray, if there are a few rack positions for different types of cooking, and if the timer allows you to run the unit for extended periods. I also looked for helpful functions, such as smart connectivity, convection/air fry cooking, and steam. 

Temperature variance: When you set a toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, you want it to reach that temperature and stay there. To assess this, I set each unit to 350 degrees and took digital readings of the temperature every 15 minutes for two hours. Then, I looked at the average and range of the temperatures. All of the models I tested averaged less than 350 degrees. The median was about 336 degrees, and the median range was 9.7 degrees.

Preheating: One of the main benefits of a toaster oven is that it preheats faster than a standard oven, and thus, you can enjoy your meal faster. I timed how quickly each oven reached 350 and 425 degrees, repeating each test several times, to see which models preheated fastest. Most models reached 350 in under six minutes, and half of the units had trouble even achieving a reading of 425 degrees.

Cooking performance: I put each toaster oven through four cooking tests:

  • Toasting bread: I evaluated how many slices of Hillbilly Old Fashion Bread each model held. Then, I set the controls to toast the bread to a medium shade. I looked at how long and how evenly each toasted.
  • Frozen Pizza: In addition to evaluating how large of a pizza each unit can fit, I timed how long it took to bake the pizza and how even it turned out. I used Kirkland Signature Pepperoni Pizza in all but two of the toaster ovens. The Hamilton Beach and Panasonic models couldn’t fit the 10.5-inch pizza so I used Totino’s Party Pizzas in those models instead.
  • Whole chicken: I cooked a whole chicken (between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds) according to the recipe in Toaster Oven Takeover. I used the Meater Block to monitor the internal temperature and removed the chicken once it hit 165 degrees. I timed how long it took to cook the chicken, how evenly it was cooked, and how different parts of the chicken tasted.
  • Cookies: I baked gluten-free chocolate chip cookies using a homemade dough and evaluated how quickly and evenly they cooked.

The best toaster oven overall

The front of the Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven with three pieces of bread in it

The Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven maintains consistent heat to cook quickly and evenly, and it doubles as an air fryer and dehydrator.

Pros: Has convection cooking/air frying, large enough to fit a 12-inch pizza, provides consistent heat, cooked pizza, chicken, and cookies quickly and evenly 

Cons: Temperature settings appear to be inaccurate, did not toast evenly

The Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven (Model TOA-65) had the best overall performance in our objective tests. It took less than five minutes to set up and features an easy-to-read backlit digital display. You navigate through the many different functions by turning a knob and pressing it to select the function and adjust the time and temp.

The Cuisinart toaster oven was one of the best models for making pizza, chicken, and cookies. It heated a frozen pizza in under six minutes, and the cheese, crust, and pepperoni were evenly cooked. Using the convection cooking function, the chicken reached a safe internal temperature in 52 minutes, and the skin was a beautiful golden brown and tasted outstanding. The meat was moist and flavorful. And, the cookies were evenly cooked in about 12 minutes, which was significantly faster than the average, 13 minutes and 45 seconds.

When we ran the Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven for two hours at 350 degrees, we noticed the temperature only varied by four degrees. However, the display said it was preheated when our thermometer read 270. It continued to heat up and reached 350 after eight minutes. The average temperature during the test was 314, well below 350.

The Cuisinart toaster oven fell short of perfection in two other categories. We used the presets to toast six slices of bread, but after a blazing fast toasting speed of less than three minutes, the top was lighter than the medium shading we set it to. And, the bottom was uneven with the center almost burnt and the edges barely toasted. If I were to use this toaster oven for regular toasting, I’d likely up the time a little bit and flip the bread halfway through.

Lastly, by our measurements, the Cuisinart was slower than average to preheat to 350. However, it was quick to get to 425, which made it ideal for frozen pizza.

The best budget toaster oven

The Black+Decker toaster on a kitchen counter with a chicken in it

If you want a cheap toaster oven but don’t want to sacrifice performance, we recommend the Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven with its fast preheating and accurate temperatures.

Pros: Fast preheating, accurate temperature settings, even cooking, features air frying/convection cooking, timer has stay-on function

Cons: Uneven toasting, was among slowest to roast a chicken

Despite costing less than a third of the price of the other models in our guide, the Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven (Model TO3217SS) held its own in our tests. We like that it has intuitive, no-nonsense analog knob controls, a roomy interior, and convection cooking/air frying. Another nice touch is the “stay on” option on the timer, which makes it so you don’t have to keep adding more time during longer cooks.

The Black+Decker toaster oven appeared to have the most accurate thermostat. At 347 degrees, it came closest to reaching a 350-degree average during our two-hour test. However, the temperature varied by 13 degrees, which put it in the middle of the pack.

It was consistently one of the fastest to preheat. The oven reached 350 degrees in under four minutes, and getting to 425 only took about a minute more. 

The Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven excelled at making cookies and frozen pizza. Each batch took about 14 minutes to bake, which was just fair, but the results were even and delicious. The story was the same with frozen pizza: the cooking time was about average, but the pizza was excellent. The chicken was also great: flavorful, juicy, and evenly cooked. However, it took nearly an hour and a half to finish, which made it one of the slowest models.

The Black+Decker oven’s toasting was subpar. It toasted six slices of bread in three-and-a-half minutes, which was about average, but the results weren’t very even. The top of the toast was close to consistent, but it was noticeably less done near the front, and the bottom was much less toasted than the top.

The best large-capacity toaster oven

The Breville Smart Oven on a kitchen counter with a pizza cooking

The Breville Smart Oven is large enough to fit nine slices of toast, a dozen cookies, or a 12-inch pizza making it ideal for larger families or if you just want to use it in place of your standard oven.

Pros: Can fit nine slices of toast and a 12-inch pizza, provides consistent and even heat, features convection cooking/air frying, attractive backlit digital display with several functions and sub-functions

Cons: Temperature settings were consistently higher than what we measured, slow to preheat

Along with our best combination pick below, the Breville Smart Oven (Model BOV800XL) was one of two models that could toast nine slices of bread at once, and it did a good job of it. Plus, it can hold a 12.5-inch pizza. This is impressive considering the exterior dimensions aren’t inordinately large.

Like our top pick, the Breville Smart Oven has a backlit digital display with separate knobs for quickly adjusting the function, temperature, and time. It also has sub-functions that adjust the cooking time and heat based on the size of the pizza you are baking or the slices of toast you’re toasting. Plus, the Smart Oven features convection cooking/air frying.

The oven excelled at chicken and cookies. It took a little more than an hour to roast a whole chicken, and it was the best tasting and most evenly cooked of all the birds in our tests. We baked a dozen cookies at once in the roomy Breville Smart Oven using the Cookie function, which utilized 350-degree convection cooking. The cookies came out evenly baked in 14 minutes, which was average.

The oven also cooked pizza evenly, but it took 17 minutes, which was longer than all but one of the models. It was also one of the slowest ovens to preheat. And, we weren’t able to get it to preheat to 425 degrees. It maxed out at 387. This was a consistent problem. In our temperature variance test, we measured an average temp of 292 despite setting the controls to 350. Because of this, we’d recommend utilizing an oven thermometer to find your target temperature setting. 

On the plus side, the Breville toaster oven held its temperature consistently, only wavering by four degrees over the course of two hours.

The best combination toaster oven

The Anova Precision Cooker on a kitchen counter cooking a steak

In addition to baking, toasting, and air frying, the Anova Precision Oven offers sous vide cooking, and you can control it and monitor the internal temperature of your food using your phone.

Pros: Features sous vide and air fryer/convection cooking, smart WiFi connectivity via app, comes with probe thermometer that connects to oven, does a good job of roasting

Cons: Slow to preheat, bake, and toast, temperature didn’t stay consistent during our test

The Anova Precision Oven is the first toaster oven that offers sous vide, in addition to air frying/convection cooking. And, while most sous vide devices require vacuum sealing, the Precision Oven cooks your food without the need for additional packaging. 

I cooked several steaks and pork ribs using the sous vide function and found it worked just as well, if not better, than an immersion circulator. I especially liked that the oven comes with a probe thermometer that plugs into the unit so I could monitor the internal temperature of the meat while it cooked, which you can’t do with vacuum-sealed meat in an immersion circulator

The touch buttons on the handle of the oven aren’t as responsive as I would like, and adjusting the temp one degree at a time using the up and down buttons is a hassle. So, I mainly used the Anova Oven app (available for iOS and Android), which allows you to key in your preferred temp and time. Or, you can automate the cooking process. The app features hundreds of recipes. One time, I used the app to preheat the oven as I waited in line at the store to pay for a frozen pizza so I could just pop it in when I got home.

This feature is particularly important since the Anova Culinary Precision Oven was one of the slowest to preheat. It takes about 10 minutes to heat to 350 degrees and 17 minutes to reach 425. 

Also, while it has a relatively accurate setpoint, the temperature varied by 16 degrees during our two-hour test, which was more than most models.

The Anova Precision Oven also took a long time to toast. We used the toast preset, which involved a little steam to keep the bread from drying out. However, the process took longer than any of the other models, and the toast was still underdone. 

It did much better on the other cooking tasks. The Anova oven fits a dozen cookies, and they baked quickly and evenly. We had the same experience with pizza: fast and even cooking. But, the oven really excelled at roasting a whole chicken. It completed the task in under an hour. The skin was crispy and flavorful, and the meat was moist and delicious. I particularly liked that the thermometer let me monitor the internal temperature of the chicken in the app.

What else we tested

We tested eight toaster ovens for this guide. These are the ones that missed the cut.

What else we recommend and why:

Hamilton Beach Countertop (Model 31401): There are two main reasons why you should consider the Hamilton Beach toaster oven. First, at $50, it’s the cheapest model we recommend. Second, it was one of the best at quickly preheating. Plus, it was in the middle of the pack in our toasting, cookie, and temperature variance tests. However, there are a few negatives. The oven is small, only fitting four slices of bread. It also took the longest to cook pizza and chicken.

Dash Chef Series 7-in-1 (Model DAFT2350GBGT01): There’s a lot to like about the Dash toaster oven, but it just wasn’t the best in any category. It has convection cooking/air frying and did an outstanding job baking cookies and pizza. The Dash oven was also one of the fastest to roast a chicken and one of the most even toasters. Yet, it took a long time to toast, parts of the chicken skin were burnt, the unit took longer than most to preheat, and it had the largest variance in temperature during our tests.

Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360 (Model S∙AFO-001): Though we prefer to roast our chicken on a roasting pan, we like that this toaster oven from superstar chef Emeril Lagasse comes with a rotisserie spit. It also has an easy-to-use knob control system with backlit digital display. The Power AirFryer 360 preheated quickly and did a good job with chicken, pizza, and cookies, but it took a long time to toast and was uneven. It also did the worst in our temp variance test.

What we don’t recommend and why:

Panasonic FlashXpress Compact (Model NB-G110P): We really wanted to like this attractive toaster oven because it looks like something you might find in a child’s kitchen playset. It did the best job toasting and maintaining a consistent temperature. However, it was a pain to use. There are only eight temperature settings, and the timer only goes to 25 minutes. If you want to cook anything longer, you have to keep resetting the timer. Despite its small size, it took a long time to preheat. And, it didn’t do well making cookies, pizza, or chicken.

What we’re testing next

We’re always testing new toaster ovens and retesting our top picks to determine the best ones. Here’s what we’re looking forward to testing for potential inclusion in this guide:

Chefman Toast-Air (Model RJ50-SS-T – $135.97): We’ve tested several Chefman kitchen appliances and have found the manufacturer makes quality products at an affordable price. We like that this features several preset functions and comes with two dehydrator racks, an air fry basket, baking/drip pan, and more.

Breville Smart Oven (Model BOV900BSSUSC – $399.99): This is the best upgrade pick in our air fryer guide and appears to be quite similar to our best large-capacity toaster oven pick. I’m curious to see how it stacks up and if it’s worth its hefty price tag.

Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop ($199.99): I tested this years ago but wasn’t able to put it through our current testing methodology. I’m hoping to give it another try since it performed well, has an attractive appearance, and the digital display has an impressive array of functions and precise presets.

Oster (Model TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 – $91.11): We think the Oster Toaster Oven has a chance to contend for the best budget model. It has convection cooking/air frying, an attractive display, easy to read and adjust buttons, and a large capacity.

FAQs

What are the benefits of using a toaster oven over a standard oven?

Roxanne Wyss, co-author of the toaster oven cookbook Toaster Oven Takeover, gives several reasons, including that it’s a green alternative. “When compared to a standard oven, the toaster oven preheats quickly,” said Wyss. “This means it is convenient to use for quick, everyday meals. It also means that it is a ‘green choice’ as there is no big oven to heat up and the toaster oven will not put a strain on the AC on a hot summer day.” 

“Newer toaster ovens on the market, with electronic controls and even heat, brown food beautifully and cook quickly,” added Wyss. “You can place a toaster oven where it is convenient to use, which means at countertop height so no bending or lifting. It also means you can place the toaster oven in the family room or on the bar so it is easy to use for appetizers and snacks when friends gather.”

Additionally, since I started testing toaster ovens more than a month ago, I have not touched my standard oven. Every meal I’ve wanted to make for my family of four, I’ve been able to make in a toaster oven.


Should you get a toaster or a toaster oven?

Wyss believes toaster ovens are superior to toasters in several ways. “The versatility of the toaster oven outshines the regular toaster,” said Wyss. “You can toast a wide variety of bread sizes and often toast the number of slices you need for a larger family. Once toasted, you can top the toast with sandwich fixings or appetizer spreads so hot sandwiches or crostini are ready to serve in minutes. The toaster oven easily toasts English muffins, bagels, rolls, and a wide range of specialty rolls, pastries and buns.”

As with the standard oven, I found my toaster gathered dust while I was testing toaster ovens. The single-purpose toaster just didn’t seem worth the counter space. And, when making BLTs, it was nice to be able to toast six or more slices of bread at once.

However, there are a few key ways in which a toaster is often superior. First, most of the toaster ovens I tested didn’t toast as evenly or as quickly as most toasters. Second, toasters tend to cost much less than toaster ovens. Lastly, they take up less countertop space.


What should you look for when shopping for a toaster oven?

Kathy Moore pointed to several tips covered in the Toaster Oven Takeover cookbook she co-authored. “Think about what you want to prepare,” said Moore. “Do you want to cook a pizza or do you know you want to broil steaks? Do you foresee casseroles or toasted sandwiches? What pans fit into the oven? If you want to cook pizza, does your 12-inch pizza pan fit? What about a 9 by 12-inch rectangle pan? Some toaster ovens accommodate larger pans while others do not. Select one that accommodates the pans you own and for the food you would like to prepare.”

She also suggests thinking about where you will put the toaster oven. “Does it fit under your upper cabinets with room to spare or is it too wide to sit securely on a cart?” added Moore. “Does the door open conveniently for you?” To help you with this, we list the interior and exterior dimensions of each unit in our guide.

Also, think about the settings that are most appealing to your cooking preferences. “If your toaster oven advertises that it has a dehydrating setting, but that is not something you will do, it is not a necessary function,” said Moore. “Many now slow cook, but if you typically use a slow cooker and enjoy taking a hot meal in a slow cooker to a gathering, you may never use your toaster oven’s slow cook setting. Many people enjoy the toasting settings for bagels while others will enjoy the air fry settings. Evaluate the array of settings offered and be willing to experiment, but do not feel obligated to purchase an oven with settings you may never use.”


What’s the difference between a toaster oven and an air fryer?

Air fryers use a fan to blow hot air over your food to produce the Maillard reaction, which gives food its distinctive browning. Prior to the rise of air fryers, blowing hot air on food was known as “convection cooking,” and it’s something that all convection toaster ovens do. “Air frying” is essentially a wildly successful marketing campaign for technology that has been around for decades. 

That said, not all toaster ovens can air fry, or convection cook, but a lot of them can these days. If this is a feature that’s important to you, look for a model that advertises that it air fries or convection cooks. In my experience, this is a useful feature. It can cut down on cooking times, give your food a nice browned exterior, and I’ve found it does an excellent job of revitalizing leftovers, especially pizza and french fries.

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The 4 best knife sharpeners in 2021

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  • Sharp knives make cooking easier and safer. To keep your knives in good shape, you need a great knife sharpener.
  • The Chef’s Choice Trizor XV is our top pick because of its versatility and three distinct sharpening stages.

While a sharp knife can be dangerous if you’re not careful, a dull knife can actually do more harm. Dull knives cut poorly, causing you to apply extra force in the process, which increases the chance of injury. Additionally, dull knives tear up your food, rather than creating beautiful slices. Sharp knives have a longer lifespan, too, which is especially important for an expensive knife set.

The best knife sharpeners are easy to use and give you that desirable sharp edge. Because knife sharpeners exist in a variety of configurations, finding just the right type to best suit your needs requires a bit of research. If you’re a beginner knife honer, jump to the end of this guide for an in-depth explainer on how knife sharpeners work and a look at the different styles you may want to consider. If you already know what you’re after, dive right into our top picks.

Here are the best knife sharpeners in 2021

The best electric knife sharpener

best knife sharpener - Chef's Choice Trizor XV

The Chef’s Choice Trizor XV knife sharpener is extremely easy to use and works with a variety of kitchen knife blades, making it a versatile option.

Pros: Triple beveled knives should need fewer sharpenings, three sharpening guide slots, easy to use, motor runs smoothly, excellent sharpening results

Cons: Doesn’t work well with smaller knives, don’t work with serrated knives

The Chef’s Choice Trizor XV is our top pick for the best electric knife sharpener for its exceptional ease of use.

Most electric knife sharpeners offer easy-to-use features, but the Trizor XV truly simplifies things with its three sharpening guides, starting with coarse before moving to fine and polishing. It also features a strong motor, which allows it to run smoothly during sharpening with no catches on the blade.

The Chef’s Choice sharpener creates a triple bevel on the blade, which allows it to work with both Asian and European/American knives. The bevels are at roughly 25 degrees, 20 degrees, and 15 degrees. This triple bevel design increases the length of time required between sharpenings.

Overall, we think it’s the best knife sharpener for most people with its multiple settings, clear instructions, and decent price.

The best pull-through knife sharpener

best knife sharpener - Chefs Choice ProntoPro 4643

If you’re looking to save some money on a knife sharpener, the Chef’s Choice ProntoPro 4643 provides outstanding results at a low price.

Pros: Reasonable price point, excellent results versus other manual knife sharpeners, three guide slots for different types of knives, fits in a drawer, suitable for serrated knives

Cons: Not quite as versatile as some more expensive electric options

The Chef’s Choice ProntoPro 4643 is one of our favorite knife sharpeners on the market, providing outstanding results at a low price point. This manual pull-through knife sharpener offers a lot of the same features as our top pick, the electric Chef’s Choice Trizor XV, but does so at a far lower price point.

The design of the ProntoPro 4643 is a little different from most manual knife sharpeners because it has a curved handle with a soft grip. You can hold this handle firmly to achieve the best results. Additionally, the ProntoPro 4643 is only about nine inches in length, meaning it’ll fit easily in a drawer.

You can control the angle of the knife blade at either 15 degrees or 20 degrees, making it work well for both American/European and Asian knives. In fact, the manual sharpener uses different guide slots for each type of knife, as well as a third guide slot for serrated knives, making it one of the few picks on our list suitable for serrated blades.

The best knife sharpening kit

best knife sharpener - Edge Pro Apex 4

The Edge Pro Apex 4 sharpens all knives at precise blade angles for some of the best and sharpest results you’ll see.

Pros: Excellent sharpening kit, allows for precise multiple knife blade angles, includes multiple grit stones for fine polishing, all parts fit in a carrying case for easy portability, works with multiple blade widths

Cons: Expensive, requires practice to use well, doesn’t work well with thin-bladed knives

The Edge Pro Apex 4 gives you the ability to fine-tune your knives. The kit uses a guide system along with different sharpening stones to help you draw the blade at the right angle. It does require some know-how and practice to achieve the desired results.

Additionally, this completely portable kit fits inside a carrying case, allowing for easy transportation for camping or hunting. The kit can handle blade sizes ranging from small knives to machetes, however, the system doesn’t work as well with very thin-bladed knives, such as a fillet knife.

The kit ships with five water stones, ranging from 120 to 1,000 grit, allowing for coarse to fine sharpening. It also contains 2,000 and 3,000 grit polish tapes for honing. The stones fit tightly into the kit’s design, ensuring no slippage as you use the kit’s angle guide to draw the knife blade across the stones.

Using the Edge Pro Apex 4 involves a learning curve, but the time invested pays off with incredibly sharp blades. The kit ships with a DVD, providing detailed instructions on how to use it. Once you have mastered this tool, its results are impressive.

This kit costs quite a bit more than most knife sharpeners, but it gives your knives more longevity by removing less metal from the blades during the sharpening process.

The best knife sharpening whetstone

best knife sharpener - Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening System

For those who want complete control over the sharpening process, the Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening System makes it easy to use a sharpening stone.

Pros: Offers full control over the sharpening process, three different grit stones included, stones mounted on triangular block are convenient to access, easy to use for beginners

Cons: Takes longer to sharpen knives than an electric sharpener, longevity of the plastic frame is questionable

If you’re frustrated with the performance of electric knife sharpeners – or if you’re just a bit of a control freak like me – the Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening System allows you to manually sharpen your knives. The system ships with three high-quality sharpening stones and the included bracket holds the stones in place so you can work efficiently and safely.

The rotating triangle block on which the manufacturer has mounted the three different sharpening stones makes it convenient to just twist a knob and find the exact stone grit you wish to use.

Some people may be a bit intimidated by using a sharpening stone, rather than an electric sharpener, and it does take some practice to ensure you’re holding your knife at the right angle and applying proper pressure. But with some time, you’ll find that using a whetstone is one of the best ways to have precise control over how your blade is sharpened.

How knife sharpeners work

Several different gadgets and kits exist that will help you sharpen a knife. Some use electrical power, while others use a manual stroke. We’ll break down the different types of knife sharpeners in the next segment. If you need more information, we have further discussed knife care in a video.

As far as sharpening a knife blade goes, all types of sharpeners follow the same type of process. You’ll rub the metal blade of the knife against some sort of an abrasive surface that removes some of the metal to create a thin edge.

Knife sharpeners need to be able to create an exact angle on the knife’s edge. American and European knife blades use a 20-degree angle out of the factory, while Asian knife blades use a 17-degree angle. Hence, many people prefer a knife sharpening machine to a simple manual stone because the machine helps guide you to maintain the proper angle on the blade.

If the blade is only slightly dull, using a steel rod, called knife honing steel, can give the edge a quick touch up by realigning the edge, as shown by Cook’s Illustrated. Technically, using this method means you’re actually honing the knife, rather than sharpening it. For a dull blade, though, a knife sharpener provides the best method of obtaining a sharp edge again.

Types of knife sharpeners

  • Electric machine: An electric knife sharpener offers the most convenient sharpening tool design. You’ll pull the knife blade through the guide slot on the machine, and a motor applies the sharpening agent (usually a sharpening stone) to the metal blade. Many electric sharpeners will offer multiple guide slots that run from coarse to fine sharpening or that handle different blade angles.
  • Pull-through machine: A pull-through sharpener, also called a manual sharpener, works best with kitchen knives. You’ll pull the knife blade through the sharpener, which includes guide slots with the sharpening agent inside. Some pull-through sharpeners allow you to adjust the angle of the blade, which helps with different types of knives. Some provide multiple guide slots, ranging from coarse to fine sharpening.
  • Sharpening kit: Sharpening kits appear at the top end of the market for knife sharpeners, as they have multiple parts to ensure a proper result. The kit allows you to set the sharpening angle you want to use while working from course to fine sharpening. Using a sharpening kit properly requires some time invested in learning to use the kit. However, for those who demand a perfect blade, the sharpening kit achieves the desired result with full manual control. They’re great for both sharpening and honing.
  • Stone: With a sharpening stone, or whetstone, you drag the blade of the knife across the rough surface of the stone. Sharpening stones consist of a number of types of material, such as diamond stones, oil stones (also called Arkansas stones), water stones (or aluminum oxide stones), and ceramic stones. Yes, the diamond stone actually contains tiny fragments of diamonds, but it’s a little heavy to wear as an earring. The trick with a sharpening stone becomes applying the right amount of pressure and sharpening at the proper angle because using a sharpening stone requires a completely manual process with no guide slots. However, stones can sharpen many tools, including scissors and chisels.

One final item to mention: Serrated knife blades won’t work with all types of knife sharpeners. If you’re using a pull-through or electric knife sharpener, it needs to have a serrated setting or the blade will lose the serration during sharpening.

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The best Amazon Prime Day 2021 kitchen deals, from Instant Pots to Nespresso machines

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is quickly approaching, and with it are many discounts on cookware, countertop appliances, and kitchen essentials.

In addition to the savings on Amazon’s website, competing retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Target typically offer steep discounts or price matching to coincide with Prime Day, so there will be plenty of opportunity to snag a bargain, even if you aren’t a Prime member. We’ll be here in the lead up to Prime Day giving you the inside scoop on the best kitchen and cookware discounts you can find across the web.

While Amazon hasn’t released any information about what deals to expect (or even the official dates for Prime Day), we’ve been covering the event for years and typically see sales on hot-button items like Le Creuset cookware, Instant Pot multicookers, and Nespresso machines. Check back on this page frequently in the weeks leading up to Prime Day; we’ll be updating it with more details as they become available.

FAQs

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is a perk exclusively for Prime members, so we suggest signing up for a free 30-day trial if you’re looking to shop.

When is Prime Day?

Amazon has yet to disclose the date for this year’s Prime Day, but we’re expecting it to fall in June or July, based on the company’s recent press release. That said, be sure to sign up for Amazon Prime in early June to be prepared for big savings.

Though Prime Day began as a one-day event, it has been extended to a two-day sale in recent years. And, to help you score the best deals the internet has to offer, we’ll also be covering competitor sales, like Target’s.

Do I have to be a Prime member?

Yes, you have to be a Prime member to qualify for the event. Be sure to sign up below for your 30-day free trial.

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What kitchen deals should I expect?

While more details are coming, you can be sure to find top deals on Cuisinart, Instant Pot, Le Creuset, and Nespresso, among other kitchen tools and small appliances.

What’s the best Instant Pot to buy?

We tested 10 Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers and found the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker to be the best, based ease of setup, cooking, and cleanup. For a budget option, the Instant Pot DUO is comparable, while the Chef iQ Smart Cooker is another great option for modern, smart features.

If you’re interested in getting the most multi-use appliance you can, we really love the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, which was not only named a pick in our guide to the best Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers, but also our guides to the best sous vide machines and the best air fryers.

What’s the best Nespresso machine to buy?

For at-home, cafe-style coffee, you can’t go wrong with Nespresso. The Nespresso Pixie by Breville is our favorite coffee and espresso pod machine and was also named a pick in our comprehensive guide to the best espresso machine.

For a machine that comes with a separate milk frother and pod sampler, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine is perfect for whipped-up brews.

What are the best Le Creuset products to buy?

Le Creuset is a leading kitchen brand, namely for its enameled cast iron cookware and Dutch ovens (which we love). Some products to watch out for this Amazon Prime Day include its classic mugs, kettle, frying pan, and casserole dish.

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23 last-minute gifts you can still get in time for Mother’s Day, including gift cards and subscriptions

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  • If you’re purchasing a Mother’s Day gift last minute, there’s still time to order something special.
  • We rounded up 23 options – from luxurious hair products to cookbooks – that will arrive by May 9.
  • If you’re not in a hurry, check out these 54 Mother’s Day gifts under $50.

Mother’s Day is around the corner and there are just a few days to get a gift for the moms in your life. For those living on the edge and have yet to pick up something, we have you covered with last-minute gift ideas that can be ordered, delivered, and presented, right in time for Mother’s Day. If you’re cutting it close, we also have recommendations for subscriptions and gift cards that can be purchased and gifted on the day of.

Here are 23 of the best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that will arrive by May 9

The most stunning bouquet we ordered and reviewed

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - UrbanStems The Hema Bouquet on a living room table

Gift an UrbanStems bouquet, starting at $50

Let’s start with the Mother’s Day basic — a beautiful bouquet. UrbanStems offers a range of fresh, modern bouquets and other arrangements that are a step above the average flower mix. They were the best flower delivery service we tested, and the best part: they offer next-day delivery for 48 states and same-day delivery in New York City and Washington, DC.

A clothing subscription to switch up mom’s wardrobe

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A Stitch Fix subscription box, including tops, bottoms, outerwear and a pair of shoes

Gift a Stitch Fix subscription, $20

Amp up the traditional blouse you get mom with a Stitch Fix subscription, which will deliver a customized wardrobe based on a style quiz and the plan you choose. There’s a $20 styling fee, and then you can personalize your picks after.

A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner set for salon-looking hair

Last minute Mothers' Day gifts - Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner lying next to each other on a table

Gift Kristin Ess’ The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner, $20 each

If healthy and shiny hair is important to mom, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, like Kristin Ess’ The One Signature line, won’t dry out hair, so it’s perfect to gift — especially with summer coming up. When ordering online from Target it will arrive by the weekend, or you can pick it up at a local store.

A clothing subscription to switch up mom’s wardrobe

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Everlane Gift Card in an envelope

Gift an Everlane gift card, from $25

For cozy, luxe basics, Everlane is one of our favorite retailers. Simply enter the gift card amount of your choice, print out a few options to stick in a Mother’s Day card, and you’ll be all set.

A pair of designer shades to sport this summer

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Ray Ban Clubmaster Square Sunglasses

Gift the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Square Sunglasses, $161

For a timely, practical gift for the warmer months, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray-Bans. They’re one of our favorite retailers for womens’ shades and are Amazon Prime-eligible too.

An oversized beach tote for all the necessities

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - CGear Sand Free Gray Stripe Tote

Gift the CGear Sand-Free Gray Stripe Tote, $49.99

For moms who can’t get enough purses, crossbody bags, and clutches, gift her another carrier — a spacious beach bag. The CGear Sand-Free tote has a gray- and turquoise-striped design and is Amazon Prime-eligible. You can even fill it with a reusable water bottle, high-end sunscreen, and wireless headphones for the beach.

A smart tea kettle for making tea or preparing baby formula

Last minute Mother's day gifts - Smarter Electric iKettle standing upright on a kitchen countertop

Gift the Smarter Electric iKettle, $99

For frequent tea drinkers, the Amazon Prime-eligible Smarter Electric iKettle boasts Wi-Fi and voice activation with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant — you can control the temperature from the Smarter app on your phone. The iKettle is wonderful for new moms for hassle-free nighttime feeding.

A Walmart+ subscription for the savvy shopper

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A Walmart tote bag with what you can get with a Walmart+ Subscription inside, including groceries, Play-Doh, and a Nintendo Switch

Gift a Walmart+ subscription, $12.95 per month

Walmart is known to sell almost everything under the sun, and gifting mom a Walmart+ subscription adds the convenience of items shipped directly to your door. We tried it out and, whether shopping for groceries or video games, Walmart+ is a practical idea.

If mom is a big Amazon shopper and isn’t already an Amazon Prime member, here’s how to sign her up — a monthly subscription costs $12.99.

The comfiest pair of sneakers you’ll find

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A woman walking on pavement wearing the gray Allbirds Wool Loungers

Gift the Allbirds Women’s Wool Loungers, $95

From grocery store runs to walks in the park, moms are frequently on the go. The Allbirds Women’s Wool Loungers are some of the comfiest shoes we’ve reviewed, and the brand appeared not once, but three times in our best white sneakers for women guide. The shoes will arrive in two business days or can be expedited in one business day.

A nostalgic and sentimental coupon book

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A mother writing on one of the Knock Knock Vouchers for Mom

Gift the Knock Knock Vouchers for Mom, $12

If you have an all-I-want-is-a-card type of mom, the Knock Knock Vouchers for Mom is a fantastic, sentimental idea. It’s Amazon Prime-eligible and contains 20 “coupons” that you fulfill, ranging from breakfast in bed to a day without complaints (two things that mom will adore).

A wine subscription for the so-called sommelier

Last minute Mother's Day gifts  - A Winc subscription box and four bottles of wine on a doormat

Gift a Winc subscription, $39 per month

If mom is a wine fanatic, Winc is a fitting gift. The most affordable subscription starts at $39, which includes three $13 bottles of wine. You can also purchase a gift card for choosing bottles. You can read about our experience in using the Winc wine subscription service

A deluxe skincare sampler to boost hydration and self-care

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Products in the Drunk Elephant The Littles™ 4.0 lying flat on a pink background

Gift the Drunk Elephant The Littles 4.0 Set, $90

Skincare can be an expensive gift for Mother’s Day. Drunk Elephant, one of our favorite brands, offers the 4.0 Kit, a sampler of not one but eight great skincare products that include the Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer, the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, and the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. And, these cruelty-free products are packed in a reusable case.

When ordering at Sephora, you can opt for one-day expedited shipping, or order and pick up at a local store.

A cookbook with 100 cookie recipes for the baker

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - The "100 Cookies" cookbook on a pink table surrounded by baking tools

Gift the “100 Cookies” cookbook, $23.55

If the kitchen is your mom’s most-visited spot, gifting a cookbook is thoughtful and will offer inspiration for whipping up more sweet treats. The Amazon Prime-eligible “100 Cookies” cookbook highlights — you guessed it — 100 cookies, brownies, bars, and other yummy recipes to bake over the weekend. 

If you want to splurge, you can pair it with one of our favorite KitchenAid stand mixers.

An Audible subscription for the reader

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A woman listening to an Audible audiobook while at the gym

Gift an Audible subscription, starting at $7.95 a month

For a really last-minute gift idea, Audible is an instantaneous subscription after ordering. The platform serves as a digital audio library of popular books — play them as you would your favorite podcasts. You can pair the subscription with some bestselling audiobooks.

A beauty and grooming subscription box to switch things up

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A Birchbox subscription box with assorted makeup and skincare items to its right

Gift a Birchbox subscription, $15 per month

Birchbox packages makeup, hair, and skincare products, which is perfect for providing mom with new products to try. It’s a perfect IOU to include in a card, so you’ll have something ordered in time for May 9.

A gel manicure kit if you can’t get to a nail salon

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit

Gift the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit, $79.99

Give mom a salon-like manicure without the need for an in-person appointment. Red Carpet is the best at-home gel nail kit we tested, and it will arrive from Ulta in two to three business days with premium shipping, or available for in-store pickup after ordering.

The Dyson Airwrap mom will never purchase for herself

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A woman curling her hair with the Dyson Airwrap Styler Volume and Shape

Gift the Dyson Airwrap styler, $778.99

If you’re chipping in with your siblings or simply want to splurge on mom this year, the Dyson Airwrap styler is your best bet. We tested it alongside a celebrity hairstylist and found it to be a quality, versatile tool that produces gorgeous salon looks with its air-and-no-heat technology.

A sleek essential oil diffuser for a fresh-scented room

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - The URPower Essential Oil Diffuser in use on a carpeted bedroom floor

Gift the URPower Essential Oil Diffuser, $19.99

While we love our candles, a diffuser is a no-flame option that will make a room smell like eucalyptus, peppermint, or fresh linen — the latter perfect is for bathrooms. URPower is our favorite essential oil diffuser on a budget and when paired with an essential oil kit, it’s an all-in-one thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day — Amazon Prime-eligible.

An exercise bike and work desk duo that’s super practical

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A woman on a call while on the Bike Desk 3.0

Gift the FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0, $299.99

Does mom want to stay active while working from home? The FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0 is a laptop desk and exercise bike hybrid that will get her feet moving while in meetings. Even better: it’s Amazon Prime-eligible and something that will boost productivity.

For an add-on, pair the bike desk with a pair of our favorite spin shoes we tested.

A Nespresso machine for cafe-style brews at home

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle

Gift the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle, $160

If your gift recipient is always running to Dunkin’ or Starbucks, the Nespresso VertuoPlus will be much appreciated. It’s Amazon Prime-eligible, and it comes with a milk frother and a coffee pod sampler to get started. 

A waffle robe for getting ready after the shower

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A woman wearing the Bohang Summer Waffle Bathrobe in Light Purple

Gift the Bohang Summer Waffle Bathrobe, $25.99

Fluffy robes are great for winter, but a waffle robe is perfect year-round — especially to throw on after a relaxing bath or shower. It’s Amazon Prime-eligible, comes in three colors, and feels like one you’d find at a hotel.

A meal delivery service to take some stress off cooking

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - The ingredients that come in a HelloFresh meal kit box alongside the final meal

Gift a HelloFresh meal kit subscription, from $33.97

Meal delivery is all the rage these days — you get pre-selected meal options shipped to your door, with pre-portioned ingredients included. We tested HelloFresh and deemed it as one of our favorite meal delivery kit services.

For shipping, HelloFresh offers expedited delivery, depending on the plan selected.

A gold bangle that is dainty and will match any outfit

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Kate Spade New York Idiom Bangle

Gift the Kate Spade New York Idiom Bangle, $26.60 

Designer for less than $30? The Kate Spade New York Idiom Bangle is a classic, gold-plated bracelet proven to match any outfit. It’s also Amazon Prime-eligible and makes for a simple and dainty jewelry piece.

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10 black finish accessories to complete a kitchen remodel

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Interior design trends are always changing, and it’s normal to want to spruce up your own space after living in it for a while. Black kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. From cabinetry to appliances and paints, people are gravitating towards the sophistication of a darker cooking space.

If you’re interested in darkening up your kitchen, there are lots of great products to do so on Amazon. Whether you’re moving to a new home and looking to design a kitchen from scratch or you’re just in the mood for a sleek spring refresh, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up 10 pieces to add a modern touch to your kitchen, from faucets to pot racks, all with rich black finishes.

A touchless faucet

Moen black faucet

Moen Motionsense Kitchen Faucet, $416

This sleek touchless faucet uses MotionSense technology, making it easy to get the water running when your hands are full or dirty.

Check out our guide to the best kitchen faucets.

A pot rack

KES Pot Rack

Tehome Rounded Rectangular Mirror, $120

This matte black pot rack has a shelf and 12 hooks for hanging. Not only does it provide great storage, but it makes for an eye-catching piece of utilitarian decor.

Check out our guide to the best cookware sets.

A sink stopper

InSinkErator

InSinkErator Sink Stopper, $8

A sink stopper is important to make sure your pipes don’t get clogged with grease and food. This one comes in over 10 finishes if you want something different.

A soap dispenser

Gappo soap dispenser

Gappo Sink Soap Dispenser, $18

This durable stainless steel soap pump can be installed in just a few minutes. The matte black is a sophisticated touch.

Check out our guide to the best hand soaps.

A fun light fixture

ALISADABOY Sputnik lighting

Alisadaboy Sputnik Light, $65

This sputnik light fixture has eight bulbs for lots of light and a unique style that goes with all sorts of home decor.

Check out our guide to the best light bulbs.

A garbage can

MDesign Trash Can

MDesign Slim Profile Trash Can, $25

This simple trash can has over 6,000 5-star ratings and comes in a variety of colors. It’s an affordable, modern upgrade to your basic plastic option.

Check out our guide to the best trash cans.

Kitchen cabinet knobs

Ilyapa Cabinet Knobs

Ilyapa Cabinet Knobs, 25-pack, $29

These knobs have a timeless, classic shape and come in multiple different shapes and finishes.

Check out these 10 easy DIY projects to upgrade your space.

Cabinet handles

Ravinte Cabinet Handles

Ravinte Cabinet Pulls, 30-pack, $27

If you prefer something more modern than traditional cabinet knobs, these handles feel a lot more sleek. The matte black is particularly sophisticated.

A single-handle faucet

SOKA Faucet

Soka Single Handle Kitchen Faucet, $89

A great faucet is a fixture in any kitchen. This one has a pull-down sprayer with has 3-functions — spray, stream, and pause — so you can avoid splashing and get the right stream for whatever you need to do.

Check out our guide to the best dish soap.

Floating shelves

Bayka Shelves

Bayka Wood Floating Shelves, 3-pack, $26

Show off photos, mugs, or small appliances on these cute floating shelves. Each shelf is strong enough to hold 40 pounds.

Check out our guide to the best storage shelves.

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11 bronze finish accessories to complete a kitchen remodel

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  • Remodeling or renovating your kitchen?
  • If you’re looking for accents with a bronze finish, we’ve got you covered.
  • We rounded up 11 pieces, from appliances that need installation to small kitchen accessories, all across different price points and with a bronze finish.
  • If you prefer stainless steel, check out these 10 stainless steel accessories to complete a kitchen remodel.

Replacing outdated appliances and hardware with new options in fresh finishes is an easy way to renovate your kitchen without doing a complete overhaul. Whether you’re looking for a few finishing touches to spruce up your space or are in the process of a whole remodel, we’ve got you covered.

From hardware to appliances, we’ve been rounding up products to help make your decorating process a little easier. If you’re looking for pieces with a bronze finish, this article is for you. Below you’ll find 11 quality kitchen picks we love, from faucets to cabinet knobs, all with a rich bronze finish.

A touchless faucet

Moen brass faucet

Moen Motionsense Kitchen Faucet, $416

This chic oil-rubbed bronze faucet is not only modern in aesthetic, it’s totally touchless. MotionSense technology makes it easy to get the water running when your hands are full or dirty.

Check out our guide to the best kitchen faucets.

Kitchen cabinet knobs

Goo ki Cabinet Knobs

Goo-ki Cabinet Knobs, 12-pack, $36

Replacing your current cabinet knobs is an easy and affordable way to upgrade your space. This 12-pack costs just $36 and customers say they’re impressed with the quality for the price!

A single-handle faucet

Delta Faucet

Delta Single Handle Faucet, $257

A great faucet is a fixture in any kitchen. If you want a simple, handled option, this one has great reviews and a detachable spray head that’s perfect for washing dishes and produce.

A hanging lamp

MELUCEE lamp

Melucee Glass Pendant Lamp, $50

Light fixtures can add a lot of personality to your space. This industrial-style hanging pendant lamp goes well with a variety of decor aesthetics and the height can be adjusted to make sure it fits the look you’re going for.

Check out our guide to the best floor lamps.

A sink stopper

InSinkerator

InSinkErator Sink Stopper, $23

Without a sink stopper, you’re risking clogging your pipes with grease and food. Save yourself the trouble and get a good sink stopper. This one comes in over 10 finishes if you don’t love the bronze.

Check out our guide to the best kitchen sinks.

A soap pump

Samodra soap pump

Samodra Kitchen Sink Soap Pump, $24

A soap pump that’s installed into the countertop makes for easy hand-washing and dish-washing. It’s easy to refill and won’t drip underneath the sink.

Check out our guide to the best hand soaps.

Cabinet handles

Koofizo Cabinet handles

Koofizo Curved Bar Cabinet Pull, $27

If you prefer handles for your cabinets instead of knobs, these are a nice option in a rich, oil-rubbed bronze finish.

Check out our guide to 10 easy DIY projects to upgrade your space.

A chandelier

Eluze light fixture

Eluze Vintage Farmhouse Chandelier, $199

A chandelier might have you envisioning a whole lot of glitz and shine, but this farmhouse style light fixture adds a cozy, casual vibe to your space.

A mounted ceiling light

HWH Lighting

HWH Industrial Mount Ceiling Light, $44

We love this simple, farmhouse style fixture that’s easy to install to any ceiling.

A paper towel holder

Spectrum Paper Towel Holder

Spectrum Euro Holder, $10

For just $10, you’ll get a lot of use out of this compact and practical purchase. It comes in 6 other finishes if bronze doesn’t match your space.

A pot rack

Elegant Designs pot rack

Elegant Designs Kitchen Pot Rack, $127

A pot rack is a smart way to maximize your space and get more storage. Plus, it functions as a fun piece of practical decor.

Check out our guide to the best cookware sets.

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