The best kind of Black Friday purchases are the ones you’ll use over and over again, so we’ve rounded up the kitchen equipment worth keeping an eye out for.
As tempting as a rock bottom price can be, unless you’re buying an item that you’re actually going to use, Black Friday deals aren’t really as good value as they might appear.
Sure those sparkly boots are 50 per cent off, but will you really wear them again once the Christmas decorations are packed away?
What the day of discounts is best for, is picking up investment pieces you’ve had your eye on for a while at a great price, and kitchen appliances and equipment are a great example of this.
They can usually be pricey enough to make us hesitate over purchasing them, but there are plenty that will enrich your cooking, baking, or coffee-making experience so regularly that they’re undoubtedly a worthwhile investment.
It’s best to do your research on these kinds of purchases before you buy, rather than just adding the cheapest one to cart. After all, they’ll be a lot less useful if they don’t have all the features you wanted.
Here are a few of the best to look out for when scouring the Black Friday deals.
I’m admittedly not a big coffee drinker myself, but I can attest first-hand to the joy my boyfriend gains daily from his espresso machine (which he did happen to buy on sale). Not only does he delight in delicious, freshly made coffee whenever he wants it, complete with steamed milk, one of his favourite things is to whip up a cup for friends when they pop over.
What particular kind of machine you buy will depend on what fits into your lifestyle, but there’s usually good deals to be found on all types on Black Friday.
If you’re into baking, a stand mixer will make your life infinitely easier, taking the hard work out of mixing batters and kneading doughs. Many also have the option to add extra attachments to do all sorts of jobs like blending or rolling out pasta dough.
They’re not cheap, however, which makes Black Friday a great time to take the plunge on one.
Many people swear by the virtues of their slow cooker, allowing you to throw ingredients together in the morning and come home to a delicious meal. Do check what features come with yours before you buy, and check the capacity is suitable for what you’re looking for.
The kitchen gadget of the moment, air fryers are handy for cooking certain things quickly, and work well for anything that has a crispy texture.
They can take up a lot of space on a countertop or in a cupboard, so it is worth researching exactly what you would use it for to work out whether it’s a purchase that would suit you or not. No one likes an unused appliance taking up unnecessary space.
Cast iron cookware
One of the classic kitchen investment pieces, cast iron cookware brands like Le Creuset or Staub can last a lifetime, but they are more expensive upfront than other options, so it’s a good idea to wait until they’re discounted before adding to cart.
There are a lot of options out there, so again, make sure you’re buying exactly what you want. Even an item like the classic casserole dish comes in a surprising number of sizes, colours, and even different shapes.
Another low-tech kitchen item that we’d be lost without, you cannot believe the difference that good knives will make to your life until you have them.
Whether you want to invest in just one good chef’s knife or go for a whole set to cover anything you might want to chop, they are one kitchen item that I promise will never sit on your countertop unused.
Blenders and food processors
If you cook a lot, a good blender and/or food processor will often come in handy, for everything from quickly chopping nuts to smoothing out soups.
The more functions and power they have, the more they will cost, so do remember that you might not need the most expensive one. For example, when blending liquids I almost always turn to my hand blender rather than have to deal with washing out a large appliance.
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