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Best Cyber Monday Deals on Kitchen Gadgets and Organization Essentials

Consumer Reports 11/28/2022 Anna Kocharian, Samantha B. Gordon

Stock up and save on essential kitchen tools before the holidays

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By Anna Kocharian, Samantha B. Gordon

Whether you’re looking to bring a little more order to a pantry or cut down on single-use plastic in the kitchen, there are plenty of tools and accessories that can get the job done. And with the onset of Cyber Monday sales, we’re seeing more and more offers on items that also happen to make great gifts.

We’ve tested everything from pantry organizers to mandolines and citrus squeezers to help you find the best options. And we track the prices of all of them so we can alert you when the best ones go on sale.

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• Kitchen Tools• Cocktail Shakers

• Citrus Squeezers

• Label Makers

• Vacuum Sealers

• Storage and Organization

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Kitchen Tools

Dash Safe Slice Mandoline

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If “safety first” is your motto, this stand-up mandoline from Dash can’t be beat. Its safety features are great for people who fear traditional mandolines or have mobility issues. Unlike other mandolines where the blade is stationary and exposed, this mandoline has an internal guillotine that slices your food, not your fingers.

Why it’s a good deal: This model, in gray and yellow, is $5 less than the lowest price we’ve seen in months. Other colors are on sale for a bit more, but still a good savings.

Chef's Choice Model 4643 AngleSelect Professional Manual Knife Sharpener

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The Chef’s Choice 4643 knife sharpener looks like the analog version of the brand’s electric sharpener, but it works a bit differently. It has two basic sharpening settings, one for sharpening knives to 15 degrees and another for sharpening knives to 20. A third stage polishes the edge of any knife, regardless of which sharpening angle you choose. Like the brand’s electric sharpener, the 4643 feels well designed, with grooves that hold your knife at the perfect angle as you slowly draw it through. 

Why it’s a good deal: This sale price is actually $2 more than best we’ve seen all year, including on Black Friday.

Greater Goods Digital Kitchen Scale

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A digital kitchen scale can be a true workhorse of a kitchen. It’s also especially important for baking, which often requires precision when measuring ingredients. Jesse Szewczyk, a food stylist and cookbook author, uses this Greater Goods digital kitchen scale almost every day. “A standard cup of flour can be wildly inconsistent depending on how you fill the measuring cup (scooping into a bag vs. spooning it in), but by weighing your flour, you remove the inconsistency factor and ensure your baked goods come out perfect every time,” she says.

Why it’s a good deal: A sub-$10 price is a great opportunity to add a scale to your kitchen.

Cocktail Shakers

Viski Heavyweight Cocktail Shaker

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This sophisticated-looking cobbler shaker from Viski is nicely weighted, with thick stainless steel craftsmanship. It holds 17 ounces and has a strong seal that could handle both a regular and a dry shake without leakage. At a little over 1 pound, it’s heavier than the other shakers, but the grip is nice and feels very ergonomic. 

Why it’s a good deal: This shaker was recently closer to $25, but this is still a decent discount.

True Wooden Finish All-in-One Shaker

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The True Wooden Finish all-in-one shaker, also known as a cobbler shaker, that could be good for beginners. It’s stainless steel, with a faux wood finish that gives it a unique aesthetic and requires it to be hand-washed only. The testers reported that this shaker felt flimsier than other models they tried, but the price and look for this model may make it worthwhile.

Why it’s a good deal: Amazon’s on-page coupon puts the sale price just above $20, making it a nice price for a stocking stuffer.

Crate & Barrel Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

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Made of stainless steel, this tin-on-tin shaker from Crate & Barrel fits about two drinks and has a maximum fill line that helps prevent overfilling. The seal is supertight, resulting in leak-free shakeage. It’s also dishwasher-safe, which makes it cinch to clean.

Why it’s a good deal: It’s already a great value at full price, so the 20 percent discount makes it even more appealing.

Cricut Joy

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For serious crafters, the Cricut Joy label maker is a must. Highly regarded as a go-to splurge item in the crafting and scrapbooking world, the Cricut Joy is large and almost 4 pounds. It can print on vinyl and can be used for extensive crafting and labeling beyond the basic label printers, which means you can also use it for lunchboxes, T-shirts, hats, and so much more. The device’s labels are meant to be extra durable. They’re full vinyl adhesives, which are likely to last a bit longer than labels from other label makers.

Why it’s a good deal: Cricut devices don’t go on sale often, but we have seen this model sell for as little as $99. So you may want to wait to see if the price drops again.

Citrus Squeezers

Zulay 2-in-1 Lemon Lime Squeezer

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The Zulay 2-in-1 citrus squeezer is meant to serve as a versatile device that can work with lemons and limes. In our at-home evaluations of the best citrus squeezers, we found that this model was somewhat easy to use, though it still required a bit of effort and wasn’t as mess-free as other devices. That said, the double flaps make this one conducive to squeezing citrus of varying sizes. 

Why it’s a good deal: Amazon has the best price we’ve seen for this squeezer by a few bucks.

Zulay Stainless Steel Citrus Squeezer

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In evaluating the best manual citrus squeezers, this stainless steel Zulay Kitchen lemon squeezer proved to be easier to use with more ripe lemons, and little pulp made it into the cup. Its sleek composition makes it ideal for storing in compact drawers, and it’s dishwasher-safe. 

Why it’s a good deal: This matches the lowest price we’ve seen for this squeezer, which had been on sale for about $20 recently.

Label Makers

Phomemo M110 BT Label Maker

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The Phomemo M110 is the bigger, bulkier version of the Phomemo D30 above and offers a bit more flexibility with the size of the label you’re creating. It uses the same app as well, and has a wide variety of fonts, styles, and images, with quick creation and easy label cutting. Its size, compared with the smaller Phomemo, makes it a bit less portable, and its alignment isn’t as precise when it comes to cutting the label exactly on the cut line compared with other label printers. But it’s still a solid option for a durable label printer. 

Why it’s a good deal: With the on-page coupon, this is the best price we’ve seen for this label maker.

Vacuum Sealers

Hamilton Beach NutriFresh 78220

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The Hamilton Beach NutriFresh 78220 is a good choice if you like to marinate food, earning a Very Good rating on our moist sealing test. It operates quickly, which you’ll appreciate if you’re sealing multiple bags of food to freeze. It doesn’t notch a perfect ease-of-use score but comes close. The controls are sealed, making them easy to clean, and both gaskets can be removed for cleaning, though the catch basin must be cleaned in place. There’s ample storage for both the cord and the bag roll.

Why it’s a good deal: A 10 percent discount on a trusty vacuum sealer is a nice savings, and we don’t often see this model on sale. And you can save even more if you go for the grey version on Amazon, where it’s under $100.

Anova Culinary ANVS01-US00

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The Anova Culinary is the smallest of all the vacuum sealers we’ve tested, and it’s also the quietest. It seals quickly and can handle moist sealing with aplomb. The only thing holding it back? Its lackluster ease-of-use score. Only the bottom gasket can be removed for cleaning, and the catch basin must be cleaned in place. Of the seven models we tested, this is the only one that doesn’t come with a bag roll, though you can buy one separately. There’s no onboard storage for a bag roll, a trade-off made to reduce the size of the unit.

Why it’s a good deal: This matches the best price we’ve seen.

Geryon E2900-MS

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Earning top marks for dry-food sealing and speed, the Geryon E2900-MS is a relatively quiet vacuum sealer. While it lacks storage for plastic rolls, it comes with them for making custom-sized bags. The device has control buttons that are sensitive to the touch, and it features an accessory port and hose for vacuum-sealing containers with special lids. 

Why it’s a good deal: With the on-page coupon. this is the best price we’ve seen in weeks and just $2 more than the lowest it has ever been.

Black+Decker Premium BD8173

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This vacuum sealer from Black+Decker is a great option. It gets high scores in CR’s lab tests for speed and dry-food sealing, and its performance for wet-food sealing (e.g., marinated foods) is almost as strong. It does get a lower-than-average score for noise, but that’s fairly common for this sort of kitchen tool.

Why it’s a good deal: This model originally cost $130 and typically retails for closer to $100, and this discount makes it even more appealing.

Storage and Organization

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag

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In our silicone food storage bag at-home evaluation, we looked at both flat bags and stand-up bags, and the Stasher did a stand-up job of preventing leaks and resisting food stains. We loved the ease of heating up food in this bag, which can stand up equally well in a pot of boiling water and in a microwave without splattering sauce.

Why it’s a good deal: These reusable bags are a budget-friendly and sustainable way to prep healthy snacks to grab on the go.

iDesign Linus Pantry Bins

The key to a neater fridge or an organized pantry can be as simple as using a streamlined storage bin like this iDesign version. Its minimalist composition means you can easily stack them—either side by side or on top of one another—while the clear plastic build makes it a cinch to see what’s inside. It’s versatile enough to hold fruits, veggies, and even dry goods like chips or bags of flour, and corralling your pantry staples is made much easier with these containers.

Why it’s a good deal: This sale price is a couple of dollars less than usual, so it’s a great value if you want to upgrade your fridge storage.

Chef's Path Cereal Container Storage Set

When it comes to pantry staples bought in larger quantities—such as cereal, oats, and rice—stackable canisters or basic jars can help maximize shelf space. This Chef’s Path storage set comes with four 4-liter airtight containers that are primed to keep your dry goods neatly in place and easily accessible. 

Why it’s a good deal: This is $1 more than the best price we’ve seen for this set.

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