Should You Buy Kitchen Appliances and Home Goods on Prime Day?
Prime Day brings major discounts on some of our favorite home and kitchen brands. But are Amazon's big Prime Day deals worth all the hype? And what are the best kitchen and home goods to buy on Prime Day?
David WatskySenior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's logged more than a decade writing about all things edible, including meal kits and meal delivery subscriptions, cooking, kitchen gear and commerce. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the eats business from slicing and dicing as a sous-chef in Rhode Island to leading complex marketing campaigns for major food brands in Manhattan. These days, he's likely somewhere trying the latest this or tasting the latest that - and reporting back, of course. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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If you're wondering whether or not to hunt for kitchen and home deals on Prime Day, it depends. Some coveted small appliances may see near-all-time low prices, while other Prime Day deals just look good, but aren't actually worth buying since they'll likely drop lower at another time.
The good news? CNET has metrics and price trackers to determine how good any single home or kitchen deal is and we'll be highlighting the best deals in real time. To prepare for Prime Day, this guide will help you to become a smarter shopper during the sprawling two-day sale that starts July 11.
How to find the best kitchen and home deals on Prime Day
If you're looking to score an excellent upgrade on home essentials, you might be wondering how to spot the best Amazon Prime Day deals for blenders, vacuums, coffee makers, air fryers, cookware and other home and kitchen classics. Prime Day deals vary from year to year but there are always small kitchen appliance deals that reach all-time lows (or very close to all-time lows) and are worth a gander for aspiring home chefs. Here at CNET, we'll be keeping track of the very best deals and logging them all in our live deals blog and in roundups and lists of the best Prime Day deals for 2023.
If something reaches an all-time low or hits its lowest price in the past year or so, we'll be sure to include that information so you can separate the actual good deals from those that are just hype.
This all depends on what you need for your own home and kitchen, of course, but I always look for those high-end kitchen and home brands on Prime Day to score the best discounts. Pricey Vitamix blenders, for instance, often go on sale on Prime Day -- both refurbished and new models. There are typically limited supplies so I'd suggest bagging one as soon as you see it if you're hoping to score one. Other blenders CNET loves, including the top-rated models from Ninja, Cuisinart and Breville, will also likely see price drops during the sale.
The KitchenAid stand mixer is one cult-favorite kitchen appliance that was in relatively short supply last year thanks to supply-chain woes, and thus there have been very few sales or deals this year. We're hoping to see the gold-standard baking and cooking companion on sale for Prime Day 2023 and will be watching closely for KitchenAid deals.
Other kitchen gear including chef's knives and cookware can be more of a wait-and-see situation. There are dozens and dozens of cookware brands but not all are created equally or worth your money, even at a deep discount. We'll be watching to see if cookware brands we love like Le Creuset, All-Clad, Calphalon, Zwilling and Misen drop in price versus the budget brands that are already pretty cheap or not recommended.
Consider what you want beforehand and check back often
Instead of just adding things to your cart at random, consider what you really want or need and be on the lookout for those items on Prime Day. The best deals often hit in the early part of the day and can last as short as a few hours. But more flash deals are always released throughout the day so if you don't see what you're looking for right away, be sure to check back in the afternoon.
You might consider stocking up on smaller ticket items as well. Home essentials such as paper towels, dish soap and beauty products may drop in price for Prime Day, so take stock of what you need and keep an eye out for discounts.
Prime Day deals and price tracking
We use several trusted price-tracking websites to keep an eye on popular home and kitchen essentials throughout the year. We'll be sure to make it clear anytime a popular appliance brand or model either reaches or nears an all-time low price. In short: If it's not really a good price, you won't see it in one of our stories or deal roundups.
If you don't want to wait for Prime Day to upgrade one of your kitchen or home essentials, we've tested to find the best in nearly every category. We include a budget pick in almost every list we curate. Here are some of the best kitchen tools and small appliances to peruse ahead of Prime Day 2023, all reviewed and tested by CNET: