The beastly Vitamix 7500 is down to $290, its lowest price ever (by far) – CNET

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If it's power you seek in a blender, the Vitamix 7500 is where you'll find it. Just ask CNET's Ry Crist, who reviewed the high-end blender and dubbed it "a muscle car for your kitchen" and "one of the most consistently powerful blenders that we tested." He also concluded that, as tempting as that powerful motor is, "it's difficult to justify the $529 Vitamix over some of the more affordable competitors available." Well, good news: The muscle-y 7500 is down to $290 in a flash sale on Vitamix.com. That's the cheapest it's ever been for a new model, so far as we can tell.

This is a flash sale that runs until Saturday or until supplies run out and I'm willing to bet supplies will indeed run out. We've only seen this monster blender go even within $100 of this all-time-low sale price on Amazon one time (down to $380) and you're not likely to find it at this price again anytime soon. The 2.2-horsepower 7500 comes standard with 64-ounce container. It's available in black, red or white for the sale price and comes with a seven-year warranty. 

Read more in CNET's full review of the Vitamix 7500 blender here and snatch one up on sale before they're gone. 

Correction, 2:36 p.m.: This story originally cited a slightly lower sale price. The correct sale price is $290.

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Air fryer deals for Prime Day: Ninja, Cuisinart and Cosori ovens on serious discount – CNET

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET's guide to everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day has brought incredible air fryer deals, and they are coming in fast. We found air fryer discounts on everything from the basic one-function models starting at $25 to the incredibly versatile Ninja Foodi air fryer and multicooker which has dropped to a record low of $141 for Prime Day. We expect the air fryer deals to continue during Amazon's big two-day sale which ends after Tuesday and we'll continue to monitor price drops in the handy appliance in real-time. 

If you're not familiar with them, trendy air fryer ovens make crispy snacks that taste like they've been fried but the not-so-dirty secret is that there's no frying involved. Instead, air fryers lean on super-hot, fast-circulating air to replicate the effects of oil-frying but with none of the unwanted calories and fat. I love mine and use it nearly every day. For me, the only thing better than an air fryer is a cheap air fryer and that's exactly what you'll find during this giant flash sale.

When choosing an air fryer you have one big decision to make: Certain models are just made to air fry, and they're generally a bit cheaper but you will be limited in what you can do. Then there are larger hybrid countertop convection ovens with an air fry function. With this type, you can generally bake, broil, reheat, defrost and warm in addition to air frying. They preheat faster than most big ovens and cook faster, too. Both versions are great and it really comes down to what you plan to cook, the counter space you can give up, and how much you want to spend. 

The good news is you won't have to spend much, especially if you snap up one of these air fryer deals. Basic single-function air fryers start at around $25. The hybrid ovens range from $150 to $300, but with these Prime Day deals, you can score one for closer to $100. We're tracking the best early Prime Day air fryer deals (see below) and will continue to update as new sales pop up until the big sale ends on June 22, so check back often. 

Ninja

This Ninja Foodi almost makes the Instant Pot look lazy. It does about as much as you can expect a kitchen appliance to do including air fry, pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sear, roast, broil and more. It also scores extremely high marks in over 15,000 Amazon reviews and is marked down to its all-time-lowest price ever. 

Cosori

The big draw of this Cosori air fryer is that it's fitted with Wi-Fi capability and can be controlled via your phone or smart device, including both Alexa and Google. It also has 11 presets to cook all your favorite foods perfectly without any guesswork.

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This is a high-end hybrid air fryer oven with loads of functions. It's powerful at 1,800 watts and has enough capacity to cook a five-pound chicken or two 12-inch pizzas at once. This is also as cheap as the model has ever been on Amazon.

Crux

I own this oven and the Crux has been as trusty a kitchen sidekick as any during this past 15 months stuck at home. It has slowly but surely replaced my large oven in daily use. 

I use it to broil fish, make chicken wings, french fries (air fried, of course), frozen dumplings and dim sum, reheat leftover pizza and more mundane duties such as toasting bread and bagels. It preheats incredibly fast and the air-frying function cooks stuff faster and crispier than you'd believe. Seriously, don't walk away once it's on or you'll come back to a cajun crust.

Cuisinart

If you prefer to stick with a more well-known brand name, Cuisinart dropped the price on its version of the hybrid air fryer oven. It's down to $125 right now.

Best Buy

This is about as cheap as you'll find any air fryer and if you're not entirely sold on the idea but are a little air-fry curious, this is a low-risk way to dip your toe into the waters. Prefer a digital interface? See the next deal.

Bella

The top-rated Bella 2-quart digital air fryer is also down to $20. That's $30 off the normal price and a solid deal on a digital air fryer with computerized cooking presets and programs. The Bella air fryer might also make a great gift for a college grad or student headed out into the world. 

Emerald

This is a lot of air fryer for not a lot of money. The Emerald has 5.2 liters of cooking capacity to keep the whole gang fed with oil-free french fries, chicken fingers and other crispy snacks. It's also got a digital interface and presets for easy one-button cooking.

Chefman

If you've got the space on your counter, I say level up to this more complete convection oven that has an air fry function. If you're like me, you'll use it almost every day.

This hybrid convection oven has variable temperature controls and cooking functions including air fry, bake, broil, convection bake, toast and gets as hot as 450° F. An extra large 20-liter interior can fit up to four slices of toast or a 10-inch pizza.

Insignia

Let's say you're a serial game-day host during football season, you may want to spring for a large-format air fryer. This 10-quart digital oven could churn out enough wings and fries to feed an entire front line. The glass window display lets you keep one eye on the goods and another on the TV. 

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Save $80 on a Hover-1 electric scooter and zip your way through summer – CNET

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On the list of fun ways to get from point A to point B, electric scooters are up near the top. If you've grown tired of slow and boring walking, you can snatch up the Hover-1 Journey foldable electric scooter for just $270, down $80 for today only at Best Buy. According to our trusty Amazon price tracker, this model has only dropped lower one time ($250) during a flash sale and it usually, erm, hovers around $300 or more so we're talking about a solid deal at $270. 

The best part is this electric scooter folds up into itself so it can be stuffed in the trunk or back of the car and taken on all your summer adventures or stored easily in the garage. The Journey goes 16 miles on a single charge and hits a max speed of 14 mph. It's available in five fun colors and ships for free. 

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Best Memorial Day deals on kitchen essentials: NutriBullet, Zwilling, ButcherBox and more – CNET

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Are you a foodie looking for Memorial Day weekend sales? We've got the lowdown on the best kitchen, cookware and home goods deals to step up your cooking game or get a head start on your Father's Day shopping.

You'll find sitewide discounts from some of our favorite cookware brands, including Great Jones and Misen, and sales on food-related gadgets and select appliances like NutriBullet, AeroGarden and Hydro Flask, which have sales through Monday. Now's the time to strike, or hold your kitchen appliance discount buying peace until the summer sale likely to hit around July 4.

If a major appliance or other kitchen essentials aren't on your Memorial Day deal list, maybe a grill is. After all, grilling season is officially here. As such, retailer options including Macy's and Walmart have grilling gear and grills on sale. Meanwhile Best Buy, our trusty source for small kitchen appliances, has toasters, coffee makers and air fryers marked down big. For fancier stuff, try Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table and score some fancy French cookware and bakeware at lower-than-normal pricing. And if you're in desperate need of an Instant Pot, we've got a running list of the best deals on multicookers from around the web.

Finally, if it's food and booze you're after, some of the most popular wine clubs are offering amazing Memorial Day weekend deals, while ButcherBox, a top-rated online meat delivery service, is giving away 7 pounds (!) of free meat with your first order. Not to be outdone, the best meal kit and meal delivery services have dropped prices for Memorial Day weekend -- some as low as $2 per serving.

Read more: The best meal kit and meal delivery deals right now

Check out the best kitchen and cookware sales for Memorial Day weekend 2021. And check back often since we'll be adding to and updating this story as we roll into the unofficial start to summer.

Staub

If it's fine French cookware or sharp-as-heck knives you're after, look no further than Zwilling's big Memorial Day sale. The parent company encompasses legacy kitchen brands like Staub and J.A. Henckels and a whole mess of good stuff is down to enticing prices. The legendary cocotte (aka Dutch oven), for instance, is down to $130 for the 4-quart or $160 for the large 7-quart. Or snag your new favorite knife, a forged 7-inch Santoku blade for $50 -- down from $125 due to packaging damage.

AeroGarden

If you've been eyeing an indoor garden -- perfect for city dwellers or chefs who want fresh herbs year-round -- one of the most popular smart garden brands is giving 20% off the entire site through the weekend with special code SUMMER20. Snag the smaller AeroGarden Sprout for $70, or the midsize AeroGarden Harvest for $120 or go big with the 24-plant AeroGarden Farm down to $520 for Memorial Day weekend.

ButcherBox

ButcherBox is one of our favorite online butchers, a service that will send premium cuts to your door. For Memorial Day weekend, new members score a free barbecue bundle in their first order: two New York strip steaks, six burgers and 5 pounds of chicken drumsticks. That's 7 pounds of high-quality meat for free, people. 

And yes, this is a subscription service, but you can pause or cancel anytime.

OXO

You know those kitchen tools that when you see one you think, "Ooh, I could really use one of those." Well, Oxo makes them all: can openers, vegetable peelers, strainers, storage containers, tongs, scales and more. Right now, select grilling tools and essentials are 20% off. I'd say that's some pretty good timing.

The Container Store

Don't just clean out your closet for spring, organize it. You can find help via 25% all closet organizing essentials at the Container Store.

Hydro Flask

Attention beach bums and campers: Hydro Flask is best known for its water thermos (also known as Hydro Flasks), but the brand has some excellent and durable food storage cooler totes that are all camping-friendly along with cutlery, tableware, serving utensils and more. But not all of it is on sale: Hydro Flask is offering 25% off most items for Memorial Day weekend, plus free shipping when you use the code WELOVESUMMER.

Health-Ade

It's no secret Health-Ade makes great probiotic kombucha, but what you might not know about is the brand's incredible new line of cocktail mixers. Just a splash of the whiskey sour mix in with a highball of bourbon and soda water is a real game-changer -- trust me. Save 25% off the mixers or anything else sitewide with code GUT25, through Memorial Day.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Those oversize coupons that never expire may be a thing of the past, but you can still save a ton during Bed Bath & Beyond's Memorial Day weekend sale. Take 40% off bedding and 25% off pool floats, outdoor entertaining gear, accent tables and other housewares.

NutriBullet

We love these powerful little personal blenders, and the Pro is one of the best models NutriBullet has to offer. Use special code USAPRO from May 28 through June 1 and save 15% off the NutriBullet Pro -- normally priced at $100.

Read moreThe best Instant Pot deals available now

Great Jones

Great Jones makes some fun retro-looking kitchen gear, including cookware sets, bakeware and a big honkin' oval Dutch oven -- the Dutchess. Save 20% on any $100 purchase now through the weekend.

GlobeIn

This subscription service sends a little package of artisan craft goods every month, things like throw blankets, coffee mugs and coffee herbal teas -- it's a ton of fun and very giftable. For Memorial Day weekend, you can save 70% on your first box when you subscribe using code MEMORIAL70 (get on the waitlist here). Or get 30% off anything from the shop collection.

Misen

Misen is a sleek and sturdy direct-to-consumer cookware brand with quality pots and pans, chef's knives and other handy kitchen tools. Right now, you can get 20% off sitewide through Memorial Day.

First Leaf

Popular wine subscription service Firstleaf is currently letting you bag six bottles of wine -- all red, all white or a mix -- for just $30. I've personally tried this wine delivery service and can attest you'll get some pretty solid deals on award-winning bottles even without a promotional deal.

Winc Wine Club

Winc is one of the most user-friendly wine clubs and the service could be a really great way to help novice wine drinkers find their stride. And it has a healthy selection of wine overall, so more experienced oenophiles can find new and interesting bottles as well. For Memorial Day, Winc is offering four bottles for $25, plus free shipping. Six bucks for a bottle of wine is cheap no matter how you uncork it, but this offer ends on May 31 and is for new customers only.

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These self-cleaning water bottles make great gifts. Save 15% when you spend $150 or more.

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I've tried S'well's reusable water bottles and found them surprisingly good at keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Take 25% off the entire site with code MAY21.

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Father’s Day win: Save 57% on a serious OtterBox backpack cooler – CNET

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This story is part of Father's Day Gift Guide 2021, featuring our top picks for dads who love tech.

Drinks and ice are heavy to lug, but they feel a lot less so when you put your back and shoulders in charge instead of one arm. I was turned on to the soft backpack cooler concept a few years back, and I've been completely hooked ever since. Right now, Woot (an Amazon site) has the OtterBox Trooper 30-quart soft backpack cooler down more than 55% to just $130. The deal is perfectly timed for the spring and summer outdoor seasons, not to mention Father's Day. If Dad (or you!) are a bona fide beach bum, camper, hiker or park barbecue organizer type, this will make for a very useful companion and a perfect gift to boot. 

The Trooper has 30 quarts of capacity with a wide-opening top for easy access and thermal insulation to keep ice frozen for three days. It's also leak-proof, water-resistant and converts to an over-the-shoulder carry if you need to give your back a break. There's even a bottle opener attachment and pockets to store dry stuff. It's available in three colors at the sale price too -- hunter green, brown camo and an off-white with blue accent. 

I checked and this is the lowest the Trooper has dropped on Amazon -- by far -- and shipping is just $6 (or free if you're a Prime member). Supplies may be limited as one color has already sold, so you should probably jump at this cooler deal while it's still on.

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The best online wine deals for National Wine Day – CNET

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There are a whole lot of national food holidays these days, but there are only a few of them we take seriously -- and that's largely due to the deals that come along with them. Today is National Wine Day, for instance, and we've uncovered some seriously good deals for buying bundles of wine online or subscribing to one of the many popular wine clubs. If you've been considering buying your bottles on the web or just need to stock up on some wine for Memorial Day weekend, now is definitely a good time to do it -- there are new customer deals and wine club sign-up offers as cheap as $5 a bottle. And don't worry, we didn't see any long-term commitments or scary contracts to worry about, although in some cases you may need to cancel or the service will just keep sending wine. 

Many of these online wine deals will be gone by week's end so take a gander at the best National Wine Day deals and other bottle sales we found in advance of Memorial Day Weekend and don't get caught with an empty glass this summer. 

Read more: The best wine club for 2021

First Leaf

This wine deal from popular wine subscription service First Leaf is technically for Memorial Day, but it's live right now. You can bag six bottles of wine -- all red, all white or a mix -- for just $30. I've personally tested this wine delivery service and can attest you'll get some pretty solid deals on award-winning bottles even without a promotional deal. 

Be warned, this offer will trigger a subscription if you don't cancel, but you can easily do that before the next shipment. Or give First Leaf a try and see how you like it. They'll ship wines as infrequently as every three months if you want to start slow.

Winc is one of the most user-friendly wine clubs and a really great service to help novice wine drinkers find their stride. But it has a healthy selection of wine overall so more experienced oenophiles can find new and interesting bottles as well.

For Memorial Day (or National Wine Day, if you prefer to look at it that way), Winc is offering four bottles for $25, plus free shipping. Six bucks for a bottle of wine is cheap no matter how you uncork it, but this offer ends on May 31 and is for new customers only.

Bright Cellars

For lovers of international wine, Bright Cellars focuses on finding the best bottles from small and independent wineries around the world including Spain, Portugal and South America. If you want to try the wine subscription service, they'll send you four bottles for $38. Just take the quiz to have Bright Cellars match you up with some wines you'll love, plug in your credit card info, and some deeply discounted vino will be on its way .

Stag's Leap

If you're into big, bold cabs and chards, this iconic Napa Valley winery is where it's at. Right now Stags' Leap is offering as much as 50% off some of the winery's best-sellers and award-winners such as the cabernet sauvignon, petit sirah and more.

Provenance Vineyards

Likewise, Provenance Vineyards is having a sale this week. The selection is smaller than what Stags' Leap offers, but there are still some solid deals on big California wines, including the 2017 Barrel Select Rutherford Cab.

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The 6 cheapest meal delivery services – CNET

If you're the one in charge of meals in your home, it can certainly be dispiriting at times. I mean, is everyone seriously hungry three times a day? Because that seems like a lot. Meal kits can definitely help pump a little air back in your tires and there are cheap meal delivery services to fit most any budget. If you want to incorporate meal kits into your weekly routine for utility and to blunt the nonstop barrage of food shopping, meal planning and cooking, one of these cheaper meal kit companies is probably a good place to start because, just like anything else, they can add up.

For an experienced home cook looking for meal kits to help bulk up the monthly recipe rotation or improve on cooking skills, you might want to opt for one of the more sophisticated operations like Sun Basket or Martha & Marley Spoon. In general, all meal kits -- both budget-friendly and the pricier outfits -- add a some fun to making dinner mostly by eliminating the not-so-fun parts -- shopping, prepping and, for some, deciding what to make. Meal kit services are ultra convenient too, especially during these days when having the essentials delivered just makes life a little simpler. 

If the goal is getting preportioned ingredients for a tasty and satisfying home-cooked meal at a fair price, you have options in 2021. There are cheap meal kits with easy recipes starting at as little as $5 a serving -- even less if you snag a sign-up offer. Dinnerly and EveryPlate, both of which clock in at $5 a serving, are the most budget-friendly meal delivery. But there are also midrange options such as HelloFresh and Home Chef. The latter two may cost a few bucks more per serving but they allow for more customization and have more recipes to choose from each week. 

Fitting a meal kit into your cooking routine will take nearly all of the guesswork and legwork out of dinner. If you're in charge of making meals most nights, that could be a major boon, giving you precious time back for other things. Plus, many of them are really tasty with loads of healthy lunch and dinner options. Some meal kits even cater to specific diets such as keto, paleo, low calorie, gluten-free and more. 

No matter your budget, there are affordable delivery services to make cooking for you or the family as easy as ever. We even tried all the meal kits and prepared meal services on this all to help you decide which one is best for your budget, tastes and schedule. 

Check out the six cheapest meal delivery services available in 2021.

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EveryPlate

EveryPlate is the cheapest meal kit service, with recipes starting at $5 a serving -- sometimes less if you snag a sign-up offer. I tested EveryPlate recently and was pleasantly surprised. You won't find a lot of foofy, upscale cuisine or complicated recipes, but you will get a lot of satisfying, rib-sticking meals such as hoisin meatloaf with mashed potatoes, cheeseburgers, umami pork chops and sweet potato quesadillas. 

EveryPlate meal kits are easy to prepare and I loved everything I made, making it my pick for the best budget-friendly meal kit in 2021. For more, read my full review of EveryPlate,

Price: $5 a serving

Dinnerly

Clocking in at a comparable $5 a serving is Dinnerly. Much like EveryPlate, Dinnerly has a lot of comfort food options such as ravioli with spinach and parmesan sauce, carne asada tacos and chicken pad thai. 

I tested meal kits from Dinnerly and all were easy to prepare, although -- on average -- they involved more work than EveryPlate's recipes. Dinnerly allows you to add on protein packs of chicken breast, ground beef or shrimp for meal planning along with a small market of snacks and desserts, which you can tack on at an extra cost. 

Price: $5 a serving, plus $9 shipping

HelloFresh

HelloFresh is a bit more per serving than EveryPlate or Dinnerly -- $7.49 a serving if you order meals for four -- but this meal delivery service affords you more recipe options and I'd contend the recipes and ingredients are of a higher caliber too. HelloFresh has as many as 25 dinner meal kits per week, so it is nearly impossible not to find something you'll like. HelloFresh also has five or six plant-based recipes a week making it the best cheap meal kit service for vegetarians. 

When I tried HelloFresh's meal kits recently, I made the meatloaf a la mom, barramundi with corn and potato hash and pork chops with honey butter. I liked all three. Check out my full review of HelloFresh for everything you need to know about the meal delivery service.

Price: $7.49 a serving

Home Chef

At just a tick more than HelloFresh is Home Chef. I tried Home Chef a few months back and loved the flexibility and customization the meal kit subscription allows for. For instance, you can swap the protein in just about any recipe or double the portion if you're expecting company or want leftovers to eat for lunches during the week. Home Chef also has oven-ready meal kits which only need to be assembled in a tray and cooked -- no chopping or prep required.

A few Home Chef recipes I tried and liked were the moo shu pork tacos and bruschetta shrimp risotto which had a ton of garlic but was far easier to make than I expected. Read my full review of Home Chef

Price: Most meals are $9 a serving with some even cheaper such as lunch meal kits and entree salads.

Freshly

If you desire to do exactly no cooking at all but want tasty meals delivered at an affordable price, Freshly is where it's at. Freshly sends precooked meals (fresh, not frozen) to your door in a one-time order or subscription. While this meal delivery service has healthy recipe options aplenty, Freshly is one of the better options if you want the occasional cheat meal or serving of comfort food. 

Penne bolognese, peppercorn steak with mashed potatoes and chicken casserole are just some of the heartier choices you can have delivered and at the ready. But there are also healthier, low-cal Freshly meals to keep yourself honest. 

Price: Freshly is just $8 per meal when you order 12 meals per week. 

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest isn't a traditional meal kit company but rather sends healthy, plant-based smoothies, soups, grain bowls to your door, starting at $7 a meal. While the other options on our list are geared towards dinnertime, Daily Harvest is best to have easy breakfast and lunch meals ready to heat and eat. 

When I tried Daily Harvest, I loved the interesting smoothie combos such as a chocolate blueberry smoothie with greens, banana and almond butter. The heartier meals are great too like the cauliflower rice and pesto harvest bowl with cashews and spinach. You won't need more than a saucepan, toaster or blender to prepare most of the meals and most can be made in as little as 5 minutes. Read my full Daily Harvest review here.

Price: Meals are between $6 and $9 and there's no subscription required. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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The best deals so far from Wayfair’s ‘Way Day’ sale – CNET

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You know all about Amazon Prime Day. While the official 2021 Prime Day dates haven't yet been announced, rumors of a return to July are in full effect after the mega-sale was pushed to October last year. Before any of that, Wayfair's Way Day is hitting and bringing with it some major deals on high-end cookware, kitchen gadgets, home decor, tabletop trappings and more. 

Way Day officially begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28, and runs through the end of Thursday, April 29 and that usually means major price drops in all categories -- sometimes as much as 80%. But I won't mince words, these sales can be a bit of a mess trying to suss out the good stuff that's actually on sale versus stuff that's just pretending to be. So we're doing some of the heavy lifting for you. 

Starting tomorrow, we'll be zeroing in on the best Way Day deals in 2021 for home goods and kitchen gadgetry along with cookware bargains from brands you know and trust, and collecting it all in one place for you to peruse. Those deals may include favorites like cast-iron cookware, Dutch ovens, small kitchen appliances, kitchen knives, coffee makers, blenders, robot vacuums, pizza ovens, dinnerware, storage containers and more. 

Best of all, shipping is free on Way Day, so be sure to check back on the best deals from Wayfair's Way Day sale starting at midnight tonight. In the meantime, you can find a few presale deals at Wayfair right now.

Read more: Best Mother's Day gifts in 2021

When is Way Day and how long does it last?

This massive Wayfair sales event kicks off at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 28 and runs through the end of Thursday, April 29. That's two full days of home, kitchen and cookware deals, so check back on this post tomorrow when we'll slot in the very best deals.

What were the best Way Day deals last year?

Last year's Way Day was pushed to September due to the pandemic. When it finally hit, we saw major discounts on Staub Dutch ovens, Lodge cast-iron cookware, KitchenAid stand mixers, a Samsung bagless stick vacuum, De'Longhi espresso machines and more.

What about shipping on Way Day?

The news only gets better: Way Day deals include free shipping. That means everything, even lower-priced items that don't usually qualify on their own. Bargain hunters rejoice!

Will certain items sell out on Way Day?

As with Prime Day, some of the best Way Day kitchen deals will have limited inventory, so don't assume something that is on sale Wednesday will still be in stock and available on Thursday.

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The best vegetarian and vegan meal delivery for 2021 – CNET

With so many plant-based meal kit companies on the market, it can be a challenge to find the best vegetarian and vegan meal delivery options to suit your tastes -- but we're here to help you sort through a number of leading options. Blue Apron, which kick-started the revolution long ago, has opened the door for many prepared meal and meal kit delivery services to pitch delicious meals to customers with every dietary restriction or preference, not to mention routines and budgets. Whether you're an omnivore looking to shake up your diet with less meat with a few meals a week or an herbivore looking for a clean eating meal plan you should be able to find a vegetarian or vegan meal delivery service to fit your dietary needs here.

While Purple Carrot remains the only fully dedicated plant-based meal-kit service -- no animal products or byproducts used in any of its recipes -- most other meal-kit and meal-delivery services have integrated vegetarian options. Green Chef, for instance, offers as many as nine vegan or vegetarian meal kit recipes per week, in addition to its lineup of meals that do have meat. HelloFresh has roughly six per week and Sunbasket offers three or four plant-based meal options along with a full market of vegan-friendly grocery items and snacks you can add to your weekly shipment.

The same goes for prepared meal-delivery services, which require no cooking at all. There are a few strictly vegan meal services like Veestro and Daily Harvest to peruse, but even ones that do have meat, such as Fresh n' Lean and Factor, offer vegan meal plans with as many as 12 plant-based options a week to keep you well fed, even when there's no time to cook.

You may be wondering, with all these players in the game, which is the very best meal-delivery service for vegans and vegetarians in 2021? The answer varies a bit depending on what you're looking for and each meal kit or delivery operation takes a slightly different approach. For example, some vegetarian meal-kit companies use plant-based foods like Impossible Burger that imitate meat, while others emphasize whole foods in lunch and dinner recipes. There are also vegetarian meal kits that specialize in organic ingredients and produce, in case that's important to you, while others aren't organic but are able to offer more budget-friendly meal plans. Some meal kits are also more complicated to execute, aimed at chefs with cooking experience looking to hone their skills, while others are quick to prepare and help you get a healthy, no-fuss dinner on the table sometimes in as little as 20 minutes.

Having personally tested as many of the plant-based meal kits and prepared meal services as I could get my oven mitts on, I've settled on this list of the absolute best meal-kit services for vegans and vegetarians in 2021. We'll continue to update this list periodically as new players enter the arena.

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Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot is the first, and to my knowledge, the only 100% percent vegan and vegetarian meal kit delivery service. This vegan option takes its plant-based recipes seriously too. Purple Carrot's underlying vegan lifestyle philosophy is not to imitate other foods using plant-based alternatives, but simply to create tasty and nourishing dinners the old-fashioned way, using fresh vegetables, grains, legumes and other whole foods. 

You won't find many of the newfangled lab-made alternative meats like Beyond Beef or Impossible Burger in Purple Carrot's recipes but you will find lots of lentils, mushrooms, ancient grains and nutritious produce. I tested a week's worth of Purple Carrot meal kits -- which you can read about here -- and really enjoyed everything I made with this vegan diet option. 

Out of all the vegan meal kits I've tried, Purple Carrot's provided me with the best knowledge of and practice for cooking vegan cuisine and its ingredient mainstays like lentils and grains. Purple Carrot also introduced me to some really interesting sauces and condiments great for a vegan diet like cashew cream and other nut-based "dairy" products.

Vegan meal kit options per week: 8

Sample menu: Lemon-braised chickpeas with rosemary and cashew cheese; green curry lentils with brown rice and vegetables; broccoli and cheddar soup with miso garlic croutons.

Pricing: Purple Carrot meals are $9 to $12 a serving, depending on how many servings per meal you order. A box of three meals per week for two people will cost about $72.

Fresh n' Lean

If it's a fully prepared meal delivery you're looking for, Fresh n' Lean is my top pick for 2021. Every meal I tried from the meal service was good, and many of them were great, including the plant-based offerings. With Fresh n' Lean you don't have to go with a full vegan diet but the nonmeat meal kits were just as good as any other, with fresh ingredients, all cooked to perfection with no mushy vegetables (a major problem I've encountered with prepared meals). 

Fresh n' Lean has as many as 12 vegan meals to choose from each week with plant based meal options like cauliflower and squash with tofu, mushroom rice with lentils and teriyaki bowls with Beyond Beef crumbles. There are even some breakfast meals to tack on to your order, including pineapple coconut chia and banana oatmeal. There is even a low-carb vegan meal plan if you're going keto and plant-based in 2021. You can read my full Fresh n' Lean review here.

Vegan meals per week: 12

Sample menu: Shawarma tofu with turmeric cauliflower rice; spinach pesto with garbanzo beans; red lentil pasta with roasted red pepper sauce.

Pricing: There are many pricing combinations depending on the meal plan and frequency. For a snapshot, Fresh n' Lean meals start at under $8 when you pick three meals a day (15 or 21 meals per week) from the Vegan Standard plan -- Low-Carb Vegan is a little bit more. For one meal per day (five to seven per week) it's more like $13 per meal. Fresh n' Lean is a subscription meal service, but you can pause, cancel or skip a week anytime.

HelloFresh

Pound for pound, HelloFresh has the most vegetarian meals that will appeal to larger groups -- in my opinion. Because HelloFresh isn't confined by vegan rules, you'll find plenty of plant-based "cheat meals" like cheesy bean enchiladas, hot honey brussels sprouts and ricotta flatbread and pasta dishes galore. 

HelloFresh also has a ton of very crave-worthy meal kits that aren't vegetarian, so if you still want the occasional steak with peppercorn sauce or Thai coconut chicken curry, this is a great choice. 

I tried out HelloFresh myself and found it to be one of the most affordable, flexible and consistent meal kit services on the market. HelloFresh's vegetarian meal kits were also some of the easiest to prepare, with many taking less than 25 minutes from start to finish. You can check out my full review of HelloFresh for more.

Vegetarian meal kit options per week: 6

Sample menu: Apricot, almond and chickpea tagine; cheesy portobello mushroom cups over spaghetti.

Pricing: HelloFresh breaks down to $9 per serving for two people or $7.50 if you're ordering for four, plus $8 for shipping per box. For a family of four to receive three nights' worth of meals would be just under $100 per week.

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest offers an enormous menu of frozen and ready-to-blend smoothies, premade soups and hearty grain bowls to keep stocked in the freezer. You can order a one-time box to try them or keep these healthy, vegan meals coming monthly with a subscription. 

Some of the bowls and soups could pass as dinner, but I like this vegetarian meal delivery service best for a quick vegan lunch or breakfast. Depending on the specific meal, you either drop it into a saucepan or skillet to heat and eat. Or add nut milk and blend it up with any of Daily Harvest's protein-packed smoothies and lattes.

This is a completely plant-based meal delivery service and is great if you want to simplify your week and keep healthy meals on hand. Daily Harvest uses lots of ancient grains, oats and trendy superfoods like chia, avocado and kabocha squash in its recipe selection, which are satisfying and well-balanced in flavor. The brand recently expanded offerings to include flatbreads (which I wasn't crazy about) as well as snacks and desserts such as low-calorie ice cream and protein bites. Read my full Daily Harvest review here.

Vegan meals per week: 25 smoothies, 17 harvest bowls, 7 flatbreads, 11 soups, 6 oat bowls and 3 chia bows.

Sample menu: Sweet potato and wild rice hash; ginger, avocado and banana smoothie; lentil and tomato bolognese.

Pricing: With so many different offerings and options you can build a box with whatever you'd like. Smoothies and chia bowls can be had for as little as $6 per serving with bigger meals like grain bowls, soups and flatbreads in the $8-$9 range.

Read more: Best prepared meal delivery for 2021

Sunbasket

Sunbasket is my hands-down pick if you're looking for vegan and vegetarian meal kits but not all vegan and vegetarian meal kits. Sunbasket has about three or four plant-based options per week, which is significantly fewer than Purple Carrot, Green Chef or HelloFresh. That said, Sunbasket's meal kits, in general, are of a higher quality than any others I tried, and that includes its vegetarian options.

Sunbasket also has a great market of add-ons like fresh fish, cheese, prepared foods, snacks, bread and breakfast foods so you can essentially tack on an entire grocery list to your meal kit delivery if you choose. it's a great feature, especially during these pandemic days. See just how much I liked Sunbasket's healthy and creative meals in my full Sunbasket review here.

Vegan meal kit options per week: 3-4

Sample menu: Spicy Sichuan mapo tofu with kale and jasmine rice; triple-mushroom quinoa with watercress, scallions and peas.

Pricing: Sunbasket meals start at $11 per serving when you order four meals per week. If you choose fewer meals or servings per meal, the price increases to $12 or $13 per serving.

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This fresh and organic vegan meal delivery and clean food cleanse program is touted by Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow and more Victoria's Secret models than can fit on one runway. I'd describe Sakara Life as high-end spa food that looks great on camera and it tastes pretty good too. Note, this is the only meal delivery program in which freezing the food is not really an option since you're getting fresh salads, grain bowls and even breakfast bread that won't handle it well

I tried Sakara Life for a week and really liked the variety of healthy, organic salads, noodle bowls, curries, breakfast noshes and snacks. You can order as many as three meals per day, five days a week -- but beware, it gets expensive. Subscribing to three meals is about $70 per day, but you can order just lunch and dinner for $54 per day (shipping is included). 

Expensive as it may be, this is definitely the freshest food of any meal delivery options on this list (meal kits excluded) and with the hefty price tag, it might be better suited for that pre- or post-vacation cleanse rather than an ongoing diet plan.

Vegan meals per week: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.

Sakara Life pricing: The Signature Program starts at $24 per day for just breakfast five days per week and goes up from there. A more practical plan might be dinner and lunch a few days a week, which would run you between $29 and $53 per day. 

Sakara Life cleanses are even pricier with the Level II cleanse (five days of meals and supplements) clocking in at $400 and the 20-day Bridal Cleanse at a gulp-inducing $1,400. All prices include shipping (you'd think so!).

Veestro

Just to be clear, Veestro is a fully prepared meal delivery service and not meal kits, so all you've got to do is heat and eat. I found the 100% vegan food to be consistently fresh and tasty, and Veestro has a huge menu of ready-to-eat plant-based meals to choose from each week. 

Veestro meals arrive frozen in shipments of 10, 20 or 30, so you can pop them into the fridge to defrost or into the freezer to keep for the days and weeks ahead. Having a few Veestro meals on hand is a good way to hold yourself to any plant-based nutrition goals you may have set in 2021 since you're far more likely to eat healthy vegan food you have on hand than go out of your way to track it down in the throes of hunger.

Veestro makes use of some alternative meat substitutes so you'll see a lot of meals that try to make you forget you're eating vegan food at all. Some meals are more successful than others, but out of the 10 or so that I tried, most were solid. You also have a whopping 44 dinners to pick from each week and eight breakfast options to build your shipment from.

Vegan options per week: 44 dinners and eight breakfasts

Sample menu: BBQ chick'n pizza; carrot osso bucco; lentil meatloaf.

Pricing: You must order a minimum of 10 meals but are not bound to a subscription. For 10 meals the cost is $11.70 per meal; 20 meals per week cost $10.80 per meal and an order of 30 meals breaks down to $9.90 per meal.

Green Chef

Green Chef has billed itself as one of the healthiest meal kit companies, with a majority of organic produce, and features nine plant-based meal kits per week, making it a solid choice if you're looking to eat less meat or go completely meatless in 2021. 

I tried out this service for a week and you can read my full Green Chef review here. While it wasn't my favorite meal kit experience overall, the results were still solid and it is certainly one of the healthiest meal kit options whether you're eating vegetarian or not. Green Chef actually offers more vegetarian meal kits per week than Purple Carrot, making it a clear contender for the best vegetarian meal kit service, especially if you want variety and eating organic is important to you. Green Chef's veggie meals are also very hearty, with lots of chickpeas, cauliflower and lentils.

Vegetarian options per week: 9

Sample menu: Creamy mushroom penne with peas, sun-dried tomatoes and cashew cheese crostini; butternut squash chili; maple cauliflower power bowls.

Pricing: Green Chef's Plant-Powered meal plan comes out to $12 per serving, plus a $7 flat-rate shipping fee for each box. It's one of the more expensive meal kits on the market but with all that organic food that's not totally surprising.

More vegetarian and vegan advice

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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Best place to buy plants online for Mother’s Day in 2021 – CNET

Indoor plants are always in season, and they make an excellent Mother's Day gift for the mom or motherly figure who'd appreciate a living ficus or bird of paradise plant much more than a bouquet with its natural shelf life. Plus, there are tons of online plant marketplaces that stock potted plants, ferns, flowers and succulents to brighten any corner, shelf, garden or window sill. 

If you're not in proximity to a good local greenhouse or plant shop, you'll need to forgo the skimpy supply at the hardware store and buy your indoor house plants online -- you'll get more options for indoor potted plants that are pet-friendly, easy to care for and in virtually any size or species you want.

When you shop for your flora on the web, you can buy common and exotic plants, from mini cacti and succulents to hanging plants, air plants and large floor plants that will anchor an entire room. Better yet, these popular online plant vendors such as Bloomscape and The Sill provide specific advice for plant care and tell you which plants are hard to kill, just in case plant parenting is not your forte. Most of these online plant retailers also carry a wide range of stunning pots and planters to display your new green in a myriad of styles, colors and materials.

Beyond indoor plants, we dug up an option for buying bigger outdoor plants like fruit trees, vines and shrubs for landscaping projects in case this is the summer you're finally turning the backyard into the natural wonderland you've always dreamed of. And if you're looking to grow fresh herbs inside without having to touch a single grain of soil, we've got you covered there too: Check out CNET's list of best indoor pod gardens in 2021.

So whatever your greenery goals are, these are the best places to buy plants online.

Read more: The best seed-delivery services and subscriptions for your garden in 2021

Bloomscape

Whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor plants for the home or garden, there may not be a better selection than Bloomscape. Find plants that'll add loads of life and texture to any space, like date palmsbird of paradise, succulent varieties or those trendy fiddle leaf figs. You can shop by categories, including "easy care" and "pet-friendly," and each comes with a clay pot and saucer so it's ready to go upon arrival. Free shipping is available on all orders over $75.

Plants.com

If you're looking for a specific plant or just want to scroll through greenery and flora for hours, head over to Plants.com. The online retailer has pages and pages of plants of every size and species including ferns, bonsai trees and bamboo, cacti and succulents, air plants, hanging plants, floor plants, trees and tropical plants. You can search by plant type, size and price or peruse Plants.com's extensive selection of plant gifts.

The Sill

Great gift alert! 

The Sill is another online plant marketplace with a massive selection of indoor houseplants and outdoor plants, including ferns, figs, air plant options, snake plant varieties, orchids and succulents. 

The Sill also offers subscriptions: The Plants for Beginners subscription sends one easy-care indoor plant to your home each month, fit with an earthenware pot in black, blush or mint. There's even a subscription for Pet Parents where you'll get monthly potted plant deliveries that are perfectly safe for Fido and Garfield. 

Read more: The best indoor garden for every type of gardener in 2021

Leaf & Clay

Succulents are as easy as plants get and give you a little dessert charm without having to worry about watering them daily, or even weekly. Leaf & Clay is the online succulent specialist with endless varieties in all shapes and sizes. You can snag a six-pack for $30 or join the Plant Mail Club and have a shipment of mini cacti show up to your door each month.

PlantX

This online marketplace likes to think of itself as a vegan version of Amazon. PlantX carries a sprawling inventory of plant-based products, including a variety of indoor house plants and succulents. It's all reasonably priced too, with most clocking in under $50 and some small plants for as little as $6. What's nice about PlantX is you can tack other items, including ready-to-eat, plant-based meals to your order.

Leaf'd Box

If you're trying to get your garden in shape, Leaf'd Box may be the easiest way to do it. The new service will take an order for whatever it is you want to grow -- veggies, herbs, lettuce and other produce. Then the gardeners grow 'em for you up to the right size for planting and send a box four times a year with plants that thrive during that season, and in your climate. My box of small veggie plants showed up on time and in healthy condition, ready to go into the soil.

All plant subscription kits are available through the website and pricing is as follows:

  • Herb Garden (10 plants): $45 per season
  • Small Veggie (10 plants): $45 per season
  • Medium Veggie (30 plants): $90 per season
  • Veggie XL (60 plants): $180 per season
Nature Hills

If you've got plans for some serious gardening or landscaping, the plant collection at Nature Hills is a good place to start for blooming plants, potted plant options and more. It's got everything from houseplant options and perennial flowers to literal trees, shrubs and vines. You can find fruit trees and plants here too, including apple, citrus and stone fruit trees along with a wide range of berry bushes.

Léon & George

If you're looking for a big showstopper of a monstera deliciosa or braided money tree to anchor a corner of your living room, try this San Francisco plant delivery service. Léon & George has a huge selection of statement plants and some sleek, modern pots to house them. Shipping costs vary depending on the size of the plant and they offer chic pots to really show off your new plant.

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