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'Tis the season for online deals and there are some major Cyber Monday kitchen and cookware sales happening. Let's call it what it is: Cyber Week. And the kitchen deals are very much live and kicking, many of them running all week and with sitewide discounts. These sitewide kitchen brand sales include big bargains and discounts on cookware and small kitchen appliances, many of which make perfect gifts for foodies and home chefs.

There are kitchen deals aplenty on the websites of retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy and we're keeping track of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday kitchen deals each day right here. Many of these big sprawling brandwide Cyber Monday sales apply to an entire store inventory or line of gear. Those big sales are often where you'll find some the best Cyber Monday deals on items like blenders, Dutch ovens, cookware sets, SodaStream machines and other kitchen must-haves. 

The Always Pan, for instance, is $50 off in a rare limited-run sale on the popular frying pan that's often sold out (but not now). Other wish-list kitchen brands like  Vitamix are giving sitewide discounts, including up to $100 off any new blender. Then there's my personal favorite, the direct-to-consumer kitchen brand Made In, which has gone live with discounts on blue carbon cookware, glassware and more. It's not just gear either: There are also big deals on popular meal kit services like HelloFreshHome Chef and healthy prepared meal services like Freshly and Daily Harvest. 

Read more: The best meal kit deals for Black Friday

See below for everything we know about the best Cyber Monday sitewide sales on kitchenware and cookware. More kitchen sales are rolling in every day, too, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back for the latest and best kitchen deals and sitewide sales for Cyber Monday 2020.

When you sign up for the popular wine subscription service, Winc will start you off with some seriously good deals on bottles of vino for Cyber Monday with special code CM2020. You can also save a flat 50% on your first order with code 2020holiday50. Even more fun, the brand gets right inside your head with an in-depth palate analysis to find the best bottles for you before you build your box of wine.

This pan has earned a bit of a cult following, having made the rounds on morning talk shows and often selling out or going on backorder. The claim is that it takes the place of eight other kitchen tools. When we heard that we knew we'd have to put it to the test and while eight might be a stretch, I will say it's an impressive and well-designed piece of cookware. 

The Always Pan is not only in stock right now but you can snag one for $50 off with special code SUPERSALE in a very rare sale on the cult-favorite skillet. Note that these will mostly ship after Christmas due to high demand.

Nutribullet

Right now, NutriBullet's entire line of blenders and juicers is 25% off for Black Friday when you drop promo code GETGIFTING at checkout. That means you can score one of the brand's signature push-top NutriBullet personal blenders for $45 (down from $60) or the amped-up NutriBullet for $68 (normally $90). While the NutriBullet personal blenders may be the brand's calling card -- they're the ones you can blend in, pop a drinking top on and head out the door -- there are also a few powerful full-size blenders to consider.

Riedel

Riedel makes some seriously fine glassware, which is why you'll find it on the tables of some of the world's best restaurants. Starting on Thanksgiving day and running through Cyber Monday (Nov. 30), the legacy Austrian wine glass producer is offering 20% off anything (yes, anything) on its website. That includes wine glasses, decanters and cocktail-specific glassware and barware. Just use promo code RIEDELFRIDAY20US at checkout.

Greenpan

If you like nonstick cookware but are worried about the chemicals used in Teflon and other nonstick surfaces, ceramic is the way to go. GreenPan makes some of the best ceramic cookware and it's all on discount for Black Friday. Starting today and through Dec 1. take 40% off the entire site and up to 60% of select items with special code CYBER40.

Staub

This might be the best kitchen deal we've spotted so far this cycle and it's just days away. From Nov. 21 - Dec 31, a Staub 4-quart cocotte (think Dutch oven) will be down $200 to just $100. Staub is up at the top of the heap with crafters like Le Creuset and Mauviel when speaking of fine French cookware and this is a versatile piece you (or the lucky person you snag it for) will be using for decades, if not longer. It's perfect for braising, stewing, sauces and oven roasts. Enameled cast iron couldn't be easier to clean and it looks so darn good on your range. The rustic pot is available in eight dashing colors at the sale price.

Zwilling USA

The Germans know how to do knives right and Zwilling blades are the kind you'll find in pro kitchens the world over. There are some solid deals on Zwilling knives sitewide for Black Friday: From Nov 21 - Nov. 30 take as much as 50% off select knife sets like this eight-piece stainless-steel steak knife set or snag a 7-inch chef's knife marked down to just $60 (originally $134). (If you're going to treat someone to a quality chef's knife, make sure it's forged from a single piece of quality steel like this one is).

Home Chef

We love Home Chef for its highly customizable meal kits and comfort food recipes with a healthy bent that are easy to prepare when short on time. It's also one of the more affordable meal kit services, and even more so if you sign up this week. Starting Nov. 21 through Dec. 4, Home Chef is offering $90 off when you sign up for four weeks of meals. That's $30 off the first and second box (!) and $15 off your third and fourth. If you've been wanting to try a meal kit subscription, this is a fantastic time to give it a go. You can pause or cancel Home Chef at any time, so the risk is low.

Read more: Review of Home Chef meal kit service

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Made In

Made In cookware isn't exactly a budget buy, but boy, is it nice. I own a good number of its pieces of cookware and tableware and love the sleek minimalist look and sturdy build. Made In's Black Friday went from Nov. 20 - Nov. 29, with up to 30% off select pieces including the carbon sous-chef cookware set, carbon steel wok and knife sets. Or snag 20% off Made In's elegant glassware (new) or the carbon steel roasting pan with rack for holiday hosting. Some of these items would make excellent gifts, too, like the 8-inch chef's knife that topped our list of the best direct-to-consumer knives. Made In is now having a similar 30% off Cyber Monday sale.

Abbio

Abbio Kitchen makes sturdy cookware -- both stainless steel and nonstick. I've tested some pieces myself, and Abbio pans are built well with some of the most comfortable handles I've yet to grip. The brand's Black Friday sale goes live from Monday, Nov. 23 - Monday, Nov. 30, when you can take 25% off sitewide with special code AbbioBF25.

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest is quite possibly the easiest way to eat healthily without ever having to learn to cook. Instead you'll get steady (or one-time) shipments of vegan soups, smoothies, bowls, flatbreads and more, and the meals are chock-full of superfoods. All you have to do is blend or heat it and eat. 

From Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, when you buy one Daily Harvest box and use the promo code CYBERWEEK2020 you'll get a box of equal value for free on your second delivery. That's a pretty darn good deal, I must say.

Goldbelly

Wondering how to get NYC bagels or hot pastrami when you don't live anywhere near the Big Apple? One word: Goldbelly. The online marketplace serves as a middleman between you and some of the country's absolute best eats. That includes pecan pie from New Orleans, deep-dish pizza from Chicago and food from plenty of iconic New York delis like Katz and Russ & Daughters. From Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Nov. 30, the entire site will be 20% off. There are lots of great gift ideas on Goldbelly too, so have a look and be ready to pounce when the savings hit.

Tovala

The Tovala Smart oven system is not just a very cool, high-tech steam and convection oven (although it is that). It's also engineered to expertly cook custom meals that you order through the website and have delivered to your door weekly. From there you just scan the meals through a bar code reader on the side of the oven and stick them in. The oven does the rest using multiple cooking methods and times to nail the dish. 

I tried it and the meals come out pretty great with absolutely no clock-watching or worrying over cooking times. The Tovala oven normally retails for $299 but will be down to $99 on both Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) when you purchase six Tovala meals.

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Cyber Monday is officially here and if you didn't find a Black Friday deal you liked on kitchen equipment, there's still a chance to expand your inventory at a great price. Today may be the day to finally pick up that air fryer or pressure cooker you've been eyeing from Amazon, Walmart, Macy's or any of the other retailers cutting prices on thousands of popular kitchen gear and foodie gift ideas for Cyber Monday. 

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Walmart's Cyber Monday is rolling on with a $49 Instant Pot Viva and Ninja blender for under $70. Amazon's fresh Cyber Monday kitchen deals include 36% off SodaStream sparkling water systems and a Brita water bottle with filter for just $24.50. We even found a well-rated air fryer for $25 at best Buy, in case you've been wanting to try the trendy kitchen appliance.

Look for slashed prices on trendy Instant Pots, air fryers, Keurig coffee machines, high-performance blenders, cookware, kitchen tools and more. The timing is perfect too: With many of us likely to be spending more time in the kitchen well into 2021, this is definitely a good year to bestow a handsome new Dutch oven or multipurpose air fryer on the budding home chef on your holiday shopping list. Below, find some of the best Cyber Monday kitchen and cookware deals happening now. Check back often as we'll be updating this list with the latest kitchen deals as they hit. 

Ninja

This compact yet powerful Ninja blender has 1,200 watts of blending and crushing force. The Auto-iQ technology helps determine timed pulsing, blending and pausing patterns so there's less guesswork for you to nail the consistency of a smoothie, shake or soup. Blenders have definitely gotten smarter and this is a great example.

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Emerald

This 4-liter air fryer allows you to control the cooking time and temperature and that's about all you need to make extremely crispy fries, tater tots, chicken wings and dumplings (my favorite) with either no oil or just a light coating. They'll really taste fried, but you'll be avoiding lots of fat and cholesterol. The Emerald is down to $25 for today only, which is about as inexpensive as you'll find in this size. 

Blendtec

While Vitamix may be the darling of the home blender world, Blendtec is not far behind and if you know where to look you can get one for quite a bit cheaper. Speaking of which, Home Depot currently has the powerful Blendtec 570 down to $190 for Cyber Monday. That's cheaper than you'll find it anywhere else on th and a very good price for a restaurant-quality, performance blender.

If you can't decide between buying an air fryer, slow cooker or pressure cooker, Ninja would like you to know you don't have to. This advanced Ninja 6.5-quart multicooker can pressure-cook, air fry, boil and slow-cook, and has become a popular kitchen sidekick of late. It has 8 quarts of cooking capacity and intuitive controls for easy meal-making.

Staub

Casseroles, pasta bakes, holiday sides: You name it and this Staub ceramic baking dish will make the perfect home for it. Staub is definitely not a budget brand but $30 for this sturdy ceramic baker is very much in our wheelhouse.

Blue Diamond

The rap on diamond-coated ceramic cookware is that it's a bit stronger than traditional nonstick cookware and uses less potentially unsafe chemicals that could end up in your food. This Blue Diamond set comes with a 9.5-inch frying pan, a 5.5-inch mini egg pan, a 5-quart casserole with lid, a 2-quart saucepan with lid, a 5-quart saucepan with lid and three bamboo multipurpose cooking utensils that are safe to use on these pans.

This pan has earned a bit of a cult following, having made the rounds on morning talk shows and Instagram and often selling out or going on backorder. It's cute, to be sure, but it also claims to take the place of eight other kitchen tools. When we heard that we had to put it to the test and while eight might be a stretch, I will say it's a very impressive and well-designed piece of cookware and may still be sitting on my stovetop right now. 

The Always Pan is not only in stock right now but you can snag one for $50 off with special code SUPERSALE in a very rare sale on the cult-favorite multipurpose frying pan.

Williams Sonoma

This Staub 4-quart cocotte (think Dutch oven) is down $329 to just $100. Staub is up at the top of the heap with crafters like Le Creuset and Mauviel when speaking of fine French cookware and this is a versatile piece you (or the lucky person you snag it for) will be using for decades, if not longer. This is a major deal on a fine piece of cookware, perfect for braising, stewing, sauces and oven roasts. Enameled cast iron couldn't be easier to clean and it looks so darn good on your range. The rustic pot is available in select colors at the sale price.

Sur La Table

With the holidays looming, don't be caught without enough baking dishes to house all those roasts, sides, casseroles and desserts. Snag two for just $25 for Cyber Monday. 

Instant Pot

The Viva appears to be an offshoot of the popular Duo model with the addition of sous vide and cake-making (!) options, according to Instantpotology. This Instant Pot does just about everything you'd want or need a multicooker to do and under $50 is about as low as you'll see it go. It features 15 cook settings: soup, meat/stew, chili, cake, egg, slow cook, pressure cook, saute, rice, multigrain, steam, sterilize, porridge, warm and yogurt. Six quarts is the most popular size, as it's large enough to use when cooking for groups but not so huge that you'll find it difficult to store. It also has OverHeat Protection, a safety lock to ensure safe pressure cooking.

The only minor drawback of the Viva is that it's limited to 4 hours of cooking time. But most slow-cooked meals won't take you more than 4 hours, including pot roasts, pulled chicken and pork shoulder. In fact, if you cook anything for longer than that, it's likely to turn mushy, so this isn't something that would deter me from buying.

This Instant Pot Viva also qualifies for Walmart's free shipping and should get to you by next week at the latest. Note that this deal appears limited to the black model, though it appears more silvery in the photos.

SodaStream

If you're an avid sparkling water drinker like me, a SodaStream will pay for itself in a few months. Amazon has four SodaStream systems down as much as 35%, including the Fizzi starter kit that includes a compact sparkling water maker, a 1-liter bottle and a cylinder of gas for $50.

Lodge

If you cook steaks and burgers but get a little sad as grill season slips through your fingers, you definitely need some cast iron. It holds heat and imparts a real sear on meats better than anything else. Down to $15 is a hard one to pass up and when it comes to cast iron, Lodge is one of the best in the game.

Nespresso

Two sleek Nespresso Vertuo Next capsule espresso and coffee makers are down 50% to under $100 in a flash Black Friday sale on Best Buy. This sleek machine brews espresso and single-serve coffee in six different sizes and comes with a tasting box of 12 Nespresso capsules.

Brita

If you've been filtering your water and then filling up your water bottle, you can cut out one of those steps with this 32-ounce Brita water bottle. It has a filter in place to remove lead and other impurities and it's currently down under $25 for Cyber Monday.

J.A. Henckels

If there's one thing I've noticed home cooks neglect its good knives and they can make all the difference in the world. These forged German Henckels knives will likely be an upgrade from your existing set or make an excellent gift for the aspiring chef on your shopping list. 

Keurig

This Keurig model strikes a nice balance between not being too bulky and still having a large-enough reservoir -- 52 ounces -- that you won't be cursing it out for having to refill it every day. It's down to $70 at Best Buy and available in five colors, including a very bright teal. As with any Keurig, it'll brew any one of the hundreds of coffee, tea, chai and hot cocoa pods available from roasters far and wide. The strong brew setting is perfect if you plan on icing down your tea or coffee.

Instant Pot

Last year, we would've said, "Don't ever pay more than $60 for a 6-quart," which is why that $49 at Walmart is still such a sweet deal, but if you want some luxury features like enhanced power for 70% faster cooking and a nifty progress indicator to track each recipe with precision, then the Duo Evo Plus is a worthy upgrade. All told there are about 20 enhancements from the previous model, including intuitive cooking programs for specific recipes and a precision dial for getting temps and timings exactly right. It's arguably the most advanced Instant Pot and $70 is by far the lowest price we've seen since it launched earlier this year. (The previous low on Amazon was $95.)

Vitamix

This powerful Vitamix model generally retails for close to $400 so $225 is a nice price cut -- albeit for a certified reconditioned unit. It does include a free five-year warranty for peace of mind. You can snag the S50 in either jet black or cherry red and it'll ship for free.

Wondering if a refurbished Vitamix is worth it? Check out this deep dive on the subject.

Keurig

Clocking in at less than 5 inches wide, the slim automatic pod coffee maker will fit virtually anywhere. It takes pods from any of the hundreds of brands that have made their drinks compatible with Keurig, from small indie roasters to bigger outfits such as Dunkin' and Starbucks. Because of its 46-ounce reservoir it's slightly deeper than the K-Mini, but otherwise, the dimensions are essentially the same. Best Buy will ship it for free or you can choose no-contact in-store pickup and grab it later today.

AeroGarden

Talk about a great gift for a foodie -- or anyone who loves fresh flowers, for that matter. The AeroGarden is a self-contained garden with no messy soil to manage and no sunlight needed, since it has its own powerful LEDs. This model comes with six seed pods, so you can grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme and Thai basil, and some specially formulated liquid plant food.

Revolution

This is a clear splurge gift, but I can say from firsthand experience that it's likely the best toaster money can buy. The Revolution is down $60, which is also an all-time low price for the smart toaster. Yes, it really does toast bread and bagels down to the exact Pantone shade you're looking for and does it in literal seconds. It's also got a very fun and futuristic digital interface so you can live your Jetsons breakfast fantasy.

Lodge

Enameled cast iron provides the much-coveted combination of heat retention and even heat distribution, making it perfect for braising meats and slow-cooking sauces, stews and soups. The sturdy enamel coating is easy to clean and safe to use on any cooktop or with any heat source. Lodge is one of the oldest American cookware companies, and its 5.5-quart signature Dutch oven is priced as low as we've seen it this year. It's available in cherry red or royal blue and ships for free.

You're an adult so it might be time to get yourself an adult blender. I promise it'll make all the difference in the world. Mine turned me into a total smoothie guy and that's a fun world to be a part of. This powerful Ninja can crush ice in seconds and whip dense ingredients into soups and sauces. It also comes with a food processor attachment for making doughs and prepping vegetables in seconds. The to-go blending cups mean you can blend a drink and sashay out the door with a healthy breakfast without having to wash a single thing. In short: It's got it all.

Amazon

I got my mother a set of these double glass cappuccino and espresso mugs and I think it might be the most excited I've ever seen her to drink her morning coffee. Snag a pair for less than $14 on Amazon right now.

Instant Pot

The Duo Nova is an updated version of the Duo and is considered one of the best models for beginners. It has all the important cooking functions including pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming and sauteing but also has an easy-seal lid that automatically seals the Instant Pot without you having to flip a toggle (one of the more annoying nuances of the original Instant Pot). It also has 14 one-touch Smart Programs for making specific foods such as ribs and chili.

Insignia

This does all the things an Instant Pot does but you'll pay a third of the price. It also scores high marks in a whopping 4,000-plus verified purchase reviews, so don't stress if you're not as familiar with the brand name. We've done the digging.

KitchenAid

This is the best deal we've seen on a KitchenAid stand mixer thus far. The Classic Series 4.5-quart tilt-head with three attachments is down to $190 -- that's $70 off the normal price. Considering KitchenAid has this in one color only (onyx black) at the sale price, our spidey senses are telling us inventory is probably low. This Classic Series stand mixer includes a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip. Plus, it ships for free.

Bella

If your toaster is starting to look like it crawled out of a Louisiana swamp, I might suggest replacing it before you start a fire. This silver Bella four-slice toaster is down to $20 and even cheaper after a mail-in rebate. It doesn't sport a ton of fancy features, but has easy-to-use dials and a crumb tray, which is always key.

Vitamix

This is a very rare deal on one of the best blenders in the game. It's officially an Amazon Renewed product, meaning Amazon proper will cover you for 90 days if anything goes wrong (or you just want a refund). However, you also get a full three-year warranty from Vitamix, same as you'd get with a new one. 

Unlike some models, this one employs a low-profile design, meaning it should fit under kitchen cabinets. It offers 10 variable speeds and a dishwasher-safe lid and container.

Amazon also has a pair of new blenders on discount during this Black Friday flash sale: A new Explorian is down to $250 (normally $350) and the slightly more powerful Pro series 750 is $390 (normally $599).

KitchenAid

KitchenAid makes the best stand mixers in the game and this is its most powerful model. The bowl-lift mixer includes a coated flat beater, a power knead attachment, a spiral dough hook and a wire whip, along with the stainless-steel bowl. There are more than 10 attachments (sold separately) that'll turn this bona fide kitchen workhorse into a food grinder, an ice cream maker, a veggie spiralizer and more. 

This is about as low as we've seen this high-powered model priced and it is a notable upgrade from the classic series if you're ready to refresh your stand mixer. It's available in red and silver at this sale price. Inventory appears to be limited and worth noting that shipping is not available, so check your local store for pickup options.

Stanley

There are no two ways around it: These retro thermoses are cool in a very throwback sort of way. Not only that, but they'll keep your soup, coffee or hot cocoa hot for hours when you're on the late November hike or sitting outside for a socially distant family hang. A whole bunch of Stanley's signature green and silver thermoses, cook sets and food containers are 30% off right now and make perfect gifts for the outdoorsy type.

Ninja

For a more comprehensive coffee system, this Ninja 10-cup specialty coffee maker with fold-away frother kind of does it all. It'll make pots of regular drip but also espressolike strong brew for lattes and cappuccinos. The built-in frother allows for an easy finish on those coffee shop-style beverages. The Ninja gets rave reviews from buyers and is down under $100 right now for Black Friday.

Crux

This is about as low a price as you'll find for a digital air fryer of this size. With a 3.7-quart cooking capacity, it can make relatively large batches of crispy fries, wings and more without using any oil. Easy digital presets take the guesswork out of cooking times. Check out this post for a little more on why air fryers have become such popular appliances.

Note: This item is currently sold out, but we'll update the article if and when Macy's restocks inventory. 

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2020 has been a banner year for camping, hiking and road trips, albeit for reasons that are not so great. A successful camping trip or wander through the wilderness often hinges on having the right gear, and a whole mess of Stanley vacuum-sealed thermoses and camping cookware sets is currently on sale -- down as much as 60% on Amazon. Stanley is one of the best-reviewed and well-known thermos brands and these prices are about as low as you'll find them.

This one-day sale on Amazon includes the classic Stanley vacuum-insulated thermos for just $16 (down from $40) or the vacuum-insulated 24-ounce food jar, perfect for lugging along hot soup and chili, for just $19 (originally $40). Stanley has added some new products to the line in the past 100 years too, like this all-in-one boil and brew French press, which is on sale for $17, or a neat nesting two-cup cook set for just 10 bucks. Any of these would make an excellent gift for an adventure-seeker on your list but the deals are for today only, so you'll want to snatch one up fast.

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We love us an air fryer and a slow cooker, especially this time of year. We love 'em even more when the prices get slashed and right now one of each is available for just a single Andrew Jackson. Best Buy has a sleek Bella Pro series 2-quart air fryer, which scores very high marks in buyer reviews, down more than 50% to just $20. Meanwhile, a Bella 5-quart slow cooker with mini sidekick warmer to keep sauces and dips hot is also just $20 -- for today only and until supplies run out. Let's dive a little deeper on both of these $20 kitchen deals. Note that neither one is eligible for free shipping at Best Buy, but getting both -- or one of the many things on sale during the retailer's current pre-Black Friday "Wish List" sale -- will get you above the $35 limit. (You can also opt for in-store pickup.)

Bella

If you're just dipping your toe in the air fryer universe this is a great one to start with. At two quarts, it's on the smaller size but that means it won't take up too much space on the counter and is still plenty big to make a batch of oil-free crispy fries, wings or veggie sticks for two. This is about as cheap as we've ever seen any air fryer with a digital touchscreen, which is helpful for easily adjusting the temperature and cooking times and netting precise results.

Bella

I'll let you in on a secret: You can spend a lot more than $20 on a slow cooker but you definitely don't need to. The technology is pretty standard, so just find one big enough to cook all your roasts, pulled chicken or "pots" of chili. This 5-quart model is a great size for a couple or family of four. It also comes with a bonus dipper to keep a queso or artichoke dip warm during your next gathering. 

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The Instant Pot hits its stride this time of year. If your ideal fall or winter dinner involves some tender, fall-off-the-bone meat situation but you haven't quite perfected the art of starting dinner three or four hours in advance, then you definitely need an Instant Pot, pronto. Right now Best Buy has a 6-quart Instant Pot Smart -- both Wi-Fi and Alexa-enabled -- marked down $70 to just $80 as one of its Deals of the Day. The 6-quart is definitely the most popular multicooker size and the Instant Pot Smart is one of the brand's most advanced models since you can monitor remotely and access hundreds of programmable recipes through the app. That means you won't have to do any digging or guesswork to find out how long your batch of short ribs, pork shoulder or chicken chili should cook for. Best Buy will ship the Instant Pot for free or you can choose free in-store pickup and grab it later today. If you prefer to buy from Amazon, the online retailer has price-matched the same model. 

If you're already set up with an Instant Pot or other multicooker but have had your interest piqued by all this air fryer talk of late, Best Buy is also featuring a well-rated 4.3-quart Bella air fryer down to $40 -- another one day deal. It'll make wings and frozen snacks taste like they've been deep-fried, with virtually no oil and totally slashing the fat and calorie counts. This air fryer also ships for free or is eligible for in-store pickup.

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Cyber Monday 2020has arrived and sales are in full effect and that includes some solid Instant Pot deals. Need to upgrade your kitchen, grab an Instant Pot! The trendy multicooker is easy and a fan favorite! Another bonus: there are some excellent Cyber Monday discounts or lingering Back Friday deals for some of them! But act fast because the deals are disappearing! With the holidays upon us, the Instant Pot is great for making quick main courses, such as short ribs or pot roast, that taste as if they took hours. You can also make side dishes like creamed spinach or mac and cheese, and there are easy recipes for hearty soups, stews, chilis, warm dips and a whole lot more. You'll get a lot of multicooker value, especially if you pounce on one of these Cyber Monday Instant Pot deals at top retailers such as Macy's, Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy.

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And that, of course, is the challenge. Instant Pots come in more variations than laptops, it seems, and pricing is often all over the map. The good news is that the holiday season is the best time to buy, whether you're getting a real Instant Pot or one of the many (still capable) knockoff brands. 

The main rule: $50 to $70 is the sweet spot for a 6-quart Instant Pot. Most Instant Pots come in 3-, 6- and 8-quart sizes, with the 6-quart models being the mainstay for most families. The best deal this season on that size remains the 6-quart Viva for $40 at Walmart. Otherwise, we're seeing other models with more features (like a crisping lid that turns the Instant Pot into an air fryer) in the $60 to $70 range.

If there are any better Instant Pot sales or discounts between now and the end of the year, we'll be sure to root them out, so check back here for the best deals on Instant Pots for the 2020 holiday season. 

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The Viva appears to be an offshoot of the popular Duo model with the addition of sous vide and cake-making (!) options, according to Instantpotology. This Instant Pot does just about everything you'd want or need a multicooker to do and under $50 is about as low as you'll see it go. It features 15 cook settings including soup, meat/stew, chili, cake, egg, slow cook, pressure cook, saute, rice, multigrain, steam, sterilize, porridge, warm and yogurt. Six quarts is the most popular size: It's large enough to cook for groups but not so huge that you'll find it difficult to store. It also has OverHeat Protection, a safety lock to ensure safe pressure cooking

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Last year, we would've said "don't ever pay more than 60 for a 6-quart," which is why that $49 at Walmart is still such a sweet deal, but if you want some luxury features like enhanced power for 70% faster cooking and a nifty progress indicator to track each recipe with precision, then the Dup Evo Plus is a worthy upgrade. All told there are about 20 enhancements from the previous model, including intuitive cooking programs for specific recipes and a precision dial for getting temps and timings exactly right. It's arguably the most advanced Instant Pot and $70 is by far the lowest price we've seen since launching earlier this year. (The previous low on Amazon was $95.)

Insignia

This Insignia multicooker does all the key things an Instant Pot does, but you'll pay a third of the price. It also scores super high marks in a whopping 3,000-plus verified purchase reviews, so don't stress if you're not as familiar with the brand name. We've done the digging and this discounted multicooker checks out. This large 8-quart size is great if you've got a lot of hungry mouths to feed and need a serious shortcut. 

Instant Pot

This Instant Pot with air fryer crisp lid attachment gives you the most bang for your buck and saves you space in the kitchen if you're also considering getting an air fryer. Normally the lid -- which turns your Instant Pot multicooker into an air fryer for making crispy wings, fries, mozzarella sticks and veggie sticks with little or no oil -- costs $80 all by itself. This limited Black Friday deal includes the popular 6-quart Instant Pot Duo with a crisping air fryer lid, all for under $80. This is a no-brainer excuse to break the "no 6-quarts over $60" rule and a good deal in general.

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This is the update on Instant Pots' all-time best-seller, the Instant Pot Duo. It may not have all the bells, whistles and cooking presets that the brand has added to premium models, but it will absolutely do everything you expect an Instant Pot to do. It has seven main functions including slow cooker, pressure cooker, saute, warm, rice cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. Perhaps most importantly, it has the necessary safety functions to ensure there are no unexpected kitchen fireworks. 

The 8-quart is a great size if you've got a bigger crew to cook for or find yourself hosting large groups and watch parties on the regular. This is about a low as we'll see an 8-quart Instant Pot go, price-wise.

Instant Pot

The Duo Nova is an updated version of the Duo and is considered one of the best models for beginners. It has all the important cooking functions including pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming and sauteing but also has an easy-seal lid that automatically seals the Instant Pot without you having to flip a toggle (one of the more annoying nuances of the original Instant Pot). It also has 14 one-touch Smart Programs for making specific foods such as ribs and chili.

Read more: Best Instant Pot accessories for 2020 

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A powerful Blendtec blender is more than half off right now – CNET

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The thing about a really good blender is when you have one, you simply find reasons to use it. I sprung for one a few years back and things have blossomed into a full-on love affair. After my coffee maker, it's easily the kitchen appliance I use most and right now, a supercharged Blendtec Designer 5-speed blender is down to $200 (half off of its normal price) at Best Buy. That's $200 cheaper than it goes for on Blendtec's website and $110 cheaper than it is on Amazon. Plus, it ships free.

Blendtec compares with other elite blender brands like Vitamix and Breville. It brings the heat with huge power and speed to whip the heck out of frozen foods and dense ingredients. It'll even pulverize raw nuts and grains for easy nut milk and flour from scratch. With a 1,500-watt motor, you'll never have to question whether it can handle a blending job and you can nail consistency down to the finest grades with five different speeds. The 36-ounce blending cup is plenty large enough for big batches for groups or making food (and cocktails!) in bulk for meal planning (and parties!).

One other kitchen deal on now at Best Buy worth a look is this Bella 8-Quart air fryer down $50 to just $70 -- also for today only. This is definitely on the large side for an air fryer, but if you've got a big crew to cook for or are a serial host of Super Bowl parties and game night get-togethers, you may want to upgrade to the big guy.

First published earlier this year. Updated with new deal details.

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Luxurious Le Creuset Dutch ovens are nearly 40% off on Amazon right now – CNET

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If you were to poll cookware nerds about the most sought after and drooled over pieces, the Le Creuset Dutch oven would almost certainly be at the top of the list. Nearly 100 years of fine French craftsmanship aside, a quality Dutch oven is just about the most versatile and reliable pot you can own -- especially this time of year -- for braising, baking bread, making stews, soups, sauces and roughly 101 other things. Your Dutch oven is likely to be in use more often than not, to be quite honest. At this very moment, the Le Creuset 3.5-quart signature oval Dutch oven is marked down 38% to just $160 on Amazon. With a consistent chill in the air and holidays fast approaching, the timing couldn't be better.

This hearty piece of cookware can only be described as iconic and it's available in six colors at the limited sale price on Amazon. That includes cherry red, cactus green, flame orange, Marseille blue, oyster gray and deep indigo. The Dutch oven is made from sturdy cast iron for optimal heat retention with enameled coating for easy cleanup and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. We rarely see Le Creuset cookware drop to prices this low, but the sale is for today only so you'd be wise to snap one up post haste!

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Luxurious Le Creuset Dutch ovens are nearly 40% off on Amazon right now – CNET

dutch-oven
Le Creuset

If you were to poll cookware nerds about the most sought after and drooled over pieces, the Le Creuset Dutch oven would almost certainly be at the top of the list. Nearly 100 years of fine French craftsmanship aside, a quality Dutch oven is just about the most versatile and reliable pot you can own -- especially this time of year -- for braising, baking bread, making stews, soups, sauces and roughly 101 other things. Your Dutch oven is likely to be in use more often than not, to be quite honest. At this very moment, the Le Creuset 3.5-quart signature oval Dutch oven is marked down 38% to just $160 on Amazon. With a consistent chill in the air and holidays fast approaching, the timing couldn't be better.

This hearty piece of cookware can only be described as iconic and it's available in six colors at the limited sale price on Amazon. That includes cherry red, cactus green, flame orange, Marseille blue, oyster gray and deep indigo. The Dutch oven is made from sturdy cast iron for optimal heat retention with enameled coating for easy cleanup and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. We rarely see Le Creuset cookware drop to prices this low, but the sale is for today only so you'd be wise to snap one up post haste!

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The best fish to grill, according to an expert – CNET

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Backyard barbecue season is behind us, but if you're still firing up the grill, you might be wondering about the best fish to cook. We've done a bit of a deep dive with the help of steak and seafood master Akira Back to help you hook the absolute best choices. I would never turn down a grilled burgermarinated chicken thigh or rack of ribs, so don't expect me to, but if you really want to send my heart aflutter, it's grilled fish that does it. Most fish and seafood can be grilled in some capacity but certain varieties certainly fare a bit better than others. So then we ask: Redfish? Bluefish? Which fish is the very best fish to grill right now?  

We turned to an expert, Michelin-starred executive chef and restaurateur Akira Back, for some guidance on grilling fish. Akira, who was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the US now operates 16 restaurants around the world including the ultra seafood-focused Yellowtail inside the Bellagio, Las Vegas.

Read more: Catch the best seafood delivery services of 2020

We'll get to Akira's picks for the best fish to grill in a minute, but first some helpful tips and techniques. Akira suggests grilling your fresh fillet skin-side down -- if indeed your fish has skin -- and cooking it until the skin appears crispy. Next, flip it once more on the grates to finish cooking the fish through or to your desired doneness. To get rid of any overly fishy smell or taste, Akira advises briefly soaking the fish in cold, salt-vinegar water with lots of ice before grilling. Dry it off well before putting it over the hot flames. 

For seasoning grilled fish, a citrus marinadeblackened seasoning or simple salt and pepper with a squeeze of lemon is generally plenty for a nice, fresh fillet. If you want to add some firepower, Akira loves marinating his fish in a spicy Korean bulgogi sauce before grilling and was kind enough to give us his recipe.

The best fish to grill

When selecting the best fish to grill, Back stresses looking for a firm and meaty fish, first and foremost. Some of his favorites include tuna, salmon, snapper, sardines and yellowtail amberjack since they all have skin that will crisp up while the meat stays moist and tender. Finding good grilling fish can be tricky especially if you're landlocked, but we previously vetted a few of the best places to order seafood online to help bring some fresh catch to you. 

To get your seafood on point, here are a few of chef Akira Back's top picks for the absolute best fish to grill. 

Tuna

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You know it. You love it. Tuna comes in many forms but a fresh fillet of fatty tuna is one of the best fish to grill. Tuna has tons of rich flavor, so a squeeze of lemon, dollop of wasabi or sprinkling of salt and pepper are all it really needs to sing. The worst tuna crime you can commit, however, is overcooking it, so do be careful. No more than 2 minutes each side depending on the thickness.

Salmon

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Salmon, while not quite as meaty as swordfish and tuna, does just fine on the grill. Some still prefer to wrap salmon fillets in foil or grill the fillets over cedar planks just to be safe. Grilling salmon really brings out the sweet taste and salmon takes well to a number of flavor companions including peanut sauce, lemon pepperpaprika rub or chile and lime. Arctic char is another fish in the same family that cooks and eats much like regular salmon. It'll also work wonderfully on the grill. 

Read more on Chowhound: Chef Akira Beck's favorite marinade for grilled fish

Swordfish

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Swordfish is as meaty as it gets and has a mild, clean yet buttery flavor. Blackened grilled swordfish served with citrus tartar sauce is true bliss. Swordfish also takes well to an herb marinade, or you can slice grilled swordfish and serve it in tacos with avocado and crema. Swordfish can be expensive, so look for it to go on sale at your local fish market or one of these great online seafood purveyors.

Yellowtail amberjack

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You might know this fish best from its award-winning role on sushi menus, but it also makes for great fish to grill straight up. It'll likely be harder to find in fish markets than some of the others on the list, but if you do nab some it'll hold form nicely on the grill with a texture similar to mahi mahi and flavor akin to tuna, but milder. 

Red snapper

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This meaty white fish makes a particularly good fish for grilling especially when cooked whole. It may sound daunting, but you can stuff the cavity with lemon wheels and cook it on the grill over low heat. The skin will do a great job of keeping the fish meat from drying out. 

Sardines

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These salty little fish aren't just for pizza. The best part is you barely need to prep them. Just wash your sardines and pat dry to be grilled skin-side down over the grill flames. Then serve with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper for a perfect (and healthy) snack or main dish. 

Mahi mahi

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This plump white fish is probably the flakiest of the lot but still has plenty of meatiness to handle the scorching grill grates. Mahi mahi pairs well with lemon butter and capers, fresh herbs or done as fish tacos with diced pineapple, mango, fresh lime and some Mexican spice. You might also consider a marinade for this fish, too, and make sure to get those sexy char marks for bonus points and likes on Instagram. 

Mako

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Mako (shark) also makes a fine candidate for your next grilled seafood feast. Though it's not as easy to find as some of the others on the list, many good fish markets do carry mako and it can also be ordered online. Mako has a sweet taste and firm meaty texture similar to swordfish that'll handle a Cajun crust especially well (my personal favorite preparation). You can always do it up simply with salt and pepper and some fresh citrus or a tangy fruit salsa.

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