The essential investment to seize


As tempting as a low price can be, unless you’re buying something you’re actually going to use, Black Friday deals aren’t exactly as good as they might sound.

Sure, those sparkly boots are 50% off, but will you really be wearing them again after the Christmas decorations are put away?

What Discount Day is best for is picking up bullion coins you’ve had your eye on for some time cheaply, and kitchen appliances and equipment are a prime example.

They can usually be expensive enough to make us hesitate to buy them, but there are plenty that will enrich your cooking, baking, or coffee making experience so regularly that they are undoubtedly a worthwhile investment.

It’s best to do your research on these types of purchases before you buy, rather than just adding the cheapest one to the cart. After all, they’ll be a lot less useful if they don’t have all the features you wanted.

Here are some of the best to look for when browsing Black Friday deals.

Coffee machines

Sage Barista Express coffee machine, € 569 was € 769, Currys

Granted, I’m not a heavy coffee drinker myself, but I can attest to the joy my boyfriend gets daily from his espresso machine (which he bought on sale). Not only does he revel in delicious freshly brewed coffee whenever he wants, accompanied by steamed milk, but one of his favorite things is brewing a mug for friends when they drop by.

The particular type of machine you buy will depend on what fits your lifestyle, but there are usually some great deals to be found on all types on Black Friday.

Pedestal mixer

Black Friday kitchen appliances
Kenwood kMix KMX760, € 349.99 was € 599.99, Currys

If you love baking, a stand mixer will make your life so much easier, saving you the hard work of mixing dough and kneading dough. Many also have the option of adding extra accessories to perform all kinds of jobs like mixing or spreading pasta dough.

However, they don’t come cheap, which makes Black Friday a great time to take the plunge.

Slow cooker

Black Friday kitchen appliances
Russell Hobbs Good to go Multi Cooker, € 70.99 instead of € 109.99, Littlewoods

Many people swear by the virtues of their slow cooker, allowing you to mix ingredients in the morning and come home to a delicious meal. Check the features that came with yours before you buy and verify that the capacity is suitable for what you are looking for.

Air fryer

Tefal Easy Fry Compact EY101827 air fryer, € 49.99 instead of € 99.99, Currys

A kitchen gadget of the moment, air fryers are handy for cooking things up quickly and work well for anything that has a crispy texture.

They can take up a lot of space on a counter or in a closet, so it’s worth researching exactly what you would use them for to determine if this is a purchase that is right for you or not. No one likes an unused device to take up unnecessary space.

Cast iron cookware

Le Creuset Signature round cast iron casserole dish 24 cm, € 275, Arnotts

One of the classic investment pieces for the kitchen, cast iron cookware brands like Le Creuset or Staub can last a lifetime, but they’re more expensive to start with than other options, so it’s a good idea to wait until they are delivered before adding them to the basket.

There are plenty of options out there, so again, make sure you buy exactly what you want. Even an item like the classic casserole dish comes in a surprising number of different sizes, colors, and even shapes.

Knives

Set of 2 Zwilling JA Henckles Pro knives, 179 €, Arnotts

Another low-tech kitchen item we’d be lost without, you can’t believe the difference good knives will make in your life until you get them.

Whether you want to invest in just one good chef’s knife or go for a full set to cover whatever you might want to chop up, these are kitchen items that I promise will never sit idle on your counter.

Mixers and food processors

Black Friday kitchen appliances
Tefal Double Force Pro Food Processor DO821840, € 104.99 instead of € 169.99, Littlewoods

If you cook a lot, a good blender and / or food processor will often come in handy, for everything from quick chopping nuts to smoothing soups.

The more features and power they have, the more they’ll cost, so keep in mind that you might not need the more expensive one. For example, when I mix liquids, I almost always turn to my hand blender rather than having to wash a large appliance.

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Karl M. Bailey