Kitchen tools

16 Last-Minute Bargains: Home Goods, Office Equipment, and Kitchen Utensils

It’s the season to bury your arms up to the elbows in batter, broth and pie. Winter doesn’t always mean a retreat in your house, but if you’re sledding outside or just hitting the snowy hiking trails, it’s nice to come home to a warm bed, a desk cozy home and the smell of baking bread. in the oven. Check out these deals on cooking tools and workstation accessories, and turn your home into your own winter retreat.

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Kitchen Deals

Cooking can be a very equipment-intensive exercise. With so much equipment on the market, it is difficult to determine exactly what you need, what would be nice to have and what is unnecessary marketing. Take a look at our cooking and cooking guides, such as How to cook in a small kitchen, Equipment for baking bread at home, Best chef’s knives and The seven pots and pans you need.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Photography: KitchenAid

Few things look as at home on an Instagram page as they do on set. Mad Men. It’s the archetypal product that most people think of when they hear the words “stand mixer”. The Artisan model has a tilting head that makes removing the bowl as easy as pie. There’s also the KitchenAid Professional 6-Qt Stand Mixer for $430 ($100 off), which doesn’t have a tilting head but offers a height-adjustable arm and a more powerful motor for blending thicker batters.

Right up there with Le Creuset in the pantheon of Dutch royalty is Staub. A dutch oven is one of the most versatile pieces in your kitchen. Make stews, steam oysters, bake bread, do it all. Every kitchen needs a Dutch oven, and an enameled cast iron oven makes cleanup easier by allowing you to cook acidic foods that would strip the seasoning of bare cast iron. Not all colors or sizes are on sale at the same price, or on sale at all, so cross your fingers your favorite color is on sale. Or choose a new favorite color.

Don’t ruin a great steak dinner by forcing your guests to slice through their meals with a table knife. Every carnivore needs a good steak knife, but most dinnerware sets neglect to include them. These stainless steel knives come in an olive wood case for storage and display. There’s also a 10-piece set for $112 ($28 off).

The original Instant Pot became famous for combining slow cooking, pressure cooking, stewing, baking and broiling capabilities. With a quick rinse, you can go from making homemade yogurt to roasting a whole chicken. Now it’s available with an air fryer lid attachment for making dishes like crispy fried chicken and turkey.

If you’re eternally short on counter space, finding room for your cutting board can feel like an unintentional yoga session. This solid maple cutting board fits over a standard-width sink so it doesn’t have to compete with mixing bowls and other prep surfaces.

Work from home offers

Many of us became full-time homeworkers when the world went into lockdown last year. We’re approaching two years now, so if you haven’t given your home office the attention it deserves, browse our guides on Everything you need to work from home like a pro, Best webcams, Best office chairs and Best Monitors.

Logitech G305

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The G305 is a favorite of the WIRED review team. It’s affordable, ergonomically comfortable, and will run for up to 250 hours on a single AA battery. It also has a latency of just 1 millisecond, which means lag is virtually non-existent. Even if you’re not a gamer, you should consider using one. A cheap gaming mouse will do wonders for your wrist.

We called this webcam ‘sharp, but overpriced’ in our guide to the best webcams, but at half the price it’s excellent value for money. It can shoot at crisp 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. That’s the same price we saw it drop to on Black Friday.

Want to improve the quality of your microphone? Whether it’s a new podcast you’re pondering or the covers you’re recording for YouTube, this USB mic is a big step up from the built-in mics on your laptop or phone. Read our Best Podcast and Livestream Gear guide for more details.

Sony WH-1000XM4

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These are our favorite wireless headphones for most people (9/10, WIRED recommends). It has one of the best noise cancellations you’ll find for the price, a fantastic soundstage and audio quality, and upgraded microphones for better call quality. It often dips at this price, but it’s worth it.

At WIRED, we love mechanical keyboards. Compared to a typical membrane keyboard, the one on your laptop, a mechanical keyboard is more tactile and, for many of us, more enjoyable to use. Das Keyboard is one of the original brands behind the mechanical keyboard revival of the 2000s, and it has built a reputation for quality in this increasingly crowded market. The X50Q is a full-size keyboard, which means it has a numeric keypad, so it can do double duty for gaming and work.

It’s the top pick in our guide to the best mechanical keyboards. You can choose between linear, tactile, and clicky switches, but don’t worry, you can replace the switches with something else if the defaults don’t match your speed. The only thing we don’t like? It uses a MicroUSB cable for charging (included).

There’s an old adage about files: if it doesn’t exist in three places, it doesn’t exist. This means that you should always have at least two backups, in addition to the original files. This 2 terabyte external drive offers plenty of storage. You can run macOS Time Machine backups for a very long time or fill the drive with 4K movies and HDR photos. There are also 500GB ($80) and 1TB ($130) models if you don’t need that much storage, for example if you mainly back up documents.

Bedding Deals

Nights get longer in the winter, so if ever there was a time during the year to improve your sleep quality, it’s now. Snuggle up in a comfy new bed with the best mattresses you can buy online and enjoy high tech with the best sunrise alarms and sound machines.

Leesa hybrid mattress

Photography: Leesa

This foam/spring hybrid mattress was a favorite of WIRED magazine director Jeffrey Van Camp. He called it “a real second in terms of comfort to my first choice”. It packs individually wrapped coils in five layers of foam of varying densities, including a 1.5-inch top layer that provides soft padding over the firm, supportive inner layers. .

I’m a big fan of the warmth of the LaCrosse Down Comforter and the high amount of goose down. Down is getting more and more expensive, but that’s a bargain for a cotton duvet filled with 500-550 goose down. For a goose down-free alternative, check out the LaCross LoftAIRE.

We love the grid-like texture of this all-foam mattress. WIRED reviews director Jeffrey Van Camp says it was fresh and airy, like lying on a pile of silicone waffles. Since there are no inner metal coils, lying on it will be different from a hybrid mattress. Purple offers a 100-day return policy if you decide an all-foam mattress isn’t for you, but since the foam takes time to soak in, they’ll make you wait at least 21 days before returning it. .

If you’re a side sleeper, you know how difficult it can be to find a comfortable pillow. Three types of shredded memory foam fill the Tempur-Cloud, allowing you to shape it however you like for side, back, and stomach sleepers. The cover is removable so you can wash it.

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