Black Friday 2014 is here and the best deals of the season on small kitchen appliances are just days away. Kitchen appliances – items like coffee makers, juicers, microwaves, blenders and more – will see huge price cuts for Black Friday and all of Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re in the market for some new hardware for your kitchen, or would like to give an appliance as a gift for the holiday, check out some of the best deals of Black Friday 2014 below. We’ve organized our pages by the best kitchen appliances by store, brand and price range. Check out our small appliance buying guides at the bottom of this page, too, to get some information on what you need to consider before your purchase.
Best Black Friday Small Kitchen Appliance Deals by Store
Best Black Friday Small Kitchen Appliance Deals by Brand
Best Black Friday Small Kitchen Appliance Deals by Price Range
When buying a coffee maker, you should consider the following:
- Capacity – The ideal capacity for your machine depends on how much coffee you want to brew at any one time. Some makers are single-serve (also called pod coffee makers), while others – like drip coffee makers – have larger capacities to better accommodate large groups of people.
- Speed – If you want to grab your coffee and go in the mornings, look for a machine with a relatively short brewing time. Coffee makers typically advertise how long it takes to brew cups of different sizes.
- Method of Brewing – Determine how the machine operates. Pre-packaged capsules and coffee pods eliminate the need to measure grounds, but sometimes single-serve coffeemakers will only take certain brands. Before you buy one, you’ll want to check for its capsules’ availability.
- Programmability – If you value convenience, choose a model that allows you to program an exact time when you want your coffee to be brewed.
- Ease of Cleaning – Machines with removable parts are typically easier to clean and maintain.
- Size – Take the size of the coffee maker into consideration to ensure that you will have enough counter and/or cabinet space for your new appliance.
- Appearance – Choose a coffee maker that will fit in well with your existing kitchen decor.
- Espresso – If you want a device that will allow you to make a lot more than just coffee, you may want to consider an espresso machine or combination coffee maker instead.
For coffee lovers who crave a quick cup of joe in the morning, try looking for a pod coffee maker with programmable features and a short brewing time. If you tend to entertain lots of guests, consider a larger capacity drip coffee maker with removable, easy-to-clean parts.
When buying a juicer, you should consider the following:
- Juicer Type – Generally, juicers are either centrifugal or cold press. Centrifugal juicers grind and cut fruit at a high speed, while cold press juicers squeeze fruits and vegetables more slowly for a higher yield. Centrifugal juicers are faster and less expensive, but they produce a lower quality juice.
- Speed – Juicer speed is measured in rpms, or rotations per minute. A faster speed typically equals a faster juicing time, but it also often means a high noise level and more coarsely juiced product.
- Food Capabilities – Check to see what a juicer is capable of juicing. You may want one that is able to crush grasses, sprouts and herbs in addition to fruits and vegetables.
- Capacity – The capacity of the pulp container and the juice container can differ among juicers. Select a size that will allow you to juice as much or as little as you would like.
- Ease of Cleaning – For a quicker cleanup, check for a juicer that is made of removable and dishwasher-safe parts. Some models also include a cleaning brush.
- Safety – If you will be using your juicer around children, consider a cold press model that utilizes bladeless technology.
There are lots of features to take into account when shopping for a juicer. If you plan on using your machine regularly, consider purchasing a cold press model with dishwasher-safe parts. This will allow you to create a higher-quality juice using a variety of ingredients. For more casual use, consider a cheaper centrifugal juicer.
When buying a blender, you should consider the following:
- Blender Type – The two main types of blenders are jug/jar blenders and stick/hand blenders. The standard jug blender is more expensive than a stick blender, but is ideal for creating everything from pancakes to soups. Stick blenders allow for effective blending in a bowl, but must be operated by hand.
- Speed Settings – Blenders typically have several speed settings, which can be helpful for different types of blending. Be sure to pay attention to the speed maximum. High speed settings are ideal for juicing fruits.
- Pitcher Capacity – Capacity determines the amount that can be blended at one time. A 48-ounce capacity is most common. Consider whether you’ll be blending large amounts, say for a family, or smaller amounts for yourself.
- Ease of Cleaning – Sometimes blenders can be difficult to wash by hand because of their shape and blade. Look to see if the blender is dishwasher-safe and if it can be broken down into parts.
- Appearance – Blenders come in a variety sizes, shapes and colors. You’ll want to consider how the blender will match in your kitchen and if it will fit on your countertop.
- Convenience – For those who favor convenience, some blenders have easy carry-and-go options.
Many factors will determine which blender is the right choice for you. If you’re dreaming of whipping together complete meals in your blender, you may want to consider a jug blender with a high speed maximum. If you’re more likely to blend a quick smoothie on the way to work, then the convenience of a stick blender may be a bigger priority.
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