10 Innovative Kitchen Tools You Didn't Know You Needed

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Spending more time at home means revisiting those kitchen skills. And if you've found that your knives are a little dull, the coffee machine is weak, and the toaster oven can't get those fries close to crispy anymore, then it might be time for an upgrade. Check out this list of helpful kitchen gear suited for just about any meal you're craving.

1. Damasukasu Japanese Three-Piece Master Chef Hanshu Knife Set; $70

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Prep can be tedious, even if you adore cooking. The three knives in this set are triple-riveted and nitrogen-cooled for enhanced strength and flexibility to avoid slips and take time out of prep. In this package, you'll get a utility knife, a slicing knife, and a vegetable knife to handle any job.

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2. Gourmia® 7-Qt Stainless Steel Digital Air Fryer; $100

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Healthy fried food is no longer an oxymoron with the invention of the air fryer. This Gourmia model is all about speed and convenience, with eight one-touch presets, faster cooking times, and a non-stick, easy clean-up.

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3. Mellow Sous-Vide Precision Cooker; $200

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All it takes is 30 seconds of setup before this gadget takes over and cooks your meal using the sous-vide method. During the cooking process, your meal will be kept in a food-safe HDPE bag as heated water circulates around it and delivers a restaurant-quality entrée.

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4. Connect-it BBQ Tool Set; $40

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Even the biggest barbecue enthusiast can get irritated when trying to juggle multiple grilling tools at once. This spatula and fork set uses magnets to morph the two parts into whatever tool you need at the moment, meaning easier grilling now and less time spent washing dishes later.

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5. D-Frost Wonder Quick Defrosting Tray; $13

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This quick defrosting tray uses thermally conductive material to speed up the defrosting process, saving you precious time and frustration along the way. No batteries or electricity required.

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6. Zen Series 8-Inch Japanese-Style Chef's Knife; $72

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This long-lasting knife is made of multiple steels forged together to help bolster its strength and fight against stains. The ergonomic design also feels as good as it performs.

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7. Smokeless Non-Stick Indoor/Outdoor Grill; $25

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Grilling is synonymous with that difficult-to-clean, crispy residue. This indoor/outdoor grill is coated in non-stick PTFE which makes for an easier clean that doesn't require a coating of oil or butter. Say bye to a big mess and hello to delicious and healthy kabab-y goodness.

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8. 11-Piece Stainless Steel Cocktail Bar Tool Set; $40

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The bars may be different lately, but you can still serve up perfectly crafted cocktails from home in minutes with this tool set. Here, you'll get a shaker, ice hammer, cocktail spoon, and more. And most of the pieces are made of stainless steel and can be stored in an eco-friendly bamboo stand to avoid rust.

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9. Martha Stewart 7-in-1 Digital Pressure Cooker; $70

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All this appliance requires is some thinking ahead. Decide what you want to eat, toss it into the pressure cooker, and press one of the 14 preset programs to have food prepared for you, hands-free. This set comes with a wire rack, spoon, and rice measuring cup.

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10. Ovente Electric Kettle with Touch-Screen Control Panel; $27

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Did you know the wrong water temperature can affect the quality of your coffee and tea? This stainless-steel electric kettle gets your water temperature exactly right with the press of a button, and it lights up in one of five colors for an added bonus.

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Amazon's Best Black Friday Deals: Tech, Video Games, Kitchen Appliances, Clothing, and More

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Black Friday is finally here, and Amazon is offering great deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40)

- Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition; $190 (save $30)

- Ninja OS301 Foodi 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer; $125 (save $75)

- Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville; $120 (save $60)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75)

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $80 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10)

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $16 (save $11)

- HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

- Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31)

- TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

- Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

- Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30)

Video games

Sony

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening; $40 (save $20)

- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; $50 (save $10)

- Marvel's Avengers; $25 (save $33)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

- BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

- The Sims 4; $24 (save $20)

- God of Warfor PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

- Days Gonefor PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

- Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

Microsoft/Amazon

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250)

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $335 (save $64)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

Apple/Amazon

- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $120 (save $79)

- Seneo Wireless Charger, 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station; $16 (save $10)

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

- DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

Headphones and speakers

Beats/Amazon

- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones; $120 (Save $80)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $169 (save $50)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones; $175 (save $75)

- JBL Boombox; $280 (save $120)

Movies and TV

HBO/Amazon

- Game of Thrones: The Complete Series; $115 (save $89)

- Jurassic World 5-Movie Set; $23 (save $37)

- Deadwood: The Complete Series; $42 (save $28)

- Back to the Future Trilogy; $15 (save $21)

Toys and Games

Amazon

- Awkward Family Photos Greatest Hits; $15 (save $10)

- Exploding Kittens Card Game; $10 (save $10)

- Cards Against Humanity: Hidden Gems Bundle; $14 (save $5)

- LOL Surprise OMG Remix Pop B.B. Fashion Doll; $29 (save $6)

- LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle 92177 Expert Building Kit; $56 (save $14)

Furniture

Casper/Amazon

- Casper Sleep Element Queen Mattress; $476 (save $119)

- ZINUS Alexis Deluxe Wood Platform Bed Frame; $135 (save $24)

- ROMOON Dresser Organizer with 5 Drawers; $59 (save $11) 

- AmazonBasics Room Darkening Blackout Window Curtains; $26 (save $5)

- Writing Desk by Caffoz; $119 (save $21)

- SPACE Seating Office Support Managers Chair; $112 (save $116)

- Rivet Globe Stick Table Lamp; $53 (save $17)

- Christopher Knight Home Merel Mid-Century Modern Club Chair; $188 (save $10)

- Walker Edison Furniture Industrial Rectangular Coffee Table; $121 (save $48)

Beauty

Haus/Amazon

- MySmile Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light; $21 (save $12) 

- Cliganic USDA Organic Lip Balms Set of Six; $6 (save $4)

- HAUS LABORATORIES By Lady Gaga: LE RIOT LIP GLOSS; $7 (save $11)

- Native Deodorant for Men and Women Set of Three; $25 (save $11) 

- BAIMEI Rose Quartz Jade Roller & Gua Sha; $14 (save $3)

- Honest Beauty Clearing Night Serum with Pure Retinol and Salicylic Acid; $20 (save $8)

- WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set; $30 (save $5) 

- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser; $15 (save $5)

- wet n wild Bretman Rock Shadow Palette; $9 (save $6)

- EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Face Sunscreen Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid; $25 (save $6)

Clothes

Ganni/Amazon

- Ganni Women's Crispy Jacquard Dress; $200 (save $86) 

- The Drop Women's Maya Silky Slip Skirt; $36 (save $9)

- Steve Madden Women's Editor Boot; $80 (save $30)

- adidas Women's Roguera Cross Trainer; $40 (save $25)

- Line & Dot Women's Elizabeth Sweater; $74 (save $18)

- Levi's Men's Sherpa Trucker Jacket; $57 (save $41)

- Adidas Men's Essentials 3-Stripes Tapered Training Joggers Sweatpants; $28 (save $12)

- Timex Men's Weekender XL 43mm Watch; $32 (save $20)

- Ray-Ban Unisex-Adult Hexagonal Flat Lenses Sunglasses; $108 (save $46) 

- Reebok Men's Flashfilm Train Cross Trainer; $64 (save $16)

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13 Black Friday Deals You Can Take Advantage of Right Now

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For a limited time, you can save an additional 20 percent on tons of amazing products you’ve had your eye on over at The Mental Floss Shop with the coupon code BFSAVE20.

1. Probase Gen2 Usb-C 3.1 Laptop Stand; $116 (37 Percent Off W/ Code Bfsave20)

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Toss all those adaptors and swap them for this single laptop stand that connects with just one USB-C port and is equipped with three USB3.1 Gen2 ports and two memory card readers.

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2. Apple Ipad 4 9.7-Inch 16GB (Certified Refurbished) Bundle; $120 (40 Percent Off)

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Get the 9.7-inch retina display and Wi-Fi connectivity you’ve been dreaming of with this certified refurbished iPad 4. It scored a B-rating which means it only has some aesthetic markings.

*Apple iPad 4 excluded from code

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3. Nix Mini Color Sensor V2; $67 (32 Percent Off W/ Code Bfsave20)

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This portable, pocket-sized sensor can read the color of any material or surface you point it at and pick a paint brand that matches the exact tone.

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5. Desklab Portable Touchscreen Monitor; $199 (28 Percent Off W/ Code Bfsave20)

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If your workstation is indefinitely at home these days, you may be considering investing in your desktop setup. This touchscreen monitor has a 1080p resolution and is small enough to travel with you anywhere.

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6. Docking Station For Iphone/Apple Watch; $110 (25 Percent Off W/ Code Bfsave20)

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Tech accessories don’t have to be modern and sleek; they can be stylish and warm like this docking station made from solid walnut and topped with soft felt.

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7. Apple Imac 21.5-Inch Core I5, 8GB Ram 1TB Hdd (Refurbished); $680 (47 Percent Off)

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8. Apple Macbook Air 13.3-Inch Core I5, 128GB Ssd (Refurbished); $590 (40 Percent Off)

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This pen can help you organize your notes, scribbles, and calendar. Everything you write with it gets digitized and stored so you can access every little note wherever you are.

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