Officially Amazon Prime Day doesn’t begin until Tuesday, but unofficially the best early Prime Day deals under $25 are already rolling in. While many of us have our eye on big-ticket items like gel memory foam mattresses and top-rated HEPA air filters (both currently on sale), there’s also a plethora of affordable finds for your kitchen, pantry, and home. At these prices, go nuts. Bottle stoppers? Adding to the cart. That condiment your friend’s been raving about? Already bought, my friend. A Y-peeler? Try three Y-peelers. Amazon Prime Day is July 12 and 13, and new sales will be dropping throughout, so check back in the days to come for all the best Prime Day deals under $25.
Well-seasoned cast-iron skillets are the cooking equivalent of your favorite broken-in pair of Birkenstocks: They’re classic, reliable, and go with just about everything (even GQ says so—about the Birkenstocks, at least). Lodge is one of the best cast-iron skillet retailers out there, and you can get one of its preseasoned pans right now for 33% off.
Joyce Chen kitchen scissors are a favorite of BA editors as well as food stylists everywhere. Sturdy yet precise, they boast roomy, brightly colored handles and small but sharp blades that cut through just about anything. They’re one of the best kitchen shears available—and certainly the cutest.
“Fake candles are terrible—except for these fake candles,” proclaims culture editor Hilary Cadigan. This set of three pillar candles is made of actual wax, not plastic, and they even kind of look like the real deal thanks to their moving wicks. Can your real candle switch off via remote control? Didn’t think so.
Why use a flimsy single-use plastic bag for your sandwich when there are reusable silicone Stasher bags? They’re dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave-, and oven-safe and come in a rainbow of colors. Recipe production assistant Mehreen Karim even sous vides in her Stasher bags. Not convinced yet? Take 12% off the half gallon bag in aqua.
You can never have too much ice, and you can never have too many W&P ice trays—the best ice cube tray there is, according to senior commerce editor and ice fanboy MacKenzie Chung Fegan. They’re over 30% off right now, so stock up.
Cooking and SEO editor Joe Sevier loves the Kyocera ceramic mandoline for its compact size, which makes it ideal for storage. But don’t be deceived—it can still slice like the best of them. As far as mandolines go, it’s already a pretty inexpensive option, but it’s even more affordable this Amazon Prime Day.
If you don’t have a set of fine-mesh strainers, go ahead, see what you’ve been missing. They’re incredibly versatile tools; use large strainers to rinse rice or drain lentils, medium ones to dust powdered sugar atop a Bundt cake, and small guys to strain tea. Get a set of three strainers all in different sizes this Prime Day.
Why would you need something as analog as a mortar and pestle in your modern kitchen? For cookbook author and former BA editor Andy Baraghani, the mortar and pestle is his favorite kitchen tool because he loves having “complete control over consistency.” Use this marble one to make pesto, grind spices, or mash up a fiery red curry paste.
Every kitchen needs a Y-peeler. Make that three Y-peelers—you never know when you’ll need to make mashed potatoes for 20. They’re more ergonomic and efficient than a swivel peeler, and you’re less likely to nick yourself on a dull blade.