When you're feeding multiple kiddos and figuring out meals for your own lunch and dinner, it can be difficult to find options that fit the bill for everyone. Our secret? Great kitchen gadgets and basics that make meal planning a breeze.

From the Instant Pot (yes, it's *totally* worth it!) to a cast iron pan, we rounded up some of our favorite kitchen basics every parent needs in their kitchen.

Make sure to add them to your cart today before Amazon Prime Day ends at midnight PT!

Kitchenaid Artisan Mini Plus 3.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Flex Edge Beater



Artisan Mini Plus 3.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Flex Edge Beater

The pride and joy of home bakers everywhere and the product of choice for many a Prime Day shopper. Now’s the time to snatch up the Kitchenaid stand mixer you’ve been fantasizing about for ages. It’s almost too hard to choose a color but I’ve gotta admit–”hot sauce” red is calling my name.

Was $379.99, now $259.99

Vitamix 5200 Blender



5200 Blender

Another one that’s high on the covet list, snagging a Vitamix on Prime Day is a kitchen gadget shopper rite of passage. The high-powered 5200 model will have you whipping up professional grade smoothies, nut butters and hot soups (!) in seconds flat.

Was $405.54, now $299.95

Amazon Basics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

Amazon Basics


Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

Speaking of baking, our family gets a silly amount of use out of these silicone baking cups. Not only will they last forever (and save you from having to buy paper ones) they also make great toddler snack cups!

Was $11.09, now $6.84

Ninja BL770AMZ Mega Kitchen System



BL770AMZ Mega Kitchen System

Okay, so you might already have a blender—but you don’t have a Ninja. It does everything from crushing ice for cocktails to pureeing baby’s food and making hearty smoothies for everyone else. We love the sleek design that won’t be an eye sore on any countertop.

Was $199, now $119.99

instant pot

Instant Pot


Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

If you’d like to throw out seven large kitchen gadgets in your home, then you absolutely need this. It’s a 7-in-1 multifunctional cooker: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning, yogurt making, steamer and warmer. The 6-quart is perfect for families of about 4-6 people and it’s not too big that it takes up tons of space.

Was $99, now $74.95

ember mug



Self-Warming Mug

So, on average how many times do you reheat that same cup of coffee every morning? Once because someone pooped their pants the second you poured it. Twice because you were then interrupted by a scavenger hunt for someone’s left rain boot. Three times because you completely forgot about it in the microwave after the boot was found, right? WELL. TIMES HAVE CHANGED, MAMA. Enter the Ember mug . Packed with an app-enabled heating element, the Ember mug keeps hot beverages at exactly the temperature you tell it to long enough for you to drink it. Honestly, I never expected to love it so much—but after being gifted one for my birthday, I swear, my morning coffee has never been so enjoyable.

Was $149.95, now $119.95

Yatoshi 5 Knife Block Set



5 Knife Block Set

Raise your hand if you have a million random sized (and dull) knives floating around your kitchen. 🙋Not only is this gorgeous knife block set 51% off, but it has every single knife you’ll ever need in your kitchen, from slicing bread and steak to paring and serrating. Plus, it comes with a set of shears so you’ll always have them handy!

Was $199.99, now $98

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Nonstick Kitchen Cookware with Stay-Cool Stainless Steel Handles



10-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Nonstick Kitchen Cookware with Stay-Cool Stainless Steel Handles

Looking for a cookware upgrade? This 10-piece set from quality brand Calphalon is quite the deal at 44% off and includes everything you need to whip up all your family’s favorites.

Was $249.99, now $139.99

Wine glasses

Set of wine glasses

Even if it feels far (far, far) away, you will have girls night again. Everyone needs a beautiful set of wine glasses for those occasions. These are perfect for both everyday use and entertaining and are dishwasher safe. 🙌 Plus, they’re backed by AmazonBasics one-year warranty so if your little knocks one over, you’re covered.

Was $21.79, now $13.20

cast iron skillet

Amazon Basics


Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet

While this one might seem intimidating, it’s one of the best basics you can have in your home. It’s ideal for sautéing, searing, baking, and for stir fry—basically everything you could want to do in the kitchen! This one is pre-seasoned so you bypass having to do that and is the perfect size for a dish for the entire fam.

Was $29.85, now $19.90

digital thermometer

Taylor Precision Products


Digital Thermometer

Ever taken too much time figuring out if meat was actually done? Well you don’t have to worry about that anymore. This thermometer will read out the meat’s temperature, letting you know if the meat has cooked fully. Our favorite feature? You can use a freeze setting to keep the last displayed temp on the screen so you don’t have to remember it or write it down.

Was $24.99, now $14.59

Smart meat thermometer



Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer

Sure, you might pride yourself on your grill prowess and instinct for taking that ribeye off at just the right time, but it’s 2022. There’s an app for that. Meater, the cleverly named bluetooth-enabled wireless meat thermometer is the upgrade you never knew you needed. The dual sensor probe monitors both internal and external temperatures to take the guesswork out of cooking allllll the meat, indoors and out.

Was $99.95, now $79.95

A version of this post was published June 16, 2018. It has been updated.