This Thanksgiving, I’ll spend some quality time with a loved one I don’t hang out with nearly often enough.
And while I’m excited to see my mom and dad, my brother and sister, and one of my uncles who’s driving in from out of state, I’m not talking about any of them.
Her name’s Bella, and I can’t wait to reconnect. She’s hardworking, quiet, reliable, bright red and shiny.
Yes, she’s my KitchenAid stand mixer, and yes, I named her. (And yes, she’s a she.)
Judge all you want. I’m not sorry.
Want Your Own KitchenAid Mixer This Year?
After I recieved Bella as a gift for my 23rd birthday, she quickly became the centerpiece of my kitchen.
Not only is she beautiful, but she’s efficient — and all manner of good things have originated in her bowl, from knock-your-socks-off fresh pasta to the kind of chocolate chip cookies you literally can’t stop eating.
If you’re ready to nab your own KitchenAid after eyeing them for years, Black Friday’s a good time to do it. Lots of retailers offer steep discounts on this desirable kitchen appliance year after year.
But which one offers the best deal?
We raked the web to find the best Black Friday offerings on KitchenAid stand mixers to give you an easy guide to answering that question.
After all, you have better things to think about over the holiday — like how the heck you’re going to get everything done without your very own Bella to help.
These deals are generally organized from best to worst, but your own best deal will depend on your unique situation. How fierce are your color and size preferences? Are you already planning on placing an order from one of these retailers, and is the convenience of making only one stop a worthy trade?
Also, these are the Black Friday deals available as per Wednesday, Nov. 23 — so more may become available as we get closer to Friday itself.
One final note: KitchenAid is offering mail-in rebates for pre-paid Visa cards worth $30 or $50 when you buy an eligible model.
The model numbers differ even down to the color, and the rebate also specifies it’s “only applicable at authorized KitchenAid retailers,” so you’ll have to check the fine print. You can find the rebate forms here, here and here.
Where to Buy a KitchenAid Mixer on Black Friday 2016
Without further ado, here are the deals, with all prices reported before taxes.
We’re also not including what you could save by using a discounted gift card and/or a rewards credit card, but those are both good ideas. Learn more about these strategies in this guide to deal-stacking.
Kohl’s deal certainly doesn’t look like the best at first glance.
Not only is its 5-quart “Artisan” a pricier-than-others’ $329.99, but you’ll also be levied a “shipping surcharge” of $7.50.
However, when you take a closer look, you’ll find the potential for massive savings.
You get an extra 15% off when you order online using the promo code NOVSAVE15, as well as $75 in Kohl’s Cash to use later ($15 per $50 spent).
You can further increase your savings by signing up for Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards and earn 280 points, which will net you $10 in Rewards Cash (yes, this is different than Kohl’s Cash). If you buy through Ebates, you’ll get 8% cash back ($22.44).
If you skip shipping and head to the store for pickup, that means your final price is $280.49, and $173.05 if you count the Kohl’s Cash, the Rewards Cash and the cash back.
Plus, we were able to verify that Kohl’s is a KitchenAid authorized retailer and qualifies for the $50 mail-in rebate, which would bring your total price down to just $123.05 on a qualifying mixer. Whoa!
Walmart’s offering the 4.5-quart “Classic” KitchenAid stand mixer in white for $186.81 or onyx black for $189. You have to add it to your cart to see the price, which the system calculates with additional sales tax based on your area.
Other models in fancy colors and larger sizes are also available on sale, but still cost considerably more — as in, over $300.
If you order online, your mixer will ship free since it’s over $50. You can also pick it up in-store.
Walmart purchases aren’t eligible for KitchenAid’s mail-in rebate, but you can get 12% cash back through ShopAtHome, so you could score your mixer for as little as $164.39.
Macy’s is offering the 4.5-quart “Classic Plus” in silver for $199.99, and the colorful 5-quart “Artisan” for $279.99, down from original costs of $349.99 and $499.99, respectively. It offers free shipping for orders of $50 or more, plus store pickup.
However, KitchenAid expressly disqualifies all Macy’s purchases from its mail-in rebates.
Ebates is offering 12% cash back on Macy’s purchases, which means your mixer would wind up costing you $175.99.
Amazon has the 5-quart “Artisan” model in every color you can imagine starting at $279.99.
Some colors are slightly discounted or more expensive, and a few, of course, are unavailable entirely. You’ll get free shipping whether or not you have Prime.
It also has the white 4.5-quart “Classic” in white or onyx black for about $224.90 with shipping. You’ll have to place it into your own cart to verify the price at the time you attempt to make the purchase.
We verified Amazon also qualifies for KitchenAid’s $30 mail in rebate on this model, bringing the total price to $194.90, but didn’t see any cash-back offers.
This unlikely retailer has the 5-quart “Professional 5 Plus” model in empire red, silver and onyx black for $199.99, down from $499.99.
It’s also offering the 5-quart “Artisan” from $250.99, depending on the color. You’ll have to add your chosen mixer to your cart to see the price.
Best Buy offers free two-day shipping on both deals, as well as in-store pickup. You can get 1% cash back through Ebates, which is better than nothing, I suppose.
Although it looks good on the surface, beware that price-match guarantee — it specifically excludes Black Friday deals.
Target has the 4.5-quart “Ultra Power Plus” model in ice blue, red and light silver for just $259.99, and you’ll get a $20 Target gift card to use later.
That essentially brings your price down to $239.99, so long as you planned on ever spending money at Target again (which I think we can agree is a given).
You’ll also get free shipping to your home or local store for pickup. The sale price ends right at the end of Black Friday. If you order online through TopCashback, you’ll get 2.25% cash back, bringing your total cost to $234.59.
The downside: KitchenAid mixers purchased at Target are not eligible for mail-in rebates.
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath and Beyond’s 5-quart “Artisan” is a pricer-than-average $329.99, but if you’ve got one of the company’s famed (and ubiquitous) 20% off coupons, that comes down to $263.99.
You’ll also get free shipping on your online order over $29. TopCashback is offering 5% cash back, so your purchase will wind up costing you $250.79.
However, on its mail-in rebate forms, KitchenAid calls out Bed, Bath & Beyond purchases as ineligible for the $30 and $50 Visa cards.
Your Turn: Are you getting your very own Bella this Black Friday? If so, which retailer will you visit?
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Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.