We’ve officially made it to the first week in November, which means Thanksgiving is around the corner. For many, it’s a beloved holiday for eating and coming together with the ones you love. For others, it’s a month full of stress. Why? Because hosting a holiday dinner with all your friends and family takes a lot of work and planning. But Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all hustle and bustle. No one should be stretched too thin or feel too exhausted to enjoy the festivities. Luckily, these expert Thanksgiving picks from our sales specialists will make the holiday easier and more efficient for you and your guests. We’ve also asked our employees what they’re most thankful for this year (and we hope you’ll ask yourself the same). So grab one of these products and prepare to create the most delicious meal and the most joyous occasion for all those invited.
Carl Recommends: Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer
The Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer features 11 different cooking functions, including Broil, Roast, Bake, Warm, Air Fry, Slow Cook and more. The dual-speed convection process reduces total cooking time by up to 30%. This is ideal when you’re trying to get dinner on the table in a rush. We’d tell you more about why this small kitchen appliance is so handy for the holiday, but we’ll let Carl do the talking.
Why he recommends it: “This is one of my favorite products to use for preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It offers a large enough capacity to cook extra appetizers or side dishes, features an air fry option to add that extra crisp to dishes that need it, and has a light inside that makes it easy to see when your food is ready. It’s not quite as quick as a microwave, but your food comes out tasting so much better.”
What he’s grateful for: “Something I’m grateful for this year, and every year for that matter, is my parents (in-laws included!). Any time my wife and I need help, they’re there to lend a hand. They show us and our children unconditional love and set such a great example of kindness. I feel lucky every day having such tremendous role models in my life.”
Ray Recommends: KitchenAid 6 Qt. Stainless Steel Slow Cooker
The KitchenAid 6 Qt. stainless steel slow cooker can cook stews, soups, casseroles and even large cuts of meat. With the built-in timer, you can put your food in and program this appliance ahead of time. It offers up to 24 hours of cooking at a time if you really need it. The electronic sensor will monitor your meal for you, so you can focus on what’s most important. When it’s done cooking, it automatically activates a Keep Warm mode to ensure your recipe stays hot for your hungry guests no matter what time you’re serving. Here’s what Ray had to tell us about this high-quality product.
Why he recommends it: “It’s convenient to use and very versatile. The slow cooker can be used to make a wide range of delicious meals with minimal effort. Whether I am cooking for two or entertaining guests, the KitchenAid is a great addition to the kitchen ensemble.”
What he’s grateful for: “I am grateful for each day. I can watch my 5 grandchildren grow. I can still contribute by working for the best company with the best group of people.”
Paul Recommends: Traeger MEATER Plus
The Traeger MEATER Plus is a top-of-the-line meat thermometer that uses dual-sensor technology to measure the internal temperature of your food as accurately as possible. Rather than consistently opening your appliance to check the thermometer, this wireless product can report the progress directly to your smartphone. The accompanying app can even give you tips and walk you through every step of the cooking process, based on the specific meat you’re making. Here’s why Paul chose this device for your holiday turkey.
Why he recommends it: “Wireless meat probe products are generally very popular so that people can cocktail/party with friends and family and not have to be in the same room with the bird or ham or whatever they’re making and have their phone notify them when the food is ready. The Meater is a good product for this.”
What he’s grateful for: “My healthy and beautiful family. We are incredibly lucky.”
Celestine Recommends: LG Stainless Smart Convection Gas Slide-In Range
The LG Stainless Smart Gas Slide-In Range features LG’s ProBake® Convection technology, which produces consistent results every time, whether you’re roasting meats or baking cookies. It also has an UltraHeat™ 20K BTU power burner, which heats up rapidly when you’re in a hurry to warm up different dishes. This kitchen appliance is compatible with the LG ThinQ® App too, so you can even set timers, start/stop the oven and monitor from your smartphone. But what features make this range a top choice for Thanksgiving? Let Celestine tell you.
Why he recommends it: “The LG Slide-in range has an Air Fryer [function] for healthy cooking without oil, steam cleaning after cooking, and also has an Air Sous-Vide to store cooked and uncooked food to last.”
What he’s grateful for: “I am grateful for our God guiding my family and my Abt extended family throughout the past three challenging years.”
Shirley Recommends: Napoleon Prestige Pro 500 RSIB Gas Grill
While baking is the classic way to cook your turkey, some Thanksgiving hosts like Shirley prefer a different method. The Napoleon Prestige Pro 500 RSIB gas grill provides a large 900 square inches of cooking space for all your holiday meats and side dishes. You can also take advantage of the rear rotisseries burner for spit roasting, or sear food on high heat using the infrared Sizzle Zone™ side burner. The iconic WAVE-shaped cooking grids will provide the most even heat across the grill. They also prevent smaller food from falling through, too. Here’s why Shirley chose this high-quality outdoor appliance.
Why she recommends it: “My Thanksgiving saving grace is my Napoleon gas grill. I usually host 20 or more people every year but I only have one oven. This grill has made it easier for me to get everything done at the same time. I use the grill to smoke the turkeys, and my convection oven to make my sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, green bean casserole and pies all at the same time. My Thanksgiving dinners have become so efficient that I even have time to sit down and have a glass of wine before the guests arrive.”
What she’s grateful for: “I am most grateful for my beautiful daughter, 35 wonderful years with my husband, and continued health for us all.”
Ben Recommends: Traeger Pro 34 Wood Pellet Grill
No two grills are exactly alike, and this is more than true for the Traeger Pro 34 Wood Pellet Grill. A gas or electric grill will provide that nice charred taste for your meat. A wood pellet grill, on the other hand, will smoke your whole turkey, providing a rich, aromatic flavor that isn’t easily replicated. This outdoor appliance features a Set-It & Forget-It® system that ensures maintained temperatures long after your grill is set. While the Traeger MEATER Plus above is ideal for those who don’t already own a pellet grill, this Traeger model comes with meat probes for additional convenience. If you’re not sold yet, just read Ben’s stellar recommendation.
Why he recommends it: “With all that goes on in the kitchen throughout the morning and afternoon for Thanksgiving dinner, we have made our turkey on our Traeger smoker for the past 5 years. Besides clearing oven space for all the dishes going in and out all day, the turkey comes out moist and delicious, with a great flavoring.”
What he’s grateful for: “Thanksgiving is the best family day of the year, thankful my out-of-town children are able to make it home on Thanksgiving—it certainly makes the meal that much better!”
Agnes Recommends: Sonos Move 2 Bluetooth Home Speaker
Thanksgiving isn’t only about cooking. There’s a reason why we call it “entertaining”. While feeding your guests is crucial, it’s also important to socialize and keep the mood light and jovial. Why not level up the fun and curate a holiday playlist? When you play music with the Sonos Move 2 Bluetooth home speaker, you can experience a high-fidelity soundstage with dynamic bass and detailed vocals. You can pause, skip and adjust the volume easily with the intuitive touch controls or with hands-free voice commands. The party never has to end on account of your speaker dying either. It has a 24-hour battery life on just a single charge! Keep reading to see what Agnes has to say about this device.
Why she recommends it: “The Sonos Move 2 is a very versatile piece that can be placed anywhere in and out of the home. The sound quality is crisp and clear. Perfect for the holidays.”
What she’s grateful for: “I am grateful for the people in my life. Without their love and support, I would not be the person that I am today.”
We’d like to give a big thanks to our sales specialists for sharing their favorite Thanksgiving picks for the holiday. We hope our recommendations can lead you to Abt and, hopefully, your new favorite appliance or device. With any of these products in your home and a good Thanksgiving recipe in hand, your holiday dinner is guaranteed to be a success. What are you grateful for this year? Feel free to share in the comments!