21 Mother's Day Gifts for 2021

A specialty coffee maker, a customizable pillow, and other helpful presents

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If there's anything moms need right now, it's most likely a break. A quiet moment with a latte, a good show to stream, or some time to tune out the world. Or maybe she just wants to pressure-wash the heck out of the deck in peace.

From a specialty coffee maker to fuel her day to a customizable pillow that's perfect for a good night's rest, these Mother's Day gift ideas are some of the best products in our ratings—because, of course, moms deserve the best.

Fuel for the Day

The Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is a fantastic grinder and one of the more affordable models that does well in our tests. It receives strong scores in our grind performance tests, making it a good choice for any brew method you want to use. It also earns a Very Good rating for convenience, thanks to its clearly marked and easy-to-use controls. Our testers found it extremely easy to clean, too, because it has a removable hopper. It features 15 grind settings, a 12-ounce bean hopper (one of the largest in our tests), an auto-stop feature, and a timer.

For more options: Best and Worst Burr Coffee Grinders

Help your mom create coffeehouse drinks at home. Consider giving her the Ninja Specialty CM401, a terrific all-in-one machine capable of brewing hot and iced coffee, lattes, macchiatos, and other specialty brews. In our tests it receives an Excellent rating for brew performance, and its glass carafe is easy to handle. This model is also packed with features including an over-ice brew mode for iced coffee, a built-in milk frother, brew-strength control, and brew-size adjustment for everything from travel mugs to full carafes. It's one of the most versatile coffee makers we’ve tested.

For more options: Best Coffee Makers

The seven-cup Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17 boils about 4 cups of water in 4 minutes. That's typical of the other kettles tested, but it keeps the water warm for 54 minutes, longer than most. The Cuisinart costs more than most of the models we tested, but it has six preset temperature settings for making different types of tea or French-press coffee, and it comes with a three-year warranty. This stainless kettle garners a Very Good rating in our convenience tests; you’ll have no trouble reading the markings on the kettle.

For more options: Best Electric Kettles

With warmer days ahead, Mom may prefer to chill out with a cup of cold brew. The Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker PBPBK-5101 is the most inexpensive cold-brew coffee maker in our ratings—and one of the best. It receives an Excellent rating for convenience. This Primula comes with a glass carafe, and most of its parts are dishwasher-safe. It’s the only model that calls for a full 24 hour brew time, but you might find the results worth the wait.

For more options: Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Keepin' It Hot

Zojirushi 16 oz Insulated Travel Mug

This slim mug is in a league of its own in terms of pure performance. It keeps drinks hot for an astonishing 13½ hours—6 hours longer than the closest competitor in our tests, earning a top rating of Excellent for temperature retention. The screw-on cap is easy to clean, with two removable gaskets. Our testers found the mug easy to open with one hand: Simply press a button on the side and the lid pops up so that you can drink out of the plastic spout. You can also lock the lid, a nice feature if you have young kids who are the type to tinker with a mug filled with scalding hot coffee. The slender design of the mug means it’s likely to fit in car cup holders.

DIY Bubbles

SodaStream Fizzi

If you’re looking for a very good model at a reasonable price, check out the SodaStream Fizzi. It scores well for making seltzer with a consistent amount of bubbles, and it’s among the easiest soda makers to use. The Fizzi’s bottle caps stay on well when the contents are under pressure. The CO2 injector sits at the top of the water line, so gas entering the bottle doesn’t freeze the water in the nozzle and ice up the works. You can vary the carbonation simply by pressing the button for longer or shorter times. (If you buy this model from Target, it comes with two extra bottles.)

For more options: Best Soda Makers

Essential Tech

Looking for a deal? You can’t do much better than the $35 price for the Monoprice BT-300ANC. These headphones don’t have the latest features—like a monitor mode or adjustable noise cancellation—but they deliver where it counts: above-average sound quality (for when Mom wants to rock her favorite playlist) and fantastic sound-blocking abilities (for when she needs to tune everyone else out).

For more options: Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Help Mom turn off the world when she turns on a tablet. The iPad’s 10.2-inch display is among the best in our ratings, and it's legible in direct sunlight. The device weighs very little (especially considering its size) at 1.1 pounds and has a battery that lasts between 10 and 13 hours, depending on how demanding the task is (video playback vs. simply web browsing), according to our testers.

For more options: Best Tablets

Help Mom stay connected with friends and family or make it easier for her to binge on "Better Call Saul." The Amazon Echo Show features a 10-inch touch screen and earned high marks for versatility as well as ease of use in our tests. But most important, the Show produces satisfying sound with impressive bass. Our testers concluded that it’s the best-sounding speaker with a screen.

For more options: Best Smart Speakers

Keep you mom comfortable while she's logging all those work hours at home with one of the most ergonomic laptops in our ratings. Our testers praised the Lenovo Flex's large backlit keyboard, spacious track pad, and 14-inch touch screen, which can be folded backward on its hinge for use as a tablet or kickstand. As for specs, the Flex 14IML features an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid-state drive, and 11 hours of battery life.

For more options: Best Laptops

Dedicated DIYer

This DeWalt cordless drill offers a lot of power and speed for the money. It comes with two lithium-ion batteries and a charger, plus it includes a generous three-year warranty. It also has nice little extras, including an integrated LED work light and a belt hook. It’s lightweight, about 2.5 pounds, and quieter than most cordless drills.

For more options: Best Cordless Drills for $100 or Less

The battery-powered Ego CS1804 cuts like a much beefier gas saw while offering all the conveniences of an electric, such as instant starting and zero engine maintenance. Another nice plus: Like most electrics, it’s quieter than a gas saw, though you’ll still want to use hearing protection while you’re cutting.

For more options: Best Chainsaws

The Ego ST1502SA edges and trims as well as the best gas models in our ratings, and even clears through tall grass and weeds. At 9 pounds, it's extremely light. And because this Ego is battery-powered, it's easy to start and operate.

For more options: Best String Trimmers

The Greenworks GPW2000 electric pressure washer is a great budget-friendly pick. It cleans well and quickly, and it doesn't come with a zero-degree nozzle, meaning CR can recommend it.

For more options: Best Pressure Washers

Wannabe TV Chefs

This set is a great pick for the master chef of the family who loves to ask, "Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" The coating appears pebbly, but that doesn’t affect its nonstick properties, and we cooked pancakes and eggs effortlessly. Cooking evenness is superb, and this eight-piece set aced our speed-of-heating test; we quickly brought 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot. The surface stands up to our durability test, in which we rub steel wool over the coating 2,000 times; it earned a rating of Very Good.

For more options: Best Cookware Sets

If your mom loves trying to create showstoppers from "The Great British Baking Show," there's no time like the present. The KitchenAid Classic K45SS matches the performance of more expensive models test for test, meaning it excels at mixing, kneading, and whipping. The 10-speed mixer comes with a 4.5-quart stainless steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook, and wire whisk. It’s compatible with all KitchenAid attachments, so you can branch out from baking into making more savory foods like sausage or pasta.

For more options: Best Stand Mixers

Is the mom in your life the kind of person who loves researching recipes and trying new ones? Consider the 6-quart Zavor LUX LCD multi-cooker. It gets perfect scores in our tests for pressure-cooking succulent, fall-off-the-bone ribs; steaming broccoli and carrots; and slow-cooking thick, tender chili (a test in which most pressure-cook models don't excel). The 1,000-watt cooker has a stainless steel insert, which proves to be more durable than nonstick coated inserts in our tests.

For more options: Best Multi-Cookers

Rest & Relaxation

Give Mom the gift of a great night's sleep with a pillow she can adjust to her liking. The Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft pillow is made of shredded memory foam and earns an Excellent rating in our tests for support, no matter your size and whether you sleep on your side or back. “It’s a very versatile pillow,” says Chris Regan, the project leader who oversees pillow testing at CR, in part because it comes with a kit with extra foam to adjust the filling. This CR-recommended pillow also keeps its shape well, showing little or no change in height or fluffiness in our resilience tests.

For more options: Best Pillows

Snooze Happy

Luna Weighted Blanket

If Mom's been thinking of trying a weighted blanket, this could be a great Mother's Day gift. The cover of the Luna blanket is cotton; it doesn't come with a duvet cover. Luna says you can wash it in cold water on the gentle setting and hang it to dry or tumble-dry on low heat. Bonus: It's sold in 24 colors to suit your decorating style.

For more options: We Tested 5 Weighted Blankets. Here's What We Found.

CR's take: When the working day is done, help Mom snooze in comfort. This Brooklinen set (a bit of a splurge at $150) will fit a 14-inch mattress and one that's not as deep. Our testers note that these sheets don’t shrink as much as some other cotton sheets we've tested. They earn a Very Good rating for both fit and shrinkage. Though they do tend to get smaller during washes, they don’t deform all that much over time. Luxe Core sheets are on the softer side based on our sensory test.

For more options: Best and Worst Sheets

CR's take: Breakfast in bed is even better when you're being served on a comfy mattress. This Tuft & Needle bed-in-a-box foam mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial (so if Mom doesn’t like it, she can return the mattress within 100 days for a full refund) and a 10-year warranty that covers visible sagging, physical flaws, and manufacturing defects. It scores well in our support tests for petite, average, and large/tall side sleepers as well as for petite back sleepers.

For more options: Best Mattresses


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Mary Beth Quirk

A native Wisconsinite and avid cheese enthusiast, I've written thousands of stories—on topics ranging from product safety to the best way to cook a burger—in my 10-year career as a consumer-focused journalist. I live in Brooklyn, N.Y., and I have a very hard time passing up pizza. Follow me on Twitter (@marybethquirk).