Various top gifts for under $200.

Do you have a price in mind—but aren't quite sure what to buy that special someone this holiday season? The experts at Consumer Reports put together a series of gift guides that are grouped by price. Here, we focus on some of our top-rated products for less than $200. 

Need more holiday inspiration? Check out some of our other gift guides: Best White Elephant Gifts for Under $35Top Gifts Under $50Top Tech Gifts Under $100, Top Home Gifts Under $100, and 10 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers.

Go to Consumer Reports' 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.

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Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN125S

    CR’s take: If you’re looking for a Nespresso pod coffee maker that uses OriginalLine capsules, check out the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN125S. It earns high marks for first-cup speed, repeat-cup speed, and cup-size consistency. And it earns a rating of Very Good for brewing range, which means you have plenty of control over the strength of your brew. The Pixie has a removable water reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, and an adjustable brew temperature feature. It’s simple to use, and it can also brew three types of coffee—lungo (an Italian coffee), espresso, and ristretto (a more concentrated espresso)—depending on the capsules you buy.

     

    For more options: Best Pod Coffee Makers From Consumer Reports' Tests

    Drip Coffee Maker
    Ninja Specialty CM401

      CR’s take: A more affordable take on Ninja's Coffee Bar brewers, the Ninja Specialty CM401 is 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 handles with ease. 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 Drip Coffee Makers From Consumer Reports' Tests

      Full-Sized Blender
      Ninja Smart Screen DUO with FreshVac CT661V

        CR’s take: Ninja blenders garner a Very Good rating in owner satisfaction in our member survey. The 1,100-watt Ninja Smart Screen Duo with FreshVac CT661V is a CR Best Buy and comes with a battery-powered vacuum pump that attaches to the top of the blender when you want to vacuum out air before blending. Why would you want to do that? Our tests found that in vacuum mode, the Ninja makes smoothies that are smoother, less foamy, and more consistent in texture than smoothies made in regular mode.

        For more options: Best Blenders for Making Smoothies

        Toaster Oven
        Breville BOV650XL Oven

          CR’s take: The Breville BOV650XL toaster oven earns a Very Good rating in our baking tests, turning out sugar cookies and corn muffins that were done in the center and golden on top and bottom. Functions include bake, broil, and roast, and settings for pizza and toasting bagels. This toaster oven has three rack positions and offers a temperature range of 120° F to 450° F. Models in our ratings range from 800 to 1,875 watts, so this 1,800-watt model is near the top in terms of power. (The higher the wattage, the more energy is delivered.)

          For more options: Best Toaster Ovens From Consumer Reports' Tests

          Air Fryer
          NuWave 6-Qt 37001

            CR’s take: The NuWave 37001 air fryer boasts the largest capacity of any model we tested, at 5.8 quarts. Our experts found its electronic controls with preprogrammed settings to be among the easiest to see and use. The inside and outside of the appliance are a cinch to clean, but cleaning food out of the holes in the basket takes a little extra effort. This air fryer is on the noisy side, earning only a Good rating in our noise tests. The fan is as loud as a countertop microwave, so you'll hear it running. The warranty is good for one year.

            For more options: Best Air Fryers of 2019

            Multi-Cooker
            Zavor LUX LCD : ZSELL02

              CR's take: The 6-quart Zavor LUX LCD 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 most pressure-cook models don't excel at). 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 of 2019

              Stand Mixer
              Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 6322[1]

                CR’s take: The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 is top-notch at whipping and mixing, and almost as good at kneading. It has the distinction of being the quietest model in our tests, earning an Excellent rating for noise: Whipping cream in this mixer is much quieter than making a smoothie in a blender. The 12-speed mixer comes with a 4.5-quart stainless steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook, and wire whisk. At 17 pounds, it’s the lightest of our recommended stand mixers, but you can’t use it with power attachments. It comes in white, black, red, and stainless steel. 

                For more options: Best Stand Mixers From Consumer Reports' Tests

                Dutch Oven
                Lodge Dutch Oven

                  CR’s take: Lodge knows a thing or two about cast iron, and the Lodge 6-quart Dutch oven turns out bread that’s nicely browned and crispy, rating a Very Good in our bread-baking test. Cleanup is a breeze. Weighing in at 14 pounds, this Dutch oven has a 7-inch cooking surface diameter and wide loop handles.

                  For more options: Best Dutch Ovens From Consumer Reports' Tests

                  Nonstick Cookware Set
                  Cuisinart Green Gourmet Hard Anodized GG-12

                    CR’s take: The 12-piece Cuisinart Green Gourmet nonstick set is one of only two sets in our ratings to earn an Excellent in cooking evenness. And the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brings water to a boil. This top-scoring set is made of anodized aluminum. (Anodizing is a process that hardens aluminum and renders it nonreactive, so you can cook acidic foods in the pan without worrying about aluminum leaching into it.) That coating makes anodized aluminum sets, including this one, more expensive than plain aluminum sets.

                    For more options: Best Cookware Sets of 2019

                    Handheld Vacuum
                    Shark Ion W1 WV201

                      CR's take: Not all handheld vacuums can tackle pet hair with aplomb, but the Shark Ion aces that task, earning an Excellent rating. It's also a champ at cleaning bare floors and getting into hard-to-reach places, and it's not too shabby at cleaning carpet. The vacuum and all its attachments can be stored on the charging base, making it a real space saver. And at just 1.4 pounds, it's the lightest hand vac in our tests. The only downside to its small size is the small dust bin, which may have to be emptied more than once if you have a sizable spill.

                      For more options: Best Handheld Vacuums of 2019

                      Stick Vacuum
                      Shark Rocket HV302

                        CR’s take: The corded Shark Rocket HV302 delivers on carpet cleaning and bare floors. It earns an Excellent rating for its pet-hair pickup, leaving little fur behind on a grooved tile floor in our tests. Added bonus? It can convert to a handheld vacuum as well. And in our member survey, Shark gets top marks for both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

                        For more options: Best Stick Vacuums for $150 or Less

                        Cordless Drill
                        Kobalt (Lowe's) KDD 1424A-03

                          CR’s take: Exclusive to Lowe’s, this 4-pound bruiser is a whole lot of drill for the money. One way Kobalt keeps costs down is by giving you only one battery, albeit a potent 24-volt unit. Consider buying a second battery, $50, for larger projects and always keeping one on the charger. The KDD 1424A-03 will drill plenty of holes fast, which earns it an Excellent rating in our speed test. It’ll perform well enough to serve as a tackle-any-task option for the average homeowner.

                          For more options: Best Cordless Drills of 2019

                          Video Doorbell
                          August Doorbell Cam Pro

                            CR’s take: The August Doorbell Cam Pro is a fantastic video doorbell, but it’s not the smartest model we’ve tested. It receives high marks for video quality and response time but a less-than-ideal Fair rating for Smart IQ, owing to its lack of many smart features compared with the competition. However, it is one of only two models in our ratings to offer color night vision, thanks to its built-in floodlight. The feature set also includes voice control via Amazon Alexa and a rolling 24 hours of free cloud video storage for video clips triggered by the camera's motion sensor (footage that captures movement, not dead air). With an optional subscription to the August Premium or Premium Plus video recording plans, the available video storage space increases to a rolling 15 days or 30 days, respectively. The Premium plan costs $3 per month, and the Premium Plus plan costs $5 per month.

                            For more options: Best Video Doorbells of 2019

                            Wireless Security Camera
                            Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P

                              CR’s take: The Arlo Pro 2 offers superb video quality and is the only model in our ratings with an Excellent Smart IQ rating. It also receives great data privacy and security scores. As for features, you get a siren, voice control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant), a rechargeable battery, and a rolling seven days of free storage for motion- and audio-triggered video clips. With an Arlo Smart subscription, you can get more video storage as well as monitoring zones, person detection, package detection, vehicle detection, and animal detection. Certain plans include e911, which allows you to contact your home's local 911 dispatcher from the Arlo app. The company offers subscriptions for 24/7 continuous video recording, too.

                              For more options: Best Wireless Home Security Cameras of 2019

                              Electronics

                              Tablet
                              Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB)

                                CR's take: The Fire HD 10 is the highest-scoring Amazon tablet in our ratings. The 10-inch screen is bright and crisp, and has a wide viewing angle, meaning it’ll stay sharp even if you’re not looking at it straight on (which makes it ideal for watching movies and TV shows with multiple people). The screen is also ideal for reading. Comic book fans may especially be interested in the Fire HD 10 because it can display a single full page in almost the same size as the print original. Amazon owns Comixology, a digital retailer and subscription service with more than 100,000 comic books and graphic novels available for download. This tablet boasts an impressive battery life, too, delivering 11.1 hours for browsing the web or watching movies.

                                For more options: Best Tablets of 2019

                                Wireless speaker
                                Sonos One SL

                                  CR's take: The Sonos One SL is the company's new entry level wireless speaker and the least expensive speaker in the Sonos line. It replaces the existing Play:1, which was similar in size and price. The One SL is essentially a Sonos One smart speaker without the microphones that allow it to listen for a wakeword. The One SL is slightly less expensive than the One, its smart speaker sibling. Our testers confirmed that the One SL sounds almost identical to the Sonos One, and its sonic performance is also quite similar to the now-discontinued Play:1, which scored a single point less in its Overall Score than the new speaker. 

                                  For more options: Best Smart Speakers of 2019

                                  Smart Speaker
                                  Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)

                                    CR's take: Amazon’s latest-generation Echo Plus pulls off a pretty neat trick. It’s smaller than its predecessor, but in a world where bigger generally means better sound quality, the newer, more petite Plus sounds significantly better. Some of the sonic improvement can be attributed to the new tone controls that allow you to tweak the speaker to match your listening room. But even if you’re a set-it-and-forget-it type, the Echo Plus is Amazon’s best-sounding screenless smart speaker, according to our testers.

                                     

                                    For more options: Best Smart Speakers Under $200

                                    Fitness Tracker
                                    Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

                                      CR's take: This model gets high marks across the board. The display is easy to read in both bright and low light, and like a smartwatch, it will let you know when you have a call or text. The Gear Fit2 Pro has GPS and tracks how many flights of stairs you climb. It also allows music lovers to store their tunes onboard, then listen to them later with a pair of Bluetooth headphones. We don’t test the battery life on trackers, but Samsung claims that it’s five days.

                                      For more options: Best Fitness Trackers

                                      Noise-Canceling Headphones
                                      JBL LIVE 650BTNC

                                        CR's take: It’s getting easier to find great noise-canceling headphones on a budget, and this option from JBL is one of our top picks. They deliver outstanding noise cancellation and great audio quality. And while they don’t sound quite as good as top-scoring models like the Bose 700, that’s a sacrifice worth considering, given that they can be purchased for less than half the price. JBL hasn’t skimped on features, either. The 650BTNC earphones come with a detachable audio cable for use with wired devices, a quick-charge function, the ability to simultaneously pair with multiple devices, and a generous 20-hour battery life, according to JBL. A free app adds functionality.

                                        For more options: Best Noise-Canceling Headphones to Buy Right Now

                                        Noise-Canceling Headphones
                                        Sony WF-SP700N

                                          CR's take: The Sony WF-SP700N delivers dependable noise-canceling and audio quality. They feature controls to turn noise-canceling on and off, and to activate a monitoring mode that amplifies sound from your environment for situations such as a train ride, where you might want to hear announcements. The controls also let you access digital assistants, accept calls, skip tracks, and play or pause music playback, though there’s no integrated option for volume adjustment. The advertised 3-hour battery life is short but not unusual for true wireless models, and this one has a quick-charging function as well as a carrying/charging case with a built-in battery that can recharge the earphones twice before you need an outlet. 

                                          For more options: Noise-Canceling Headphones on a Budget

                                          Stereo Headphones
                                          1MORE Quad Driver

                                            CR's take: The in-ear Quad Driver is among the best earphones in CR’s ratings. Our testers say that the sound is very similar to what the company’s E1001 Triple Driver delivers but features a more even bass and treble. The Quad Driver has an integrated microphone and volume, playback, and call controls. It comes with nine pairs of earpieces in various shapes and sizes to help you find a good fit, and other extras, such as a mini-plug-to-¼-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, a removable shirt clip, and a carrying case.

                                            For more options: Best Headphones Under $200

                                            Stereo Headphones
                                            Samsung Galaxy Buds

                                              CR's take: The Samsung Galaxy Buds are one of the best-scoring portable Bluetooth headphones Consumer Reports has ever tested, beating out more popular rivals like the Apple AirPods. That’s all the more impressive given their true wireless design. The Galaxy Buds produce exemplary audio quality packed into a pair of unobtrusive earpieces, complete with easy-to use touch controls for playback, volume, and skipping tracks. According to Samsung, they have a 6-hour battery life and come with a powered carrying case that will recharge the earphones for up to 7 additional hours of playback on the go. The case itself can be charged with a wireless charging mat, and it’s particularly small compared with the cases that come with many true wireless models.

                                              For more options: Best Headphones Under $200

                                              Streaming Media Device
                                              Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen)

                                                CR's take: This is the updated version of the 4K-ready Fire TV Cube, essentially a mashup of two of Amazon’s popular Alexa-powered devices—the Fire TV streaming player and the Echo Dot smart speaker. Like its predecessor, the Fire TV Cube adds an interesting element into the mix: universal remote-control capability. Compared with the first generation, the new model adds a more powerful processor, a faster response time, and Dolby Vision HDR. There are buttons on top of the unit to adjust the volume and mute the microphones, but the Cube is really all about voice control. The Fire TV Cube lets you control a host of other compatible A/V gear, including TVs, sound bars, receivers, and even some cable and satellite boxes.

                                                For more options, check our buying guide and ratings for streaming media devices.

                                                Action Camcorder
                                                Kodak PixPro SP1

                                                  CR's take: Despite its diminutive size, the Kodak PixPro action cam is rugged enough to withstand a 7-foot drop and water-resistant to a depth of 33 feet. The 2-plus hours of battery life per charge put it among the best in its class. The camera comes with a 1.5-inch LCD and an image stabilizer to counteract shaky hands, not to mention vibrating handlebars. According to our testers, the camera delivers good photos and video. And there’s a nice extra: the ability to capture photos at 10 frames per second in burst mode.

                                                  For more options, check our buying guide and ratings for camcorders.

                                                  All-In-One Printer
                                                  Brother MFC-J895DW

                                                    CR's take: This all-in-one inkjet printer sits near the top of our ratings, thanks in large part to outstanding versatility and high marks for text and graphics quality. The MFC-J895DW wastes very little ink to maintain the print heads, and based on our estimates of typical use, its yearly ink costs come to about $100—which falls in the lower range for an inkjet model. Features include scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, WiFi networking, and wireless printing with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

                                                    For more options: Great Printers for Under $150