Treat Yourself With These Great Valentine's Day Gifts

An adjustable pillow and soft sheets, an air fryer, a single-serve coffee maker, a streaming device, and more

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Whether you’re coupled up or flying solo, you should treat your loved one or yourself on Valentine's Day. Want to expand your snacking repertoire? This is your day. Need an evening of pizza and rom-coms on the couch? Do it. From a trusty air fryer to a great streaming device, CR offers recommendations on top-performing products to help you celebrate . . . you.

Pillow
Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft
Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable...

    Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable...

    CR’s take: 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 so you can adjust the filling to your liking. This CR-recommended pillow also keeps its shape well, showing little to no change in height or fluffiness in our resilience tests. Our panel of testers like the look and feel of this pillow, too. The only test where this pillow falls slightly short is in how well it allows air to circulate. It sleeps slightly warm, so your head might feel a little sweaty at night.

    For more options: Best Pillows From Consumer Reports' Tests

    Sheets
    Brooklinen Luxe Core
    Brooklinen Luxe Core

      Brooklinen Luxe Core

      CR's take: Sweet dreams are made of new sheets. These Brooklinen Luxe Core sheets will fit a 14-inch mattress. Our testers note that these sheets don’t shrink as much as some other cotton sheets we've tested. Luxe Core sheets are on the softer side based on our sensory test.

      For more options: Best and Worst Sheets From Consumer Reports' Tests

      Foam Mattress
      Sleep Innovations Marley
      Sleep Innovations Marley

        Sleep Innovations Marley

        CR’s take: The foam Sleep Innovations Marley mattress offers great support for about half the cost of the other top mattresses in our ratings. It also earns high scores in our stabilization tests, which determine how easy it is to change positions.

        For more options: Best Foam Mattresses for $600 or Less

        Air Fryer
        NuWave Brio Air Fryer 36011
        NuWave Brio Air Fryer 36011

          NuWave Brio Air Fryer 36011

          CR's take: Rejoice, singletons! The world is your air-fried oyster, and you don't have to share any of your food. The 2.6-quart NuWave Brio 36011 has electronic controls with preprogrammed settings that are among the easiest to see and use of the tested air fryers, earning an Excellent rating in our evaluation of controls.

          For more options: Best Air Fryers of 2020

          Single-Serve Coffee Maker
          Nespresso Essenza Mini
          Nespresso Essenza Mini

            Nespresso Essenza Mini

            CR's take: The Nespresso Essenza Mini earns high marks for first-cup speed, repeat-cup speed, and cup-size consistency, as well as a brewing-range rating of Excellent, which means you have plenty of control over the strength of your coffee. The easy-to-use Essenza Mini can brew three different types of coffee—lungo, espresso, and ristretto—depending on the capsules you buy. 

            For more options: Best Coffee Makers of 2020

            Full-Sized Blender
            Ninja Professional NJ600
            Ninja Professional NJ600

              Ninja Professional NJ600

              CR's take: Do you like piña coladas? The Ninja Professional NJ600 serves up crushed ice with the texture of snow, perfect for icy drinks. Plus, this blender is a CR Best Buy, combining impressive performance and an appealing price.

              For more options: Best Blenders for Frozen Drinks

              Humidifier
              Vicks V5100NS
              Vicks V5100NS

                Vicks V5100NS

                CR's take: Pamper your rough winter skin with a top-performing humidifier like the Vicks V5100NS. This cool-mist model can humidify a room up to 400 square feet, putting it in our medium-room size category, and earns an Excellent rating in our output tests. It's quiet, making it a good choice for a bedroom.

                For more options: Best Humidifiers of 2020

                Robotic Vacuum
                Eufy 30C
                Eufy 30C

                  Eufy 30C

                  CR's: Maximize your relaxation time by letting a robotic vacuum do some of the work for you. The Eufy 30C is an extremely quiet vacuum. Our testers noted that they couldn’t even tell it was on or running, which makes it a great choice for those who are sensitive to noise if you’ll run the vac while you’re home. The Eufy 30C earns an Excellent rating for cleaning bare floors. Like a few other robotic vacuums in our ratings, this vacuum is compatible with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa; you can also program the robot through the manufacturer’s app.

                  For more options: Best Robotic Vacuums for $300 or Less

                  Noise-Canceling Headphones
                  Monoprice BT-300ANC
                  Monoprice BT-300ANC

                    Monoprice BT-300ANC

                    CR's take: This over-ear wireless model from Monoprice is usually available for around $50, a steal given its superb noise-canceling performance and above-average sound quality. The BT-300ANC features integrated controls for calls, volume, and playback, and the ear cups fold in for easy storage and transport. According to Monoprice, the battery will run for 8 hours between charges with both Bluetooth and noise-canceling turned on. (CR doesn't test battery life in headphones.) You can keep the music going even longer by switching off Bluetooth and using the detachable audio cable, which is included.

                    For more options: Best Headphones Under $100

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

                      Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen)

                      CR's take: The 4K-ready Fire TV Cube is 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. 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: Best 4K Streaming Media Devices

                      Smartwatch
                      Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm)
                      Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm)

                        Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm)

                        CR's take: Keep an eye on your heart rate this Valentine’s Day with a smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy gets top marks for both its step-counting and heart-rate-tracking abilities. And its display is easy to read in bright and low light. The watch can connect to WiFi and has a built-in GPS tracker. Just a heads-up that it can be tough to measure your heart rate in real time, especially when you’re moving. It takes about 9 seconds to get a reading.

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

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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).