Best Cyber Monday Deals on Small Kitchen Appliances
These are the best markdowns you can still get on air fryers, blenders, coffee makers, and more
Consumer Reports is combing through all the Cyber Monday deals that are still available from all the major retailers—including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart—looking for noteworthy deals on small kitchen appliances that performed well in our extensive lab tests.
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The Dreo Air Fryer earns high scores in CR’s tests for the ease and legibility of its controls, ease of cleaning, and relatively quiet operating noise. The basket’s claimed capacity is 4 quarts, but CR’s test engineers measured it at 2.5 quarts. The one-year warranty is on a par with most of the other models we’ve tested. Click on the on-page coupon for Amazon to get the full savings.
CR’s test results: Dreo air fryer
This dual basket air fryer earns strong scores in our controls and cleaning tests, which means it’s pretty easy to operate and a cinch to clean. It also has a measured capacity of 6 quarts, among the largest in our ratings. The noise is a drawback, however; you’ll definitely hear it when it’s turned on. But at nearly $100 off at Macy’s, it’s a great buy. Target will have this model for $50 off.
CR’s test results: Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Dz201
The NuWave 37001 air fryer boasts a measured capacity of 5.8 quarts. Our experts found its electronic controls with preprogrammed settings to be among the easiest to see and use. And the inside and outside of the appliance are a cinch to clean. One downside is that this highly rated air fryer is on the noisy side, so you’ll hear it running. But this a pretty solid deal. Make sure to check the 15% off Amazon coupon before checking out.
CR’s test results: NuWave 6-Qt. 37001
This 7-quart air fryer from Power XL has a measured capacity of 5.7 quarts, on the larger end of the models we’ve tested. The electronic controls and programmed settings are among the easiest to read and use, and it’s relatively quiet. But the 60-day warranty is unusually short.
CR’s test results: PowerXL XL Vortex PAF-7QB
This model performed exceptionally well in our icy drinks (Smoothies) test, which gauges how well the blender mixes up Pina Coladas. And it also did a great job at pureeing soup. It gave just a middling performance on our ice crush test, and our noise test. The latter score is on par with most Vitamix’s in our ratings.
CR test results: Vitamix Ascent A2500
Combining great performance with innovative technology, this 8-cup full-sized Vitamix blender is a great option overall. In addition to earning high marks in CR’s tests for icy drinks, puréeing, and durability, the blender has a programmable timer for custom recipes; you simply set the desired time and it will turn off automatically. Plus, the appliance is integrated with wireless connectivity, allowing you to download new programs from its app.
CR test results: Vitamix Ascent Series A3500
Vitamix’s 8-cup blender excels in our icy-drinks tests, meaning it will also turn out superb smoothies. This blender also scores well on our tests for pureeing soup and crushing ice. Like most blenders we tested, this Vitamix gets high marks in our durability tests, in which we crush ice 45 times over a 2-day period. This blender is noisy—most we test are. Vitamix says this model can make hot soups, a claim we tested, and the result was smooth, hot soup in about 5 minutes.
CR’s test results: Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
This unassuming, inexpensive drip coffee maker might be easy to miss, but it can brew a mean cup of joe at a fantastic price. It’s not terribly flashy, with a basic black plastic finish, but it has the essentials. It’s programmable, as its name says, and has auto-shutoff—and it offers solid brewing performance, making a fresh pot in just 10 minutes. This model even earns an above-average score for convenience. At just over $30, this simple model will get the job done.
CR’s test results: Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R
If you or a loved one constantly have to pull out your coffee maker from under the kitchen cabinets each morning to fill up the water reservoir, you might want to consider upgrading to this Hamilton Beach brewer. Our testers give it high marks for convenience, thanks in part to its front-fill water tank. Plus, it brews a great pot of joe in our brew performance tests. Kohl’s currently has it priced $15 off, $5 less than competing retailers.
CR’s test results: Hamilton Beach 46390
The Ninja Specialty CM401 is one of the most versatile coffee makers in our ratings, as it’s capable of brewing lattes, machiattos, iced coffees, and more thanks to its built-in milk frother, rich brew mode, and brew-over-ice mode. It also does well in our tests, especially when it comes to brew performance.
CR’s test results: Ninja Specialty CM401
This Oxo drip machine is both stylish and a strong performer. In our tests, it receives a strong score for brew performance and offers a decent set of convenience features, such as auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator, and a small-batch setting. This capable machine is on sale at a number of retailers for about 20 percent off its list price.
CR’s test results: Oxo 8-cup 8718800
Is there someone on your gift list that prefers iced coffee over hot coffee? If so, this Primula cold brew coffee maker is both a great gift and a great deal. Simply put, it’s one of the best cold brewers in our ratings, receiving high scores in our tests for convenience and ease of cleaning. Walmart is selling it for just $14, netting you a savings of 20 percent off its already affordable $18 list price.
CR’s test results: Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker PBPBK-5101
Food Processors and Choppers
This versatile kitchen companion comes just in time for those holiday meals. The 550-watt GE food processor has an extra-large chopping jar that holds up to 12 cups of food for the entire family. Via dial controls, it offers three processing speeds if you count the pulse option. In CR’s tests, it rates Excellent at shredding cheddar cheese and carrots, and Very Good at chopping onions and slicing mushrooms. But if you’re planning to make cheese dishes, note that its score for grating is only Fair.
CR’s test results: GE 12-Cup G8P0AASSPSS food processor
The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a standout in CR’s ratings, earning solid scores in our pressure-cooking and slow-cooking tests. Its 8-quart capacity and 10 preset cooking modes make it easy to broil, dehydrate, air-fry, sauté, and steam. It comes with a one-year warranty. Check the on-page coupon box to get the full savings, if you’re ordering from Amazon.
CR’s test results: Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11 in 1 8 Qtr. with Air Fryer 140-0021-01
Consumer Reports did not test this model, but we expect it to perform much like the tested Ninja Foodi OP302, except that the untested 300 model lacks a dehydrate function. The tested model excels at pressure cooking, rice cooking, and sautéing, but lost points for convenience because CR testers found the cleaning process to be somewhat tricky. As with the 302, the 300 can also be used as an air fryer.
CR test results: Ninja Foodi OP300
Consumer Reports did not test this model, but we expect it to perform much like the Ninja Foodi OP302, except that the untested 301 model lacks a dehydrate function. The tested model is great at pressure cooking, rice cooking, and sautéing, but lost points for convenience, because CR testers found the cleaning process to be somewhat tricky. As with the 302, the 301 can also be used as an air fryer. And while the OP300 has a 15 recipe inspiration guide, the OP301 has a 45+ recipe book.
CR test results: Ninja Foodi OP301
The 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi rates high enough to be recommended, and is excellent at pressure cooking. But this 1460-watt cooker also aces browning and rice-making. Slow cooking and steaming are impressive, and the features are worth considering. There’s a pressure lid, plus a crisping lid that’s hinged to the pot. It houses a fan that circulates the warm air inside the pot to air fry foods, or crisp pressure-cooked food, and the results were terrific in our tests. The dehydrate function works as promised, but you can’t dehydrate much food at once, even when using the multi-layered dehydrating rack. Warranty is for one year. A ceramic coated nonstick basket, reversible rack, and condensation collector are included.
CR test results: Ninja Foodi OP302
This NuWave multi-cooker did very well in our lab tests. Both pressure-cooking and slow-cooking performance earned great marks. Plus it sautés and steams well, and makes cooking rice easy. If you’re a fan of air-frying, it has that capability as well. An air-fryer lid, stainless steel rack, air-fry basket, air-fry basket diffuser, and condensation collector are included. This model has a one-year warranty. Remember to click the Amazon coupon or use the code HURRY3 at JCPenney for additional savings.
CR’s test results: NuWave Duet Pressure Cooker/Air Fryer Combo 33801
SodaStream SodaStream Fizzi
The best budget soda maker in our ratings, the SodaStream Fizzi is also among the easiest to use. Simply insert your bottle top in a clamp, push the clamp into place, and press Start. The Fizzi creates a consistent level of fizz when you press for the same amount of time; you can vary the carbonation by pressing for longer or shorter times. A plus: It doesn’t have to be plugged in, so it’s highly portable.
CR’s test results: SodaStream Fizzi soda maker
SodaStream SodaStream Fizzi One Touch
The SodaStream Fizzi One Touch aces every one of CR’s soda-maker tests, and is the only tested soda maker to earn a top score for ease of use. This plug-in unit excels at delivering consistently bubbly water, and because it operates with just a light push of a button, it’s ideal for those with limited hand strength. This deal is for the black unit only.
CR’s test results: SodaStream Fizzi One Touch
The Cuisinart TOB-135N does a standout job in CR’s tests, performing exceptionally well in turning out a full batch of toast. The dial and push-button controls also garner high marks for ease of use. And its temperature range of 150° F to 500° F is wider than most. Equipped with a convection-bake function, it can also reheat, defrost, broil, keep food warm, and toast bagels.
CR test results: Cuisinart Deluxe Convection TOB-135N Toaster Oven
Cuisinart earns favorable reviews for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from CR members. This recommended model earns solid scores in our reheating and toasting tests, and is pretty easy to clean and use. It garners middling marks for baking. Along with an air-frying feature, it can fit a 4-pound chicken. Packaging includes a cookbook and oven mitt.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart TOA60
This Delonghi earned very good marks for overall performance, and did a good job at baking and reheating. Equipped with dial controls and a digital display, it scores well for ease of use. The temperature in this model reaches 450 °F and it has a host of functions including bake, convection bake, broil, keep warm, pizza, and defrost.
CR test results: DeLonghi Livenza Stainless EO 241250M
This Hamilton Beach countertop oven does a great job at turning out a full batch of toast and a single slice. It’s also very easy to use and clean, and does well at reheating foods. It also stands out for its ability to bake. Expect corn muffins and cookies to come out evenly cooked every time.
CR test results: Hamilton Beach Professional Digital 31240
This KitchenAid model does a great job at turning out toast and does so pretty quickly. Its push-button controls are easy to use and the inside is pretty easy to clean. With a temperature range of 150° F to 450° F, it can handle a host of functions including baking, broiling, convection-baking, keeping food warm, bagel toasting, reheating, and dehydrating. Our testers also noted that the air-fryer function works well. One caveat: It gets just middling marks for baking.
CR test results: KitchenAid KCO124BM Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry
This Ninja toaster oven received middle-of-the-road scores in CR’s tests. While it does a pretty good job of turning out toast and is fairly easy to clean, its reheating and baking capabilities are just okay. Although we didn’t test the rotisserie or air-frying function, this model comes equipped with those features. Another positive: It flips up when not in use to minimize counter space.
CR’s test results: Ninja Foodi Digital SP101