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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, but you can still snag deals on top-rated small kitchen appliances. You’ll see everything from trendy multi-cookers to old standbys like food processors for 30 to 60 percent off.

We’ll continue to update our list below throughout the holiday season as more deals are announced. And if you received duplicate gifts—or would rather trade that toaster for an air fryer—see CR's guide to returning small appliances.

For updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider shopping tips, and much more, go to Consumer Reports’ 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.

Best Air-Fryer Deals

What CR paid: $130
CR’s test results: NuWave 6-Quart 37001
If you want to make space on your counter for an air fryer, you can’t do much better than this NuWave. With its intuitive operation and ease of cleaning, it earns high marks in our tests, including an Excellent rating on the clarity of the controls. And its basket is on the larger side for these appliances. The only drawback? It’s a bit noisy.

What CR paid: $100
CR’s test results: NuWave Brio 36011
At 2.6 quarts, the NuWave Brio has one of the smallest capacities of the 25 models we tested (the largest hold almost 6 quarts). If you usually cook for one or two people rather than for a crowd, this air fryer could fit the bill. It scores very high, earning an Excellent rating for how easy it is to set the time and temperature. And though it’s quieter than some models, it’s a little more difficult to clean.

Best Blender Deals

What CR paid: $400

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak HP CBT-2000

This high-speed blender aces our tests for making smoothies and soups. It has preset functions, so you can set it to make your green smoothie and leave the room while it whirs away and automatically stops. The biggest downside? It’s one of the noisiest blenders we tested. Through November, we found this blender for more than $100 off its full price.

What CR paid: $150

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Velocity Ultra Trio

This set comes with a full-sized blender, two personal-sized blending cups, and a food processor bowl. It’s a great buy, especially if you plan to make to-go smoothies, because it earns Very Good ratings for both icy drinks and ice crushing. As for food processing, it scores well in the grating and slicing tests but is mediocre for chopping. It’ll do just fine for most tasks, especially if you don’t use a food processor much.

What CR paid: $99
CR’s test results: Instant Pot Ace
Instant Pot’s multiuse blender earns an Excellent rating in our smoothie test. Plus, it has extra functions for making nut milks from scratch and cooking hot soup, thanks to a built-in heater.

What CR paid: $550

CR’s test results: KitchenAid KSB6060BM

This heavy-duty blender is best for crushing ice and puréeing soups. It gets Excellent ratings in both of those tests and does a superb job at making smoothies, too. Expect this model to last you a while, and if any problems do crop up, you’re covered with a 10-year warranty, which is much more generous than most.

What CR paid: $600

CR’s test results: Vitamix Ascent Series A3500

This smart blender has high-tech presets and wireless program updates. It even automatically adjusts its speed and power to match different jar sizes. The 3500 aces our tests for making smoothies and soup. It’s usually priced at $620 or $650, depending on the color and finish.

What CR paid: $500

CR’s test results: Vitamix Explorian E310

Vitamix’s entry-level model aces our purée test and gets a rating of Very Good for making smoothies. It's a bare-bones blender that has no presets, but you can rely on it to work without problems. It earns an Excellent rating for predicted reliability based on our annual member survey.

Best Coffee-Maker Deals

What CR paid: $200
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Coffee Center SS-15
If you want a machine that can pull double duty as a drip and pod brewer, consider this deal on the Cuisinart Coffee Center SS-15. It earns a Very Good rating in our brew-performance test for drip machines and does well in our pod-machine tests, too. Multiple retailers are selling this model at 30 percent off the usual list price.

What CR paid: $299
CR’s test results:
Nespresso by DeLonghi CitiZ EN267BAE
The Nespresso by DeLonghi CitiZ EN267BAE is a fantastic pod machine. It performs well across the board, with superb first-cup brew speed and size consistency between cups, as well as a rating of Excellent for repeat-cup speed. Amazon is selling this bundle of the brewer and an Aeroccino milk frother for $114 off its regular list price.

Nespresso by DeLonghi Lattissima One Espresso Maker EN500BW/W

What CR paid: $380
CR’s test results: Nespresso by DeLonghi Lattissima One
Want a pod coffee maker that does more than make coffee? The Nespresso by DeLonghi Lattissima One features a built-in milk frother, allowing you to make lattes and other specialty drinks with just one appliance. It also receives an Excellent rating for first-cup speed in our performance tests. This model is $180 off its list price.

Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe with Aeroccino3 milk frother

What CR paid: $200 (for the brewer only)
CR’s test results: Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe
The Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe is a terrific pod machine, capable of brewing a fresh cup quickly. Nespresso machines are reliable, too, earning an Excellent rating for predicted reliability in our latest member survey. Sur la Table is selling this brewer with a standalone Aeroccino3 milk frother (worth $70) for 35 percent off its list price. It’s a good deal on a great brewer.

What CR paid: $220
CR’s test results: Nespresso VertuoPlus
The Nespresso VertuoPlus earns a Very Good rating for first-cup speed, offers superb brewing range (the ability to produce a range of strong to weak brews), and brews fresh coffee with a consistent temperature between cups. Our testers also found it very convenient to use and clean.

Best Food-Processor Deals

What CR paid: $200

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY

Cuisinart is practically synonymous with food processors, and this model doesn't disappoint. That's not the case for all Cuisinart models, though. (You may also see the Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 FP-12BCN on sale this month, but the Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY performs better in our tests, and we’re seeing deeper discounts on it.) This model does best with chopping vegetables and earns Very Good scores for several other tasks, including slicing and shredding. It's one of only a handful of food processors we tested that earns an Excellent score for noise, so it gets the work done without whining about it.

What CR paid: $150

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Elemental 11-cup

If you’re looking for a food processor closer to the $100 mark, the Cuisinart Elemental 11-cup is a good choice. It doesn’t ace any tests but earns Very Good ratings for chopping, slicing, and shredding—perfectly suitable for most home cooks. But be warned, this model’s Good noise rating means you may need to cover the ears if puréeing for longer than a couple of minutes.

What CR paid: $40

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A

There are only three food choppers that earn a CR-recommended stamp of approval, and this little guy is one of them. It rarely goes on sale, too. A chopper is sort of like a food processor’s sidekick. It’s smaller, built for a lighter workload, and gets less publicity—but it has its own specialized skill set. The Mini-Prep’s compact, 3-cup capacity allows it to handle small amounts of food, like a handful of herbs, a chunk of Parmesan, or a few cloves of garlic—amounts that would just get flung around a large food processing bowl, missing the blade entirely.

Best Mixer Deals

What CR paid: $130
CR’s test results: KitchenAid KHM926
Not everyone has enough counter or storage space for a stand mixer. If you don't, consider this attractive nine-speed hand mixer from KitchenAid. It earns Very Good ratings in our tests for mixing cookie dough, whipping cream, and noise. Get it today for $60 less than what we paid.

What CR paid: $370
CR’s test results: KitchenAid Professional 600 KP26M1X
Other KitchenAid stand mixers earn higher scores in our tests, but this one is no slouch. It rates Excellent for mixing and is just as capable at whipping and kneading. Like some of its brandmates, it’s on the noisier side. But it has one of the largest bowls (6 quarts), so it can handle big batches of cookie dough, cake batter, and bread dough with ease. This deal shaves about $40 off its usual price.

Best Multi-Cooker Deals

What CR paid: $180

CR’s test results: DeLonghi Livenza All-in-One Programmable CKM1641D

If you’re looking for a multi-cooker without pressure mode, the 6-quart DeLonghi Livenza CKM1641D is one of the best we tested. It excels at steaming and sautéing vegetables, and earns a Very Good rating for slow cooking. The benefit of having a multi-cooker that doesn’t pressure-cook is that the lid is made of glass, so you can see how your meal is coming along. Pressure-cook lids are opaque.

What CR paid: $100

CR’s test results: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1

The Duo 7-in-1 is Instant Pot’s oldest model that’s still on the market. Even though there are several newer versions out with more functions—the Max, below, for instance—this comparatively basic model is more than enough for most home cooks. It also retails for half the (full) price of the Max and performs similarly in our tests. It earns an Excellent score for pressure cooking and a Very Good rating for cooking rice and sautéing; it does only a so-so job at slow cooking. (It takes a really long time to get meats and beans tender.)

What CR paid: $200

CR’s test results: Instant Pot Max

For considerably more than the Instant Pot Duo60 7-in-1, the Max offers more pressure and a few more options. Both models perform similarly in every test, and while both ace pressure cooking, the Max is slightly faster. In addition to all the functions included in the Duo, this cooker has additional sous vide and canning features. Basically, that’s where all the extra cost goes, so if you won’t be sous viding or canning with your Instant Pot, opt for the Duo instead, especially because it’s also on sale.

What CR paid: $230
CR’s test results: Ninja Foodi OP302
This cooker has a lid for pressure cooking plus a separate crisping lid that houses a convection fan to facilitate air-frying. So you can get tender, pressure-cooked food that’s crisp on top, too. It gets Excellent or Very Good ratings in all our tests, and right now we’re seeing it for $50 less than what we paid.

Best Slow-Cooker Deals

What CR paid: $130

CR’s test results: Calphalon Electrics Sauté Digital

What we particularly like about this slow cooker is that the insert is safe to use on the stovetop and in the oven. That way, you can brown meats and vegetables before the slow cooking starts, which helps develop flavor. Most other slow cookers we've tested don’t allow for this. Calphalon’s Digital Slow Cooker also performs admirably in our tests, garnering Very Good scores on both the high-heat and low-heat settings.

What CR paid: $75

CR’s test results: Kalorik SC 41175SS

For those planning to cook for a lot of people, this is the largest slow cooker we found on sale of the models we recommend. The 8-quart insert can probably cook more than one roast at a time or enough chili to feed a small army. It performs well in our tests, garnering Excellent scores on both high-heat and low-heat settings. The lid locks, too, for safe transport—in case that army isn’t sitting in your dining room.

Best Toaster-Oven Deal

What CR paid: $400
CR’s test results: Breville BOV900BSSUSC
This Breville performs well in most of our cooking and toasting tasks, achieving an Excellent rating for color range. But it takes a little longer than some toaster ovens to make a batch of perfectly browned toast. The controls are clear and it’s a cinch to clean. With this deal, you can get the toaster for $50 less than what CR bought it for.

—Daniel Wroclawski contributed to this article


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Perry Santanachote

A multidimensional background in lifestyle journalism, recipe development, and anthropology impels me to bring a human element to the coverage of home kitchen appliances. When I'm not researching dishwashers and blenders or poring over market reports, I'm likely immersed in a juicy crossword puzzle or trying (and failing) to love exercise. Find me on Facebook