Best Memorial Day Sales on Small Kitchen Appliances

These products perform well, and they're on sale for the holiday weekend

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If you’ve been looking for ways to step up your kitchen game, a new countertop appliance could be just what you need. And you don’t need to pay full price, either. Thanks to Memorial Day weekend coming up, there are plenty of discounts right now on blenderscoffee makerssoda makers, and more, ranging from budget buys under $50 to discounts on high-end appliances.

But the deals we’ve highlighted here are not just based on the price. We also take into consideration how each item performs in CR’s lab tests to ensure that you’re not just saving money, but getting a quality product that will work well and for a long time. These are the best deals on highly rated kitchen appliances you can find right now.

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Coffee Makers
Soda Makers
Air Fryers
Blenders, Food Processors, and Choppers
Toaster Ovens
More Kitchen Deals

Coffee Makers

The Nespresso VertuoPlus offers a superb brewing range as well as solid first-cup speed and temperature consistency. In terms of features, this machine comes equipped with a removable water reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, and an auto-shutoff function. And Nespresso pod coffee makers earn top ratings for owner satisfaction and reliability in our member surveys. This machine uses Nespresso’s VertuoLine pods, not the OriginalLine other models use, so make sure you choose the correct pods.

CR’a test results: Nespresso VertuoPlus 

The unassuming, inexpensive Hamilton Beach 12-cup coffee maker might be easy to miss, but it can brew a mean cup of joe at a fantastic price. In a basic black plastic finish, 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.

CR’s test results Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R

This Cuisinart coffee maker has been on sale for a few weeks, but this is the best price we’ve seen by nearly $10 in that time. It’s a self-serve drip coffee maker, meaning it forgoes a carafe and allows you to fill a mug straight from its heated reservoir. It does well in our tests, earning top marks for brew performance. Cuisinart self-serve machines have received high predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores in our member surveys. This machine comes with a removable reservoir, a permanent filter, a water filter, a cleaning indicator, auto-shutoff, programming, and a small-batch setting.

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000 self-serve drip coffee maker


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. If you buy from JCPenney, use the code FRESHNUP to get the discount.

CR’s test results: Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11 in 1 8 Qtr. with Air Fryer 140-0021-01

The 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi rates high enough in CR’s tests to be recommended, and is fantastic 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. A ceramic coated nonstick basket, reversible rack, and condensation collector are included. 

CR test results: Ninja Foodi OP302

Air Fryers

A CR Best Buy, this GoWise air fryer has a measured capacity of 4.9 quarts. Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use. And this is one of the quietest air fryers we’ve tested. The exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies take some effort to clean, however.

CR’s test results: GoWise GW22731 air fryer

A CR Best Buy, the Chefman TurboFry Touch has a measured capacity of just 2.4 quarts. It earns high marks for controls and ease of cleaning, and it operates quietly, acing our noise test. Though it has a digital display, it doesn’t come with programmed settings. That means you’ll need to have a general idea of the temperature and time required for each recipe. It does, however, come with a 1-year warranty, as well as a cookbook and parchment liners for the fryer basket.

CR’s test results: Chefman TurboFry Touch

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

Blenders, Food Processors, and Choppers

With variable speeds, dial controls, and a reversible shredding and slicing disc, this NutriChef food processor is not one to miss. It is one of the best options under $100, especially at this discount. Although the model doesn’t fare as well when it comes to grating, it still manages to score highly in overall performance in Consumer Reports’ tests. Included in the set, you’ll find a dough blade plus whipping and juicing attachments. This food processor has been about $10 off for the last couple weeks but recently we saw it drop to nearly 50 percent off, so that price could return.

CR’s test results: NutriChef NCFP8 food processor

The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A is one of the few models CR has tested that earns an above-average rating for puréeing. It’s loaded with accessories, too, and the touch buttons are easy to wipe clean. This food processor is 18 inches high and weighs 19 pounds (one of the heaviest food processors we’ve tested), factors to consider if you plan to lift it out of a cupboard or cabinet with each use.

CR’s test results: Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A food processor

This Ninja food chopper is at the same price it sold for during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It ranks in the middle of CR’s ratings. It earns above-average scores for chopping onions for salsa or almonds for pies but gets only an average score for puréeing soups and scores below average for grating Parmesan cheese. It’s also a bit noisy. The 8-cup-capacity chopper has convenient touch-button controls and three speeds, and comes with accessories such as a dough blade, a blender attachment, and even a recipe book.

CR’s test results: Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System

This 3-cup single-speed Pioneer Woman food chopper earns a solid score in overall performance, but where it really shines is in its ability to make baby food and grate cheese. Some home chefs may also appreciate its glass bowl—no staining!—a rare feature for a chopper.

CR’s test results: Pioneer Woman Fiona Floral Stack & Press food chopper

If you own a Vitamix blender, opting for the brand’s food processor attachment might make sense. It’s sold as a stand-alone item and works with the motor bases from the Vitamix Ascent blender line. We tested the Ascent A3500, and it’s one of the top-rated models in our blender ratings. The food processor bowl has a 12-cup capacity and comes with a slicing disc, a shredding disc, and a case for safe storage. Although it’s not the quietest processor, it aced our chopping and shredding tests, and earned an above-average rating for slicing.

CR’s test results: Vitamix 12-Cup Food Processor Attachment

Toaster Ovens

This DeLonghi earned high marks for overall performance and did a good job in our tests for baking and reheating. Equipped with dial controls and a digital display, it scores well for ease of use. The temperature can reach 450° F, and it has a host of functions, including bake, convection bake, broil, keep warm, pizza, and defrost. This toaster has been hovering around $300 for the last few weeks, but recently dropped in price substantially, marking the second-best deal we’ve seen in months (the best was closer to $225).

CR test results: DeLonghi Livenza Stainless EO 241250M

This Ninja toaster oven receives 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. It had been on sale for around $200 for weeks, but recently dropped another $20, and you can save an extra $10 at Amazon by clipping the on-page coupon.

CR’s test results: Ninja Foodi Digital SP101 toaster oven

More Kitchen Deals

This coffee grinder earns solid scores in all our grind performance tests, including top marks for coarse grind performance (great for cold brew and French-press coffee). This model is easy to clean but not as convenient to use as other top-performing models because of unclear markings on its controls. The Bodum is also one of the two noisiest grinders in our tests. But because you’re using your coffee grinder only for a minute or two at a time, it’s more of an annoyance than a real issue. This model features 12 grind settings, an auto-stop feature, and a timer.

CR’s test results: Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

One of our highest-rated water filter pitchers, the Brita Stream Rapids OB55 is the only true filter-as-you-pour model. It aces our flow rate and clogging tests, and earns a solid score for improving taste and reducing odor. It’s certified to the NSF standard for chlorine removal but not for lead removal. You’ll see the NBA superstar Stephen Curry on the packaging, and our tests show that water from this pitcher goes down smoothly, with a swish.

CR’s test results: Brita Stream Rapids OB55