Best Holiday Deals on Home and Kitchen Products
You can still find discounts on top-rated cookware, mattresses, vacuums, and more
If you haven't quite finished your holiday shopping, you can still find some great gifts on sale. We haven't seen quite as many holiday deals on home goods as we did in years past. But we dug deep to track down the best deals on products that scored well in our lab tests and will be worth your money—especially on sale.
Keep in mind, though, that shipping companies are experiencing higher volumes than ever before and you may not be able to get your orders in time for the holidays. So pay extra attention to shipping options when ordering online. You should also look for opportunities for in-store or curbside pickup. Many retailers are offering similar prices, giving you some flexibility in where you can snag the lowest price.
Go to Consumer Reports’ Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.
Anolon Nouvelle 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
The attractive 10-piece Anolon Nouvelle Copper stainless set was $50 lower for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but this is still a substantial discount. It has a five-layer metal base, including a copper core that rings the bottom. This set earns a top rating for cooking evenness, and speed of heating in the 6-quart stockpot is solid. Simmering in the saucepan, however, is only so-so, and the eggs needed nudging out of the pan in our food-release test.
CR’s test results: Anolon Nouvelle Copper stainless steel cookware
Staub Cocotte Dutch Oven
The Staub Cocotte holds 5.5 quarts and is one of the more expensive Dutch ovens in our tests. It's still on sale for the same price we saw for Black Friday, but Amazon is out of stock until Dec. 27. (You can still get the sale price; it just won't ship right away.) It earns a solid rating in our browning test, but it’s worth noting that the pot’s dark interior makes it trickier to see whether meat is browning—and to tell how clean the pot is after washing. It weighs 13 pounds, and the cooking surface is 8 inches in diameter.
CR’s test results: Staub Cocotte Dutch oven
Small Kitchen Appliances
Keurig K-Select Pod Coffee Maker
The Keurig K-Select is a great little pod brewer that can churn out multiple cups quickly, making it perfect for busy mornings. Bed Bath & Beyond is still offering the Black Friday price, and Best Buy's deal is still a sizable discount, too. Our testers found that it brews coffee with very consistent temperature and size, meaning there shouldn’t be much difference between cups. This model features a removable reservoir for easy filling, a height-adjustable drip tray, and an auto-shutoff feature.
CR’s test results: Keurig K-Select pod coffee maker
Ninja BL770 Blender
The Ninja BL770 is a so-called food system because it comes with several attachments and different-sized containers, including a personal to-go cup and food processor bowl. We found it to be very convenient to use, and it earns admirable scores in our blender tasks for puréeing, crushing ice, and making smoothies.
It's available for its Black Friday price at Walmart right now, and a bit pricier at other retailers. Amazon's out of stock until late January, though you can still buy at the sale price now.
CR’s test results: Ninja BL770 blender
Ninja Specialty Drip Coffee Maker
If you enjoy crafting specialty coffee drinks like lattes and macchiatos, you’ll love the Ninja Specialty CM401. This drip machine features a built-in milk frother and over-ice and specialty brew modes so you can create any kind of coffee drink you desire. It offers exceptional brew performance in our tests, and its carafe is easy to hold and pour.
CR’s test results: Ninja Specialty CM401 drip coffee maker
SodaStream Fizzi Soda Maker
The SodaStream Fizzi was already the best budget soda maker in Consumer Reports’ tests before its price was slashed by nearly 50 percent for Black Friday. It's selling at slightly less of a discount now, but it's still a decent deal.
The Fizzi scores almost as well as the top model in our ratings (the Fizzi One Touch) for making seltzer with a consistent amount of bubbles. It’s among the easiest soda makers to use, too. Insert your bottle top in a clamp, push the clamp into place, and push start.
The Fizzi’s bottle caps stay on well when the contents are under pressure. The CO2 injector sits at the top of the water line, so gas entering the bottle doesn’t freeze the water in the nozzle and ice up the works, a problem with some soda makers. You can customize the amount of fizz in your soda simply by pressing the button for longer or shorter times.
If ordering from Kohl’s, you’ll need to enter the code YOUSAVE at checkout to get this discounted price.
Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums
Dyson V11 Torque
This impressive Dyson stick vacuum was $100 cheaper for Black Friday, but consider its original price: $700. The vacuum packs more battery run time than its predecessors—up to 43 minutes—and earns our top rating for cleaning carpet, floors, edges, and pet hair, as well as for clean emissions. It's also one of the quieter models in our ratings.
CR's test results: Dyson V11 Torque Drive
iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum
Though this vacuum isn’t the latest generation, it has held strong in the top tier of our ratings for three years. The sale price is $30 more than what we saw for Black Friday (which was the lowest we’ve seen to date). This model earns a standout rating in our bare floors test and also does a superb job cleaning carpet, though you might have a little difficulty cleaning pet hair out of the brush roller.
CR's test results: iRobot Roomba 960
iRobot Roomba S9+ Robotic Vacuum
A recent debut from iRobot, the S9+ is the most expensive robovac in our ratings, even on sale. But it’s top-tier in terms of performance. It has a self-cleaning bin at its docking station. If you or someone you live with has allergies, that self-emptying bin can help eliminate excess particles re-entering the air in your home. Most robotics are quiet when they clean, but our testers note that this model is exceptionally quiet. It's also fantastic at picking up pet hair.
CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba S9+ robotic vacuum
Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Canister Vacuum
The Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly UltraPlush 81714 is available for $10 more than what we saw on Cyber Monday. It is indeed friendly to pet owners; it was one of the top performers in our test for removing pet hair. It’s also a champ at cleaning bare floors and a solid performer at cleaning carpet, making it a smart choice if you have a combination of flooring. This canister vacuum makes the grade in our emissions test, but in terms of noise, there are quieter choices.
CR’s test results: Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly UltraPlush 81714 canister vacuum
LG CordZero A9 Stick Vacuum
The cordless lightweight LG CordZero A9 gets top marks on all CR performance tests, especially when it comes to bare floors. This is the same sale price we saw on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It comes with two brushes, one soft roller for hard surfaces and a brush for carpets. The LG is equipped with two batteries, so you can charge one while vacuuming with the other. The charging stand is self-standing, so there’s no need to hang it on a wall.
CR’s test results: LG CordZero A9 A906SM cordless stick vacuum cleaner
Allswell Luxe Hybrid (Queen)
The Allswell website is offering a discount of 15 percent with the code HOME4HOLIDAYS, which equates to about $96 in savings off the regular price of $645 for a queen mattress. It's not quite as good as the 25 percent savings we saw for Black Friday, but this is the discount we typically see for other sales throughout the year. It's available through Dec. 22.
The Luxe Hybrid provides decent support for most people, though it’s only average at supporting those who are large and tall who sleep on their side. A plus: It does well in our stabilization tests, so you’re less likely to feel your partner moving around at night.
CR’s test results: Allswell Luxe Hybrid mattress
Avocado Latex Mattress (Queen)
Avocado, the maker of our top-rated innerspring mattress, is offering $200 off its new all-latex mattress through Jan. 4 with the code MERRY200. (CR hasn't tested this model but plans to soon.)
The company is also offering two free pillows with the code 2FREEPILLOWS with the purchase of the Green mattress, which we have tested.
According to CR's tests, the queen-size Avocado Green mattress is good for average-sized side and back sleepers, large/tall side and back sleepers, and petite back sleepers. And it's almost as good for petite side sleepers, making it an all-around solid choice for many mattress shoppers.
CR's test results: Avocado Green
Bear Mattress (Queen)
You can save 20 percent on a Bear mattress and get two free Cloud pillows with the code DD20. The original mattress from Bear performs well in our tests and is a good choice for back and side sleepers who are petite or average height. (Tall folks may want to look elsewhere.) CR’s tests found that it tends to retain heat, so this mattress may be best for those who sleep cooler.
CR’s test results: Bear foam mattress
Essentia Stratami (Queen)
Essentia has extended its Cyber Monday sale, meaning you can get the Stratami for the lowest price we've ever seen through Dec. 25.
The Stratami has been one of the top-ranking foam mattresses in CR’s ratings for several years. It’s good at supporting people of all sizes, whether they sleep on their side or back, but it earns the highest marks for supporting petite and average-sized people who sleep on their back.
This mattress meets the two most meaningful organic standards, the Global Organic Latex Standard and the Global Organic Textile Standard.
CR’s test results: Essentia Stratami
Helix Sleep Midnight Luxe (Queen)
In our tests, the Midnight Luxe proves to be a great choice for people of all sizes, whether they sleep on their back or side. You'll save $200 with the code CYBERSALE200. This deal also includes two free pillows. One thing worth noting: This mattress is 14 inches tall, so you’ll need deep-pocket sheets.
CR’s test results: Helix Sleep Midnight Luxe innerspring mattress
Kenmore Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Looking for a stylish stainless steel side-by-side? This 36-inch model offers strong performance in our temperature tests, and it’s quite energy-efficient. And it's still at the same sale price we saw for Black Friday. The only downside is that this fridge doesn’t offer many features compared with the competition. Aside from its finish, this fridge’s only notable feature is a through-the-door water/ice dispenser. But if you’re looking only for the basics, it will suit you well.
CR’s test results: Kenmore 51335 side-by-side refrigerator