An iRobot robotic vacuum on a colorful background

If you're clearing out the winter cobwebs, we’re seeing good spring-cleaning deals on things like vacuums, lawn mowers, and air purifiers. 

And with the weather warming up, sales on top-tested grills are starting to pop up, so you can get a head start on the backyard barbecue season. Plus, plenty of retailers have deals on other household goods, including coffee makers, cookware, and smart home devices.

But not every deal is a good one, so CR looks closely at quality (based on our rigorous lab tests) as well as price to help you find the best discounts on products that will work well—and should last.

For more on these and many other products, check out the ratings for all the appliances and home and garden gear we test at Consumer Reports.

Spotlight Deal

iRobot Roomba e5 Robotic Vacuum

    This high-scoring robotic vacuum usually costs $350 to $400, and has been on sale for $300 for the last few weeks. It just dropped another $50 in price, making this the best price we've seen in months for this model. The e5 isn’t as “smart” as the top-of-the-line iRobot Roomba i7+, but it performs well cleaning carpet and bare floors. It’s also a champ at navigating a room, then returning to its base for recharging. It has a convenient carrying handle. If you prefer a model with a remote, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

     

    CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba e5 Robotic Vacuum

    Coffee Makers

    Calphalon Drip Coffee Maker

      Early risers and night owls agree on at least one thing: the need for a reliable coffee maker. This Calphalon brewer is one of the best-rated drip coffee makers in CR’s tests, with top marks for both brew performance and convenience. It hasn’t sold for its original $250 price in quite some time; we typically see it listed for around $160. But right now it’s going for about half that at Walmart, and Amazon recently dropped its sale price another $30 compared with previous weeks.

       

      CR’s test results: Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1 Drip Coffee Maker

      Chefman InstaCoffee Pod Coffee Maker

        The Chefman InstaCoffee earns a CR Best Buy designation, thanks to its impressive performance and low price. This little K-Cup brewer outperforms $200 machines, with stellar ratings in all our tests, including first-cup speed. You won't get many features at this price, though. This Chefman's only features are an auto-shutoff and the ability to brew from K-Cups or loose grounds.

         

        CR’s test results: Chefman InstaCoffee Pod Coffee Maker

        Ninja Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

          This robust 10-cup coffee maker has been on sale for a few weeks in a few different stores, but only Best Buy still has a discount, so it might not last much longer. It has great features, including a permanent cone filter, so you’ll never need to buy paper filters. There’s also an indicator that lets you know when it’s time to deep-clean the machine, and a removable water reservoir for even easier fill-ups.

           

          CR’s test results: Ninja Specialty CM401 Drip Coffee Maker

          Cooking and Kitchen Products

          FoodSaver Multi-Use Vacuum Sealer

            Known for its late-night infomercials in years past, FoodSaver is still a major player in the market, and this model is one of the best vacuum sealers we've tested. The FoodSaver VS3180 Multi-Use is almost as good at sealing moist food as sealing dry, and it operates quickly. Its noise scores are so-so, but of the seven we tested, this model got the highest marks on our ease-of-use test. It latches with a lever, and the controls are easy to understand, though the unsealed buttons may collect debris. There's handy storage for the bag roll and cord, and it’s a cinch to clean. 

             

            CR's test results: FoodSaver VS3180 Multi-Use Vacuum Sealer

            GoWise Digital Air Fryer

              The GoWise digital air fryer is one of the top models CR has tested. It has been on sale for this price since late February but was recently $10 cheaper, so you may want to wait in case the price drops again. The touch-button controls are especially easy to see and use, and it’s one of the quietest models. But the design can make the device a bit tricky to clean.

              CR’s test results: GoWise USA GW22731 Air Fryer

              Instant Pot Duo60 6-Qt. Disney Mickey Mouse Multi-Cooker

                The Duo 7-in-1 is Instant Pot’s oldest multi-cooker currently on the market. Although there are several newer versions available with more functions, this comparatively basic Disney-themed model—marked down 25 percent in all three Mickey Mouse-themed designs—is more than enough for most home cooks.

                 

                At its regular price, this wrapped Instant Pot retails for more than half the price of its fancier brandmate, the Instant Pot Max, and performs as well as the Max in our tests. It earns top marks for pressure-cooking and scores well for cooking rice and sautéing. But it’s only so-so at slow-cooking. In our tests, it took a long time to get meat and beans tender.

                 

                CR’s test results: Instant Pot Duo60 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker

                SodaStream Fizzi One Touch

                  The SodaStream Fizzi One Touch, the only soda maker we evaluated that must be plugged into an outlet, gets our highest marks in every test. It has three preset levels of carbonation, each with its own control button that you lightly touch to activate. Because the electric-powered One Touch doesn’t require you to hold down a button or lever, it alone earns our top mark for ease of use, and it’s ideal for someone with limited hand strength.

                  Zojirushi Conventional Rice Cooker

                    This budget rice cooker from Zojirushi has one of the best scores for cooking rice and is one of the fastest tested in CR’s labs. The reason it’s so low-priced compared with Zojirushi’s popular induction model? It’s bare-bones when it comes to controls and features. It has a single button to cook rice, and that’s it. No preset cooking options, no keep-warm feature, not even an audio indicator for when the rice is done. But it’s still a great option, thanks to its cooking capabilities, low price, and small size.


                    CR’s test results: Zojirushi NHS-06 3-Cup Rice Cooker

                    Cookware

                    Gotham Steel 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

                      The Gotham Steel set performs well in all the main cooking tests CR performs—even cooking, sauce simmering, and bringing water to a near-boil quickly in the 5-quart Dutch oven. One exception is the food release test, in which testers cook four eggs in quick succession. The eggs should slide out easily, but they had to be nudged out of the frying pan in this set. Handles stay cool to the touch but aren’t the sturdiest, which is in keeping with other sets in this price range. And the pans can be used with an induction cooktop.

                       

                      CR’s test results: Gotham Steel Nonstick Cookware Set

                      Starfrit The Rock Nonstick Frying Pan

                        The Rock by Starfrit is a star in our cooking evenness test—our pancakes came out nicely browned every time. It earns high marks in our food release test, too. The handle stays cool but didn’t hold up as well as some others in our pressure test. That said, this pan’s nonstick surface did well in our durability test. But it can withstand a maximum oven temperature of only 350° F.

                         

                        CR’s test results: The Rock by Starfrit Nonstick Frying Pan

                        Grills

                        Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill

                          If you’re a lover of cooking over charcoal but haven’t bothered to upgrade, this grill, one of the best charcoal grills CR has tested, will be a step up from that rusty old kettle grill. It’s priced at $50 to $60 less than its typical sale price of around $280 at multiple retailers, and it performs well in CR’s tests for cooking evenness, convenience, and cleaning. And it has a built-in bottle opener, a fun perk.

                           

                          CR’s test results: Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D Charcoal Grill

                          Royal Gourmet Small Gas Grill

                            The Royal Gourmet MG3000 is a solid choice all-around. It offers strong performance in all of our crucial performance tests, including evenness performance. It has three burners, an electronic ignition, and two side shelves. It’s especially strong at indirect cooking and got high marks for quick preheating as well as for its range of temperatures. CR testers were less impressed with its sturdiness and convenience, categories for which it rates only so-so. 

                             

                            CR's test results: Royal Gourmet MG3000 Charcoal Grill

                            Weber 22-Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill

                              This classic kettle grill has retained its basic features for decades, and it’s easy to see why. In our tests, the shape helped the coals stack neatly inside, earning the grill high marks in our evenness test. Our engineers also liked the one-touch cleaning system, which allows you to catch and remove all the ash and coals in a removable aluminum bucket after cooking. (Weber calls it an ash catcher.) It was at this sale price at a few different retailers last week, but now only Amazon still has the discount.

                               

                              CR's test results: Weber 22-Inch 14402001 Charcoal Grill

                              Home Goods

                              Alen Portable Air Purifier

                                The Alen air purifier is one of the top models CR has tested, especially when it comes to removing smoke particulates from the air. It also has an auto setting that adjusts the fan speeds to match the room’s air quality. But it runs loud, and filter replacements can be expensive. It was sitting at this price for a few weeks at a few retailers, including Best Buy and Lowe’s, but Amazon is the only one that still has the deal.

                                 

                                CR’s test results: Alen BreatheSmart Classic Air Purifier

                                Luxe Bidet Neo 120 Bidet Attachment

                                  This model from Luxe, which has been about 10 percent off the usual $40 price for a few weeks now, is an attachment that can be added to your existing toilet seat rather than replacing it entirely. It’s an inexpensive way to try out a bidet if you’re on the fence or just want to see what all the fuss is about. It costs a fraction of the price of higher-end models, but you get what you pay for. It has just two controls to turn the water on and adjust the pressure. You can’t adjust the angle or type of water spray, and in a recent CR user survey, some said the way it attaches creates a space between the bidet and the toilet seat that can be tricky to clean. 

                                  Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow

                                    Tempur-Pedic’s gel memory foam pillow is the most expensive one we’ve tested. It ranks among the best pillows from our tests, and Amazon is offering it for 44 percent off the regular price. In CR’s tests, it proved to be a great option for side sleepers but doesn’t score quite as well for back sleepers (though it still has a decent score). It maintains its shape in our resiliency tests but loses points for higher-than-average heat retention and the fact that only the cover, not the whole pillow, is washable.

                                     

                                    CR’s test results: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow

                                     

                                    Lawn Care Tools

                                    Ego Battery-Powered Handheld Leaf Blower

                                      This battery-powered leaf blower earns high scores in CR's tests, and our survey found that CR members who own it are highly satisfied. It makes quick work of removing leaves, cut grass, and other debris. It's also easy to handle and quiet enough that you can use it without hearing protection.

                                       

                                      CR's test results: Ego LB5302

                                      Greenworks Light-Duty Electric Pressure Washer

                                        The Greenworks GPW2700 is a powerful but pricey option that leads the category of light-duty electric pressure washers. It cleans well and is easy to use, according to CR's tests. It’s also sold without a zero-degree nozzle, making it a safer choice than models that include that tip. Our testers especially like that the hose and power cord wrap around built-in reels, so it’s easy to store when you’re done working.

                                         

                                        CR's test results: Greenworks GPW2700

                                        Snapper Battery String Trimmer

                                          Originally retailing for $300, this string trimmer scores high across the board in CR’s tests. It provides a clean trim in one pass, thanks to a dual cutting string setup, and it’s quieter than most other models.

                                           

                                          CR’s test results: Snapper XD 1687875

                                           

                                          For more outdoor tools on sale, check out the best spring-cleaning deals on CR-tested and recommended products.

                                          Mattresses

                                          Avocado Latex Mattress (Queen)

                                            Avocado, the maker of our top-rated innerspring mattress, has the same discount we’ve seen for the past month or so. You can get $200 off its new all-latex mattress with the code EARTH through April 26 for its Earth Month Sale. (CR hasn’t tested this model but plans to soon.) 

                                             

                                            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 Innerspring Mattress

                                            Bear Mattress (Queen)

                                              You can save 20 percent on a Bear mattress with the code GREEN20. And if you buy one, it comes with a set of pillows. The original mattress from Bear performs well in our tests and is a good choice for back and side sleepers who are petite or of average height. (Tall folks may want to look elsewhere.) CR’s tests find that it tends to retain heat, so it may be best for those who sleep cooler.

                                               

                                              CR’s test results: Bear Queen Foam Mattress

                                              Saatva Solaire Air Mattress (Queen)

                                                The Solaire is a high-ranking adjustable air mattress. The topper is made of cotton and a layer of latex, and the mattress itself has a layer of latex and a few layers of memory foam. There’s a remote attached to the mattress for the air pump that’s tucked inside the mattress. Saatva offers a 120-day trial period during which you can get a refund if you don’t like the mattress. The company has continually extended its sale once again, and this deal is now available through Monday, April 26, offering $200 off any order of more than $1,000.

                                                 

                                                CR’s test results: Saatva Solaire Adjustable Air Mattress

                                                Smart Home Products

                                                Arlo Pro 3 2-Camera Security System

                                                  The Arlo Pro 3 is a terrific wireless security camera, receiving high marks in our tests for video quality, data security, and response time. The thermostat features a built-in spotlight for color night vision, a siren, a wide 160-degree field of view, and 2K HDR (high dynamic range) video. The two-camera system was recently on sale at its Black Friday price of $300 in a few places. It’s back to full price at most retailers, but Amazon still has a good discount.

                                                   

                                                  With an Arlo Smart subscription, you can get video storage as well as monitoring zones; person, package, vehicle, and animal detection; and e911 to send authorities to your home even if you’re away. If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee for video storage, you can connect a USB drive to the base station and store footage there instead. 


                                                  CR’s test results: Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Security Camera

                                                  Eufy Video Doorbell

                                                    This Eufy video doorbell, which records video in 2K, is one of the best video doorbells on the market right now. It's been on sale at a great price at Amazon for the past few weeks, thanks to an on-page coupon. This doorbell scores well when it comes to video quality, response time, and smart features, but it’s not the best—or the worst—when it comes to protecting user data and privacy. Unlike many other video doorbells, the model doesn't require you to pay a monthly subscription. It has 4 gigabytes of internal storage, enough to keep up to 30 days of footage.

                                                     

                                                    CR’s test results: Eufy T8200 Video Doorbell

                                                    Nest Learning Thermostat

                                                      This is one of the best smart thermostats in our ratings. It's available in seven different colors, with prices varying from $223 to $245. It aces CR’s test for automating heating and cooling, and offers a wealth of smart features to enhance its functionality, including an occupancy sensor (it can adjust the temperature based on whether people are present in a room) and geofencing to turn the temperature up or down when you leave and return home. One caveat: Our testers found that the manual controls aren’t the easiest to use. 

                                                       

                                                      CR’s test results: Google Nest Learning Thermostat

                                                      Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Timer

                                                        If you’re searching for a better way to keep your lawn and garden watered and healthy, a smart sprinkler timer may be the answer. The Rachio 3, which connects to your existing sprinkler system, is among the best options CR has tested, and it's on sale in time for Earth Day. You can schedule watering from a smartphone app, and the system automatically adjusts to weather conditions, a feature that proved to be effective in CR’s tests. You can also input the amount of sun exposure your yard gets, as well as the soil type and plant types to take the guesswork out of watering.

                                                         

                                                        CR’s test results: Rachio 8ZULW-C Sprinkler Timer

                                                        Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums

                                                        Eufy RoboVac 11S Robotic Vacuum

                                                          The Eufy RoboVac 11S cleans carpet well in our tests and leaves very little pet hair. It does even better on bare floors. Though it’s not the most efficient cleaner—testers note that it sometimes scatters debris—it eventually gets the job done, operates quietly, and has a cliff sensor, so it won’t tumble down stairs. This robotic vacuum isn’t WiFi-enabled and can’t be used with a smartphone app. 

                                                           

                                                          CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac 11S Robotic Vacuum

                                                          Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge

                                                            The new RoboVac G30 Edge, which has an on-page coupon for an almost 20 percent discount at Amazon, is marginally better at navigation when compared with the 30C and the 11S Max, though all three models earn high scores in our tests. The G30 Edge isn’t great on carpet, but it does well when it comes to ease of use—another improvement over the other Eufy model on this list. This is a connected model, so you can schedule cleaning cycles from a smartphone. 

                                                             

                                                            CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge Robotic Vacuum

                                                            Hoover Onepwr Blade Max Cordless Stick Vacuum

                                                              The Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 has been on sale for around $290 to $300 for a few months now at Amazon and Home Depot (other retailers are charging $340 to $350). The cordless stick vacuum is part of Hoover’s cleaning system, which offers several floor-cleaning products that use interchangeable batteries. Its strengths include cleaning bare floors, removing pet hair, and zipping along the edges of a room leaving nothing behind. It’s not too shabby at cleaning carpet, either. It’s fairly quiet, although some top-rated models are even quieter. And its emissions are clean.

                                                               

                                                              CR’s test results: Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

                                                              Samsung Powerbot Robotic Vacuum

                                                                This is one of the best robotic vacuums CR has tested, and it’s deeply discounted right now at Samsung. It was $30 less a few weeks ago, but this is still a steal. It performs exceptionally well in our bare floor and carpet cleaning tests. You can use the Samsung SmartThings app to schedule cleaning and check the bot’s status. It’s worth noting that in CR’s member survey, Samsung’s robotic vacuums did not score as highly as iRobot or Eufy for reliability.

                                                                 

                                                                CR’s test results: Samsung Powerbot R7040 Robotic Vacuum

                                                                Shark Apex DuoClean Corded Stick Vacuum

                                                                  The Shark Apex DuoClean aces all of CR’s cleaning tests, including earning high marks on our difficult carpet test. The DuoClean powerhead includes a bristle roller and a soft roller, so you can easily move from floor to carpet and back again. And this cleaning machine cleans itself by automatically clearing hair from the brush roll. The little vac is easy to maneuver under furniture, and it has LED lights. The dustbin pops in and out with ease and, unlike some other stick vacs, this one stands on its own, making it easier to store.  

                                                                   

                                                                  CR’s test results: Shark Apex DuoClean ZS362 Corded Stick Vacuum

                                                                   

                                                                  For more top-rated products on sale, check out CR’s lists of the best spring-cleaning deals and the best electronics deals of the week.