A Calphalon coffee makeer

Whether you’re in the market for a new fridge or a coffee maker, you may be able to find what you need at a discount. We're approaching Amazon Prime Day, as well as Walmart and Target's competing sales events, all taking place next week. That means this week is pretty slow for deal-hunters, but there are still a few good early discounts.

We’re seeing opportunities to save on CR-tested air fryers and blenders, as well as humidifiers and vacuums. And there are deals and discounts on a variety of big-ticket items, including mattressesrefrigerators, cooktops, and wall ovens.

But not every sale is a good deal, so we look closely at price and quality—based on our rigorous lab tests—to help you find the best discounts on products that will work well and 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.

Blenders and Small Appliances

Black+Decker Programmable Slow Cooker

    Fall is the season for slow-cooking hearty comfort food, and this Black+Decker model is a great option. The lid locks in place, making it safe to load into the car and bring something warm and delicious to your loved ones, and the temperature probe is ideal for slow-cooking meat like brisket and pulled pork.


    CR’s test results: Black+Decker Digital Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe + Precision Sous-Vide SCD7007SSD

    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. Right now it's half off at Amazon and almost as discounted at Walmart. It's worth noting that it makes up to 10 cups at a time, which is fewer than many models. But it has no problem brewing a full pot using a filter filled almost to the top with grounds—a tough test for many coffee makers.


      CR's test results: Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1 coffee maker

      Cuisinart Hand Mixer

        If you’re gearing up to bake lots of fall goodies, this hand mixer is a great option that certainly won’t break the bank. It can whip quickly and handle stiff cookie dough, and the wire beaters are easy to clean—always a plus.


        CR’s test results: Cuisinart Power Advantage HM50 mixer


        Farberware 3.2-Qt. Air Fryer

          This Farberware air fryer is one of the quietest we’ve tested. The dials are fairly easy to read and use, but the nooks and crannies of the basket make it tough to clean. If you’ve been thinking about buying an air fryer, this may be a good choice, especially because Walmart is offering it for $50 less than it originally cost, which is about $25 less than other retailers have offered in the past.

          CR’s test results: Farberware HF-919B air fryer

          Honeywell Humidifier

            As the weather grows colder, the air in our homes tends to get drier, which can potentially aggravate seasonal allergies and contribute to dried-out airways, leading to coughing and sore throats. Humidifiers help add moisture to the air, and this already affordable Honeywell model is almost $10 less than usual. It doesn’t have any bells or whistles, but it performed well in all of CR’s tests.


            CR’s test results: Honeywell HUL520 humidifier

            LG Countertop Microwave Oven

              This microwave has a feature called a Smart Inverter that’s said to provide more even cooking, and CR’s test results found that it does, in fact, do a solid job of cooking things evenly. It also performed well in our defrosting tests, as well as our test for cooking speed.

              CR’s test results: LG LMC1575 microwave oven

              Ninja 4-Qt. Air Fryer

                Ninja’s air fryer has some of the best scores in CR’s tests, and it has a slightly larger capacity (4 quarts) than the other highly rated models on sale right now. Plus, it’s at the best price we’ve seen in quite a while. Our testers found that it operates a little more loudly than other options, but it’s easy to clean and the digital controls are a breeze to use.

                CR’s test results: Ninja AF100 air fryer

                Ninja Foodi Blender

                  If you want a blender for making icy drinks that won't break the bank, this could be a good option, especially because it's $40 less than usual right now. It did a decent job with puréeing as well, but it's not one of the best for that particular function.


                  CR's test results: Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot HB152 blender


                  Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher

                    This 24-inch Bosch dishwasher usually costs $850 to $1,000, but it’s on sale right now for a great price. There’s even a $50 mail-in rebate available at both retailers to get you a little extra money back. It does well in all of CR’s tests, but where it really shines is in our tests for drying and noise, making it one of the top models you can get.

                    CR’s test results: Bosch 300 DLX Series SHS863WD5N dishwasher

                    LG Smart 24-Inch Dishwasher

                      This high-end LG washes and dries well in our lab tests, and it's back down to the same price we saw on Labor Day. But its Overall Score takes a hit from the middling marks that owners give LG dishwashers for reliability and owner satisfaction in CR’s member surveys. The racks have adjustable tines, and the flatware slots are spacious; a WiFi feature lets you control the machine remotely. 

                      CR’s test results: LG LDT7808BM dishwasher


                      Broil King Kamado Grill

                        Kamado grills aren’t for the novice griller, but if you’re ready to step up your game, this model, usually $900, is more than $100 off at Amazon. CR’s testers found it to be very easy to use and clean but noted that the built-in temperature gauge stopped working during testing.


                        CR’s test results: Broil King Keg 911470 kamado grill


                        Avocado Green Mattress (Queen)

                          Avocado makes some top-notch mattresses, and this is a great chance to save on the company’s flagship Avocado Green. Now through Oct. 19, with the code GREEN175, you’ll save $175 on any Avocado mattress.

                          We tested the queen-size Green and found that it supports a wide range of side- and back-sleeper body types. On our firmness scale, the Avocado Green is the firmest of all our top-scoring innerspring mattresses. (We also tested the Green Pillowtop model and found it to have similar results overall, though it is not as firm.)

                          Verified doctors, nurses, EMTs, law enforcement employees, firefighters, military members, and educators can save an additional $50.

                          CR’s test results: Avocado Green mattress

                          Helix Sleep Midnight Luxe Mattress (Queen)

                            Finding the right mattress for how you sleep can be tricky, but in our tests the Midnight Luxe was a great choice for people of all sizes, whether they sleep on their back or side.


                            When you use the code FALLINBED200, you’ll actually save only $150 on this mattress—despite what the website says. It originally cost $1,799, but it's still a good discount. Plus, this deal includes two free pillows. One other thing to note about this mattress is that it’s 14 inches tall, meaning you’ll need to use deep-pocket sheets. 


                            CR’s test results: Helix Sleep Midnight Luxe mattress

                            Sealy Response Performance Elm Avenue Mattress (Queen)

                              This innerspring mattress is an especially great option for small and average-sized back sleepers. Side sleepers and large/tall back sleepers might not enjoy quite the same comfort, based on CR’s test results. But if you find yourself in the first group, this mattress—especially at this impressive sale price—is worth considering. US-Mattress is offering an additional $100 off if you buy two Sealy mattresses with the code BUY2SAVE. 


                              CR’s test results: Sealy Response Performance Elm Avenue Firm 11 innerspring mattress


                              There are plenty more mattress deals for the upcoming holiday weekend, and CR has the scoop on the best deals on top-performing mattresses.

                              Ranges and Wall Ovens

                              LG Electric Wall Oven

                                More than $200 in savings on an oven that originally cost $1,800 (and now typically sells for $1,600) makes this highly rated wall oven a good choice if you’re in the market. It did exceptionally well in CR’s tests when it came to broiling and oven cleaning, and got high marks for baking and oven capacity as well. CR’s reliability survey has also returned impressive results from people who own this oven.


                                CR’s test results: LG LWS3063ST wall oven

                                Samsung 30-Inch Electric Smoothtop

                                  This cooktop scored really well in CR’s tests when it came to both high- and low-heat cooking. It also has a WiFi connectivity feature that lets you set and monitor your heat from your phone for even more precise cooking. Typically, you’ll see this cooktop sell for more than $1,300.


                                  CR’s test results: Samsung NZ30K7570RG cooktop


                                  Frigidaire Top-Freezer Refrigerator

                                    This 30-inch-wide Frigidaire top-freezer is a good choice if you’re short on space. And at about $130 less than usual, it’s also a good deal. Both the refrigerator and freezer compartments hit their ideal temperatures and maintain them without warm or cool spots. The Frigidaire does all that while saving energy, too. That said, this fridge is a bit noisy, and our testers weren’t impressed with the controls or the performance of the icemaker.

                                    CR’s test results: Frigidaire Gallery FGTR2037TF top-freezer refrigerator

                                    Kenmore Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                                      Looking for a stylish side-by-side? This Kenmore offers good looks and great performance, and especially impressed in CR’s tests when it came to temperature uniformity. Kenmore side-by-sides are also fairly reliable, according to our latest member survey. However, this 36-inch model’s only standout features are a through-the-door water and ice dispenser, and digital controls. But if you care about only the basics, this fridge is a great buy.

                                      CR’s test results: Kenmore 51335 side-by-side refrigerator

                                      Samsung Top-Freezer Refrigerator

                                        This Samsung top-freezer is an incredible performer for the price. This particular Samsung is the white version of the CR-tested Samsung RT18M6215SG (the black stainless steel version) and should offer similar performance for less than the stainless model. The tested model scores high marks in most of our tests, and Samsung top-freezers have a solid predicted reliability in our latest member survey. Like our tested model, the white version comes with an icemaker, dual evaporators, and a flexible freezer compartment that can be converted to additional fresh-food storage with the flick of a switch.

                                        CR’s test results: Samsung RT18M6215SG top-freezer refrigerator


                                        Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead

                                          The Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead is superb on carpets and bare floors, and it’s great at picking up pet hair. It makes a bit of a racket as you work, but you’ll appreciate the clean emissions. Like many other cordless stick vacuums, though, this model has subpar reliability ratings because of battery problems.


                                          CR’s test results: Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead cordless stick vacuum

                                          Eufy RoboVac 30C

                                            This powerful and quiet robotic vacuum usually sells for $300, but Walmart is offering an enticing deal, and Amazon’s discounted price is decent if Walmart sells out. It’s a slim model that can fit under most furniture, and it does a great job at picking up debris. But it requires a run time that’s longer than most to get the job done. It can talk to Alexa and Google Assistant to start cleaning cycles with voice commands.


                                            CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac 30C

                                            Hoover Onepwr Blade Max Stick Vacuum

                                              The cordless Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 is part of Hoover’s cleaning system in which several floor cleaning products have 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, and its emissions are clean. You can save $50 at a few retailers right now.

                                              CR’s test results: Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 cordless stick vacuum

                                              Shark Rotator Upright Vacuum

                                                If you have mostly bare floors, this Shark vacuum is for you. It’s not bad on carpets, either, according to CR’s test results. This vacuum is easy to maneuver and keeps dirt trapped inside. But it’s not the best bet for households with pets; in our tests it struggled to vacuum up pet hair. It weighs 17 pounds and has a 30-foot cord.


                                                CR’s test results: Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 upright vacuum