Zojirushi rice cooker on a colorful background

Even though there are no major sales events right now, you can still find discounts on a variety of products you may want or need around your home. Plenty of retailers have deals on smaller products like bidetshumidifiers, rice cookers, and soda makers. And whether you're looking to upgrade your kitchen with a new refrigerator or range, or you need a new mattress, there are some great discounts on big-ticket items, too. 

But not every sale is a good deal, so CR looks closely at product 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 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.

Cooking and Kitchen Products

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. We saw it for closer to $50 earlier this year, but this discount is the best price you’ll find for this model right now.

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

    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 tests for puréeing, crushing ice, and making smoothies. We saw it going for around $100 on Black Friday, but this ongoing sale is still a sizable discount.

       

      CR’s test results: Ninja BL770 full-sized blender

      Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro Personal Blender

        The Nutri Ninja Pro is one of the best personal blenders from our tests, and according to CR's member survey, Ninja blenders rate high for reliability and owner satisfaction. This Ninja performed well in CR’s rigorous lab tests when it came to making smoothies and puréeing soups. It has no buttons—all you have to do is press the blender cup into the base—and comes with a recipe book to get you started.


        CR’s test results: Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro Personal Blender

        SodaStream Fizzi

          The SodaStream 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. You can customize the amount of fizz in your soda simply by pressing the button for longer or shorter times. Four color options—black, white, icy blue, and rose gold—are $69 at Amazon. Best Buy is only offering black for $71, while white and icy blue are $4 more.

          Zojirushi Conventional Rice Cooker

            This budget rice cooker from Zojirushi had one of the best scores when it came to cooking rice, and it was one of the fastest tested in CR’s labs. The reason it’s so low-priced compared with the popular induction model listed below? 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

            Zojirushi Induction Rice Cooker

              This popular and highly rated rice cooker is available for a great discount right now. It's one of the best rice cookers CR has tested in our labs, consistently cooking rice to perfection. Our rice cooker expert named it the best option for rice aficionados because it can cook a wide variety of rice recipes, from steamed to porridge. It can take up to 90 minutes to make brown rice (and 45 for white rice), but it plays a song when it's done, and it's very intuitive to use and easy to clean.

               

              CR's test results: Zojirushi NP-GBC05 Rice Cooker

              Bidets

              BioBidet BB-600 Ultimate Bidet Seat

                CR has not yet tested bidets in our labs, but our consumer experience and usability research team conducted a study of six popular models with volunteers who owned them to gain insights into installation and usage. The BioBidet BB-600 bidet seat was praised for its heated seat and warm-water reservoir tank. The tank will run low and refill itself, which means the water needs to be warmed up, but one user said this happens quickly. Some also pointed out that the buttons on the side of the seat can be hard to see.

                LUXE Bidet Neo 120 Bidet Attachment

                  This model from Luxe 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 some users said the way it attaches creates a space between the bidet and the toilet seat that can be tricky to clean. 

                  Toto Washlet c200 Bidet Seat

                    While this bidet originally sold for over $700, most retailers are selling it for around $430 these days, making Amazon’s price the best you will find right now. Toto’s bidet seat warms the water but not the seat. Its biggest draw is the remote, which allows you to adjust the various settings, and it has two preset options for regular users to save their preferred settings.

                    Coffee Makers

                    Asobu Cold-Brew Coffee Maker

                      If you prefer cold brew over traditional hot coffee, consider this Asobu cold-brew coffee maker. It earns high ratings for convenience and taste in our tests. It also has a 40-ounce carafe, so unless you drink a whole lotta joe, you can make one batch for the entire week. This brewer is still available for its Prime Day discount of almost 20 percent off, but only in white. The other color options are priced a bit higher.

                       

                      CR’s test results: Asobu Insulated Portable Brewer KB900 cold-brew coffee maker

                      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 around $160. But right now it’s going for about half that at Walmart, and Amazon just dropped its sale price an additional $13, marking the lowest price we've seen for this coffee maker in months.

                         

                        CR’s test results: Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1 drip coffee maker

                        Home Goods

                        Crane Drop Humidifier

                          This humidifier is recommended for small spaces—no more than 299 square feet. In that category, it’s one of the best for adding moisture to the air, and it’s one of the quietest we’ve tested. Like most small humidifiers, it's not feature-heavy, and our testers said the water tank was too large to fill at most bathroom sinks. You can't get a hand inside it, making cleaning a bit trickier. (The manufacturer recommends daily cleaning, while most call for a weekly schedule.) 

                           

                          CR’s test results: Crane Drop small-room humidifier

                          Crane Animal Humidifier

                            Crane's animal-inspired machines are as highly functional as they are cute. CR tested the Owl version, and on just about every measure, including moisture output and noise, it excelled. It’s convenient to use, though not being able to get a hand into the tank for cleaning is a drawback, as it is with the Drop model listed above. The Owl and most other animal styles are about $10 less than the usual $50 price in a few places, but Amazon and Home Depot are both offering the pig, cow, and polar bear humidifiers for an additional $10 discount.

                             

                            CR’s test results: Crane Owl small-room humidifier

                            Fitbit Aria Air Bathroom Scale

                              This scale, one of the best bathroom scales CR tested, is especially great if you also have a Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker, because it uploads its data to the same app, but you can use the scale on its own as well. CR’s tester found it a bit hard to set up, but once up and running it did well in our ease-of-use tests. You can track up to eight different users (each user must have their own Fitbit profile to track their data). Right now the white model is discounted at Amazon.


                              CR’s test results: Fitbit Aria Air Bathroom Scale

                              Tempur-Pedic Breeze Dual-Cooling Pillow

                                Tempur-Pedic's gel memory foam pillow is the most expensive one we’ve tested, but it still ranks among the best pillows, and the 44 percent discount at Amazon may make it worth considering. In CR’s tests, it proved to be a strong option for side sleepers but didn’t score quite as well for back sleepers (though it still had a decent score). It maintained its shape in our resiliency tests but does lose 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 Breeze Dual-Cooling Pillow

                                Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier

                                  This cool-mist humidifier, designed for a midsized room, excels across the board, garnering high marks for moisture output for the space, noise levels, and more in CR’s tests. Because the tank can’t be filled in a typical bathroom sink, it’s not as convenient as some other models, and the manufacturer recommends daily cleaning.

                                   

                                  CR’s test results: Vicks V5100NS midsized-room humidifier

                                  Mattresses

                                  Avocado Latex Mattress (Queen)

                                    Avocado, the maker of our top-rated innerspring mattress, just extended its Presidents Day sale to March 22. You can get $200 off its new all-latex mattress with the code FLAG200. (CR hasn’t tested this model but plans to soon.) The Green mattress that we have tested is also on sale for $100 off with the code GREEN100.

                                     

                                    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

                                    Essentia Stratami Mattress (Queen)

                                      The Essentia Stratami is currently 20 percent off its full price. (Add it to your cart on the Essentia site and the discount will be applied automatically.) 

                                       

                                      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 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, 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. Until March 1, you can take $200 off any Saatva order of more than $1,000.

                                         

                                        CR’s test results: Saatva Solaire air mattress

                                        Ranges

                                        Frigidaire Electric Smoothtop Range

                                          The Frigidaire FFEH3054US is a great deal for a slide-in smoothtop range. It was originally more than $1,200 and was on sale for about $1,080 for months, but Best Buy has discounted it even further for the last few weeks. Slide-ins tend to be pricier than their freestanding counterparts, but this model is available at a great discount right now. In addition to its sleek, built-in look, this model offers strong performance, two high-powered burners, and a stovetop warming element.

                                           

                                          CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFEH3054US electric smoothtop range

                                          Samsung Single-Oven Electric Smoothtop Range

                                            It’s tough to find a range with so many features at this price, particularly one that performs as well as this Samsung. In addition to strong performance in our tests, this range has two high-powered burners, a rarity at this price, as well as a convection oven. Best of all, it's been $250 off the regular price for the last few weeks, which is $50 less than the lowest price we’ve seen in the past year.

                                             

                                            CR’s test results: Samsung NE59M4320SS smoothtop single-oven range

                                            Refrigerators

                                            GE Profile French-Door Refrigerator

                                              For a premium French-door fridge, check out the four-door GE Profile PVD28BYNFS. It performs well in our lab tests, although its energy efficiency could be better, and packs a ton of features. You’ll get a stainless steel finish, a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, dual evaporators, a built-in water filter, spillproof shelves, digital controls, and uniquely adjustable shelves that you can raise and lower without removing food. This is a sizable discount, but it was $1,000 off for Black Friday.

                                               

                                              CR’s test results: GE Profile PVD28BYNFS French-door refrigerator

                                              Kenmore Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                                                Looking for a stylish side-by-side? This Kenmore offers good looks and great performance, and crushes CR’s test for 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. It has been on sale for around $1,500 but recently dropped an additional $42.


                                                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. It's been on sale for a few weeks now and even dropped another $50 at Sears this week. This particular Samsung is the white version of the Samsung RT18M6215SG that CR tested in black stainless steel; it 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 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

                                                  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 discount, though not as impressive as last week.

                                                     

                                                    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, has been $30 off at Amazon for a few weeks but is now an additional $10 off. It scores well when it comes to video quality, response time, and smart features but is not the best—or the worst—when it comes to protecting user data and privacy. Unlike many other video doorbells, the model does not 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

                                                      Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums

                                                      Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum

                                                        This vacuum usually sells for $380 to $400, and Costco’s current discount for members is steep. Though we haven’t tested the V8 Animal, we expect it to perform similarly to the V8 Absolute, which costs roughly $50 more, on average. The Absolute performed well on CR’s tests for power, noise, bare floors, and carpet. But our readers tend to agree that Dyson vacuums lag behind the competition when it comes to long-term reliability. Essentially, this vacuum will work well but might not last for a long time.

                                                         

                                                        CR’s test results: Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum

                                                        Hoover ONEPWR Blade Max Cordless Stick Vacuum

                                                          The Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 has been on sale for around $300 for some time, but Amazon dropped the price further last week, and now Home Depot has done the same. 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 on 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 vacuum cleaner

                                                          iRobot Roomba e5 Robotic Vacuum

                                                            This high-scoring model usually costs $350 to $400. 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