Best Deals on Home and Kitchen Products Right Now
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We haven’t even hit Halloween, but the holiday shopping season has already begun.
Many retailers are preparing for their biggest sales of the year. Amazon, for one, has started its early holiday promotions with daily deals throughout October, and many other retailers will begin their own sales this month. This means you can find ample opportunities to save on everything from cookware to vacuums and even mattresses before the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. Shoppers are encouraged to start early this year, as inventory shortages and shipping delays are expected, especially as we get closer to the holidays.
Keep in mind that while you can find deals now, the discounts may get deeper as we approach the holidays. Many retailers do offer price matching, usually during the return window—and sometimes that includes lower prices at other retailers. These sorts of policies are often extended during the holidays. For instance, Target, as of October 10, will issue a partial refund if anything you buy from the retailer drops further in price during the holiday season—you just have to ask.
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Thermos 16-Ounce Insulated Travel Mug
This stellar mug from Thermos is a bit cheaper than the Zojirushi, which narrowly edged it out for first place in our tests. And, practically speaking, it’s probably all anyone would need. (It keeps drinks hot for an impressive 7½ hours.) It also has an easy-to-clean lid, but one of the three lid gaskets cannot be removed or replaced, so when it goes, so goes your mug.
The tapered design means the mug will fit in the cup holder of most cars. Bonus: It has a handy tea hook on the underside of the lid, so you can suspend a tea bag in water without losing it inside.
Dreo Air Fryer
This air fryer from Dreo earns solid scores for the ease and legibility of its controls, ease of cleaning, and relatively quiet operating noise. The basket’s claimed capacity is 4 quarts, but CR’s test engineers measured it at 2.5 quarts. The one-year warranty is on a par with most of the models we test. You’ll need to click the on-page coupon to get the savings if you decide to buy.
CR’s test results: Dreo Air Fryer
GoWise 5.8-Quart Air Fryer
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. Make sure to select the on-page coupon before adding the air fryer to your cart to get the savings.
CR’s test results: GoWise GW22731 air fryer
Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker
This cold brew maker is more expensive than most of the other manual models we tested, but it’s a superior performer. It offers superb convenience and it got the best score for taste in CR’s tests. The Asobu isn’t dishwasher-safe, but it has a stainless steel insulated carafe (rare for a manual model) and brews in 12 to 24 hours, depending on how strong you want your coffee. The silver model is 20 percent off right now, and the copper and white models are each just $2 more.
CR’s test results: Asobu Insulated Portable Brewer KB900
Black+Decker 12-Cup Programmable Drip Coffee Maker
This programmable drip coffee maker, a great value, gets top marks in CR’s test for convenience and earns a solid score for brew performance. It also features brew-strength controls, allowing you to adjust for different tastes. One minor downside: The reservoir markings are a bit difficult to see, a potential problem if you tend to brew your first pot when you’re only half-awake.
CR’s test results: Black+Decker CM4000S coffee maker
Capresso CoffeeTEAM Drip Coffee Maker
If you’re an aficionado of fresh ground coffee, this Capresso is the one to buy. As the name suggests, it goes that extra mile, grinding whole coffee beans just before brewing. As a result, the appliance is capable of making a solid pot of coffee. Made of plastic with stainless steel accents, this model is easy to use and clean, earning great scores in our convenience tests. It allows you to adjust brew strength, it’s programmable so that you can set it to grind and brew just before you wake up, and it uses a thermal carafe to keep your coffee warm for hours.
CR’s test results: Capresso CoffeeTEAM TS465 coffee maker
Ninja 10-Cup Specialty Drip Coffee Maker
This robust 10-cup coffee maker has great features, including a permanent cone filter so that 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 coffee maker
Cooking and Kitchen Products
Black+Decker 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven
Overall, this Black+Decker does a good job at the basics: baking, reheating, and toasting. But it also comes with a few additional functions, including convection bake and broil, as well as settings for cookies, pizza, frozen snacks, potatoes, and bagels. If you’re looking for a countertop oven, here’s an opportunity to get one for 20 percent off.
CR’s test results: Black+Decker 6-Slice Digital Convection CTO6335SS toaster oven
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven
This Cuisinart convection toaster oven boasts an oven big enough to fit a 9-pound chicken or nine slices of toast. It does an impressive job of toasting. But in our test for reheating, the lasagna wasn’t as hot as with the other models that rank among the best toasters we’ve tested, and it wasn’t as evenly heated. This 1,800-watt toaster oven has a temperature range of 150° F to 500° F and four rack positions. In addition to bake, broil, and bagels, there are settings for roasting, convection, and pizza—it even comes with a pizza stone. It’s sat at this price for a few weeks now, and previously sold for $250, so you’re really saving about $50, not $100 as Walmart claims.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Chefs Convection TOB-260N1 toaster oven
Takeya 17-Ounce Insulated Travel Mug
This handsome mug offers styling similar to the Zojirushi that tops CR’s list of the best insulated travel mugs, but it has an extra ounce of capacity. Like the Zojirushi, you press a single button to pop the top and drink from this mug. It also excels at keeping drinks hot—for 6½ hours in our test—which helped it earn a top rating for temperature retention. The lid is easy to remove and clean, and there’s a silicone pad on the bottom of the mug, which protects your desk and keeps the mug from sliding. This price is only for the Mint at Amazon, and the Mint and Silver at Best Buy, but other colors are on sale for $3 more if you prefer a different one.
Zojirushi 3-Cup 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. It’s the best option for rice aficionados because it can cook a wide variety of recipes, from steamed rice 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 Induction Rice Cooker
Cuisinart 12-Piece Green Gourmet Nonstick Cookware Set
The 12-piece Cuisinart Green Gourmet nonstick set aces all our key cooking tests. Pancakes brown evenly in the frying pan, and eggs slide out one after another without sticking. We were able to easily maintain sauce at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brought water to a near-boil. This top-scoring set is made of anodized aluminum, a process that hardens the surface. One of the pieces is a steamer insert.
This set originally sold for more than $500, but typically retails for closer to $260 and rarely dips lower.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Green Gourmet Hard Anodized GG-12 cookware set
GreenPan 6-Piece Levels Stackable Nonstick Cookware Set
This is one of the smallest nonstick cookware sets in our ratings (just six pieces), but it doesn’t fall short on performance. With high scores in both our cooking evenness and speed of heating tests, the GreenPan set stands up to the competition. So does its nonstick surface, which earns top marks in our tough durability test. Simmering a tomato sauce is impressive, and eggs slide easily out of the skillet one after another.
CR’s test results: GreenPan Levels Hard Anodized Stackable cookware set
Made In Cookware 5-Piece Starter Kit Stainless Steel Cookware Set
With just five pieces—three pans and two lids—the Made In Cookware Starter Kit is aptly named. But even a novice cook will appreciate the performance of these pots and pans. The stainless steel pan aces the cooking evenness test, meaning pancakes turn out evenly browned. Speed of heating is also superb, and we quickly brought 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot. Food release is impressive as well, though no uncoated pan measures up to a nonstick pan in that test.
CR’s test results: Made In Cookware Starter Kit cookware set
BioBidet BB-600 Ultimate Bidet Seat
Bidets continue to gain popularity among Americans as a way to take care of business. Consumer Reports recently asked more than two dozen consumers to test a number of popular models, and the BioBidet Ultimate bidet seat received rave reviews. It not only warms the water before spraying but also heats up the seat. It even has a sensor to prevent spraying if you’re not actively sitting down. This bidet seat usually costs $360 to $400, but this discount makes for a great opportunity to take the plunge.
First Alert Hard-Wired Combination Smoke and CO Detector
If you need a hardwired combination detector, the First Alert SC7010B is your best bet. It performs well in our CO and smoldering fire tests, though it did poorly in our flaming fire test. If you decide to go with this detector, you may want to also consider purchasing a battery-powered ionization smoke detector, such as the Kidde RF-SM-DC, that was a top performer in our flaming fire test (if you want a hardwired one, you may have to pay an electrician to install the proper wiring so that it can be placed near the First Alert detector). This First Alert features a hush button, battery backup, and the ability to interconnect with other compatible alarms.
CR’s test results: First Alert SC7010B
Frigidaire Small-Capacity Dehumidifier
The Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 can remove 22 pints of water from the air per day, and the tank holds 12 pints, almost twice the amount of most dehumidifiers we’ve tested in this category. It gets the job done, but the humidistat is the least accurate of the small-capacity models we’ve tested. This is a basic model and doesn’t have an auto-restart feature or a clean-filter alert.
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 dehumidifier
Hoover SmartWash Automatic Carpet Cleaner
Unlike most other carpet cleaners, the SmartWash Automatic is motion-activated—you push it forward and backward, and the carpet cleaner detects what motion you’re making and reacts accordingly, dispensing cleaning solution when moving forward and sucking it up when moving backward. There are three tanks: one for detergent, one for clean water, and one for dirty water, which means you don’t have to mix up solution each time you refill the tank. These features help this model earn a solid convenience score in our tests.
CR’s test results: Hoover SmartWash Automatic FH52001 carpet cleaner
Smart Home Products
Arlo Essential Wireless Security Camera
This Arlo security camera is a fantastic security camera, receiving strong ratings in our tests for video quality and data security. It performs quite well in our response time test, but its data privacy could be better. This model gives you a built-in spotlight that allows for color night vision, a rechargeable battery, a siren, voice control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant), and connects directly to WiFi (unlike its sibling below, which uses a base station). With an Arlo Smart subscription, you can get more video storage as well as monitoring zones; person, package, vehicle, and animal detection; and e911, which allows you to contact your home’s local 911 dispatcher from the Arlo app. The company offers subscriptions for 24/7 continuous video recording, too. If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee for video storage, you can use an Arlo Smart Hub ($100, sold separately) to save footage on a USB drive instead. The hub is also required for Apple HomeKit/Siri to work.
This camera went for around $100 last week at a few retailers, but now only Amazon has a discount, and it’s not quite that deep. It may fall in price again soon, so check back again next week.
CR’s test results: Arlo Essential Wireless security camera
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera
Arlo’s smart floodlight camera sets itself apart from other models in design alone. The sleek device doesn’t immediately give itself away as a security cam, and because it runs on a rechargeable battery, you won’t have to worry about pesky wires. The camera records a 160-degree angle in 2K (with high dynamic range, or HDR), though our tester found the quality wasn’t quite as sharp as 2K ought to be. It also has two-way audio and color night vision. You have to pay for a subscription if you want motion detection alerts, though, and our tester found that setup was a little troublesome, resulting in a call to customer service to get things running smoothly.
CR’s review: Arlo Pro 3 floodlight camera
Rachio 3 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler System
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 existing sprinkler systems, is among the best options CR has tested. 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 and plant types, to take the guesswork out of watering.
CR’s test results: Rachio 8ZULW-C smart sprinkler system
Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums
Eufy RoboVac 11S
You don’t need to shell out a grand for a good robotic vacuum. Typically selling for around $220, the RoboVac 11S earns high scores in our carpet cleaning test and does even better on bare floors. Though it’s not the most efficient cleaner (testers noted that it sometimes scatters debris), it does the job, operates quietly (like many robotic vacuums), and has a cliff sensor to keep it from tumbling down stairs. This robotic vacuum isn’t WiFi-enabled, so you can’t control it remotely from a smartphone app, but that also means it can’t be hacked. Eufy robotic vacuums as a whole receive top marks for reliability, meaning this model is unlikely to break down within the next three years. Overall, CR members have been very satisfied with their Eufy models in our recent surveys. This is the best price we’ve seen for the 11S in months, so make sure to clip the on-page coupon before adding this model to your cart to get the full savings.
CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac 11S robotic vacuum
Eufy RoboVac 11S Max
A stellar Eufy vacuum, the 11S Max has a longer average run time than both its siblings, the 11S and the 30C, at 95 minutes. (The other two run about an hour, on average.) It doesn’t have the same cleaning capabilities that the two vacuums above have; it struggled to pick up a gram of Maine Coon cat fur on medium-pile carpet. Still, it earns high marks for cleaning bare floors, which is no small feat. And it’s available for the lowest price we’ve seen in quite some time, thanks to an on-page coupon.
CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac 11S Max robotic vacuum
Kenmore Pet Friendly Canister Vacuum
Impressive cleaning, lots of airflow for tools, and fairly quiet running help make this bagless canister a top pick. It’s also a great choice for picking up after cats or dogs. Key features include manual carpet pile-height adjustment, suction control, a brush on/off switch, and a retractable cord. One caveat: Handling this vacuum’s 23 pounds takes some muscle. Make sure you click the on-page coupon box to get the full savings.
CR’s test results: Kenmore 22614 canister vacuum
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